Outdoor Specialist

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Girl Scouts Camp Grove Point
Job Overview





Job Title:           Outdoor Specialist

Department:      Girl Program                                     Location: Grove Point

Reports To:       Program Manager


FLSA Classification:      Exempt___                          Non-exempt_____    Seasonal ___X___


Job Summary                                                                                                                                                              The Outdoor Specialist manages outdoor education programming that is safe, fun, and appropriate to the campers of a variety of ages and abilities.  They are responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out outdoor activities and guiding campers in their personal growth and skill development. The Outdoor Specialist should promote high standards in all aspects of the camp program. They should also serve as a role model to campers and staff by your actions, appearance, manners, language and general conduct, and participate enthusiastically.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities

·         Develop and deliver an outdoor education program that is appropriate for the ages and ability of the campers to include the 8 basic outdoor skills and environmental activities.

·         Develop and deliver outdoor programming at ages appropriate levels in outdoor games and team activities.

·         Write lesson plans that meet camp outcomes and the abilities of the campers.

·         Deliver progressive and innovative outdoor education and outdoor games activities.

·         Evaluate the success of the outdoor program.

·         Work with Program Manager to coordinate and collaborate on a schedule for the outdoor program.

·         Submit an Outdoor Specialist report at the end of the camp season.

·         Ensure that camp staff and campers know and follow safety and educational procedures.

·         Train other staff in their responsibilities in the nature area.

·         Ensure that ACA standards, state codes, and Safety Activity Checkpoints regarding Outdoor Education are being followed.

·         Manage the care of the physical facilities and outdoor education equipment.

·         Conduct daily check of area and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.

·         Maintain an inventory of supplies and equipment necessary to carry out environmental education activities.

·         Participate as a member of the program staff team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events, trips, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions.

·         Provide superior customer service to all campers, parents/families, staff, volunteers, and vendors.

·         Attend staff meetings.

·         Assist where needed on camper arrival and departure days.

·         Accept other duties as assigned.



Competencies and areas of expertise may include:

  • Minimum age of 18 years old.
  • Current certification in CPR/First Aid.
  • Prior experience in providing instruction to youth preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in environmental education within the last 3 years.
  • Ability to interact with all age levels.
  • Support the beliefs and principles of the Girl Scout organization.
  • Understand the development needs of youth.
  • Ability to relate to youth and adults in a positive manner.
  • Desire and ability to work with children outdoors in varied conditions.
  • Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and appropriate behavior management techniques.
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
  • Ability to lift 40-50 pounds.
  • Ability to carry and load luggage, tables, chairs, archery, and other program equipment.



Education or Experience

  • Prior experience in the outdoor programming, as well as prior experience with program development or leadership


The Following Requirements Apply to All Positions

  • Become a registered member of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. Have working knowledge of the Girl Scout philosophy and program, and be committed to the Girl Scout mission.
  • Cope with stressors and demands that are associated with the job and/or the work environment so that acceptable and defined levels of performance and overall contribution are maintained. While all jobs involve dealing with stressors, the particular stressors may vary job to job.
  • Adaptable and flexible work environment including but not limited to working additional hours (nights and weekends) as business needs may require, handling more than one task concurrently and, easily adapting to new assignments, systems, and processes.
  • Possess a valid Driver’s License.
  • While all these continuing responsibilities apply to all jobs in Girl Scouts, the specific ways in which they apply, vary from job to job


Exposures and Environment Conditions:

  • Live on site at Camp Grove Point in Earliville, MD during the three resident camp weeks, may choice to live on site or at private residents during the two day camp weeks,
  • During the three resident camp weeks, will require working irregular or extended hours into evenings and weekends.
  • Operate with daily exposure to various weather conditions and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, raccoons, and other wilderness animals common to the area.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may sit or stand for prolonged periods of time, walk at a brisk pace on uneven terrain and climb stairs. The employee will work in the outdoors, which includes regular exposure to heat and humidity during resident camp.