Ends on June 30, 2019

Position Title: Youth Advocate

Supervisor: Youth Advocate Supervisor

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $85-115/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: The Youth Advocate is an important and challenging job at Camp Caldera. Working with a group of six to eight campers each camp session, daily responsibilities include: building positive relationships, leading activities, playing hard, promoting self-discipline and self-awareness among campers, and safeguarding campers physically and emotionally. Advocates build a fun and cohesive team of campers that contribute to the greater camp community. Advocates act as mentors, advisers, guides, and allies to campers for the duration of the summer program.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Meet youth and families at bus pick-up locations, lead check-in process and manage supervision on the bus 
  • Actively participate in pre-camp training and meetings
  • Assist Caldera youth with conflict resolution and one-on-one goal setting while encouraging appropropriate risk-taking
  • Guide campers in participating successfully in all aspects of camp activities, which includes but is not limited to: orientation, behavior policies, meals, classes, 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 and be responsible for their whereabouts at all times when on duty
  • Plan and implement tipi bonding activities
  • Maintain camper confidentiality (except in the event of specific necessary disclosures)
  • Oversee health, safety, and emotional well being of campers
  • Report camper behavior and health issues to the proper supervisors
  • Meet and communicate regularly with supervisor regarding concerns, updates, and challenges
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • 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 
  • 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
  • Youth Advocates should be prepared to work night and weekend hours supervising campers' tipi areas

Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience working with middle and high school youth
  • Strong communication skills and experience facilitating groups of youth
  • Familiarity with anti-oppression frameworks and excellent communication with diverse staff and youth
  • Ability to discreetly and effectively handle information of a confidential or sensitive nature
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • 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.

Living Conditions

  • 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. 

Working Conditions 

  • 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: 5% Sitting, 45% Standing, 30% Walking, 25% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

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.