Girl Scouts San Diego Council Overview
Girl Scouts San Diego serves 22,000 girls and 12,000 adult members. Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls, building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Girl Scouts San Diego is now accepting applications for Challenge Course Lead Facilitators. If you have experience working with children, have a passion for team building and enjoy the outdoors we want you on our team. Upon hire, we will train and certify you to run team building sessions at our Challenge Courses located in Julian and at our council in Balboa.
We are looking for individuals who…
- Are team players
- Have experience working with adults and children.
- Are looking for flexible work, mostly on weekends
All candidates must be at least 18 years of age by time of hire & must be able to successfully complete a background screening prior to first day of employment.
DEFINITION OF CHALLENGE COURSE
The Challenge Course is a creative combination of logs, platforms, ropes, climbing structures, games, and activities located at our Balboa Program Center, Escondido Program Center and mountain properties in Julian, CA. The aim of many of the activities is to allow the individual to see themselves and their team as increasingly capable and competent within the Challenge Course elements.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list may not include all of the duties assigned)
- Facilitates groups through team building games, initiatives, low elements and high elements.
- Participates in set-up, take down, and equipment check for each group. Reports any equipment or course concerns to Challenge Course Coordinator. Properly stores equipment after each use.
- Develops appropriate combination of elements to achieve the groups' goals. Tailors the challenge course experience to the objectives and capabilities of the client.
- Cultivates learning among participants and groups, including technical skills as well as the experiential aspects of the course. Facilitates participants processing experiences in order to integrate what has been learned.
- Completes needs assessments, inspections, and post-course reports in a timely manner.
- Works as team with other facilitators and Challenge Course Coordinator in planning, facilitating, operating, and evaluating the course.
- Contributes to the diversity emphasis of the council by ensuring that all materials, activities and programs are sensitive to and reflective of the interest, values and needs of persons of all racial/ethnic groups, cultures, religions and abilities.
- Performs physical tasks of position, including but not limited to tying specific knots, belaying clients, moving from element to element, setting up and taking down climbing ropes, and climbing structures as needed.
- Supervises all activities connected with the Challenge Course to ensure safety of participants, including but not limited to, executing safe and effective programming, using good judgment when making independent decisions and instructing clients in the proper use of all course elements and equipment.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
TRAININGS AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED TO PERFORM IN THIS ROLE (CAN BE OBTAINED THROUGH COUNCIL)
- Complete at least 8 hours of on-site training on games, initiatives, group dynamics, challenge by choice, equipment inspection, belaying, zip receiving, and setting up climbing tower.
- Attend at least two in-service trainings per year.
- Facilitate at least one session per month, as scheduled by the Challenge Course Coordinator
- Must facilitate with a lead facilitator present on the course at all times.
- Comply with Safety-Wise standards and Adventure Zone/Challenge Course guidelines.
- High School graduate or equivalent. Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Effective oral, written, and communication skills to interact with all age levels.
- Able to work productively and respectfully with diverse populations, cultures, abilities, ages and backgrounds.
- Problem solving, decision-making skills and organizational skills.
- Able to manage large groups of participants. Knowledge of group dynamics, progression and debriefing techniques.
- Knowledge and understanding of challenge by choice.
- Enthusiasm, interest and commitment to experiential education.
- Experience organizing and/or working with adult volunteers and Girl Scout troop leaders.
- Basic understanding of Girl Scout Leadership Experience and how it pertains to Challenge Course activities.
- Understands emergency procedures and must be comfortable responding to emergency situations in a professional and calm demeanor.
- Must have belief in the mission and values of Girl Scouting; be willing to subscribe to the principles expressed in the Promise and Law and aware of the needs of girls in our pluralistic society.
- Employees use varied equipment, including but not limited to, climbing harnesses, rope, belay devices and helmets.
- Ability to climb and withstand heights with a high comfort level.
- Ability to stoop, kneel, bend, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift, work with fingers, grasp, feel, talk, hear, and perform repetitive motions.
- Ability to perform light work exerting up to 40 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
- Heavy visual acuity required performing such activities as securing harnesses, helmets and belay devices and tying ropes.
- Activities occur outside and employee is subject to both environmental conditions; employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.