Climbing, Archery, and Backpacking Specialist - W. Alton Jones


Job Description

Description: Teach and lead campers, ages 9-16 during eight six-day residential camping programs with primary responsibility focused on teaching rock climbing and tree climbing or archery. The Climbing Specialists will set up and provide instruction and supervision for rock and tree climbing sessions for ages 9-16. The Archery Specialists will teach archery instruction to campers ages 9-16 as well as other activities as needed. The Backpacking specialists will lead short term (2-night) backcountry backpacking trips for campers ages 11-13 including skills instruction, packing, orienteering, safety, leave-no-trace camping and survival skills. While training will be provided, at least some previous experience is helpful. All specialists may need to lead other programs in addition to their specialty. Camp Counselors oversee safety and teach or lead environmental education, outdoor adventure, leave-no-trace camping and survival skills, campfires, group games, evening programs, skits, and arts and crafts. Counselors will also assist with Junior Counselor training and development. Counselors also supervise campers in cabins overnight and at mealtimes and during free times on a rotating basis. Other responsibilities are to assist with waterfront supervision; help create a supportive community environment for campers and other staff; assist with camp preparation, clean-up, opening day check-in, and family programs; and instill in each camper an appreciation for the natural environment. The Site: The URI Environmental Education Center is situated on 2,300 acres of forests, wetlands, and old farmland—the W. Alton Jones Campus. Dedicated to environmental education, the Center has been offering quality day and residential programs for over 30 years. The residential camp facilities include a knotty pine dining lodge with field stone fireplaces, hardwood floors, and six meeting rooms. The grounds include 10 miles of hiking trails, 200 acres of open fields and meadows, a waterfront on a private 75-acre lake, a working farm, and the rustic Poor Farm Teen Base Camp. Rock climbing takes place off-site.

Qualifications: Successful applicants will have experience in climbing, archery, or backpacking, previous teaching experience or previous experience working with children or adolescents. Requires energy, enthusiasm, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated interest in the environment and outdoor activities (rock climbing, no-trace camping, canoeing, etc). College degree, or college courses in education, environmental science, outdoor education or recreation preferred. Red Cross certification in standard first aid and CPR required. Experience speaking, leading songs, and/or story telling in front of large (50-100) groups of children is helpful. Training will be provided but previous rock/tree climbing and/or archery experience is preferred. Minimum age is 18 years, 21 or older with driver’s license is preferred. Pets are strictly forbidden. All final applicants will be subjected to a criminal background check.

Salary: Compensation includes $1802 for staff ages 18-20, $2014 for staff ages 21 +, and $2226 for Drivers (21+ with a clean driving record). Includes room and board and up to two weeks paid training.

Dates of Employment: June 15 to August 14, 2015. Attendance at staff training (first two weeks) is mandatory.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, application form, and three references to Alton Jones Camp Jobs, URI Environmental Education Center, 401 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817, (401) 874-8200. FAX: (401) 397-3293. E-mail:

Apply by: June 6 2015


Camp/Organization: W. Alton Jones (ACA Accredited)

Location: Rhode Island

Type of Position: General Staff

Time Frame: Seasonal


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