Wilderness and Operations Manager

Job Type: 
Summer Camp
Starting Date: 
February 15, 2020

Application Deadline: Rolling Basis

The Wilderness and Operations Manager is a vital member of the administrative team that serves both Woolman camps – Wombat Camp (ages 9-14) and Teen Leadership Camp (ages 15-17). This person has three primary roles 1) Coordinate and oversee the logistics of Wombat Camp’s 3-day backpacking trips 2) Manage gear, transportation to and from trailheads, and backpacking safety protocols for both camps 3) Be a leader and work with Directors to oversee the successful programming of both camps. 

About us

Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills near the scenic Yuba River and Tahoe National Forest, Camp Woolman embodies values of community, respect for nature, peace, and simple fun. Kids come to learn, play, make friends, and live in an accepting community where they can truly be themselves. In-camp activities include cooperative games, sports, arts and crafts, nature, swimming, gardening, singing, campfires, and whatever else our staff can come up with. We run two camps – Wombat Camp (ages 9-14) and Teen Leadership Camp (ages 15-17). Each week of Wombat Camp includes a 3-day overnight backpacking trip at nearby rivers, mountains and lakes. Teen Leadership Camp is divided into 2 sessions that range from beginner to advanced backpacking, and includes backpacking trips anywhere from 3 to 10 days long. When both camps are on site they share meals and will participate in many activities together, often partially-led and facilitated by Teen Leadership campers.

Dates

The job officially begins early February with 5 hours of work a week (done remotely) and transitions to full time work June 13 - August 14, 2020. This time frame includes pre-camp planning, training, set-up, 6 weeks of programming, post-camp debriefing, and clean-up. As this is an especially important leadership position, you will be asked to stay in frequent contact with the Camp Director during the months preceding the start date in order to prepare certain camp logistics, outlined below.

 

Job Description

The Wilderness and Operations Manager is a vital member of the administrative team that serves both Woolman Camps camps – Wombat Camp (ages 9-14) and Teen Leadership Camp (ages 15-17). This person has three primary roles 1) Coordinate and oversee the logistics of Wombat Camp’s 3-day backpacking trips 2) Manage gear, transportation to and from trailheads, and backpacking safety protocols for both camps 3) Be a leader and work with Directors to oversee the successful programming of both camps.

This person will be a guiding presence in the community and should be very experienced in programming safe, environmental-friendly, and educational wilderness trips. This person must be familiar with safe and appropriate low-impact wilderness practices and be able to teach them and evaluate their implementation by others. A person in this role will have excellent organization, large flexibility in their daily routine, and an ability to problem solve and manage crises quickly and effectively. A person in this role will also help supervise campers while Counselors are on break and should expect to drive 4-6 hours a day up to twice a week to get trips to and from trailheads.

 

Who Are We Seeking?

This program is for people who love to work and love to play, who want to learn as well as to teach, who are self-motivated, community-minded, reliable, and who take their responsibilities seriously. A positive attitude and healthy work-ethic are a must; if you sing while washing dishes, laugh when splattered with mud in the garden, or tell jokes while hiking in the rain, this might be the perfect place for you. A background in Quakerism is not necessary, but an interest in Quaker values or a willingness to learn about it is desirable. At Camp Woolman, we strive to create a community where diversity of life experiences, learning styles, and social identities (including but not limited to religion, class, race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability) are honored and celebrated.  In applying, please describe the way your school, work, volunteer, or life experience has prepared you to work with diverse communities of people, including any aspects of your own background or identity that you believe would enrich the Camp Woolman.

 

Required Qualifications

  • 21 years old. Younger applicants may consider a Counselor or Lead Counselor position.

  • Outdoor leadership experience, especially backpacking

  • Current class B Driver's License, or the willingness to obtain one by the start of camp.

  • A current Wilderness First Responder certification, or the willingness to obtain one by the start of camp.

  • A highly focused, detail oriented, and flexible mind that sits atop a caring, kind and empathetic heart. 

  • Strong with written and verbal English communication

  • Prior experience working with young people.

  • Experience in leadership of individuals, programs and processes and strong interpersonal skills. The Wilderness and Operations Manager is a leader and guiding force in the community and a steward of its values in practice. 

  • Strong interest in and passion for fostering, teaching and living the values of peace, justice and sustainability. 

Responsibilities

  • Planning & Teaching

    • Work with camp Directors in advance of summer to plan out trip locations, research permits and plan safety protocols.

    • Help Directors plan and facilitate Counselor training. 

    • Train Counselors and Volunteers in wilderness best practices (including safety and risk management) during pre-camp staff training, and organize in-service training over the summer as needed.

  • Coordinating

    • Coordinate all wilderness trips of Wombat Camp (routes, food, gear, evacuation plans, transportation, etc.).

    • Coordinate trip transportation to and from trailheads for both camps.

    • Evaluate staff and programs. Constantly observe and review the logistical flow of wilderness trips and work to improve it. Keep records, contribute to the archives and work to create sustainable and repeatable processes. 

    • Be one of the drivers to take campers to the trail and pick them up.

  • Wilderness Trip Skills and Management

    • Oversee gear and equipment related to trips of both camps, maintain and monitor usability and make advanced arrangements if anything is amiss. Coordinate rental gear when needed.

    • Ensure readiness of Wombat Camp trail groups

    • Oversee risk management processes on trips throughout the season and work to improve them. 

    • For both camps, while trips are on trail, monitor base station, GPS trackers and communication devices. Give regular updates to Directors and related staff.

    • Coordinate and aid in any code-yellow (not life-threatening) evacuations of participants on trail

    • Solve trip related problems and complete puzzles as they arise.

  • Camp Life

    • Work directly with counselors and campers, occasionally sleeping in a cabin of 6 campers or overseeing campers while Counselors are on break.

    • Participate in Staff Meetings and share observations and community challenges.

    • Be available to play and have fun with campers when they have worn out their Counselors.

    • Participate in the spiritual, emotional, and physical growth of all our beautiful young people.

    • Assist in camper and/or counselor conflict if necessary.

Compensation

The pay for Wilderness Operations Manager is $90/week for part-time work February 1 - June 12 (likely 5 hours of work each week) and $2,160 for full-time on site work June 13 - August 14. Room and Board is covered June 13th - Aug. 14th as an additional compensation and is independent of your monetary wage.

New to Camp Woolman: Click here for Application

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Applications are reviewed first com first serve

FOR QUESTIONS, CONTACT:
Sonja Feinberg,  Wombat Camp Director

781-507-3871