Camp Counselor - Hancock Field Station at OMSI

Fossil, OR
  • 13-Nov-2018 to 10-May-2019 (PST)
  • Education
  • Fossil, OR, USA
  • $28.75-$40.00
  • Day
  • Special Project - Full-Time

Eligible for health benefits and Oregon Sick.

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The Camp Counselor position is responsible for the health and safety of all campers that attend OMSI Summer Science Camps. This position requires living with campers in cabins for the duration of the program at Hancock Field Station and on overnight campouts at other sites. Camp Counselors supervise campers at night and during down times throughout the day. This position is responsible for assisting with camp cleaning at the end of each camp and may be responsible for taking on a support role for the week as a kitchen, dining hall, and camp assistant.  Work schedule depends on programming needs.


Participate in programs/initiatives to enhance corporate culture, such as:

  • Working effectively with and supporting volunteers throughout the organization.
  • Supporting OMSI's Total Guest Experience (TGE)/Customer Service mission and objectives in daily job performance, including diversity initiatives.
  • Professionally represent OMSI with all internal and external contacts with appropriate appearance, action and communication.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the health and safety of campers, ages 6-18, attending OMSI Summer Science Camps.
  • Responsible for staying with and monitoring students overnight in cabins/tents and at tables during meals.
  • Ensuring that students are prepared for activities and keeping the group on schedule.
  • Responsible for monitoring and engaging with students during bus and van rides.
  • Recognizing, mitigating, and responding to hazards to ensure a healthy and safe program for all participants.
  • Fulfilling assigned duties in emergency situations.
  • Supporting the general betterment of camp by assisting with cleaning, cooking, and other tasks as assigned.
  • This position is exempt, paid day rate
  • This position is special project, scheduled for 40hours/week.


Working and Living Conditions

  • Programming runs June through August, with a mandatory training during the first week of employment.
  • Requires on-site living during programming, in a cabin; or possibly a tent with students during campouts.
  • Accommodations provided during programming; meals provided from dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day of programming.
  • Supervising campers day and night. Weekend programming can occasionally make for 13 straight days of work without a full day off. (American Camp Association time off standards will be met two hours off daily, and 24 consecutive hours or more off each two-week block.)
  • Must be physically able to be with students on hikes of up to 10 miles in a day.
  • Work environment includes open flames, toxic or caustic chemicals, and all-season outdoor weather conditions.
  • Must have visual, perceptual, cognitive and judgment ability to: recognize and respond verbally to health and safety concerns and to deal appropriately with any improper behavior.
  • Vision requirements include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships), and ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus).
  • Noise level is very quiet (examples: forest trail, isolation booth for hearing test) to loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department, large earth-moving equipment),
  • Physical Demands: 10% Sitting,  25% Standing,  50% Walking, 15% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling 5 - 80 Pounds 


Secondary Functions:

  • Provide logistics and facility support in rotation with peers, which includes cleaning, food service, and other tasks deemed necessary for successful camp operation by the manager.
  • Requires calm and professional conflict resolution with participants and peers.
  • Coordinate with other counselors to supervise daily recreation time and engage with students during formal and informal breaks.
  • Provide first aid care to students and staff when necessary.
  • Act as a positive role model for students and staff at all times.
  • Plan and perform campfires.
  • This position may be asked to drive a gear van.




  • Ability to follow basic instructions.
  • Ability to communicate and direct small and large groups.
  • Flexibility in weekly schedules and daily programming.
  • Understanding of confidentiality and protocol.
  • Professional communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Good customer service skills.
  • Ability to work with a team to share responsibilities throughout the day.



  • Working knowledge of small and large group games.
  • Skills in behavior management.
  • Experience speaking in front of a crowd.
  • Experience in conflict resolution with participants and peers.


Education & Work Experience: 


  • Be at least 16 years of age by the beginning of June of current programming season.
  • Experience working with youth.



  • Experience working in an outdoor setting.
  • Working knowledge of outdoor leadership skills.
  • Minimum one year of college experience.
  • Minimum one season of working as a camp counselor for a residential camp program.
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Bilingual - Spanish/English or Japanese/English.


Additional Requirements/Preferences; Including Licenses and Certifications: 


  • Pre-employment checks, such as a criminal background check, reference checks, and American Camp Association (ACA) background checks.
  • For drivers: Valid driver license, with three years of driving experience and must pass pre-employment Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check.
  • Current first aid/CPR certification (Valid through August 31st).
  • Current Oregon Food Handler certification (Valid through August 31st).



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Current Lifeguard Certification

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