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Friday, February 9, 2018


Camp SEA Lab

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Monterey, CA


Day Camp Naturalists are required to work from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Staff arrive at Camp SEA Lab office at 8:00 am to load camp vehicles, then transport to camper pick up location for camper arrival at 8:30 am. Campers are dropped off at 3:00 pm each day, then all staff return to office to unload program equipment and clean camp vehicles as needed.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:
Under the supervision of a Camp SEA Lab Coordinator, Day Camp Naturalists will work on a variety of tasks related to the implementation of the Camp SEA Lab vision and programs, while maintaining the safety and well being of participants. The following is a list of tasks required to carry out job functions:
 Oversee up to 24 day campers (ages 8-13) from Monday to Friday each week.
 Understand and implement program safety regulations of Camp SEA Lab’s risk management plan during all camp activities.
 Effectively deliver marine science lessons to campers age 8-13; lead large group activities in non-competitive games.
 Express enthusiasm in all aspects of teaching including ocean awareness and marine science education; educate campers on topics such as local marine life, rocky shore, sandy beach and deep-sea habitats, and coastal wetlands.
 Under the supervision and guidance of specialized aquatic activity instructors, help lead campers in ocean recreational activities such as snorkeling, surfing, and kayaking, etc.
 Be a positive role model for participants and express enthusiasm in all aspects camp while promoting a sense of community (cooperation, respect, and responsibility) and positive social interactions through structured activities between participants.
 Clearly articulate community rules and expectations to campers; fairly and consistently enforce program rules and recognize situations in which intervention or mediation is both appropriate and necessary.
 Assume responsibility for the well-being of each camper through Camp SEA Lab health care policies, and providing necessary emergency response and/or first aid to all campers while on duty.
 Work effectively in a dynamic team setting, demonstrating sensitivity to diversity and multiple working styles.
 Maintain constant supervision of campers during all structured and unstructured activities.
 Demonstrate sensitivity to special, developmental, and emotional needs of children.
 Appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior management techniques.
 Maintain positive relationships with Camp SEA Lab partners and parents of campers.
 Ability to safely drive campers in camp vehicles, adhering to all traffic laws and defensive driving protocols.

Education and Experience
 Demonstrate responsibility, organization, flexibility, and sound judgment as it relates to the delivery of youth program activities in a team setting.
 Demonstrate familiarity with coastal locations and knowledge of the marine environments in Monterey Bay.
 Previous experience working with youth in an informal education setting; could include camp, classroom, or other environments. Ability to work with diverse populations and multiple learning styles.
 Experience in youth focused-programs and delivery of science content; knowledge of inquiry-based teaching strategies.
 Possess a variety of skills to include leadership, communication, program implementation, and multi-tasking.
 Demonstrate understanding of and commitment to the Camp SEA Lab and CSU Monterey Bay Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration and service orientation, multiculturalism and diversity.
 Excellent interpersonal oral communication skills.

Demonstrated ability to address the essential functions associated with this position, including the knowledge and abilities identified above. In addition, the successful candidate will meet the all following conditions:
 Must possess the following certifications through duration of employment: American Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED, and Lifeguard Certification (must have by June 5th).
 Must possess a valid driver’s license, submit a clean driving record, and pass an on-line University Corporation Defensive Driving Course within one week of employment.
 Minimum age requirement of 21 years of age.
 Must be able to get to and from CSUMB/Camp SEA Lab office via own transportation.
 Possess necessary endurance to maintain supervision of campers during all program hours.
 Must be able lead campers in ocean recreational activities (such as kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, etc.) under the guidance of specialized aquatic instructors.
 A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the University Corporation. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current University Corporation employees who apply for the position.
 The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

 Bachelor’s Degree in a marine science-related field
 Bilingual – Spanish and English
 Water Safety Instructor
 SCUBA Certified

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Compensation Information:

$12 per hour