Are you interested in joining the Avid4 Adventure Staff?
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CAMP MANAGER POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN:
1. Highlands Ranch, CO
2. Valmont Bike Park, CO (*Please include supplemental 1-page info sheet about your bike park experience and skill set.*)
3. East Bay, San Francisco, CA (*exact location tbd*)
4. South Bay, San Francisco, CA (*exact location tbd*)
5. Marin County, San Francisco, CA (Marin Country Day School)
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Applications are accepted year-round for our summer camp jobs, but our main hiring season is January-April. Please apply early to have the best opportunity to work with Avid4 Adventure. Full-time (seasonal) positions begin in mid-May and end in mid-August, end of September, or the end of October. This program is all about kids, so if you don’t have a passion for working with youth, please do not apply.
In 2014, we will have the following needs:
- CO Large (requires state certification) and/or Small Child Care Center Director Qualified Pre-K Specialists (ages 3-5 years)
- 5-6 Year Old Explorer Program Specialists
- Art, Yoga & Music teachers for the 5 -6 Year Old Explorer Program
- Whitewater Kayaking Specialists
- Rock Climbing Specialists
- Mountain Biking Specialists
- Free Ride Bike Park Specialists: Confident in slopestyle, dirtjumping, & pump-track terrain features. Bike park candidates will need to pass a Bike Skills Interview as well as our standard interview.
- Survival & Primitive Skills Specialists
- Multi-sport Instructors for School Programs and Day Camps: experience in at least 1 of the following sports: climbing, biking, kayaking, canoeing
- Multi-sport Instructors for Overnight Resident Camp (9-week contract): experience in at least 1 of the following sports: climbing, biking, kayaking, canoeing
Avid4 Adventure Application Process:
1. Read the 2013 Avid4 Staff Hiring Overview and Application (PDF version here) thoroughly. The application is long and detailed intentionally; we want to ensure that summer camp job applicants have a complete understanding of our programs and have a deep passion to work with Avid4 Adventure. Our staff are our #1 asset, so we want to ensure a perfect fit between your goals and the mission of Avid4.
2. Watch the Avid4 Adventure applicant video.
3. Read the list of FAQs from applicants (at bottom of this page).
5. Check out Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work. Our goal is to be on this list once we are large enough to be considered.
6. Complete the Avid4 2013 Avid4 Staff Hiring Overview and Application (word version) or PDF version completely. Incomplete applications will be returned. Please SAVE this document to your computer as “LastName, First Name_2013Avid4StaffApplication“ in MS Word. Email completed application to info@Avid4.com, fax to 720-398-6204, or mail to Avid4 Adventure PO Box 287 in Boulder, CO 80306. Please note that hand-written applications will be returned if they are not completely legible.
7. If you have questions about working with Avid4 Adventure, please do not hesitate to call Sarah at 720-249-2412 X108 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Avid4 Hiring Process:
1. Once we receive your application, we will review it thoroughly. If we are not interested in moving forward with your application, you will receive an email. If we are interested in moving forward, we will follow up with a phone call.
2. We will spend 5-10 minutes on the phone with you answering any questions that you may have and further discussing the opportunities.
3. If we want to continue the process, we will follow up with a phone call or email to schedule an in-person interview.
4. In-person interviews are 45 minutes; you will spend 15 minutes each with David Secunda, Avid4 Owner and Kyle Littman, Avid4 Operations Director. You will spend a final 15 minutes with either Sarah Pekala, Avid4 Director (if you are applying for work with School Programs and/or Day Camps) or Paul Dreyer, Avid4 Resident Camp Director (if you are applying for work at Resident Camp). Questions will range from experiences with children to technical skills in the sports we teach to behavior management scenarios. Please dress professional; business casual is fine. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early and wait in the lobby. Interviews take place at the HUB at 1877 Broadway #100 Boulder, CO 80302.
5. Our team will do a thorough reference check with no less than 3 references. Two of these reference must be with previous employers or professors.
6. Once we gather all of this information, we will offer you a job dependent on the following conditions:
a. successful completion of all background checks
b. successful completion of a field class in the Spring; the field class is an opportunity for us to assess your climbing and biking skills; this is part of the interview process and you are not paid for this time. Some candidates will be required to participate in the field class based on your experience prior to working with Avid4 Adventure.
c. all of your new employee paperwork is submitted within 2 weeks of being offered employment (with the exception of the Dr. physical which at times can take longer)
Avid4 Adventure is committed to equal employment opportunity in all of its business dealings without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, physical disability or military status. Seasonal positions are temporary in nature and do not provide vacation time accrual, etc. Seasonal employees working more than one month will be eligible for health benefits. Any applicant who knowingly or willfully makes a false statement of any material fact or thing in this application is guilty of perjury in the second degree as defined in Section 18-8-503, C.R.S., and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished accordingly.
Frequently Asked Questions from Applicants
GENERAL QUESTIONS FOR ALL POSITIONS
What certifications do I need to work with Avid4?
All staff must have the following certs by the start of summer camp: Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, OR EMT is mandatory. Wilderness First Aid is offered by WMI, Solo, WMA or the American Red Cross (cheaper, but not as quality in our experience). CPR by a nationally reputable provider (NO 100% online courses) is also required. In addition, for any staff interested in a Medicine Administration certification, we will offer that at a greatly subsidized cost. During training, you will also have the opportunity to receive American Red Cross Small Craft safety certifications in canoeing and kayaking and defensive van certification from Avid4 if you do not already have them. If you want to register for the Avid4 Wilderness 1st Aid, please email Sarah@Avid4.com
How can I get my Wilderness First Aid certification? CPR?
Avid4 Adventure will be hosting a Wilderness Medical Institute (WMI) WFA course, dates TBD. The cost of the course will be $200; courses are typically $225 (this course is subsidized by the instructor as a favor to Avid4 staff). The majority of new Avid4 staff will be taking this class together, so it would be great to register for this one. If you cannot make those dates, then please refer to Wilderness Medical Institute, Wilderness Medical Associates, or SOLO for other courses this Spring. Staff must have a WFA, WFR, or EMT before working with Avid4 Adventure.
CPR will be offered for Avid4 staff in Boulder, date TBD; the cost will be $45. Avid4 Adventure will also offer a Medicine Administration Course to interested staff for the greatly subsidized cost of $15 on TBD.
Is my gas reimbursed?
If you are driving a personal car, you are responsible to cover your expenses to your first point of work and home from that point. However, if we ever ask you to drive a personal vehicle from your point of work to another work location (rare), then we will happily reimburse you at the government rate per mile for that distance and back to that point, assuming it is farther away from your home. For example, many climbing instructors have the opportunity to directly go to a climbing site in the morning as opposed to report to camp. If that is the case, it means your day is a bit shorter… you are not compensated for gas to drive directly to that site. However, if we then ask you to attend a staff meeting after camp, then we would reimburse your mileage from the crag to the camp location and back to the site, assuming that was your way home.
How am I compensated?
There are different rates set up depending on the program; these rates will be further detailed in your offer letter if you are offered a job. However, here is the general rundown: school programs are paid hourly, day camps are paid as a day rate, events are either paid hourly or a pre-determined flat sum, and Windy Peak Resident Camp and family trips are paid with a contract rate. Training days are paid at a flat rate based on minimum wage unless you are receiving a certification required to be employed by Avid4 (paddling and driving days), in which case Avid4 covers the cost of the certification but not your time.
Are there opportunities for growth with Avid4 Adventure?
Yes, we are growing bigger each year! We are always on the lookout for next summer’s directors, activity supervisors and specialists.
How do I learn more about Avid4 Adventure?
Any time I get a general question more than once, I put the answer on our staff page. Also, you’ll find lots of information regarding pro deals, payroll, medical insurance, staff roster, etc. on our staff page (you’ll be sent the link once you are hired). If there is anything you would like to see posted or ideas you have to make it better, please let me know.
Do you provide housing?
Unfortunately, not for our day camp staff. However, we are more than happy to connect you with other staff that are looking for rentals. If you are looking to get to Colorado for just the summer, consider applying for our Colorado Mountain Camp. Room & board is included in the 9 week contract.
Thank you for reading this far down in the FAQs. Please continue reading the camp specific questions below. Hopefully by now, you have also watched the video. In the next week you will hear from us. If we call you, it means we have some follow-up questions from your application that we would like to review. About ½ of you will be selected for an interview to take place in the next week or two. Interviews are about 45 minutes and will give you an opportunity to interact with David, Avid4 owner, Sarah, field director, Kyle, Operations Director, and Paul, Resident Camp Director. Interview questions range from technical skills (show me a J-stroke) to behavior management responses (How would you handle the following situation…). From there, we will fully reference you and be in touch asap if we have a job for you.
QUESTIONS SPECIFIC TO SCHOOL PROGRAMS/DAY CAMPS
How does transportation and carpooling work?
When there are 4 or more people going to the same place, we absolutely do our best to provide an Avid4 vehicle in order to reduce our carbon footprint. Generally the carpool vans leave from a location in Boulder, however a stop or two can be made en route if it is convenient for staff to hop on at a point down the road.
How many hours should I expect to work?
School program staff average about 37.5 hours per week in the Spring and Fall Monday-Friday. School program hours each day/week fluctuate as a result of the differences in school schedules in different districts; additionally, at times staff are requested to work in the evening in order to set up at the next school. In the summer, wages are paid as a day rate and you work Monday-Friday. Occasionally, school staff and climbing or biking instructors will be asked to take a day off. Typical summer hours are 7:00-3:15 on Mondays (early for registration), 7:45-3:15 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and 7:45-4:15 on Wednesdays (staff meeting). In addition, there are numerous weekend opportunities to pick up extra hours.
Will I be working with a variety of children in a variety of different activities?
Yes, the majority of staff hired will be working with children 5-12 years old and have the opportunity to work our Mulit-Sport Day Camp, where the campers spend one full day one each of our core activities (climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking). Highly technical new staff will have the opportunity to work our single-sport camps, where children spend a full five to ten days on one activity (climbing, biking, paddle sports, primitive skills). Finally, certain instructors will focus on working with our youngest campers, ages 3-6.
When will my seasonal contract end?
Summer contracts end the middle of August, however there is generally an opportunity to extend your summer season by about 6 weeks to work some off-campus school programs. In addition, Spring school program staff have first dibs on the Fall season that runs until the end of October assuming they performed well in the Spring and Summer. Any available Fall jobs will be made available to all staff midway through the summer.
Do I get any time off during the summer?
Mandatory training is May 18th- May 22nd & then either 6/1 OR 6/1, 2013. Camp is from June 3rd to August 16th. Staff can expect to take 1-2 weeks off during the summer. Partial week requests are not given due to the nature of our activities and consistency we want to establish with children and families. Depending on site and registrations, rock climbing and mountain biking instructors may have a day off during the week periodically.
QUESTIONS SPECIFIC TO RESIDENT CAMP
How many hours should I expect to work?
Resident Camp staff are hired for a 9-week contract. The first week of work is a mandatory staff training during which we will meet 8:00-5:00 each day with an occasional evening session. The remaining 8 weeks of your contract will be running camp. While camp is in session during these 8 weeks, you will have 8 or so days off. The rest of your days will be very full. Typically, you will be working with campers from 8:00am to 8:00pm every day, but you are “on call” throughout the evenings in the case of special needs.
Will I be working with a variety of children in a variety of different activities?
Yes, the majority of staff hired will have the opportunity to work at of the activities offered at Camp – kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing hiking, and biking. Highly technical staff will have the opportunity to work and manage certain sports.
When will my seasonal contract end?
Summer contracts are 9 weeks long and begin TBD and run through TBD. However there may be an opportunity to extend your summer season to work some day camps and then off-campus school programs. Any available Fall jobs will be made available to all staff midway through the summer.
Do I get paid more for working at Resident Camp?
Specific contract amounts will be based on past personal experience and tenure with Avid4. The rate of pay at Resident Camp is significantly higher than contracts at similar organizations, including NOLS, Outward Bound, and other overnight programs.