WINTER CAMP COUNSELOR
START DATE: DECEMBER 16, 2021
This winter, Camp Urban Adamah is offering two one-week sessions especially designed for children ages 4 – 6. Campers enjoy their day exploring winter’s wonders by working on our organic farm and learning how to be great helpers to the crops, animals and each other. With Jewish teachings and stories guiding their experience, Sprouts Camp introduces young children to Judaism’s deep connections to the natural world and their place in it. We rely on an experienced and talented group of Camp Urban Adamah Counselors to create loving, inspiring, memorable, and transformative experiences for children. Our counselors ensure that children of different ages can have wonderful experiences both as part of a large group, and in smaller age-based groups.
ABOUT THE ROLE
Counselors are responsible for co-leading a kvutza, or group, of up to 12 children during the camp day (9:00 Am – 3:00 PM). Counselors set the tone of the group through team-building games, fun beginning-of-day and end-of-day rituals, listening circles and more. Depending on the size and needs of the group, counselors have the support of their co-counselors and/or the Camp Director. Counselors are responsible for setting and upholding standards of safety and respect within the group.
PROGRAM & ACTIVITY LEADER:
Counselors also facilitate activities throughout the camp day — sometimes for their own group and sometimes for other groups. Camp activities are derived from skills that counselors bring with them from prior counselor or similar experience, as well as from activities that will be shared and taught during Camp Staff training. We aim for sensory-rich, play-based, and developmentally appropriate activities, such as planting, mud-building, bugscouting, as well as creative projects involving the arts, music, and drama.
Camp Urban Adamah has a small staff. Counselors will be asked to support Camp in a variety of ways as needed. This may include song-leading, facilitation of camp-wide opening and closing circle, theatrical performances, and storytelling. Counselors will also help in routine clean-up after specific activities and on an as-needed basis. Young children may also need help changing their clothes and using the bathroom (no diaper-changing). We appreciate an overall spirit of flexibility and enthusiasm!
All camp staff ensure that camp is a safe environment for children, including upholding COVID-19 protocols of mask-wearing, distance, and regular hand washing and sanitizing. Staff make sure that all children are accounted for and within the delineated program areas from drop-off to pick-up time. Staff keep a birds-eye-view of potential hazards around the farm, help children use tools safely, and are available to administer basic first aid.
We are open to applicants with varying levels and types of experience, provided that the applicant displays the skills required to successfully execute the job described above. You might be a good fit if you:
CHILDREN-ORIENTED & PLAYFUL:
- Love spending time with preschool and kindergarten aged children
- Are enthusiastic, creative, and sometimes even a little silly
- Engage children with respect and model awe, compassion, and curiosity
- Believe that all children have a right to be in relationship to nature and other human beings
- Are a creative problem solver and are adaptable in the presence of strong emotions and/or needs
- Easefully navigate urgent situations, identifying and tending to physical and emotional safety priorities
- Demonstrate patience, compassion and understanding while maintaining strong boundaries and communicating clear expectations
- Enjoy listening to and offering feedback
- Are flexible and are generally willing to try new things
CURIOSITY & TEAMWORK:
- You have a special skill or knowledge set you are excited to share with colleagues and young children
- You have a desire to explore and share Jewish environmental wisdom and spirituality (Jewish background / knowledge is not necessary)
- You are excited about collaborating with colleagues to maintain a positive work environment
The physical demands listed below are representative of those that must be met by an employee in this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities.
- Reading, hearing, and speaking in English
- Use of hands, fingers, and feet to operate program materials, activities, and after school program set up
- Standing and walking for several hours, as well as sitting and squatting
$1,912 is paid at the end of the session ($25 per hour). This is a temporary seasonal position that conforms to the legal requirements of such positions; as such it is not bound by overtime pay requirements and does not include any benefits.
DATES & TIMES:
- Application Deadline: November 1
- Staff Training & Site Set-Up (required): December 16 & 17 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Camp Sessions: December 20 – 23 & December 27 – 31
The camp day is from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, which includes the camper hours (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM) and set-up, clean-up, and daily debrief and prep time. Staff time includes a 40-min midday break.
Counselors are supervised by the Youth & Family Programs Director.
We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from diverse backgrounds. This includes Black, Indigenous, Latino, and Asian people, LGBTQ, and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities, Black Jews, Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews. We also welcome applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds. We affirmatively seek to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity.
APPLICATION SUBMISSION INCLUDES…
Resume, two professional references, and answers to two questions. Bullet pointed lists are welcome as responses to the short questions, if preferred by the applicant (max 200 words for each).
- Please share how you personally relate to Urban Adamah’s mission and why you want to work with our winter camp.
- Please describe your experience with children in the 4 – 6 year age range.
All applications are due by November 1, 2021 and will be considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. If you have any questions about applying please contact the Youth & Family Programs Director, Lia Woertendyke at email@example.com.