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YOUTH ADVOCATE

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title: Youth Advocate

Supervisor: Youth Advocate Supervisor 

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $97/day, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $50/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). 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 (transportation not provided).  

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 10 for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*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 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

7:00-7:30 Supervise youth shower time

7:30  Morning wake up bell (Wake up youth up and get ready for the day)

7:45-8:00 Kitchen Prep 

8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:40-9:15 Community Circle
9:30-12:30  Support during Class Rotation or Break

12:55-1:15 Lunch
1:15-1:45 Staff meeting 

1:45-3:00 Lead Free Time Activity 

3:10-6:10 Support during Class Rotation or Break
6:10-7:00  Dinner
7:00-8:45 Capture the Flag or Other Evening Activity
8:45-9:45  Campfire

9:45-10:00 Youth get ready for bed (brushing teeth etc.) 

10-10:15  Supervise Lantern Time (Time can vary between 10-11pm)

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, an Advocate’s daily responsibilities include: building positive relationships with students individually and in groups, facilitating  activities, playing hard, promoting self-discipline and self-awareness among campers, and safeguarding campers physically and emotionally. A Youth Advocate is more than a camp counselor role, they act in the best interest of the youth that they are working with, ensure that youth's needs are being met, and aid in skill building and social-emotional development. Time spent with students is upbeat and nonstop, and Advocates start and end all days with youth.

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 facilitate tipi bonding activities, provide supply lists by designated deadline
  • Maintain camper confidentiality (except in the event of specific necessary disclosures)
  • Oversee health, safety, and emotional well being of campers
  • Alert supervisor to relevant camper issues 
  • 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/or high school youth
  • Strong communication skills and experience facilitating groups of youth
  • High degree of flexibility and adaptability to rapidly changing situations
  • Ability to understand our racially diverse student population’s perspective, either through lived experience, previous qualifications, or work experience 
  • Ability to navigate through potentially triggering and challenging conversations and situations while maintaining focus on the wellbeing of youth
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with racially and ethnically 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
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural skills highly desired
  • Must pass a background check. Caldera considers systemic injustices when investigating findings
  • 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, gendered 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. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.  
  • Typical days are 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 appropriately re-direct any behavior that is misaligned with Caldera agreements
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include but is not limited to, heat, rain, wind, cold, and smoky or dusty conditions.
  • Moments of quiet and non-activity are few and spread out
  • Creating a cohesive staff environment round the clock can be challenging. It is crucial that staff see youth and adults through a strengths-based lens and prioritize creating the best possible youth experience at all times, despite what challenges may arise at the staff level
  • 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.

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