| Job Description
Summer ushers in a 12-week whirlwind of summer camps for children ages 5-12. It also ushers in 12 weeks of 13-17 year old Counselors-in-Training. A CIT Mentor is responsible for working as part of the program team to successfully implement leadership training for all Counselors-in-Training (CITs) during summer camp. This position is responsible for mentoring and coaching CITs, coordinating with Camp Leads and Site Managers to offer informal and formal feedback, communicating with Schoolhouse staff and camp parents, modeling Schoolhouse values, and ensuring the physical and emotional safety of participants.
The Durham CIT Mentor reports to the Regional Program Manager.
A Schoolhouse of Wonder CIT Mentor takes pride and joy in mentoring teens discover and be their best selves. These individuals can partner energy with patience and responsibility with fun. A CIT Mentor is a someone worth remembering and emulating.
This position begins June 5th and runs through August 25th with an opportunity to continue into the fall season. Training Dates include the morning of May 10th, the evening of May 15th, all-day Lead Training May 17th, all-day Staff Training Weekend on May 20th and 21st, and an all-day on-site training May 23rd.
Duties and responsibilities will 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, swim in the river, hide in the leaves, build forts, and actively participate in all aspects of programs
- Provide exemplary adherence to Schoolhouse’s values, policies, and procedures.
- Communication – establish trusted lines of communication with CITs, their families, and other Schoolhouse staff
- 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
- Partner with other program staff and supervisor to ensure success and quality performance by CITs
- Assist in leading and implementing training for summer CITs
- Assist CITs in creating and implementing personal leadership goals
- Setting an excellent example in teaching and behavior management methods, work ethic, and attitude
- Serving as a resource, as needed, to other Schoolhouse staff (e.g. area of special knowledge or interest)
- Work with supervisor to design and implement a personal development plan to remain current and continue learning.
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
- enjoy working with teens and all of the mysteries, challenges, and joys they bring
- have exceptional mentoring skills, including effective communication, responsiveness, enthusiasm, resourcefulness, sense of humor, and patience
- have superior verbal, interpersonal, and listening communication skills
- have experience working with teens and want to mentor them to find 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. education, biology, ecology, environmental science, natural resource management, botany)
- Teaching experience
- A strong interest in/knowledge of plants, animals, geology, ecology, and/or cultural history
- Knowledge of experiential and inquiry-based learning techniques
- English/Spanish bilingual fluency
A formal review will be conducted by the Regional Program Manager (Durham) to establish and assess progress against employee goals. Ongoing feedback provided through regular supervision and work plan development/review sessions.
Training is paid at $10-$12 per hour depending on qualifications and summer camp is paid at a flat rate of $550 per full, 5-day camp week. Weeks less than 5 days will be pro-rated. Benefits include professional development opportunities, unlimited vitamin D, and a steady stream of (mostly funny) stories.
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 Durham CIT Mentor is typically performed at the Schoolhouse of Wonder office/West Point on the Eno Park.
Travel to off-site locations is occasionally required. Occasional weekend and/or evenings may be required.
Regular hours typically fall between 7:30a – 6p Monday through Friday during Summer Camp from June through August and typically total 50-55 hours/week. This is a full-time, seasonal, exempt position.
To apply, first complete the Applicant Info Form. Also, please email the following to Schoolhouse of Wonder at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A cover letter that explains your interest in working as a CIT Mentor at Schoolhouse of Wonder
- Your resume
- Three references (excluding friends and relatives)
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