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Camp Managers & Director of Health Services

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center is seeking a Summer Camp Manager, who will work alongside two additional Camp Managers and a Director of Health Services to run the day to day operation of Wolf Ridge’s Summer Camp and Family Camp programs, manage the Summer Camp Counselors and Assistant Trip Leaders, schedule activities, assign dorm rooms, arrange for overnights, and work with outside groups. The team supports and mentors staff, assisting with behavior management and instructing classes as needed. Minimum age 21.

The Role

The Summer Camp Manager supports all aspects of the summer youth and family camp programs – from staff supervision to program creation and implementation and managing logistical details. Wolf Ridge will be hiring three Assistant Summer Camp Director positions.  This team will work closely with the Director of Youth and Family Programs and the Director of Counselors.  

Position Responsibilities

Staff Supervision & Training
  • Train, motivate, support, and supervise Counselors and Assistant Trip Leaders. This includes coaching, teaching, modeling, reinforcing, assisting with difficult situations, and correcting behavior
  • Continually observe and evaluate all Counselors and Assistant Trip Leaders on a weekly basis. Including a formal mid-summer and end of the summer evaluation
  • Provide ongoing training for Counselors and Assistant Trip Leaders throughout the summer.
  • Provide the Directors of Programming with weekly Counselor and Assistant Trip Leader group assignments.
Program & Camper Management
  • Support and connect with campers; behave as an appropriate positive role model in all camp activities
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities; enjoy playing, and not “sit on the sidelines,” being visible throughout the day, leading transition times, and supervising campers
  • Work with the Directors of Programming to ensure summer programming scheduling and needs are met
  • Attend administrative staff meetings
  • Maintain clear and positive written and verbal communication with all camp staff
  • Maintain the daily schedule during summer camp programs
  • Participate as a member of the director team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions
  • Work evening and night duty as assigned
  • Assist with weekly camp check-in and check out
  • Other duties to be assigned as needed
Program Creation & Scheduling
  • Ensure lesson plans are prepared and implemented that meet camp outcomes, the abilities of the campers and are fun
  • Coordinate all camp program and campfire activities with other staff, including Choose Your Own Adventure Day, Day Camp, and other special events
  • Able to make responsible decisions and judgments about programming in the absence of the Summer Youth & Family Program Director
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities; enjoy playing, and not “sit on the sidelines,” being visible throughout the day, leading transition times, and supervising campers.
  • Attend administrative staff meetings as needed
  • Maintain clear and positive written and verbal communication with all camp staff
  • Participate as a member of the director team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions
  • Work evening and night duty as assigned
  • Assist with weekly camp check-in and check out
  • Other duties to be assigned as needed
Participant Communication & Marketing
  • Take daily photos of campers and groups in assigned activities
  • Work with the Marketing Director to provide communication with camper families via social media pages. Including posting photos, writing articles and emails to families
  • Communicate with camper families as needed (i.e. behavior, medical concerns, etc.)
Risk Management
  • Ensure that camp staff and campers know and follow safety and educational procedures during camp programs
  • Provide guidelines for programs utilizing camp equipment
  • Assist in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in all program areas
  • Oversee daily checks of area and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair
  • Ensure that program areas are kept fee of hazards and debris
  • Take the initiative to see problems, find solutions, and make recommendations as it relates to 
your area of responsibility
Camp Reporting & Evaluation
  • Collect and evaluate records; report and evaluate the camp program and activity areas
  • Work with the Director of Counselors to supervise and evaluate counselors in the development and implementation of all facets of camp program activities
  • Evaluate the success of the program and the development of the campers’ abilities and skills in various program activities

Required Qualifications & Skills

Managers at Wolf Ridge are resilient, take initiative, selfless, creative, high-energy, fun, nurturing, compassionate, and display a positive attitude. They care about children and want to share a passion for our environment with each of them. A camp job is can be challenging – think 14 hour days, five to six days a week – but directors are ready to work hard to meet those challenges. They’re also great role models, display that sense of selflessness and always put the campers first. Most of all, managers are always focused on ensuring that the campers and staff have an amazing and memorable camp experience.

Summer Camp Managers Must:

  • Possess current First Aid and CPR/AED Certification
  • Possess Wilderness Water Safety (WWS) and/or Lifeguard Certification (can complete at Wolf Ridge during staff training)
  • Possess a current driver’s license
  • Have specialized and practical knowledge of/experience in group and camp leadership, teen leadership and supervision; staff management, development, and motivation
  • Display integrity, patience, adaptability, flexibility, a sense of humor, enthusiasm, and a commitment to serve youth
  • Be responsible, detail-oriented, and hard-working
  • Be a minimum age 21

Learn More About Summer Camp Programs

Wages & Benefits

$350 per week, paid bi-weekly. Wolf Ridge provides room and board.

How to Apply

To apply for either of these positions, please complete an online application.

About Wolf Ridge

Established in 1971, Wolf Ridge was the first environmental learning center (ELC) in the country to be accredited as a K-12 school. We’re recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in environmental education.  Our experienced naturalists work with school groups looking for outdoor, hands-on learning. We offer over 50+ lessons that build awareness, curiosity, and sensitivity to the natural world. In the process, we promote self-awareness and leadership. Wolf Ridge operations are conducted on a 2,000-acre main campus in Finland, Minnesota with a 400-bed facility, along with a 68-acre Lake Superior campus just down the road.

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