Job Opportunities

Cayuga Nature Center openings

TEAM Challenge Facilitator (Part-time)

Description

Will provide excellent programming to our participants. Facilitator should feel confident on all areas of the program including initiatives, low ropes and high ropes. This position is per diem.

Responsibilities

  • Read and become familiar with the TEAM Challenge Staff Manual
  • Understand and enforce all TEAM Challenge Course Policies and Procedures
  • Assist the Lead Facilitator with scheduled programs, including enthusiastic participation, supervision of participants and maintenance.
  • Modify and adapt activities to meet the needs of groups of all ages 10-65+
  • Assist in inspecting Challenge Course elements prior to programs
  • Complete Challenge Course set-up and take-down
  • Complete all necessary equipment logs and program summaries

Qualifications

  • Ropes Course or climbing experience is preferred.
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, self-control and mature judgment.
  • Ability to relate to and communicate with various social/age groups. Must be 18 years or older and have reliable transportation.

The Cayuga Nature Center is an active community resource and hosts many weekend events and programs. All nature center positions require flexibility in work hours due to programs. Our ropes course operates from April 1st through November.

Salary

  • $10/hour starting rate
  • There is a mandatory training (2 days). Must pass background check and practical exam before getting paid.

To Apply

Send cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications with a resume and list of references to Matt Sacco, Director of TEAM Challenge (sacco@cayuganaturecenter.org)

Cayuga Nature Center
1420 Taughannock Blvd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273- 6260 ext. 224
www.cayuganaturecenter.org

Lifeguard

Description

Cayuga Nature Center is accepting applications for Lifeguards for the 2014 summer season which runs 6/30/2014 through 8/29/2014. The CNC Camp Lifeguard will oversee waterfront activities at Camp Comstock three days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. To learn more about our camp log on to: www.museumoftheearth.org/summercamp

Responsibilities

Duties include:

  • Planning and implementing daily activities
  • Ensuring a safe environment for all campers
  • Being actively involved with the children
  • Some cleaning/organizing, greeting and communicating with parents in an effective and appropriate manner
  • Following Written Safety Plan and overseeing the waterfront activities including buddy system and health and safety measures.

Qualifications

  • Experience teaching and/or working with groups
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Positive mindset
  • Excellent leadership ability
  • Mature judgment and the ability to safely supervise campers
  • Outgoing personality and ability to work with people of all ages
  • Certifications in Responding to Emergencies, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Life guarding

Salary

Varies with qualifications

To Apply

Send cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications along with resume and list of references to Adam Kneis, Environmental Education Manager (kneis@cayuganaturecenter.org)

Day Camp Counselor

Description

Cayuga Nature Center offers 9 weeks of day camp programming. Camp counselors are responsible for the welfare of a group of 10-12 children and providing them with quality experiential and educational opportunities.

The Nature Center offers a variety of experiences for children ages 3-16. Children ages 3-5 can attend Preschool Naturalist Camp, a half-day program that runs from 9am-1pm. Children ages 5 and up can enjoy Explorer Camp our science/nature themed program and Critter/Animal camps that focus on our live animal collection. For older children, we offer TEAM Challenge Camp utilizing our onsite challenge course. To see all of our themed camp weeks visit: www.museumoftheearth.org/summercamp

Essential Job Functions

  • Lead fun, engaging, educational activities for campers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds
  • Responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of all camp participants
  • Be flexible and creative in generating age appropriate programming for campers
  • Be able to react immediately and appropriately to emergency situations, following the camp's Emergency Safety Plan.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with camp directors and camper parents
  • Clean and organize camp materials and spaces within the nature center
  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs, stand and hike for periods of time

Qualifications

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Mature judgment and the ability to safely supervise campers
  • Outgoing personality and ability to work with people of all ages
  • Background or interest in natural history, science, biology, ecology, or education
  • Positive mindset
  • Ability to work independently or as a team player
  • Certifications in First Aid, RTE, CPR, or Lifeguarding are strongly desired

Salary

$9/hour starting rate (varies with qualifications and certifications)

To Apply

Send cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications along with resume and list of references to Adam Kneis, Environmental Education Manager (kneis@cayuganaturecenter.org)

Adventure Trek Leader

Description

Cayuga Nature Center is currently searching for adventure trip staff for summer 2014. Adventure Trek staff will take a group of 10-12 children on weeklong camping and backpacking trips within the Finger Lakes region. The staff will be responsible for the welfare of the campers and will provide them with quality adventure programming focused on wilderness skills and leave no trace ethics.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in planning trip logistics: food and equipment
  • Buy and purchase supplies for trips
  • Assist in planning programming for campers
  • Modify and adapt activities to meet the needs of the group
  • Maintain the safety of all campers, following the Emergency Safety Plan
  • Maintain communication with camp staff

Qualifications

  • Experience and interest in adventure programming
  • Experience teaching and working with groups
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Excellent leadership ability
  • Mature judgment and the ability to safely supervise campers
  • Knowledge of the natural world
  • Clean driving record
  • Experience with hiking within the Finger Lakes Region
  • Certifications in Responding to Emergencies, WFR or WFA, CPR, and Lifeguarding desirable

Salary

$500 per week

To Apply

Send cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications along with resume and list of references to Adam Kneis, Environmental Education Manager (kneis@cayuganaturecenter.org)

Camp Health Director (off-site)

Description

Cayuga Nature Center is currently searching for off-site Camp Health Director (CHD) for the 2014 Summer season. CHD will oversee the health and safety of the camp. They will work closely with the Camp Director and Camp Heath Designee.

Responsibilities

This is an off-site position which requires a visit to the camp every Monday 8am-12pm during the summer camp session and four hours every Friday. The Camp Heath Director will be responsible for overseeing medical logs, campers and staff health forms, first aid kits, any incidents and accidents will be reported to CHD and documented by appropriate staff and CHD. Other camp health regulations will be monitored by CHD as well. They will work closely with the on-site Health Designee who will maintain the health and welfare of the camp when the Camp Health Director is not present. (This may be the Camp Director and Assistant Director) CHD will maintain daily communication with Camp Director and/or designee.

Qualifications

  • Current New York State license as a RN, LPN, EMT or a physician assistant
  • Current Responding to Emergencies and CPR for the professional rescuer
  • Desire to work in a camp community
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Positive and progressive mindset
  • Excellent leadership ability
  • Mature judgment and the ability to safely supervise campers
  • Outgoing personality and ability to work with people of all ages
  • Must be at least 25 years of age

Salary

Varies with qualifications

To Apply

Send cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications along with resume and list of references to Adam Kneis, Environmental Education Manager (kneis@cayuganaturecenter.org)