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Summer Outdoor Play Instructor

Company: Galileo Camps
Location: Evanston
Posted on: May 10, 2020

Job Description:

Passionate about working with and having an impact on kids? Believe the world needs innovators? Ready to have a career-defining summer? Have a love for art, science, technology, team-building or education? Especially excited to share your experience guiding outdoor play?

Lead Instructors are the staff most well-placed to ignite innovation for campers at Galileo. We believe that our approach to learning isn't merely a pedagogy-it is a tool that will help shape the worldview of future innovators. Lead Instructors interact with their curriculum-planning ahead, reflecting daily and viewing improvements as opportunities. Lead Instructors bring to life Galileo's curriculum, thoughtfully created by our year-round curriculum design team. Lead Instructors are our ultimate partners in consistently looking for new ways to bring the Galileo Innovation Approach to our campers. 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.


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.


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


- 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


- Read and learn curriculum for your subject prior to the start of camp. Prepare for and deliver three rotations of Galileo curriculum per day in art, science or outdoors to groups of up to 30 campers, typically repeating the lesson with three different groups of campers in the same age group
- Implement the curriculum as written, adapting it as needed to improve the camper experience or accommodate individual campers, and capturing feedback to share with curriculum developers
- Maintain safe environments for all campers


- Provide leadership, energy and camp spirit, constantly assessing group dynamics and the needs of individual campers
- Supervise Assistant Instructors and Summer Interns while they are working in your classroom and inspire them to become excellent instructors
- Set, work towards and achieve measurable professional development goals in partnership with Supervisor
- 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
- Assist with daily set up and cleanup of camp
- Contribute to and participate in daily opening ceremonies, all-camp activities, and snack & lunch supervision and programming


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.


- 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


The camp day runs, on average, 8 hours for Lead Instructors. Lead Instructors' typical schedule is from 7:45am-4:15pm.


General supervision, ongoing observation and evaluation is provided by your Camp Director.


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

Keywords: Galileo Camps, Evanston , Summer Outdoor Play Instructor, Education / Teaching , Evanston, Illinois

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