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7 Feb 2023

Other Outdoor Counselor and Outdoor Educator

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center – Posted by Eagle Bluff Lanesboro, Minnesota, United States

Job Description

Position Description: Counselor & Outdoor Educators are responsible for working closely with the year-long Environmental Education Fellows in creating and maintaining a safe, fun, and educational environment for program participants. Staff members in this role balance their time between supervising campers, collaborating with other camp staff, co-leading adventure programming, and managing activity supplies.

Staff will participate in two weeks of staff training, four to five weeks of overnight summer camp, one week of day camp, and one to two weeks with other onsite Eagle Bluff guests, for a total of nine weeks. Overnight camps typically run Sunday through Friday; day camps run Monday through Friday.

Essential Functions:

75% – Summer Camp Counselor for Overnight and Day Camps

Provide a safe, healthy, and fun environment, both physically and mentally, to campers and students
Lead and co-lead outdoor adventure activities, which includes high ropes courses, rock climbing, river canoeing, archery, and team building.
Assist in implementing and planning daily activities that fit camper needs and interests; daily activities generally take place from 7 AM – 10 PM with daily breaks for staff
Help campers and guests with issues that may arise
Assist with set-up, tear-down, and maintenance of activities
25% – Education Department Team Member

Demonstrate professionalism and show sincerity/sensitivity especially in areas of participant experience
Show a commitment to individual and organizational growth and improvement; be flexible and maintain a positive attitude and composure when working alone/in teams, receiving constructive criticism, and during times of stress; show dependability in attendance
Assume equal share of housekeeping, community, and maintenance duties
Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications and Skills:

Able to commit to June 5th – August 4th, 2023, with vacation time July 3rd-5th
Be 18 years of age by June 5th, 2023
An interest in working outdoors with elementary, middle, and high school aged children
High level of self-motivation and enthusiasm; an eagerness and willingness to learn
Can effectively collaborate and communicate with peers
Willingness to operate and participate in high ropes courses
Able to live on-site in a dormitory communal setting with other Eagle Bluff Staff
Willingness to ask questions or for help when needed
Current CPR and First-Aid certification or willingness to obtain prior to start date
Preferred Qualifications & Skills:

Prior experience working with elementary, middle, and high school aged children
Experience in outdoor, adventure-based activities such as climbing, canoeing, and camping
Work Environment:

Regularly works around adults and children and in outside conditions that include inclement weather, heat and humidity. Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. Noise level may be loud at times.

Physical Requirements:

Communication, detecting, traversing, and operating skills are needed. The physical demands of this job will vary, but typically require:

Constant movement and use of limbs including but not limited to typing, hauling, bending, pushing, and pulling
Frequent traversing to a significant degree (2+ miles) up/down hills and remaining stationary for extended periods of time (3+ hours)
Frequent facilitation of high ropes courses; including but not limited to operating 30 ft. off the ground, traversing cables, lifting of participants on course, and ziplining
Frequent communication (speaking and hearing) and information exchange in person and digitally on computers, phones, and radios. Conversing with individuals up to audiences of 200+; occasionally in noisy environments
Frequent interaction with non-living and living creatures not limited to birds, insects, reptiles
Frequent exposure to weather elements, such as low and high temperatures, precipitation, wind
Occasional moving of 50-70 pound objects such as 60-pound canoes
Eagle Bluff ELC does not sponsor work visas, thus, in compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify eligibility to work in the United States by completing the required I-9 form upon hire. Employment will require the selected candidate to pass all background, criminal record, fingerprinting, reference checks

Eagle Bluff ELC is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of their positions. The essential functions listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


$320/week for new staff for the duration of the summer
$340/week for returning staff for the duration of the summer
Dormitory Housing provided on-site – includes WiFi, bunk bed, shared room with other staff (no campers), and access to laundry
Meals provided when visiting groups are in residence; food staples for use in the staff kitchen
Option of internship credit, dependent on college/university
Use of Eagle Bluff’s recreational equipment
Professional purchase discounts

How to Apply

Application Details: Email your resumé and a copy of your most current transcript to: Brent Burton and Henry Whitehead, Summer Camp Managers: Contact two professional references and direct them to our Online Reference Form (found on our website). It is your responsibility to make sure the references are completed in a timely manner. Answer and submit the online application questions, on our website. When we have received all of the materials above, we will contact you about continuing the hiring process. Please contact us with any questions. Thank you for your interest in spending your summer with us here on the Bluff! Brent Burton & Henry Whitehead – Summer Camp Managers,

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Other Outdoor.

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