OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
  • 09-Jan-2017 to 01-Jun-2017 (PST)
  • Education
  • Newport, OR, USA
  • $25 - $35 per day
  • Other
  • Special Project - Full-Time

Benefits Eligible

Job Summary:

The Camp Counselor position is responsible for the health and safety of all campers that attend OMSI Summer Science Camps. This position requires living with campers in cabins for the duration of the program at the Coastal Discovery Center, in Newport, Oregon. Camp Counselors supervise campers at night and during down times throughout the day. This position may also be responsible for taking on a support role for the week as a kitchen and camp assistant.  Work schedule depends on programming needs.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the health and safety of students in OMSI Summer Science Camps ages 6-18.
  • Responsible for staying with and monitoring students overnight in cabins/tents and at the tables during meals.
  • Ensure that students are prepared for activities and keep the group on schedule.
  • Responsible for monitoring and engaging with students during bus and/or van rides from OMSI to programming location, as well as the return ride to OMSI.
  • Recognize, mitigate, and respond to hazards to ensure a healthy and safe program for all participants.
  • Fulfill assigned duties in an emergency situation
  • This position is exempt, paid day rate
  • This position is special project, scheduled for 40 hours/week.

Working and Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living, in a cabin or possibly a tent with students.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming.
  • Supervise campers day and night. Weekend programming can occasionally make for 12 straight days of work without a full day off. (American Camp Association time off standards will be met (2 hours off daily, and 24 hours or more off each two-week block).
  • Must be physically able to be with students in hikes of up to 10 miles in a day.
  • Work environment includes open flames, toxic or caustic chemicals, and all-season outdoor weather conditions.
  • Must have visual, perceptual, cognitive and judgment ability to: recognize and respond verbally to health and safety concerns and to deal appropriately with any improper behavior.
  • Vision requirements include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships), and ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus).
  • Noise level is very quiet (examples: forest trail, isolation booth for hearing test) to loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department, large earth-moving equipment),
  • Physical Demands: 10% Sitting,  25% Standing,  50% Walking, 15% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling 5-80 Pounds 

Secondary Functions:

  • Provide logistics and facility support in rotation with peers, which includes cleaning, instruction, food service, and other tasks deemed necessary for successful camp operation by the manager.
  • Requires calm and professional conflict resolution with participants and peers.
  • Coordinate with other counselors to supervise daily recreation time and play with students during that time block and other informal breaks.
  • Provide first aid care to students and staff when necessary.
  • Act as a positive role model for students and staff at all times.
  • Plan and perform nightly campfires.
  • This position may be asked to drive a gear van.



  • Ability to follow basic instructions.
  • Ability to communicate and direct small and large groups.
  • Flexibility in weekly schedules and daily programming.
  • Understanding of confidentiality and protocol.
  • Professional communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong organization and problem solving skills
  • Good customer service skills.
  • Ability to work with a team to share responsibilities throughout the day.


  • Working knowledge of small and large group games.
  • Experience in speaking in front of a crowd.

Education & Work Experience:


  • Experience working with youth in an outdoor setting.
  • Be at least 16 years of age as of June 1st.


  • Working knowledge of outdoor leadership skills.
  • Working knowledge of the concepts in natural history and ecology.
  • Minimum 1 year of college experience.
  • Minimum 2 seasons of working as a camp counselor for a residential camp program.
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Bilingual - Spanish/English.

Additional Requirements/Preferences; Including Licenses and Certifications:


  • Pre-employment checks, such as criminal background check, reference checks, American Camp

Association (ACA) background checks (& on annual basis).

  • For drivers: Valid driver's license, with three years of driving experience and must pass pre-employment Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check.
  • Current First Aid/CPR Card (Valid through August 31st)
  • Current Oregon Food Handlers Card (Valid through August 31st)


  • Current Wilderness First Responder
  • Current Lifeguard Certification
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