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Summer Science Camp Instructors support YSI's mission to inspire enthusiasm for science and a love of learning. Summer Science Camp Instructors will use YSI camp curricula to guide exploration, experimentation, and scientific thinking with campers. YSI Summer Science Camps are offered to children preschool (3 ½ years old) up through entering 6th grade, and each camp is designed for and taught to a specific age group. Summer Science Camp Instructors work together to make YSI’s Summer Science Camps full of learning, imagination, and fun, including crafts, hikes, experiments, and games. They will also be responsible for communication with other Summer Science Camp Instructors and with camp parents.

Lead Instructors will be in charge of planning and implementing lesson plans based on YSI curricula, including set-up and clean-up as well as leading campers through activities. Assistant Instructors will work with the Lead Instructors to implement lesson plans, including set-up and clean-up as well as leading campers through activities. The Floater Position will fill in as needed for Lead or Assistant Instructors, including preparation and implementation of camp curricula. Other Floater duties may include joining a camp for additional camper support, providing breaks for the Summer Science Camp team, assisting in opening and closing activities, supporting set-up and clean-up, and other duties as assigned.
This part-time, seasonal position will be scheduled to work Monday through Friday at YSI’s Vasona Park location. Summer Science Camp Instructors are required to work at least six consecutive weeks of YSI Summer Science Camp. There are a total of 9 weeks of camp running from June 14th – August 13, 2021. Shifts vary by week and may start at 8:15am or later, and typically end by 1:30pm. Most shifts are 5 hours, but may vary based on camp prep needed. There are additional paid orientation meetings and training sessions required for all camp staff.

Responsibilities Include:

• Teach hands-on environmental, biological, physical, and social science camps and activities in a mostly-outdoor summer camp setting
• Ensure the safety and well-being of children
• Preparation and cleanup for all camps taught, including returning all kits, curricula, and other items to YSI in good condition
• Understand and teach camp materials and curricula provided by YSI
• Positive and enthusiastic customer service with camp families and other visitors
• Exhibit maturity, diplomacy and common sense in working with parents, children, staff, and other YSI constituents
• Maintain indoor and outdoor facilities including cleaning, sweeping, vacuuming, and restocking used items
• Performs other duties as assigned by the Program Manager or Executive Director

Education and Experience:

Years of Experience
2 or more years of experience working with children in informal or formal learning settings; examples: coach, tutor, mentor, teaching assistant, museum guide, interpretive ranger, scout leader, or community volunteer. Assistants may have 1 or more years experience.Prior summer camp experience is a plus.

Coursework in science, education, environmental studies, or comparable experience.College degree is a plus.

Must have and maintain current certification by a nationally recognized provider of training for adult and child First Aid, CPR, and AED; acquired by end of the first 30 days at YSI.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
• Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication skills including excellent customer service skills
• Computer literate in Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs
• Acute attention to detail and accuracy
• Strong organizational skills
• Able to work independently and in a team environment, juggle multiple tasks, and respond to changing priorities
• Able to interface daily with children, parents, the public, and YSI staff in a positive, professional manner
• Excellent people skills and personable, helpful, friendly attitude with ability to listen and respond to questions
• Able to work with, and respond to, the public under pressure
• Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions
• Ability to adapt and be flexible as priorities shift, and willing to take on variety of tasks
• Knowledge of Next Generations Science Standards (NGSS) preferred
• Passionate and enthusiastic about science education, nature, working with children, and YSI’s mission and values
• Possess a valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance if using a car to travel to Vasona Park for Summer Science Camp
• Must be over 18 and undergo criminal background checks, including fingerprints, through the database of the California Department of Justice and the national FBI criminal database. Must also show evidence / verification of a negative TB skin test reading less than four (4) years old
• Must be able to submit hours worked on an electronic timecard daily

Physical Requirements:
• Stand for up to 6 hours
• Move and lift items up to 30 pounds
• See 12-point font and distances of 300 feet
• Walk and hike for up to 1.5 hours and up to 1 mil
• Run and/or jog on flat and hilly surfaces and navigate a 30-degree slope. Surfaces include but are not limited to grass, gravel, wet and dry surfaces, uneven and/or rocky soil
• Hear children and adult voices
• Communicate clearly and be understood by groups of children and adults for periods of up to 6 hours
• Kneel, bend, and sit occasionally
• Work in varying conditions (indoor and outdoor)

For accommodations to these activities, staff should submit requests to the Executive Director.

This position specification is not an employment contract. YSI is an at-will employer. YSI reserves the right to modify, add, or change this specification for the Summer Science Camp Instructor positions at any time.

Pay rate: $16-$19/hour

For more information, contact

Employment application.