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Employment Opportunities

Instructor

Kitchen

Night Health Officer

Staff are employed by Professional Education Services Group (PESG), a contracted agency. All employment is subject to successful clearance of a drug screen, criminal background check and Central Registry for child abuse and neglect. These are required at your own expense. Prior to employment, staff must complete PESG application and online training modules. As a contracted worker, you will have the opportunity to buy health insurance. 

Instructor

To be an Outdoor Educator is to make a difference in the lives of children and in the future of our world. Teach 5th and 6th grade students in our residential and day camp programs. Subject areas fall into themes; Science, Adventure, Outdoor Pursuits and History. Find a link on our program page to the activities offered to our clients. Duties will include and not be limited to: daily supervision, entertainment and discipline of students, work outdoors in a variety of weather, eat two meals per day with students, occasional week of overnight supervision of students, and care and upkeep of equipment or animals in program areas.

Compensation

$70.00 a day. Housing and food provided while there is a group in camp. Opportunities available to expand skills in teaching and camp administration. You will also have the option to substitute teach locally during non work days. 

Housing

Full-time staff receive a personal cabin, 20 x 24 foot. Our staff sleep in their own personal cabin every night except for every second or third week when working as the dormitory supervisor. The cabin is heated and comes with a twin bed and mattress, otherwise unfurnished. No plumbing. A central bathhouse is available and includes free laundry facilities. Cabins can handle a small refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, etc. Fuel and electricity are provided. During resident camp, staff eat two meals per day with students. Kitchenette is available in main lodge for staff use.

What You Can Expect

The work week is Monday through Friday. Schools typically arrive by 9:30 am on Monday and depart about 1:30 pm on Friday. We serve 3-4 classrooms a week with two instructor/counselors assigned to each classroom. There are two work shifts per day. One shift is from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and the other shift is from 11:45 am to 8:30 pm. Each pair of instructors is assigned to a class and works out who will cover each shift. There is the possibility the shift could be extended by an hour and half when assigned to assist in the dorm.

Every 2-3 weeks, two male and two female staff are rotated into dorm supervisor positions. Dorm supervisor work hours are 3:45 pm one day until 8:30 am the next day. Additional hours on Monday include morning move-in for students.

You can expect to be a member of a small community of outdoor educators consisting of people from diverse backgrounds.

Qualifications

 Minimum requirements: working with youth, college experience and 18 years old. Certifications in First Aid, CPR and AED required prior to starting work.

Prefer applicants with residential camp experience, challenge course facilitation and group initiatives. Bachelor degree in one of the following or related areas: elementary education, environmental, outdoor, adventure, experiential education or natural science, environmental interpretation, recreation or leisure management. WFR or Lifeguarding certifications are a plus.

Expectations

Live on site during employment with option to stay in housing during summer or winter if commitment is made to work next season. Fall and spring full time employment with opportunities for part-time summer work. Prefer commitment to both fall and spring seasons. Must exhibit safe, responsible and mature behavior and follow OEC and PESG policies. Must have a working cell phone.

 How to apply

Send cover letter, resume and 4 professional references to Kellie Donajkowski, Program Coordinator. oeccoordinator@battle-creek.k12.mi.us

 

 

Kitchen

Prepares meals for students, staff and rental groups. Occasional weekend work. Performs basic food service skills in cooking, baking and operation of all kitchen equipment and dish machine. Meet or exceed health department standards for cleanliness and operation procedures. Kitchen Manager is the immediate supervisor. 

Compensation

Starting at $9.50 / hour.

Qualifications

Must be at least 18 years old. Basic knowledge of food safety, allergens and cooking skills. Ability to communicate effectively with students, staff and guests. Previous commercial kitchen experience a plus.

How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and 4 professional reference contacts to Amy Cherry, OEC Director, at acherry@battle-creek.k12.mi.us. Phone inquiries are welcome at 269-721-8161.

Night Health Officer

The Night Health Officer is responsible for the health and well being of students who are participating in the residential camp from 3:30pm to 8:00am. This person will be responsible for administering medications and dealing with any health issues that arise during their shift including scrapes, sprains, homesickness, allergies, and more. They will also communicate with parents, teachers, and staff about student health issues. They are also responsible for camp store procedures including, filling orders, making change, and tracking inventory. The Night Health Officer will also assist with evening discipline issues as required by instructors including supervising students sitting out of activities.

Compensation

$70.00 a day. Increases for second and third seasons. Housing and food provided while there is a group in camp.

Requirements

  • WFA or WFR or a medical certification that ranks higher.
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
  • Preferred: Prior experience working with children.

Housing

The Night Health Officer must live on site when overnight groups are in camp. The Night Health Officer is provided housing in a private cabin that has heat, electricity and no indoor plumbing. There is a central bathhouse for staff that has laundry facilities nearby cabins. The main lodge building has a staff kitchenette, staff lounge area, and wi-fi access. Meals are provided during training and when groups are in camp.

How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and 4 professional reference contacts to Amy Cherry, OEC Director, at acherry@battle-creek.k12.mi.us. Phone inquiries are welcome at 269-721-8161.

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