Wilderness and Operations Manager

Job Type: 
Summer Camp
Starting Date: 
June 9, 2019

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 15-16). 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 15-16). Each week of Wombat Camp includes a 3-day overnight backpacking trip at nearby rivers, mountains and lakes. Teen Leadership Camp is divided into 3 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 June 9, 2019 and runs through August 10, 2019. This time frame includes pre-camp planning, training, set-up, 6 weeks of programming, post-camp debriefing, and clean-up. On-site room and board is offered for the entirety of that period. 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 15-16). 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 4-8 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.).

    • Facilitate the process of communal participation in trip preparations for campers and staff alike.

    • 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 loaner 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.

A person successful in this role will posses these...

  • Interpersonal Domains:

    • Work smoothly with Camp directors and other camp staff toward shared goals and for the good of the greater picture.

    • Work directly with campers when needed.

    • Work with city, county and state permitting offices and Rangers when necessary to achieve permission for camp operations and trips.

    • Work with gear retailers and specialists to purchase and acquire needed equipment.

  • Teaching and Leadership Skills:

    • Works with and utilizes Non-Violent communication - a form of conflict resolution that involves hearing and expressing needs and empathizing with others.

    • Knows the strengths and challenges of counselors as activity leaders and plays to those strengths while challenging growth.

    • Can effectively convey core concepts, give instructional lessons, and respond to questions of a variety of audiences.

  • Personality Traits:

    • Is personally heart-focused and takes ownership of mistakes and shortcomings with an attitude of failing forward. Never counts beans or thinks in terms of what is “owed” or “fair.” Possesses a giving heart.

    • Is attuned to detail, is consistently flexible to dynamic changes, adapts quickly, and implements what is needed.

    • Possesses above average organizational skills.

    • Thinks frequently in terms of innovation. Is always asking: “how could we do this better, more efficiently, or with greater alignment to the vision and mission of camp?”

    • Knows the vision and mission of camp as it reflects peace, justice and sustainability; lives and embodies it in daily speech and presence in the community.

    • Knows the camp system and processes, where there is flexibility and what it takes to make significant changes. Sees the schedule as a tool for creating magic, not a box or channel with definitive boundaries.

    • Is not just capable of but enjoys the process of challenging other’s growth, facilitating the achievement of personal goals, and ameliorating systems and processes.

Compensation

The pay for this position is $2345. This covers a span of 9 weeks between June 9th and August 10th. Room and Board is covered as an additional compensation and is independent of your monetary wage.

New to Camp Woolman: Click here for Application

Camp Woolman Returner: Click here for Application

Application Deadline is February 1, 2019.

FOR QUESTIONS, CONTACT:
Sonja Feinberg,  Wombat Camp Director

781-507-3871