Employment

Current Openings:

Nature Day Camp Counselor (Temporary, Part-time) – Schrader Environmental Education Center

Primary Function:
Under the direction of the Director of Youth Programs, Nature Day Camp Counselors develop, organize, and facilitate Nature Day Camp programming; ensure the well-being of camp participants; and maintain outstanding quality in the efforts of the Environmental Education department as it relates to the department’s mission statement and vision.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Desire and ability to work with children outdoors
  • Good character, integrity, adaptability, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control
  • High school graduate or equivalent; collegiate coursework in education, science and/or environmental education preferred
  • At least 18 years of age

 

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement daily structured environmental and nature education lessons which increase awareness of the natural world, and develop habits that lead to good environmental stewardship as part of the Nature Day Camp curriculum (including rain plans)
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of camp participants and other departmental staff
  • Effectively communicate with the public and parents about Nature Day Camp activities
  • Accurately sign-in and sign-out campers in accordance with Oglebay Institute policies
  • Maintain program equipment and storage areas; tidy all areas used at the end of each day; return program equipment to proper areas after each week of camp
  • Prepare snacks and refreshments; assist with preparing and serving Friday lunches
  • Complete the work of the department in accordance with the general policy, aims, and objectives of Oglebay Institute
  • Consult with departmental personnel on the goals and objectives associated with the Nature Day Camp programs
  • Communicate job-related issues and/or the need for assistance with job-related issues to the Director of Youth Programs or SEEC Director
  • Interact with the public with a cheerful and positive attitude, solve guest’s problems and complaints in an appropriate manner, and maintain harmonious working relationship with fellow employees
  • Assist as needed with natural resources management, upkeep of interpretive exhibits and displays including animal care, and facility maintenance
  • Attend in-service training and staff meetings as required
  • Prepare and maintain accurate written and oral reports as requested; follow written and oral instructions
  • Perform other duties as assigned

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Walking: while presenting programming to participants over uneven terrain along nature trails
  • Talking/Hearing: to communicate with staff, program participants and the public
    Seeing: to obtain visual information in the field and in written material; to drive a vehicle
  • Sitting: to attend meetings; to drive a vehicle
  • Reaching: to write at desk, to retrieve files or manuals
  • Pulling and pushing: to operate drawers, doors; to move equipment
  • Stooping and crouching: to retrieve files at lower levels; while in the field to inspect plant material and present nature programming
  • Must be able to carry 25 pounds up to 100 feet

 

Cognitive Considerations:

  • Must exhibit good problem solving abilities, be flexible, organized, and creative.
  • Must have the ability to direct and supervise participants.
  • Must display the necessary initiative and dependability to work independently or in a group.
  • Must be able to establish rapport with persons from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds.
  • Must be able to exhibit good judgment, tact, and courtesy in dealing with the public.

 

Hours:
Camp is held during the summer months. Counselors must be present, without absence, the entire duration as stated by contract and are required to invest the time necessary to produce exceptional results during the camp session.

Please email resume, cover letter and completed OI employment application to Cody Stepanek,  Director of Youth Programs.

Deadline for applications March 30, 2018


Preschool Nature Day Camp Counselor (ages 4-entering Kindergarten) – Schrader Environmental Education Center

Primary Function:

Under the direction of the Director of Youth Programs and the Education Program Coordinator, “Budding Naturalists” Nature Day Camp Counselors develop, organize, and facilitate Nature Day Camp programming for the youngest campers; ensure the well-being of camp participants; and maintain outstanding quality in the efforts of the Environmental Education department as it relates to the department’s mission statement and vision.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Desire and ability to work with young children outdoors
  • Good character, integrity, and adaptability, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control
  • High school graduate or equivalent; collegiate coursework in education, science and/or environmental education preferred
  • At least 18 years of age

 

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement daily structured environmental and nature education lessons which increase awareness of the natural world, and develop habits that lead to good environmental stewardship as part of the Nature Day Camp curriculum (including rain plans)
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of camp participants and other departmental staff
  • Effectively communicate with the public and parents about “Budding Naturalist” Nature Day Camp activities
  • Accurately sign-in and sign-out campers in accordance with Oglebay Institute policies
  • Maintain program equipment and storage areas; tidy all areas used at the end of each day; return program equipment to proper areas after each week of camp
  • Prepare lesson plans, snacks, crafts, and games as needed for programming
  • Consult with departmental personnel on the goals and objectives associated with the “Budding Naturalists” Nature Day Camp programs
  • Communicate job-related issues and/or the need for assistance with job-related issues to the Director of Youth Programs or SEEC Director
  • Interact with the public with a cheerful and positive attitude, solve guest’s problems and complaints in an appropriate manner and maintain harmonious working relationship with fellow employees.
  • Complete the work of the department in accordance with the general policy, aims, and objectives of Oglebay Institute
  • Assist as needed with animal care and facility maintenance
  • Attend in-service training and staff meetings as required
  • Prepare and maintain accurate written and oral reports as requested; follow written and oral instructions
  • Perform other duties as assigned

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Walking: while presenting programming to participants over uneven terrain along nature trails
  • Talking/Hearing: to communicate with staff, program participants and the public
  • Seeing: to obtain visual information in the field and in written material, to maintain eye contact with campers
  • Sitting: to attend meetings; on floor/ground to be at level with preschoolers
  • Reaching: to write at desk, to retrieve files or manuals
  • Pulling and pushing: to operate drawers, doors; to move equipment
  • Stooping and crouching: to retrieve files at lower levels; while in the field to inspect plant material and presenting programming; to maintain eye contact with smallest learners
  • Must be able to carry 25 pounds up to 100 feet

 

Cognitive Considerations:

  • Must exhibit good problem solving abilities, be flexible, organized, and creative. Must have the ability to direct and supervise participants using age appropriate techniques.
  • Must be able to communicate observations with supervisor and parents regarding individual child development milestones/issues and safety concerns.
  • Must display the necessary initiative and dependability to work independently or in a group.
  • Must be able to establish rapport with persons from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. Must be able to exhibit good judgment, tact, and courtesy in dealing with the public.

Hours:

Camp is held during the summer months. Counselors must be present, without absence, the entire duration as stated by contract and are required to invest the time necessary to produce exceptional results during the camp session.

Please email resume, cover letter and completed OI employment application to Cody Stepanek, Director of Youth Programs.

Deadline for applications March 30, 2018


Schrader Environmental Education Center

The Schrader Environmental Education Center is always looking for passionate environmental educators to consider for part time and full time positions.  Please send your resume to Molly Check if you would like it to be considered for future job opportunities.


About Oglebay Institute:

OI is a 501(c)3 organization located in Wheeling, WV. Since its founding in 1930, OI has been successful in serving the residents and visitors of the Upper Ohio River Valley by providing quality programming in five discipline areas: environmental education; performing arts; regional history interpretation; visual arts; and dance. These program areas and the facilities in which they reside, are supported by centralized administrative, finance, marketing, and development departments.

OI serves a wide geographic service area that includes Northern West Virginia, Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. More than 90,000 individuals participate in the organization’s programming annually; nearly half of participants are children.

Contact


Director of Administrative Services
Oglebay Institute
1330 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003

Oglebay Institute Employment Application