Avid4 Adventure
  • 01-Oct-2017 to 31-Jul-2018 (MST)
  • Day Camp - CA
  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • 14.50-16.00
  • Hourly
  • Full Time (Seasonal)

As an Avid4 Adventure day camp instructor, you have the amazing responsibility of inspiring kids to lead active outdoor lifestyles. Adventure Instructors teach our 2nd-7th grade campers who have the choice of participating in multi-sport camps and/or single-sport camps.  Our Explorer Instructors lead K-1st grade campers. Discovery Instructors work with our Pre-K (3-4 year olds) campers.

Multi-Sport Camps:  During a week of multi-sport, instructor pairs guide campers through one adventure activity each day which can include: climbing or stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking, hiking, canoeing and kayaking. On rock climbing and mountain biking days, instructors will partner with Specialist Instructors, who have advanced skills in each adventure sport. 

Single Sport Camps:  Instructors facilitating single-sport programs work with campers on one of our core sports for the entire week, including white water kayaking, SUPing, survival skills, rock climbing, mountain biking, and bike-park riding. Activities take place on and off-site, depending on program and camp location.

As a Day Camp Instructor, you will become part of a team of outdoor professionals who receive support and mentorship from our camp leaders, grow their teaching skills, and enjoy a community of peers who live the values our camps teach.  The ideal candidates are detail oriented, highly organized, and ready for action. Applicants must also have significant experience leading children and experience in at least one of our core sports. Just as important, being an Avid4 Adventure Day Camp Instructor means being ready to inspire youth to live an active, outdoor lifestyle and have a summer full of fun!

All day camp instructor applicants will complete a general online application. During the interview process, we will determine which type of day camp and role is the best fit with your background.


Core Responsibilities:

  • Provide age and developmentally- appropriate instruction in mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, SUPing, Leave No Trace principles, and team building.
  • Co-lead activities on or off-site (dependent on camper age group and program)
  • Drive campers in 15 passenger van and trailer when leading off-site programming.   (Van driving training will be provided).
  • Provide exceptional customer service to parents and all participants in our programs.
  • Serve as a role model for campers in appropriate behavior, language, attitudes, and activities.
  • Provide guidance, supervision, safety and comfort for participants during all activities.
  • Thoroughly understand emergency action plans and help implement procedures if necessary.
  • Maintain cleanliness and orderliness of equipment, and report any damages to Camp Director.
  • Maintain excellent communication between campers, parents, and staff.
  • Participate in staff meetings and program meetings.
  • Take an active role in the continual evaluation of campers, programs, and staff.
  • Adhere to all of the policies and procedures of the American Camp Association.
  • Other duties as requested by the Camp Director.


Job Requirements:

  • Minimum age to apply is 19 years old.  Due to insurance and driver needs, many of our new staff will need to be over 21 years old.
  • Bachelor's degree preferred. 
  • Significant personal or teaching experience in at least 1 of the following sports: climbing, biking, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, survival skills, outdoor education.
  • Experience leading youth and a passion for working with kids.
  • First Aid certification:
    • Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or higher is required for most Avid instructors.  Instructors working only with our 3-6 year old programs only need Community/Basic First Aid, but are encouraged to obtain a WFA in order to fill in for older age camper programs.
  • CPR certification:
    • American Red Cross or American Heart Association prior to camp start date (cannot be a 100% online course).
  • Valid Driver's License is highly preferred.  Staff that are over the age of 21 and have a valid CA drivers license will be required to obtain a CA Commercial Driver's License. We reimburse for the cost of obtaining the license and your hourly pay rate is increased by $1.00 once you obtain the CDL and pass our driver training course.
  • High levels of organization, communication, and judgment.


Typical Physical Demands & Working Environment:

  • Outdoor activities require ability to bike, hike, climb and kayak at a level that affords an appropriate margin of comfort while instructing students.
  • Work takes place in outdoor environments in variable, sometimes extreme, weather conditions.


Mandatory Training Dates:

  • Training is June 2-9. During training, you are paid a training wage,  which is the minimum wage in the geographic location in which the training occurs.


Typical Camp Schedule: 39.25 hours/week. Monday 7:30 am - 3:45 pm; Tuesday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:45 pm.

Camp start/end dates vary by location.You will have the chance to indicate your availability and location preference in our online application.


Compensation: Varies based on certifications and experience.  View compensation table


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