Position Title: Junior Advocate
Supervisor: Junior Advocate Supervisor
- Salary/Rate of Pay: $60-80 per day, depending on experience with Caldera
- Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (Non-programing days are July 16th, July 28th-29th, And August 9th-10th. A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session).
Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center (31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756)
Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:
- Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 12 for Staff Training July 12-15
- Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 17* for the Immersion 1 session July 18-27
- Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 30* for the Immersion 2 session July 31-Aug 8
- Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 11* for the Discovery session Aug 12-19
*Indicates Half day compensation
Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling
(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)
- Immersion: July 18-27 Working with 7th-8th graders
- Immersion 2: July 31 - August 8 Working with 9th-10th graders
- Discovery: August 12-19 Working with 11th-12th graders
Position Overview: This position is intended to help train, mentor, and provide feedback for individuals with limited experience who are interested in becoming youth workers. Each Junior Advocate is responsible for a group of four to eight campers per camp session and works to build a fun and cohesive team with assigned campers as well as the greater camp community. The Junior Advocate may take over for Advocates on their time off or when they are unable to be with their group, as assigned by the Junior Advocate Supervisor.
- Meet youth and families at the bus in Portland and Central Oregon
- Actively participate in pre-camp training and meetings
- With the guidance of senior staff, assist Caldera youth with conflict resolution and one-on-one goal setting while encouraging appropriate risk-taking
- Support staff in guiding campers to participate successfully in all aspects of camp activities, which include but are not limited to: orientation, behavior policies, meals, free time, tipi time, shower scheduling, housekeeping duties, evening activities, community meetings, campfires, field trips, and final celebrations
- Usher campers to and from activities in a punctual manner
- Maintain camper confidentiality (except in the event of specific necessary disclosures)
- Support health, safety, and emotional well being of campers
- Report camper behavior and health issues to the proper supervisors
- Other duties as assigned
- Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
- Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
- Model appropriate camper behavior at all times and perform duties with consistency and integrity
- Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
- Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
- Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session
Qualifications: This is an entry-level position.
- Some experience working with youth is preferred
- A strong desire to learn and help foster a positive community experience
- Must be at least 18 years of age and have had at least one year away from Caldera as a camper
- Familiarity with anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with diverse staff and youth preferred
- Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
- Excellent communication skills
- Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.
- Requires on-site living in shared staff quarters
- Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
- A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. Other Dietary restrictions are considered when planning meals, however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals.
- Typical days are 10-12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off.
- Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
- Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns of students and to deal appropriately with any improper behavior.
- Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include heat, rain, smoky, cold, and windy conditions
- Noise level ranges from very quiet (i.e. forest trail) to loud (i.e. concert)
- Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 25% Sitting, 40% Standing, 30% Walking, 5% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.
We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.
We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.
We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.
Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.