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Summer Camp Counselor (Full Time, seasonal)

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Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
Phone: 2066936153

Posted: Internal and External
Reports to: Public Programs Coordinator
Status: Non-Exempt/Hourly – This is a temporary position.
Hours of Work: Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 4:30pm or 9am – 6pm depending on shift assignment.
Duration: Must be available onsite June 20 – August 19, 2016 (includes week of training)
Seeking: Four Camp Counselors. Counselors must be available all set dates/times.
Dated Needed: June 1, 2016 offsite computer work. June 20, 2016 report onsite.
Posting Expires: Open until filled.

About the Seattle Aquarium: The Seattle Aquarium is owned by the City of Seattle and under nonprofit management. The Aquarium currently serves over 825,000 visitors and 40,000 schoolchildren and their teachers annually. Guided by its mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, the Seattle Aquarium has a realistic plan for phased growth based on record-setting attendance, membership and fundraising growth, an energized board of directors and professional management. The current annual budget is $14 million.

Position Overview: Seattle Aquarium Marine Summer Camp Counselors are role models who will be working with a professional team of camp staff, high school volunteers, campers and their families. Campers’ age range 4 to 16 years old and are grouped by a spectrum of grade levels. You will work with all ages of campers while leading your group of up to 10 campers in all aspects of camp programming.

Primary job functions:
• Ensure the safety of all campers.
• Promote appropriate behavior among all participants and serve as a role model.
• Lead group of 8-10 campers each week ages vary from 4-16 years old in activities such as marine science lessons, games, and exhibit and behind the scenes tours and field trips.
• Lead the scheduled activities on time for your group. Positively encourage all campers to participate, observe, discover and appreciate their marine environment while being respectful of their surroundings on and off site.
• All camp staff oversees all campers. 20-24 campers per session/room or up to 50 campers per week.
• Assist with all aspects of maintenance, preparation set-up and clean-up of all program related activities on and offsite.
• Act as the communication link between the Lead Camp Instructor and high school volunteer counselors to help guide them in fulfilling leadership roles.
• Establish and build positive relationships with all camp staff, volunteers, interns, campers and their families & our camp partner organizations.
• Other camp related projects as assigned include, but are not limited to; camp sign in and out, curbside assistance, prep supplies for next day, cleaning dishes, light administrative duties, cover staff lunch breaks, lead active play and meaningful interactions during lunch with youth and more.

Special Knowledge, Skills, Training:
• Minimum of 2 years experience working with youth.
• Minimum of 2 years experience working in an aquarium, zoo, environmental education center or similar institution required. Previous experience working in a camp setting preferred.
• Educational background in Education, Child Development, Recreation, Environmental Science, Biology or related field.
• Experience working with diverse racial and socio-economic audiences.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Excellent leadership abilities.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Demonstrated reliability, responsibility and enthusiasm.
• Basic knowledge of group activities, games, team building initiatives or other environmental education related programming.
• Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team player.
• Be flexible in a rapidly changing work environment.
• Knowledge of marine science and conservation.
• Basic knowledge of water quality testing kits, beach transect tools, plankton tow, microscopes, comfortable using microphones, audio/visual players.
• Familiarity with MS Office Programs; Word, Excel, Outlook
• CPR/First Aid/Epi pen certification required.

• Required: Completed High School and Must be 18 years of age or older.
• Desired: College courses in Education, Child Development, Recreation, Environmental Science, Biology or related field.

Working Conditions:
• Flexible schedule and be able to commit to the set hours/dates of work above.
• High energy needed to walk while carrying gear and supplies at field sites on uneven terrain.
• Must be able to spend long periods of times outdoors during all weather conditions (extreme heat or rain)
• Must be able to sit, stand, walk, and run for varied and extended periods of time while interacting with youth.
• Heavy to moderate vocal demands to project talks and announcements to direct a large audience in loud areas during heavy foot and vehicle traffic.
• Ability to lift at least 30lbs
• Must be willing to sign and attest your vaccinations/immunizations are currently up to date with standards set by the Washington State Department of Health requirements for working in a school/childcare/preschool provider or provide a certificate of exemption (C.O.E.). Staff with a C.O.E. may be given an unpaid leave of absence if an outbreak of a disease occurs that they have not been fully immunized against, for the duration of the outbreak.

Salary and Benefits: $12.50 hourly, for a maximum of 415 hours; June 1 –August 19 and optional August 29-30 work dates for debrief and cleaning.

How to Apply: To apply please send a one page letter of interest and resume to [email protected]. Application review will begin immediately. Posting open until filled.

**Must pass a background check to be eligible for this position.


Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
Phone: 2066936153