Job Title: West Linn Wilsonville Summer Site Instructor
Reports to: Day Camp Director & Assistant Directors
Classification: Full-Time or Part-Time, Seasonal
Dates: June 26th, 2017-August 18th, 2017

Position Overview:

Part-time Site Instructor (27-35 hrs/wk) will work on site with Summer Director, Summer Assistant Directors, summer staff, and program participants to develop and facilitate Camp Fire day camp activities for diverse student populations in West Linn Wilsonville  in grades K-5. Summer Site Instructor is responsible for planning and teaching themed lessons in classroom and outdoor settings for up to 15 youth, while also helping to manage whole program groups of up to 90 youth. Summer Site Instructor will strive to achieve youth development outcomes by engaging program participants in creative arts, active recreation, community building, service learning, and leadership activities

Organization Overview:

At Camp Fire Columbia, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to find and pursue their spark– a passion that inspires and drives them to set and achieve goals for their future. Founded in 1910, our comprehensive program starts with early intervention at the elementary level, bridges the learning gap for middle school, and helps students thrive and plan for bright futures during high school. During the school year, Camp Fire works in partnership with dozens of schools in the Metro Area. During the summer months, we offer summer camps in the Portland metro area and at our beautiful 552-acre camp, Camp Namanu, bordered by the vibrant Sandy River and presided over by century old trees. Our programs directly serve over 4,000 kids ages 5-18 each year across an eight-county area, including the greater Portland metro region. Camp Fire Columbia helps serve an additional 11,000 children and families annually through partnerships and special projects.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Direct instruction of participants in a summer program setting while maintaining program expectations and behavior management with small groups up to 15 program participants and large groups as a team for up to 90 program participants
  • Creation of project-based learning activities from various resources and active engagement of participants in learning
  • Understand and follow Office of Child Care licensing policies and support Summer Director in maintaining site/program to comply with state licensing standards
  • Active collaboration with team on program planning, communication, behavior management, and overall site success to support the success of the program
  • Timely submission of written lesson plans, service learning plans and supply needs
  • Work within program policies, confidentiality requirements and understand behavioral referral system
  • Develop positive working relationships with participants, families, an summer staff
  • Role model positive youth development practices, youth-adult partnerships and mentoring
  • Outreach to families
  • Ability to organize and attend field trips in West Linn and surrounding areas
  • Attend Camp Fire meetings, trainings and events
  • Assist Summer Director and Assistant Directors with program and administrative functions
  • Support the mission, purpose and leadership of Camp Fire; project a positive image of Camp Fire
  • Other duties as assigned

Other Job Duties:

  • Ability to commit to at least two full weeks of summer
  • Typical schedule of Monday-Friday with shifts available between 6:15am-6:15pm
  • Outside paid planning hours each week
  • Additional training hours that will regularly occur in May and June prior to program start

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Previous experience instructing in either a summer or after-school program environment that involves solo teaching, outcome-based lesson planning and current best practices in youth development, and behavior management for participants
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree preferred and/or training/experience equal to the required knowledge, skills and abilities of this position
  • Working knowledge of summer programing and youth development and programming, including best practices in academic enrichment, life and leadership skill development, youth adult partnerships, and mentoring
  • Culturally competent and responsive with a strong understanding of and/or willingness to learn about diverse cultures and communities
  • High level of professionalism, creativity, energy, organization, self-motivation, empathy, and patience
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, manage time and stress levels, and proactively solve problems
  • Open to receiving feedback and making on-going program adjustments
  • Ability to work in teams and independently
  • Ability to lead and motivate others
  • Ability to lift and carry 40 pounds
  • Ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time and maintain satisfactory energy levels for duration of programming
  • Bi-lingual and/or multi-lingual encouraged to apply
  • All staff will be asked to enroll in the Oregon Central Background Registry before working with youth. Applicants are welcome to begin the process in advance by following this link.
  • All staff must have or obtain these required safety set trainings:
    • CPR/First Aid
    • Oregon Food Handlers’ card
    • Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (AKA: What You Can Do About Child Abuse)


Pika (AM Shift, 5.5hrs) –Has curriculum responsibilities prior to program start

  • Responsible for daily, age specific  lesson plans that correspond with the weekly theme
  • Will support the Lead and the rest of the site outside of program lesson time
  • Plan and provide lesson plans and detailed supply lists to their supervisor prior to their scheduled week

Unit Leader (Mid-Day Shift, 7hrs) –Responsible for providing strong supervision of youth

  • Will be the main support for a designated group of youth by guiding them through the day
  • Will work closely with Program and Rotation Instructors by reviewing lesson and activity plans in order to best support them during their program times
  • Will communicate daily with Summer Lead Teacher and Summer Supervisor about youth needs, behavioral support, incident reports and other issues that may arise during the day

Spark Finder (PM Shift, 5.5hrs) –Has curriculum responsibilities prior to program start

  • Responsible for daily, mixed age group activities that correspond with the weekly theme
  • Will support the Lead and the rest of the site outside of program lesson time
  • Plan and provide lesson plans and detailed supply lists to their supervisor prior to their scheduled week

Salary and Benefits:

  • Compensation: $12-$14/hr
  • 401K, and paid sick time benefits available to part-time staff who qualify
  • Paid training and planning hours

Application Process:

  • Send cover letter, resume and three references to Human Resources with subject line, “WLWV SUMMER SITE INSTRUCTOR” to:
  • Positions will remain open until filled


Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all youth of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-competent, inclusive, and safe environment for all children, families and staff.

Camp Fire Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.