Substitute Summer Camp Counselor/Assistant Instructor

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Galileo Camps

Substitute Summer Camp Counselor/Assistant Instructor

Arlington Heights, IL
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Internship
Paid
  • Responsibilities

    Love working with and having an impact on kids? Do you thrive in new environments and love supporting the needs of a team? Ready to take your group management skills to the next level in an amazingly fun summer camp counselor job?

    Substitutes fill in for absences lasting a day, a week, and sometimes longer, and are scheduled to work only when regular staff members are absent. The Substitute Summer Camp Counselor role is the perfect opportunity for those inspired by the idea of a Galileo summer, and who are open to or require a more flexible summer commitment. Learn more about this role and working at Galileo in our jobs video gallery .

    We value having divergent thinkers who bring various experiences and viewpoints to the table at Galileo. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.

    ABOUT GALILEO

    Galileo's mission is to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. We know it's bold. We also know that we can't achieve it without asking staff to be role models of an innovator's mindset-visionary, courageous, collaborative, determined and reflective. It's not always easy. Camp staffers work hard. Very hard. You can expect days in which there's a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. But part of what makes our culture great is that no one is too proud to complete any task that needs doing. Our camp staffers bring camp magic to life-for campers, and for themselves.

    This isn't your average summer recreation gig. Galileans are expected to take ownership of their own performance and make this place better every day. People with a can-do attitude thrive here and those with a victim mentality don't. We manage to keep this level of performance expectation high in a relaxed environment; we take our work, not ourselves, seriously.

    Being a Galilean means jumping into action to bring camp magic to life. Depending on the day, that could mean creating a gorgeous sign that highlights the Galileo Innovation Approach, donning a tutu for a skit, or playing a board game with two campers to build connection. Galileans know what it means to be a vital part of a team. Galileans want to grow. Galileans like to have fun at work. Galileans love sharing in-and helping to create-joyful experiences. After all, we run summer camps. You get the point.

    WHAT YOU'LL GET

    Purposeful work in a playful, supportive environment. Plus, you'll join a lifelong community that stands for innovation, credibility, and expertise. We're a certified B Corporation that is ranked #1 on the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, were named one of Forbes' Best Small Companies and a Top 100 Impact Company, and are authentically committed to inclusion and equity company-wide-which includes joyfully upholding a robust financial assistance program.

    Position Description

    SHARED VALUES AND EXPECTATIONS

    • Serve as an ambassador of Galileo, demonstrating our mission and values in a positive and professional manner and acting as a role model of the Galileo Innovator's Mindset
    • Commit to building a safe, child-focused community
    • Demonstrate professionalism and accountability
    • Take initiative to analyze and solve problems
    • Treat others with courtesy and respect
    • Respond to camper, family member and colleague needs
    • Strengthen our relationship with host site by upholding facility policies and embracing host site employees as partners
    • Maintain a high standard of ethics, integrity and confidentiality

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Travel to multiple sites within a geographic region, providing support in whatever way most benefits the specific camp team with whom you work on any assigned day
    • Lead teams of up to 20 campers to art, science and outdoor rotations
    • Become familiar with curriculum for majors in which you will assist
    • Assist Lead Instructors in delivering curriculum, learning skills necessary to be an effective and successful educator
    • Fill in for Summer Interns, supporting smooth camp operation through a variety of tasks that vary from lesson material preparation and clean up to sign making and lunch organization
    • Support camper check-in and check-out processes
    • Provide excellent customer service to families by communicating with them on a daily basis about their camper's experience
    • Provide leadership, energy and camp spirit for campers, constantly assessing group dynamics and the needs of individual campers
    • Maintain safe environments for all campers

    ADDITIONAL DUTIES

    • Provide general support at camps with additional needs and/or higher camper enrollment
    • Cover for Team Leaders & Assistant Instructors in the classroom during daily ten-minute breaks, fulfilling their role while they are out
    • Assist Team Leaders & Lead Instructors in the classroom, working with campers individually and in small groups
    • Set, work toward, and achieve measurable professional development goals
    • Assist with daily set up and clean-up of camp and assist Instructors with lesson preparation
    • Support morning and afternoon extended care program including check-in, check-out, and leading camper activities
    • Contribute to and participate in daily opening and closing ceremonies, all-camp activities, and snack & lunch supervision and programming

    WORK HOURS AND DATES

    The camp environment is demanding, requiring consistent dedication and work ethic from each staff member. Depending on the time of summer or the specific week or day, the needs of camp and resulting staff hours may vary. We seek and make offers to staff who we believe are capable of thriving in this environment, both professionally and personally.

    GENERAL CAMP STAFF HOURS INFORMATION:

    • Staff may work anytime between 7:30am and 6pm, Monday through Friday. Number of hours and start/finish time will vary by site, position and day
    • Staff meetings: During regular work hours before or after the start of programming
    • Before setup days begin, complete between 2-12 hours of online training
    • Training and setup days: Participate in two mandatory training and setup days in the days before camp starts
    • Camp cleanup: Participate in cleaning and packing up camp for an additional 1-5 hours in your last week of camp, typically some additional hours at the end of the day. On the last day of camp all staff stay on site until cleanup is complete, which could be up to 6pm at the earliest

    POSITION-SPECIFIC HOURS INFORMATION :

    For Substitute staff, the work environment (including the physical location and the staff team) changes from day to day and week to week. Depending on the time of summer or the specific week or day, the needs of camp and resulting staff hours may vary. The camp day runs, on average, 8 hours for Substitute Team Leaders and Assistant Instructors. Substitute Team Leaders' and Assistant Instructors' typical schedule is from 7:45-4:15, with some also working Extended Care hours until as late as 6pm.

    SUPERVISION GIVEN/RECEIVED

    General supervision, ongoing observation and evaluation is provided by your Camp Directors, Regional Directors, and the People Operations Team.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • Some lifting and carrying up to 60 lbs.
    • Typing, writing, reading
    • Seeing, hearing and speaking, both nearby and at a distance
    • Use hand and fingers to help with classroom supplies and operate equipment
    • Frequent sitting
    • Standing, walking, kneeling
  • Qualifications

    EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION College degree preferred but not required Demonstrated leadership experience Experience working with kids or in a camp setting a plus Eighteen years of age or high school graduate by first day of camp\u2019s operation

  • Compensation
    COMPENSATION AND PERKS We are committed to competitively compensating staff. Regarding compensation: - Substitute Summer Camp Counselors and Assistant Instructors are compensated at a regular hourly rate of $13.00-16.10 per hour - Staff will be compensated at a different hourly rate (training rate) for 2-12 hours of online training to be completed before camp, and for 2 days on-site setup/training - Summer staff positions are temporary, seasonal positions and do not include health benefits or paid vacation time - Overtime will be paid at 1.5x the regular hourly rate in accordance with state and federal requirements - Payroll is processed weekly; payments will be issued and paystubs made available the Friday after each camp week - Free and/or significant camp discounts (exact details contingent on location)
  • Industry
    Education
  • Locations
    Redondo Beach, CA • Santa Monica, CA • Long Beach, CA • Pasadena, CA • Glendale, CA • Thousand Oaks, CA • Woodland Hills, CA • Burbank, CA • Pomona, CA • Carlsbad, CA • Mission Viejo, CA • San Carlos, CA • Sunnyvale, CA • Palo Alto, CA • San Mateo, CA • Brentwood, CA • Fremont, CA • Pleasanton, CA • San Ramon, CA • Walnut Creek, CA • Mill Valley, CA • Los Gatos, CA • Milpitas, CA • San Jose, CA • Irvine, CA • San Rafael, CA • Oakland, CA • Arlington Heights, IL • Glenview, IL • Libertyville, IL • Winnetka, IL • Evanston, IL • Oak Park, IL • Naperville, IL • Chicago, IL
  • About Us
    Founded in 2002, Galileo has grown to over 100 awe-inspiring summer camp programs throughout the Bay Area, SoCal, and Chicagoland, for which we hire close to 3,000 summer staff each year. Our summer staff teams are a diverse community of leaders—the best and brightest current and aspiring educators, college students, artists, engineers, and scientists who can't wait to dazzle and inspire thousands of Galileo campers for 2-8 weeks each summer.