Summer Instructor

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Job Overview

We are looking for high energy and motivated individuals who are excited to live on a remote island in Southern California and passionate about working with kids outdoors in a marine environment. Applicants should have a desire to live on a remote island with NO CELL PHONE SERVICE and limited access to the mainland and city life. The summer instructors at Camp Fox are responsible for providing support to YMCA summer camp programs. Support primarily includes instruction of camp activities including archery, high ropes, kayaking, snorkeling, and tubing, which also includes secondary duties as assigned. All activities are conducted according to CIMI and ACA approved protocols to ensure the delivery of a high-quality program. Applicants must be 21 years of age and have a college degree (preferably in an environmental or science-related field). Prior experience working with kids and/or ocean experience (swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, etc.) are preferable!

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General Responsibility
The summer instructors have the responsibility to provide quality instruction and leadership during a range of summer camp activities.

Specific Responsibilities (Examples of Duties)

  1. Ensure all programs are conducted in accordance with the policies set by CIMI, emphasizing safety.
  2. Development of necessary educational and instructional background to ensure the quality of the program.
  3. Assume duties of Dive Locker Coordinator when assigned.
  4. Participate in training week scheduled and instructed by the Program Director.
  5. Drive safety boat when assigned.
  6. Drive program boats when assigned for mail runs and town runs.
  7. Greet incoming groups to the facility.
  8. Work evening duties as required to meet the group’s needs.
  9. Generate ongoing enthusiasm and participation in student activities. 10. Other duties assigned by the Program Director.

Essential Functions

  1. Must be able to communicate and work with the cabin groups by instructing campers in hikes, water activities and on the high ropes elements.
  2. Ability to snorkel 1/2 mile in the ocean, leading 15 campers for up to 2 hours.
  3. Hike up to 2 miles along dirt trails including steep inclines.
  4. Lift kayaks and carry to water with campers.
  5. Drive chase boat during kayaking once trained and cleared.
  6. Greet incoming groups at pier and help move luggage.
  7. Lift and carry heavy objects up to 50 lbs. when necessary.
  8. Be able to respond to emergency situations by providing the leadership necessary to enact the Emergency Procedure Plan.
  9. Ability to observe student and staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures and apply appropriate behavior.


  1. Housing
  2. Full meals at the CIMI Dining Hall when kitchen is in operation.
  3. Workers Compensation Insurance and State Disability Insurance
  4. Opportunity to check out boats and gear in accordance with company policy.
  5. Opportunity to live and work in a beautiful mountain and ocean environment.

Requirements: Minimum Qualifications

  1. Must be at least 21 years old.
  2. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  3. Prior teaching experience or equivalent (in outdoor science programs, or in youth summer camps, scouts programs or recreational programs for youth preferred.)
  4. Snorkeling experience necessary. SCUBA certification is not necessary. Must be a strong swimmer.
  5. Physically fit in order to snorkel, kayak, and hike for extended periods.
  6. Must be able to pass the Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Course including first aid and CPR.
  7. Have a desire to live and work in a remote camp community.
  8. Have a desire to work with children and the ability to supervise them.
  9. Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activities.
  10. Good character, integrity, flexibility, and adaptability.
  11. Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience and self-control.