Adventure Director - Wildwood

Location: Rindge, NH
Sanctuary: Wildwood

Wildwood is a place for all. All staff are expected to embrace the individuals that make our camp special.

The Adventure Director supervises the ropes course staff and all aspects of Wildwood’s challenge course programs including high and low elements, and teambuilding activities. 

This role serves as the Co-Director for Wildwood’s Environmental Teen Leadership Program. The ELP Co-Directors live and work directly with 15-17 year-old program participants. ELP Co-Directors oversee all aspects of the program and are responsible for creating a rich and meaningful curriculum to help teen participants become strong voices for conservation.

Responsibilities

  • Train and supervise ropes course staff
    • Train all staff in their ropes duties and responsibilities
    • Verify skills of staff prior to allowing them to assume ropes course duties
    • Train ropes staff in emergency procedures
    • Conduct periodic in-service trainings and skill-building workshops
    • Ensure staff perform their duties appropriately at all times
    • Give constructive, supportive feedback to ropes course staff
  • Deliver and supervise safe and high-quality ropes course programs
    • Pass a skills assessment upon arrival at Wildwood
    • Facilitate ropes course programs as scheduled
    • Monitor all ropes programs to ensure safety practices are in-line with recognized industry standards and Wildwood’s Local Operating Procedures
    • Provide feedback to the Program Coordinator about improving ropes programs and LOPs
    • Maintain an organized facility and keep accurate written records including rope logs and pre- and post-season checklists
  • Supervise ELP’s and ELP Staff
    • Provide clear expectations to ELP Staff as well as written weekly schedules.
    • Communicate frequently with ELP Staff to monitor progression.
    • Give frequent, constructive feedback to ELP Staff and ELP's—both individually and as a group.
    • Conduct a mid-season and an exit evaluation for each facilitator.
    • Enforce Wildwood’s behavior expectations and staff policies.
  • Lead high-quality activities that contribute to ELP’s leadership development and conservation education
    • Assist with planning both first-year and second-year ELP programs.
    • Facilitate recreational opportunities and relaxing times for ELP’s .
    • Facilitate high-quality workshops on group dynamics, leadership skills, nature and conservation.
    • Lead a multi-day offsite camping trip focusing on community and leadership.
  • Ensure physical and emotional safety of ELP’s
    • Ensure basic needs (food, water, health, sleep) are met each day.
    • Supervise effectively during cabin, meal, program and transition times.
    • Clearly communicate expectations.
    • Set appropriate limits and boundaries
    • Manage ELP behavior in a positive manner according to training. 
  • Act as a full participant in the Wildwood community
    • Act as a positive role model for campers and staff
    • Abide by all Wildwood and Mass Audubon policies and procedures
    • Strive to maintain a high level of personal health and wellness
    • Maintain positive, professional relationships with co-workers
    • All Wildwood staff will be required to help work in the kitchen at least 2 days over the summer
    • Wildwood staff will keep a positive attitude and remain flexible
    • Accept the challenge to remain at camp for the entirety of the season
    • Strive to maintain a high level of personal health and wellness
    • Attend all meals except during time off
    • Complete evening security duties as assigned
    • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have 40 days of prior documented experience facilitating a ropes course program and hold a valid Driver’s license and current First Aid and CPR certifications. Strong leadership skills and an understanding of leadership theory required. Ropes course certification from a nationally accredited certifying organization is preferred. Ability to produce a ropes course facilitation portfolio outlining hours of experience with individual elements a plus. Must possess a love of nature that can be articulated to participants. Additional compensation available for Wilderness First Aid or Lifeguard certifications.

Physical Demands

The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the Adventure Director to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.  While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to talk, hear, sit, climb, stand for long periods, lift their hands higher than their shoulders, and walk.  Often the Adventure Director is required to bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, reach, push/pull, walk and run over uneven terrain, and lift up to 40 lbs.  The Adventure Director is required to apply advanced manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination for tasks such as specialized knot tying, operating climbing safety equipment, climbing with the assistance of self-managed safety equipment, adjusting climbing harnesses and performing climber rescues.  Work will be done in all weather conditions including heat, humidity, sun and rain.

Work Environment         

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Routinely, work is performed within a typical outdoor setting with exposure to weather/temperature extremes and extended periods of traversing uneven terrain.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary paid biweekly, comprehensive training, housing and meals for the duration of employment, and other benefits. In addition to the monetary benefits, working at camp provides staff the opportunity to improve communication skills, teambuilding skills and critical thinking. Summer camp is a fast-paced environment where all staff use problem solving skills multiple times a day. 

Compensation starting at $3,365 DOE for the season.

Additional Comments

Staff training begins June 1st and camp is over on Monday August 30th 2021. End date may be flexible upon request, however start date is not flexible for quarantine purposes.

More information and job postings available at www.massaudubon.org/jobs

How to Apply

Email Resume and Cover letter to  

Cheryl Oliveira
Job# 3338

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