City of Fort Wayne

Camp Counselor - Botanical Conservatory

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Working under direction of the Program Coordinator for Interpretation, the incumbent will provide direct supervision, safety, social engagement, and instruction for children ages 8-11 years old learning about urban and rural ecosystems
Job Code: 2021047
Posted On: Monday, 15th March 2021
Category: Seasonal
Department: Parks and Recreation
Shift: Varies within Monday - Friday, 8:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
200 E. Berry Street
Pay Rate: $10.00 per hour

Job Description:

SUMMARY

Working under direction of the Program Coordinator for Interpretation, the incumbent will provide direct supervision, safety, social engagement, and instruction for children ages 8-11 years old learning about urban and rural ecosystems through the lenses of natural science, history, and art. The incumbent is expected to exercise good judgment, independence, initiative, and professional expertise in conducting day-to-day operations. All work duties and activities must be performed in accordance with the City safety rules and operating regulations, policies and procedures as well as federal, state, and local regulations. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the ability to interact with the public, City incumbents, and outside agencies with patience, tact, respect, and professionalism and the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assists in planning weekly program schedules and daily themed activities;
  • Receives daily assignments and meets with supervisor for reporting and evaluation;
  • Enthusiastically introduces activities and actively engages with campers in outdoor summer fun;
  • Integrates recreational and educational activities to foster a memorable, interactive, and quality program experience;
  • Promotes shared experiences, social interactions, and positive and inclusive group dynamics among campers;
  • Teaches campers skills in areas of garden ecology, urban environmental education, biodiversity, observation, nature interpretation, creative art, historical investigation, research, wayfinding and map reading;
  • Teaches street safety and navigation while guiding children safely on exploratory walks downtown;
  • Maintains flexibility, perseverance, and a sense of resourcefulness;
  • Models excitement for outdoor adventure and exploration of the natural world;
  • Guides campers in discovering ecological concepts, developing new understandings, and demonstrating gained knowledge and skills;
  • Assists with lunch, snack preparation, and clean up;
  • Follows child safety protocols;
  • Demonstrates positive interactions with parents, campers, co-workers, and other staff;
  • Assists in record-keeping duties;
  • Participates in staff training;
  • Performs duties in accordance with the City's safety rules and operating regulations and practices.

MARGINAL FUNCTIONS

  • May drive 15-passenger van or mini bus to transport children on field trips;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS 

The incumbent is responsible to manage their performance in accordance with this job description and the performance expectations provided to them by management. If at any time the incumbent is unsure of their role or specific responsibilities, it is the incumbent’s responsibility to refer to their job description and ask for clarification from their supervisor. Management will work with the incumbent, as needed, to ensure performance expectations are clearly communicated and performance goals are achieved.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This position has no supervisory responsibility.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Also must be able to pass a post offer drug test, physical, and a criminal background investigation. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Completion of one year of college in education or related field;
  • At least three years of experience working with children ages 8-11.
  • Teaching experience preferred, as well as experience in horticulture, biology, or natural history.

OTHER KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and/or ABILITIES

  • Ability to work well with peers and children of all ages and abilities;
  • Ability to take charge and motivate others;
  • Ability to positively resolve conflict.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.  Incumbent has contact with supervisors, the public, co-workers, department head, division head and with other agencies.  Incumbent communicates routine information including the giving and receiving of factual information about work.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Incumbent makes choices and takes actions performing a variety of relatively standardized assignments.  Errors in decisions or work are not immediately apparent through supervisory review, but are revealed through adverse effects on operations.  Work requires some analysis and judgment.  Supervisor reviews work in process, at critical phases and upon completion.  Supervisor and employee discuss problems and solutions at the end of day.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS – Required for Continued Employment

  • Valid Indiana Driver's License;
  • Certified in First Aid and CPR by the American Heart Association within two weeks of employment (provided by the City’s Risk Management Department).

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Incumbent works inside and outside in normal weather changes; work requires walking about various types of terrain with exposure to hazardous conditions and dust.

 

Apply Online

All applications for currently posted positions will be submitted on line at www.cityoffortwayne.org. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.

(Those individuals who accept employment with the City and live outside one of the six contiguous Indiana counties that border Allen County (DeKalb, Whitley, Noble, Huntington, Wells, and Adams) will have six (6) months from their start date to become residents of either Allen County or one of the six counties listed above. Policy and Procedure Number 204 Page: 1 of 1).

Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran's status, national origin, or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.

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