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Position Description

Under the supervision of the Youth Program Manager, a Cal Adventures Activity Instructor will lead groups of 8-17 year-olds in a specific skill area. Cal Adventures activities include sailing, sea kayaking, rock climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing, general outdoor recreation, and leadership development. A minimum of Community First Aid and CPR certification and extensive experience teaching one or more of the skill areas is required. Instructors for Discovery and Adventure Camps are also asked to have a valid California Driver’s License. Please read the specifications below before applying for a position. Applicants without experience will not be considered.

Pay Rate: $13-17 per hour

Job Responsibilities

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Minimum Skill Requirements:
  • High level of experience and comfort leading youth ages 8-17 years old.
  • Proven ability to facilitate exciting activities in spaces with minimal structure.
  • Demonstrated experience serving in a leadership role.
  • Previous experience with leading team building and/or ropes course activities.
  • CPR and First Aid – or the ability to attain these certifications by the first day of employment.
  • Ability to impart knowledge through predesigned curriculum while on course.
  • Well-organized, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and mature individual.
  • Valid California Driver's License.
  • Bonus points for previous experience as a belayer.
Minimum Skill Requirements:
  • High level of experience and comfort in high-wind dinghy sailing and sailing instruction.
  • US Sailing Instructor Certification or equivalent preferred.
  • Experience operating powerboats, US Powerboating Certification or experience equivalent required. Experience using powerboats for instruction preferred.
  • Previous experience leading sailing classes for youth.
  • Familiarity with San Francisco Bay and the South Sailing Basin at the Berkeley Marina.
  • Demonstrated experience serving in a leadership role.
  • CPR and First Aid – or the ability to attain these certifications by the first day of employment.
  • Competence, experience, and skill with respect to the use of small motor boats as teaching aids and rescue craft.
  • Well-organized, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and mature individual.
Minimum Skill Requirements:
  • Experience and comfort in Sea Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding instruction.
  • Experience leading instructional Sea Kayaking/SUP classes and/or remote trips for youth.
  • Demonstrated experience serving in a leadership role.
  • Familiarity with San Francisco Bay and the South Sailing Basin at the Berkeley Marina is preferred.
  • CPR and First Aid – or the ability to attain these certifications by the first day of employment.
  • Ability to impart knowledge through pre-designed curriculum while on course.
  • Well organized, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and mature individual.
Minimum Skill Requirements:
  • High level of experience and comfort in high-wind dinghy sailing and sailing instruction.
  • US Sailing Instructor Certification or equivalent preferred.
  • Experience operating powerboats, US Powerboating Certification or experience equivalent required. Experience using powerboats for instruction preferred.
  • Previous experience leading sailing classes for youth.
  • Familiarity with San Francisco Bay and the South Sailing Basin at the Berkeley Marina is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience serving in a leadership role.
  • CPR and First Aid – or the ability to attain these certifications by the first day of employment.
  • Well organized, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and mature individual.
  • Valid California Driver's License.
Minimum Skill Requirements:
  • Experience and comfort in top rope climbing instruction.
  • Previous experience setting up a top rope climbing system.
  • Experience leading instructional climbing classes for youth.
  • Experience with climbing culture like slack lining, rappelling, ropes course facilitation and team building activities preferred.
  • Thorough understanding of climbing equipment, proper use, and maintenance, including ropes, ATC and Figure 8 belay devices, harnesses, and helmets.
  • Demonstrated experience serving in a leadership role.
  • CPR and First Aid – or the ability to attain these certifications by the first day of employment.
  • Competence, Experience, and Skill with respect to the use of small motor boats as teaching aids and rescue craft.
  • Well-organized, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and mature individual.
The Cal Adventures Youth Program operates from the UC Aquatic Center located at the Berkeley Marina. Classes occur Monday through Friday beginning in June and running through August. General tasks include:
  • Teach assigned skill courses as scheduled by the Youth Program Manager.
  • Use efficient risk management to monitor the environment where the activity is taking place.
  • Periodic equipment inspections and minor repairs.
  • Enforce equipment organization and care among staff and students.
  • Facilitate the increase of knowledge about the natural environment, experiential education theory and practices, people management issues, weather, and equipment care.
  • Serve as a representative of Cal Adventures to students and other relevant organizations and individuals.
  • Other projects as assigned.
Current American Red Cross (or equivalent) certifications in Standard First Aid & CPR (youth, adult) and including AED is strongly recommended for all staff. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attain certifications before training. Trainings may be offered by Recreations Sports available for all Youth Camp staff.

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