EcoTour Guide, Summer Garden Assistant, Mountain Trail Outdoor School Instructor, Camp Bob Counselor

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Kanuga Conferences Inc
Job Overview

Eco Tour Guide

The EcoTour Guide teams with Kanuga’s Environmental Projects Manager to safely facilitate educational All-Terrain Vehicle adventure tours of the Kanuga Property for summer guests.  The EcoTour Guide will work daily with guests to inform and educate them on wise land management, while facilitating curiosity and wonder in the outdoors.


The EcoTour Guide will provide a safe, educational “All-terrain vehicle” experience for guests of Kanuga Conference Center.  Clearly communicating safety briefings, natural history lessons, guided reflections, and answering questions about Kanuga’s forests and management practices while touring the property.  When not leading programming the EcoTour Guide will properly maintaining program equipment to a professional standard, ensuring a top tier experience for guests.

General EcoTour Guide Responsibilities:

To facilitate a positive outdoor experience for guests, serve as an interpreter of natural history and management practices.  The EcoTour Guide reports to the Environmental Projects Manager.  The Environmental Projects Manager responsible for scheduling, training, periodic feedback and evaluation of the EcoTour Guide. Working a flexible 40-hour workweek, this may include some evening or weekend work, depending on demand for tours.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Organize and facilitate two-hour eco tours for guests of Kanuga
  • Keep all program equipment in clean, working order throughout the summer season
  • Assess and manage trails for us by the program, and keep routes accessible for UTV and emergency personnel
  • Help the eco-tourism program meet goals in education and outdoor experiences for guests and staff
  • Be a role-model to campers, staff, and guests through your attitude and behavior
  • Conduct a safe, informative, and inspiring program for summer guests
  • Ensure vehicle is well stocked with fuel, supplies, safety equipment, and anything else the program needs
  • Properly assess the ability of guests to successfully and safely participate in the activity
  • Properly fit participants with a helmet and any other safety gear deemed necessary

Kanuga Garden Assistant

Overview:  The Summer Garden Assistant teams with Kanuga’s Environmental Projects Manager to manage the Foster Educational Garden and ensure a safe, well groomed, and well facilitated educational experience for guests from Children’s Programs, Summer Guest Period, Camp Bob, and Camp Kanuga.  The Foster Educational Garden is an education based organic garden designed to teach and empower guests to grow their own food, make wise choices when nutrition is concerned, and to demonstrate organic / sustainable practices in agriculture.


While the Environmental Projects Manager is responsible for the state of the Foster Educational Garden, the Summer Garden Assistant will ensure that the garden stays well-tended, neat, managed for pests, and that produce goes where it is needed.  The Summer Garden Assistant will also meet with camp staff to help facilitate learning about gardening and sustainable agriculture for participants.

General Summer Garden Assistant Responsibilities

To assist in planning, directing, and implementation of garden programming for guests of Kanuga Summer Guest Period, Camp Bob, Camp Kanuga, and Youth Programs as needed.  Working a flexible 40 hour workweek, this may include some evening or weekend work. The Summer Garden Assistant reports to the Environmental Projects Manager.  The Environmental Projects Manager responsible for scheduling, training, periodic feedback and evaluation of the Summer Garden Assistant.

Essential Job Functions:

·  Organize and coordinate garden usage schedules with the different Kanuga programs

·  Be present and work with the Directors of each summer program

·  Plan and lead weekly off-property naturalist hikes for adults during Guest Period along with the Summer Adventure  Coordinator

·  Help staff meet the goals established by the programs for camper/guest development.

·  Submit orders for equipment and or supplies when needed, ensuring timely arrival of materials

·  Be a role model to campers, staff and guests through your attitude and behavior

·  Enthusiastically accept other duties to be assigned as necessary

·  Maintain a healthy, productive, and aesthetically pleasing garden for summer guests

·  Help facilitate a weekly flower sale and farmer’s market.

·  Coordinate delivery of produce to camp and conference center kitchens for use.

·  Act as a resource for guests in fielding questions about gardening, local food, and healthy eating choices.

Mountain Trail Outdoor School Instructor

The Mountain Trail Outdoor School (MTOS) is a residential, environmental and adventure education program located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Hendersonville, North Carolina.  MTOS offers day, multi-day, and weeklong programs to school groups and other educational organizations.  We serve both public and private schools. Most of the schools that attend MTOS are middle school age (5th to 8th grade).

MTOS’s experiential learning curriculum combines natural science study, community building activities and opportunities for participants to increase their self-confidence through outdoor activities.

Instructor duties include, but are not limited to:

Active participation in staff training

  • Teaching small group classes (generally two, three hour classes per day).  Instructors are responsible for developing proficiency in all MTOS classes
  • Leading evening programs (average of two/three programs per week)
  • Full participation in all staff meetings and professional development activities
  • Assisting with student orientation and meal orientation responsibilities
  • Interacting professionally with students, teachers and parents

Maintaining program equipment
Assisting with care of live animals in the Nature Center
Implementing risk management systems for programs, equipment and transportation
Other duties as assigned

Instructors should:

  • Be 21+ years of age and have completed their college degree.  Degrees in a related field (Biology, Ecology, Education, and Recreation) preferred.  Preference is given to those who have experience teaching in experiential and adventure education.
  • Certification in CPR and First Aid is required (WFR preferred).
  • Staff should have experience working with young people and have knowledge of, or be willing to learn, hands-on activities in natural science, outdoor living skills, teambuilding, facilitation of high ropes and rock climbing and wilderness expeditions.
  • Staff involved with leading backpacking and rock climbing expeditions are required to be certified in WFA (WFR preferred).

Essential functions:

  • Ability to communicate and work with program groups and provide necessary instruction to participants
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the program
  • Physical ability to hike at least 3 miles on uneven terrain
  • Cognitive and communication abilities to achieve program goals

Benefits and Details:

  • On site housing and board provided


Camp Bob Counselor

Camp Bob offers an enriching summer experience to children ages 8–17 who would not have the opportunity to attend camp otherwise. The camp is provided at no cost to the campers, thanks to the support of churches, sponsoring organizations across the Southeast and generous Kanuga Pathfinders donors.

Camp Bob Counselors are highly skilled, positive role models, ages 18 and older, with a strong desire to work with a diverse population of children in an outdoor setting.

While the campers may have challenging backgrounds, they are just children who, for whatever reason, might not otherwise be able to attend a summer camp. Working at Camp Bob is a rewarding experience—your efforts really do make a difference in the campers’ lives. This is an opportunity to become a mentor for children who have a variety of needs including self-esteem, social skills, conflict resolution skills and most importantly, trust, hope and love.

 We look for leaders who will:
relate to our campers with patience and understanding
provide a positive experience for everyone who comes to camp
focus on the safety of our campers and will help them to have fun in all aspects of our program.

What do Camp Bob counselors do?
– Supervise all aspects of the campers’ day
– Teach, coach and model personal development/leadership
– Get to know each camper individually
– Work with a team of other counselors and support staff members
– Have a lot of fun and get a little messy!