Overlooking a restored tidal marsh, Crissy Field Center is a multicultural urban environmental center that primarily serves children, youth and families that traditionally have had little, if any, access to their national parks. Our programs encourage new generations to become bold leaders for thriving parks, healthy communities and a more environmentally just society. Currently housed in a green building designed to meet LEED platinum standards, the Crissy Field Center is also a certified Green Business. Its facilities include a media lab, sustainable arts workshop, urban ecology lab, gathering room and teaching garden in addition to a café that supports the education programs of the Center.
The Crissy Field Center is a partnership of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that has worked for 25 years to help preserve the Golden Gate National Parks and enhance the public’s awareness and enjoyment of these areas. The Parks Conservancy works hand-in-hand with the National Park Service to revitalize park sites, enlist volunteers, support educational programs, develop community programs and offer services to park visitors.
The camp Counselor’s primary responsibility is to supervise groups of 12 to 18 children and make connections between each activity and the central theme for each camp. Counselors are involved in program development and lead daily outdoor and recreation activities. Camp Counselors are also responsible for mentoring a high school age counselor in training. For detailed camp descriptions visit www.crissyfieldcenter.org and follow the links to Crissy Field Center Summer Camp. This position works closely with Camp Specialists, Park Rangers, campers ages 6 to 12 and their parents/guardians. The Camp Counselor reports to the Camp Coordinator.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- CPR and First Aid certification.
- Minimum 1 year of experience working with youth.
- Bilingual: Spanish or Chinese.
- Able and willing to work a flexible work schedule that may include some evenings.
- Knowledgeable of issues related to the urban environment, current local, regional, and global events.
- Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and capabilities of different people in different situations; is tactful, and treats others with respect; relates effectively to others when encountering difficult situations.
- Speaks clearly and effectively, is thoughtful, persuasive; writes clearly and informatively; varies writing style to meet needs.
- Pitches in and contributes to achieving group goals; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; balances team and individual responsibilities.
- Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; can clearly explain reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
- Knowledgeable of adolescent development; able to implement youth development principles; able to respond to youth needs; skills in crisis intervention; knowledge of local community resources.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
- Work is performed in an office and outdoor setting.
- Work is primarily performed standing or walking.
- Regularly sits at a computer station and operates electronic equipment 3–4 hours per day.
- Frequently lifts, carries and positions objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
- Responsible for the safety and behavior of groups of 18 children ages 6–12 (entering grades 1–6).
- Creates fun, challenging, and positive learning environment for each camp group.
- Maintains safety and behavior guidelines to ensure quality of each camper’s experience.
- Co-Leads campers in field trips throughout the Golden Gate National Parks.
- Develops and implements teambuilding and recreation time activities.
- Takes the lead in program development and the delivery of outdoor recreation activities.
- Works with specialists and rangers to link daily activities with each session’s camp theme and foster a sense of environmental responsibility with campers.
Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and a resume to:
Crissy Field Center / Camp Coordinator
1199 East Beach, Presidio
San Francisco, CA 94129
Fax: (415) 561-7695
Subject: Camp Counselor