Adventure Leadership Academy Mentor (Full-Time/Seasonal)

Season: June 8th – July 28th, 2020
Reports to: Programs Manager
Position Type: Seasonal/Full-Time (Monday – Friday)
Trainings: June 8th – 12th, 2020

Position Summary: Under the general direction of the Programs Manager, the Adventure Leadership Academy Mentor is primarily responsible for the administration and execution of the Adventure Leadership Academy which is our version of a Teen Leadership or Counselor in Training Program for teens ages 15 – 17 years old. The Adventure Leadership Academy (ALA) Mentor’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, scheduling and interviewing ALA candidates, facilitating professional development lessons, exposing participants to a variety of job opportunities within the adventure industry, assist in the camp training of ALA participants, supervise their interaction with the campers, and offer feedback throughout their participation in the program. Leadership and/or previous camp experience is preferred, but not required.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Serves as the primary point of contact for all Adventure Leadership Academy Campers and Families.
  • Supervise an assigned group of approximately 8 children between the ages of 15 – 17 years old while serving as their role model and primary caregiver. Know where each camper in your assigned group is, what s/he is doing, and ensure they’re supervised at all times.
  • Provide the daily care of each camper in your assigned group including personal health needs (medications) and assist with personal/health concerns. Immediately notifying the Supervision Team of any situations you are unable to handle.
  • Schedule and Interview ALA candidates, notify them of acceptance into the program, and assist with registration.
  • Create, Plan, Conduct, and Evaluate various personal and professional development lessons to include, but is not limited to, team building activities, resume writing skills, interviewing skills, basic banking and budgeting, options after graduating high school, acquiring financial aid for college, career exploration, and self care: emotional, mental, and physical health.
  • Create a FUN, actively engaging and secure atmosphere for exploration and learning. (For Example: A FUN Physical Education Teacher.)
  • Train participants in their camp responsibilities and provide daily feedback and development feedback at the end. This includes a certificate of completion at the completion of the program.
  • Keeps records to support grant writing and reporting through the utilization of multiple software. For example: Registration platform, Google Drive, Microsoft Office.
  • Be alert and adhere to proper utilization, care, and maintenance of equipment and facilities.
  • Follow and uphold all safety and security rules, policies, and procedures. Actively participate in camp documentation as assigned by the Camp Leadership Team.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to supervise and work with a diverse population of children aged 6-17 years old.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing, including: preparing reports and evaluations; reading instructions, manuals, and camper information; and facilitate meetings.
  • Practices attentive/active listening, gets clarification, and has the patience to hear people out.
  • Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; responds well to questions.
  • Capable of working as part of a larger team in terms of staff and the overall organization. Focuses on organizational goals, needs, and outcomes.
  • Contributes to a positive and supportive team culture with differing personalities.
  • Performs a wide variety of tasks and changes focus quickly as demands change.
  • Enthusiastic, kind, sense of humor children can join in on, patient, and can remain calm and collected while facing stressful situations.
  • Self-motivated and willing to step in when there’s a need to be fulfilled within reason.
  • Ability to stand, walk, walk, hike, run, stoop, kneel, crawl, sit, and lay outdoors on our 30 acres of land.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 or so pounds.
  • Risk-conscious: able to make sound decisions regarding the well-being of staff and guests.


  • Desire to work with children ages 6 – 17 years old and supervise staff.
  • Desire to work outdoors in a variety of weather and appreciates a fixed Monday – Friday schedule. Regularly exposed to outdoor weather elements: rain, dry, humid, hot conditions.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must successfully pass the FBI/BCI Background Check.
  • Must successfully complete Summer Camps Training and verification.

Preferred Qualifications, but not required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with major course work Outdoor Recreation, Kinesiology, Physical Education, Sports Management, Education, Sociology, Psychology, or a related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Benefits and Perks:

    • COSE Employee Discounts
    • First Aid & CPR Training
    • Discounts on Common Ground Programs and Events


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