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13 Feb 2018

Other Outdoor Summer Camp Counselor-in-Training Mentor: Wake

Schoolhouse of Wonder – Posted by schoolhouse Durham, North Carolina, United States

Job Description

* Work at Schoolhouse is belly laughing, creek stomping, fort building, and woods wandering.

* Work at Schoolhouse is being outdoors with kids every day.

* Work at Schoolhouse is living your best life: getting paid to mentor, nurture, and play.

Summer ushers in a 12-week whirlwind of summer camps for children ages 5-12.  A Summer CIT Mentor is responsible for working as part of the field team to successfully deliver summer day camp programs in service of the Schoolhouse mission. This position is responsible for working as part of the program team to successfully implement leadership training for all Counselors in Training (CITs) during summer camp. 

A Schoolhouse of Wonder CIT Mentor takes pride and joy in mentoring CITs through training, coaching, and delivering feedback.  A CIT Mentor is a mentor worth remembering and emulating. 

This position begins May 17th and runs through August 24th.

General Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•Safeguarding the physical, emotional, and intellectual safety of CITs – model Schoolhouse values, engage all participants (in their group), deliver consistent and exceptional supervision of teens, patiently process conflict and disagreements
•Participation –  participate in all aspects of programs in accordance with Schoolhouse methodologies including the active engagement of CITs as a good example and role model at all times – play the games, sing the songs, wade in the river, hide in the leaves, build forts, and actively participate in all aspects of programs
•Communication – establish trusted lines of communication with CITs, their families, and other Schoolhouse staff
•Providing exemplary adherence to Schoolhouse’s values, policies, and procedures
•Activity creation and delivery– partner with the Camp Leads to create and implement high-quality, exciting, nature-based activities for camps
•Setting an excellent example in teaching and behavior management methods, work ethic, and attitude
•Serving as a mentor and a resource, as needed, to other Schoolhouse staff (e.g. area of special knowledge or interest)
•Participate in trainings and staff meetings
•Working with your supervisor to design and implement a professional development plan, including continuing education and familiarity with best practices

Camp Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•Mentor all CITs throughout summer camp season; create and deliver feedback, establish personal goals with the CITs, and implement weekly performance evaluations to assess progress against CIT goals
•Assist CITs in creating and implementing personal leadership goals
•Partner with other program staff and supervisor to ensure success and quality performance by CITs
•Assist in leading and implementing CIT summer training
•Setting an excellent example of teaching and behavior management methods, work ethic, and attitude
•Communicating effectively with participants, CITs, staff, and parents

Please Apply If You…

•are a high school graduate or equivalent, or at least 18 years of age
•are kind, curious, and confident with a “can-do” attitude
•have exceptional mentoring skills, including effective communication, responsiveness, enthusiasm, resourcefulness, sense of humor, self-control, and patience
•have superior verbal, interpersonal, and listening communication skills
•have experience working with children/teens and a desire to mentor them to discover and be their best selves
•have a passion for the outdoors and a desire to share that love with others
•are able and willing to accept and effectively act on feedback and guidance
•desire a cooperative, team-oriented work atmosphere
•are committed to Schoolhouse’s mission and values
•take your work seriously but yourself, not so much

Bonus points (or at least a high-five) if you have…

•A college degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience in a relevant field (e.g. child development, youth leadership)
•Teaching experience, especially with teens
•A strong interest in/knowledge of plants, animals, geology, ecology, and/or cultural history
•Knowledge of experiential and inquiry-based learning techniques


A formal review will be conducted by the supervisor to establish and assess progress against employee goals.  Ongoing feedback provided through regular supervision and work plan development/review sessions.

Office Location, Hours, Travel

The Schoolhouse of Wonder office is currently located at West Point on the Eno Park, 5101 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27704.

The work of the Wake Summer CIT Mentor in Wake is typically performed at Umstead State Park, I-40 Reedy Creek Entrance, 1800 N. Harrison Avenue, Cary, NC, 27513.

Travel to off-site locations is occasionally required. 

Regular hours typically fall between 7:30a – 6p Monday through Friday during Summer Camp from June through August. Hours are dependent on organizational needs, and typically total between 40 and 50 hours per week. Occasional weekends and/or evenings may be required.


The wage for this position is $12.00 per hour. Benefits include professional development opportunities, unlimited vitamin D, and a steady stream of (mostly funny) stories.

Current certification in CPR and First Aid and successful background check required before work can begin. Schoolhouse will pursue both indicated and non-indicated references

This is an “at will” seasonal, non-exempt, hourly position that reports directly to the Wake County Site Manager (Wake), Regional Program Manager (Durham), or Orange County Site Manager (Orange).

Qualified women, minorities, and bilingual candidates (English/Spanish) are encouraged to apply. Schoolhouse of Wonder is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.

Our Organization

Founded in 1989, Schoolhouse of Wonder’s mission is to create kind, curious, and confident kids through nature-based outdoor adventures. We seek to achieve this mission through year-round, outdoor day camps, curriculum-aligned field trips, and leadership training for teenagers.

These core values guide our behavior and help us make decisions.
• We model and teach self-awareness and empathy
• We celebrate individuality; Different is just different
• Everyone deserves to be witnessed, heard and respected
• In nature, we’re all students
• Life should be filled with adventures and a sense of wonder
• We send every kid home dirty, tired and happy

Revenues: Approximately $1,000,000

How to Apply

The Summer CIT Mentor position will remain open until filled. Preference given to early applicants. Only complete applications will be reviewed. To apply, please visit our website and select the appropriate job listing to find a list of instructions.

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Other Outdoor. Job Tags: camp and outdoor education.

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