Do you feel passionate about exposing diverse teens to outdoor recreation, environmental education, conservation and stewardship programming?
Are you interested in creating a culture of multi-affiliated teens supporting each other through mistakes and challenges?
Does providing opportunities for young people to teach each other, empowering teens to be productive and successful in their personal and professional lives sound exciting to you?
Well look no further! You've come to the right place!
The Seattle Parks and Recreation's Outdoor Opportunities (O2) program is an expedition-level outdoor recreation, environmental education and conservation program for diverse Seattle teens 15 – 19 years of age. The O2 program engages in weekly education workshops, and monthly overnight events and conservation service projects. Students participate in the program at no cost and are eligible to receive service learning hours with the Seattle School District.
This particular position will be based out of the Southwest Teen Life Center, but similar positions may be available in the future, based on the department's ongoing needs.
The position will coordinate programming for the O2 program in Seattle. The position will organize, plan, implement and lead outdoor recreation and environmental education activities such as weekly workshops and monthly overnight events and service projects.
Examples of O2 events include:
- rock climbing
- snow shoeing, etc.
In addition to program orchestration, this individual will be responsible for program outreach, participant recruitment and developing the curriculum for associated program environmental education.
This position will be the lead position for safety and first aid response for O2 events occurring with the O2 program. In addition, the position maintains records such as attendance, program activities, volunteer participation and special event activities.
The O2 Recreation Leader may have lead responsibilities for AmeriCorps representatives, seasonal workers and volunteers assigned to their program area. The position may encounter contact with the public in providing recreational & educational programs or information on associated programs.
This position will also work with other departments or partnering community agencies to coordinate program activities. Experience working with diverse high school age teen populations in an outdoor recreation and/or education setting is a priority.
- Develop and deliver a program that is appropriate for the age and ability of the participants.
- Evaluate abilities of participants and staff related to the proposed trip or activity.
- Evaluate the success of the programs and activities. Teach the skills necessary for a fun and safe trip before leaving, including personal and group health and safety, outdoor cooking and camping, comfortable travel methods, maintenance and care of equipment, emergency procedures, etc.
- Review health forms before trips, assess needs and prepare for those needs, and monitor participant health during trips.
- Plan itineraries and file an Emergency Response Plan with the supervisor before leaving for each trip.
- With the assistance of participants and staff, pack and load into vehicles all necessary camping and safety equipment, food, and water for the trip.
- Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of participants in their tripping group, within activities and throughout the program in order to meet the intended participant outcomes.
- Apply basic youth development principles in working with participants through communication, relationship development and respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.
- Assures participants are properly supervised at all times.
- Be aware of and implement safety guidelines.
- Ensure that program volunteers and participants follow established safety guidelines.
- Train other staff and volunteers in their responsibilities on trips.
- Ensure participants and volunteers follow safety procedures.
- Be prepared to enact written emergency procedures in the event of accident or illness.
- Assist in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in the tripping area.
- Maintain the tripping equipment.
- Ensure the security of the tripping equipment when not in use.
- Conduct a check of equipment before and after each use, for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.
Requires one-year of experience in a community-based recreation program and an associate degree in Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, or related field (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).
- Skills in outdoor program design particular to the type of tripping and camping activities assigned.
- Previous experience leading wilderness trips and/or leading/facilitating structured youth programming through NOLS, Outward Bound or similar programs.
- Experience in rock climbing instruction, challenge course facilitation, boating, and/or snow sports.
- Experience working comfortably with people from diverse ethnic, educational, gender identities, physical, emotional and social / economic backgrounds
- One or more years of experience creating partnerships and/or collaborating with community groups, schools, agencies and service providers.
- Knowledge of various software programs including: Microsoft Office Suite, Social Media, cloud-based registration software and other databases
- Two or more years of working with youth outdoor settings utilizing experiential education concepts and facilitation techniques
- Four-year degree in Experiential Education, Outdoor Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, Youth/Child Development, Environmental Education or other related field like teaching and education.
- Bilingual in Spanish, Tagalog, East African languages, Chinese, or Vietnamese
License, Certification and Other Requirements
- Current State of Washington driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility, and ability to drive a 12 - 14 passenger van.
- Wilderness First Responder and CPR Certificate, or within 3 months of hiring.
- The position will encounter both indoor and outdoor work environments.
- Will be required to work specific evenings, overnights and weekends.
- Requires working outdoors in all types of weather.
- Normally required to lift up to 40 pounds.
- May require strenuous physical activity