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Full Time Seasonal and Part Time Seasonal Outdoor Education Facilitator

Position Overview:

Positive Adventures will begin taking resume’s in April for Outdoor Educators to support our 2017 Fall Outdoor Education season. Our programs are generally 3-5 days in length and are implemented in a variety of settings including residential camps, desert and coastal base camp programs, and backcountry excursions. We have a need to hire a variety of availabilities. If you have limited availability we would still encourage you to apply. Staff returning to work the following year are entitled to a sign on bonus. Please review the Outdoor Education Season Schedule at the bottom of this web page.

Our participants range from 12-17 years of age and are accompanied by school chaperones.  Courses are held in and around Southern California including Long Beach, Idyllwild, Big Bear, Santa Barbara, Joshua Tree National Park and the Sierra Mountain Range.

Programs with increased complexity will demand higher certifications. WFR, Lifeguard, and AMGA Certs are in high demand for our programs. Once contracted for a program, each instructor is expected to arrange transportation to and from each location.  Many carpooling opportunities will available by way of our equipment vehicle and other staff carpools.

Although we encourage you to provide as much availability as possible, the minimum time commitment of this position includes the facilitator training and committing to two programs in the Fall. The Outdoor Education Season Schedule, at the bottom of this web page.  If you can not make training and wish to work the VAVI adult camp program, you may qualify to attend a program-specific training in the 1-2 days preceding the event, instead of the facilitator training.

Meals are provided beginning with dinner on the first night (byo lunch) and continue until the students depart.  Healthy groceries are provided and staff works together to prepare staff meals the majority of the time. When the students arrive, we will have “Logi” preparing everyone’s meals (you perhaps?) or the camp will cook for everyone if we are staying at a residential camp.

Job Responsibilities:

Facilitate a trail group of 13-15 students through multi-activity OE curriculum in the residential camp and/or backcountry settings.

Facilitate team building initiatives, group games, ice breakers and warm up activities for 3+ hour blocks with a trail group.

Manage the risk involved with OE programs including group management, activity specific risks and emotional and social boundaries.

Manage belay stations effectively in both the ropes course and top-rope rock climbing site environments.

Lead groups through activity rotations such as high ropes course, scrambling and hiking, environmental education hikes and lessons, low ropes team building. Night adaptation and astronomy.

Position Qualifications:

Current First Aid/CPR

Wilderness First Aid Recommended

Wilderness First Responder Required for Back Country Programs and Strongly Recommended for All

2+ years of experience working in the outdoor education field with youth.

Proficient skills in the following: group facilitation, team-building initiatives and games, risk management, environmental education and interpretation, ecology and natural history. Experience in belaying and ropes courses is a plus although we cover this in training.

Excellent communication, leadership and teamwork skills.

Proven ability to manage youth groups.

Reliable mode of transportation and cell phone.

Availability to attend a training 8/7- 8/10/2017 (paid at minimum wage)

Ability to pass a background check/live scan.

Dates of Employment:

We require that all new employees attend our four-day training 8/7- 8/10/2017 paid at minimum wage.  The training will take place at a residential camp with a ropes course in Big Bear for the first two days and at our Office in San Diego for the second two days. Transportation to Big Bear from our office will be available. Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, and Lunch are provided on the first two days. The staff is required to bring their own meals for the last two days at the office.

Full-time seasonal employment begins after training and we remain busy until the end of October. Part-time staff will be asked to work the programs with the highest demand for staff.  If you qualify for backcountry programs, they will take place from September 26 – October 7 in Escalante, UT, Rae Lakes, CA and Havasupai, AZ.

Compensation:

Positive Adventures is proud to compensate our facilitators at a highly competitive rate. We value your expertise, hard work, and dedication to our field.

Programs are often outlined as follows:

Prep Day = Up to 9 hours -roughly 11am - 8pm

Program Days= Up To 15 Hrs  - roughly 7am-5pm 6-10pm

Debrief Day= Up To 8 hours - roughly 7 am-3pm

On a 3 day program the pay would be as follows: Prep day is paid at $110, Two Program Days paid at $177.50 each and a Debrief Day is paid at $95 Programs can sometimes contain up to 4-6 Program Days.

Application Procedure and Deadline:

Applications will be reviewed starting in April and accepted until July 31st, 2017. If you have an interest in a position at Positive Adventures, we would love to hear from you! To apply, please send your resume, Expiration dates of relevant certificates, three professional references, and answers to the questions below to Alicia Dolan at admin@positiveadventures.com.

Please also title this email: Outdoor Education Facilitator Application (so I can find everyone easily and email updates on hiring). Thank you in advance for your complete application!

Application Questions

1: Please provide 2 examples of risk management issues that you have observed or experienced while working in our industry. Describe how you did, or would handle the same situation.

2: Please list 3 Team Building initiatives and their basic instructions that you like to facilitate.  Why do you prefer these specific activities?

3: Describe how you would arrive prepared for a 3-day tent-camping youth program in an unfamiliar course area.

Thank you for your interest and for taking the time to create a complete the application.  We look forward to meeting you!

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Corporate Facilitator

Job Title: Positive Adventures Corporate Team Building Facilitator

Position Overview:

This is a part-time, as-needed position for our corporate and organizational team building programs. Each program is a 1/2 day to full day in length and can range from Philanthropic/Corporate Social Responsibility Programs, Team Building, and Team Consulting/Development Programs. The role of a Facilitator is to assist with set-up of the event, manage a station or assigned role during the program, and to help strike the location after the event. We are looking for detail-oriented, organized, out-going individuals who like to have FUN! We will provide all tools and resources for you to be successful.

Job Responsibilities:

Facilitate groups of 10-12 people through multiple team building activities

Location Setup, Strike, and Risk Management

Facilitate team building initiatives, group games, ice breakers, and warm-ups

Scorekeeping

Group Management Position Requirements:

1-3 years of team building or event management experience preferred but not required

Excellent Communication, Leadership, and Teamwork Skills (loud voices needed!)

Reliable Mode of Transportation

Proficient Skills in the following: team building initiatives, group games, risk management, and group management

For More Information or to Apply:

Email your resume and favorite superhero to Alicia Dolan: admin@positiveadventures.com

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Outdoor Education Course Director

Position Overview:

Positive Adventures will begin taking resume’s in April for Fall and Spring Couse Directors.  Our programs are generally 3-5 days in length and are implemented in a variety of settings including residential camps, desert and coastal base camp programs, and backcountry excursions. First-year Course Directors may be invited to Course Direct 1-5 programs in the 2017 Fall Season.  Course Directors returning for the Spring and Fall of the following year are entitled to a sign on bonus and additional work opportunities. Please, see schedule below; availability and interest to be discussed further in an interview.

Our participants range from 12-17 years of age and are accompanied by school chaperones.  Courses are held in and around Southern California including Long Beach, Idyllwild, Big Bear, Santa Barbara, Joshua Tree National Park and the Sierra Mountain Range.

The Course Director is responsible for overseeing the facilitation staff and supporting the big-picture program needs, as the lead on the scene. Programs will range from 2 facilitators and 30 students to 15 staff 15 chaperones and 125 students. The Course Director orchestrates all moving pieces and maintains strict time management while preserving the world-class experiences that Positive Adventures have been providing our schools, for over a decade.

 

Job Responsibilities:

- Large scale on program risk management including group management of multiple moving groups and activities, sport/activity specific risks with a very strong focus on emotional and social boundaries.

- Manage 3-15 facilitators who each manage a trail group of 13-15 students. Facilitators provide multi-activity OE curriculum in the residential camp and/or backcountry settings.

-  Large group public speaking including risk management talks, group games, ice breakers and warm up activities for 20 - 150 students and chaperones.

- Manage 1-2 ropes course and rock climbing directors, cooking staff and outside vendors including vehicle rentals, scheduled collaboration with non-profits for service projects and activities like kayaking guides.

- Time management of trail group leaders, rotating through activities such as high ropes course, scrambling and hiking, environmental education hikes and lessons, low ropes team building, night adaptation, and astronomy.

Position Qualifications:

Wilderness First Responder Required

2+ years of experience working as a Program Director field with youth or equivalent.

Proficient skills in the following: group facilitation, team-building initiatives and games, risk management, environmental education and interpretation, ecology and natural history. Experience in belaying and ropes courses is a plus although we cover this in training.

Proven communication, leadership and teamwork skills.

Proven ability to manage teams of facilitators with youth groups.

Reliable mode of transportation and cell phone.

Availability to attend facilitator training 8/7-10 & the Course Director Training 8/12-14 (paid at minimum wage)

Ability to pass a background check/live scan.

Dates of Employment:

The training will take place at a residential camp with a ropes course in Big Bear for the first two days and at our Office in San Diego for the second two days. Transportation to Big Bear from our office will be available. Course Director Training Location TBD.  Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, and Lunch are provided on the first two days. The staff is required to bring their own meals for the last two days at the office.

Full-time seasonal employment begins after training and we remain busy until the end of October. Part-time staff will be asked to work the programs with the highest demand for staff.  If you qualify for backcountry programs, they will take place from September 26 – October 7 in Escalante, UT, Rae Lakes, CA and Havasupai, AZ.

Compensation:

Positive Adventures is proud to compensate our facilitators at a highly competitive rate.

We value your expertise, hard work, and dedication to our field.

Course Director Schedules are outlined and paid as follows:

Prep Day = Up to 11 hours -roughly 10am - 6pm & 7pm-10pm 

Program Days= Up To 16 Hrs  - roughly 6am-5pm & 6pm-10pm

Debrief Day= Up to 11 hours -roughly 6am - 5pm  (typically 2pm)

The pay for a Course Director Starts as follows: Prep day is paid at $114.50, Program Days are paid at $200 Each and a Debrief Day is paid at $150 Programs typically contain one prep day, 2-6 program days and end with a debrief day.  Strong candidates may qualify for higher daily wages depending on experience and certifications.

Application Procedure and Deadline:

Applications will be reviewed starting in April and accepted until July 31st, 2017. If you have an interest in a position at Positive Adventures, we would love to hear from you! To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, Expiration dates of relevant certificates, three professional references, and any relevant references to Alicia Dolan at admin@positiveadventures.com.

Please also title this email: Outdoor Education Course Director Application (so I can find everyone easily and email updates on hiring). Thank you in advance for your complete application!

Outdoor Education Fall Season Dates

School (Youth) or Adult ProgramFacilitatorsCourse DirectorChef's NeededLocation Prep DayProgram Days StartDebrief DayNotesParticipants
Staff Training: CPR & EXP REQ15-20FilledFacilitator Training:  Cedar Lake Camp  (909) 866-5714 1100 Mill Creek Rd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 and POSITIVE ADVENTURES Office Days 3-4noneMonday, August 7, 2017Thursday, August 10, 2017Required for All Applicants. Exception: VAVI
Course Director Training: WFR AND EXP REQ3FilledCD Training: PA OFFICE or Near BynoneSaturday, August 12, 2017Monday August 14WFR and Exp Req.
School151On Campus1/2 Prep Da7 8/15Wednesday, August 16, 2017Thursday, August 17, 2017300
School61Cedar Lake Camp (909) 866-5714 1100 Mill Creek Rd, Big Bear Lake, CA 923158/18/17Saturday, August 19Monday August 2185
Professional Development with School Staff and Faculty3FilledCedar Lake Camp (909) 866-5714 1100 Mill Creek Rd, Big Bear Lake, CA 923158/22/17Wednesday, August 23, 2017Friday, August 25, 201745
School141YMCA Camp Whittle (909) 866-3000 31701 Rim of the World Dr, Fawnskin, CA 923338/22/17Wednesday, August 23, 2017Friday, August 25, 2017125
Vavi Adult Camp12FilledCedar Lake Camp (909) 866-5714 1100 Mill Creek Rd, Big Bear Lake, CA 923158/24/17Friday, August 25, 2017Sunday, August 27, 2017220
Possible School Program101Cedar Lake Camp (909) 866-5714 1100 Mill Creek Rd, Big Bear Lake, CA 923158/27/17Monday, August 28, 2017Thursday, August 31, 2017130
School10FilledYMCA Camp Whittle (909) 866-3000 31701 Rim of the World Dr, Fawnskin, CA 923338/28/17Tuesday, August 29, 2017Friday, September 1, 2017100
School711PizzaChadwick & UCLA8/29/17Wednesday, August 30, 2017Friday, September 1, 201795
School31YMCA Camp Whittle (909) 866-3000 31701 Rim of the World Dr, Fawnskin, CA 923339/5/17Wednesday, September 6, 2017Friday, September 8, 201745
School (2 programs back to back)81YMCA Camp Whittle (909) 866-3000 31701 Rim of the World Dr, Fawnskin, CA 923339/17/17Monday, September 18, 2017Friday, September 22, 2017115+85
School11Rae Lakes- Kings Canyon1/2 Prep Day 9/30Sunday, October 1, 2017Saturday, October 7, 2017WFR And  BackPacking Exp Req.12
School51Escalante - Glen Canyon9/26/2017 Includes 1 Day Off at Escalante  Base Camp as neededSunday, October 1, 2017Saturday, October 7, 2017WFR And BackPacking Exp Req.24
School11Havasupai1/2 Prep Day 9/30Sunday, October 1, 2017Friday, October 6, 2017WFR And BackPacking Exp Req.12
School11Indian Cove Joshua Tree NP 7299 Indian Cove Rd E, Twentynine Palms, CA 922779/30/17Sunday, October 1, 2017Friday, October 6, 2017SPI & WFR12
School912Indian Cove Joshua Tree NP 7299 Indian Cove Rd E, Twentynine Palms, CA 9227710/10/17Wednesday, October 11, 2017Friday, October 13, 2017110
School4Filled2Half Dome Village Yosemite NP (888) 413-8869 9010 Curry Village Dr, Yosemite Valley, CA 9538910/15/17Monday, October 16, 2017Friday, October 20, 201756
School11Camp SurfImperial Beach San Diego10/15/17Monday, October 16, 2017Friday, October 20, 201724
School21ShareHalf Dome Village Yosemite NP (888) 413-8869 9010 Curry Village Dr, Yosemite Valley, CA 9538910/15/17Monday, October 16, 2017Friday, October 20, 201724
School3Filled1Indian Cove Joshua Tree NP 7299 Indian Cove Rd E, Twentynine Palms, CA 9227710/17/17Wednesday, October 18, 2017Friday, October 20, 201740
School3Filled110/24/17Wednesday, October 25, 2017Friday, October 27, 201745

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