Additional Staff Requirements and Information
The 2014 Summer Camp season runs from May 29 – August 8, 2014. Green River Preserve hires seasonal staff for the entire summer season. If you are unavailable for any significant portion of the contract dates, please do not apply. Staff training is mandatory for all summer staff and is the key to building consistency in the staff community and providing a safe and comfortable environment for our campers.
The 2014 Fall SEE season runs from August 26 – October 3, 2014. Applicants interested in the fall season must indicate this on their application.
All staff must be certified in First Aid and CPR throughout the duration of their contract.
Mentors and expedition staff must be WFA (wilderness first aid) certified.
Waterfront staff must hold current certifications in open-water life guarding or life guarding. The Climbing Tower Coordinator must hold a current climbing certification. Limited opportunities for certifications may be available throughout the western North Carolina camp community prior to staff training. Copies of certification cards are required to be on file in the camp office during employment.
Workman’s Compensation Insurance covers all staff members during their time on duty with camp. The camp may contest reactivation of a chronic condition or activities not approved by the camp which may cause injury. Staff members should carry their own accident, health, and automobile insurance. Any person making a Workman’s Compensation claim is subject to a drug screening.
During a two-week base camp session, cabin counselors have one morning off (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and one long night off (6:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. the following day). Additionally, there are 24 hour breaks between camp sessions.
Expedition staff time off will vary with sessions.
Staff training is one of the most important and valuable investments that Green River Preserve makes in its employees. Staff training is mandatory for all seasonal/summer staff.
2014 Staff Training Dates:
Counselors: May 28 – June 7.
Full-Season Mentors and/or Activity Coordinators: May 26 – June 7.
Return Rotating Mentor: Field training (Senior Mentor weekend) dates are May 31 – June 2. All mentors are encouraged to attend who are not able to attend the longer staff training.
CPR/First Aid: May 27*
*Please note any staff taking CPR/FA through GRP will be charged a $25 course fee.
Employees must be able to complete moderate hikes daily with campers ranging from one-quarter mile to three miles. Employees must be able to lift and carry a backpack up to 50 pounds for up to four miles during campouts.
A vegetarian option is available at all meals and reasonable accommodations may be made for employees with food allergies. Employees who have other dietary restrictions should plan to supplement meals with personal food. Personal food must be stored in the staff lounge or mentor lodge (refrigeration is available). Due to the number of children with severe nut allergies, Green River Preserve strives to be a nut-free community. Products containing peanuts or tree nuts are not allowed in the Dining Lodge.
Employees must be aware that attitude, actions, and words affect the entire GRP community. Employees must be respectful to and of other staff members and campers at all times and must also embody the “Can Do” attitude and be willing to assist in any and all aspects of camp with a smile, even if they are outside of one’s specialty skills. The term “this is not my job” is not used at GRP.
Green River Preserve strives to offer a wide range of activity choices as well as expert instructors. All staff receives activity specific training during staff training. Employees should be prepared to have one or two activities they specialize in and to work in those areas the entire summer.
Expedition Leader Requirements:
- College graduate or equivalent life experience
- Wilderness First Responder and CPR
- Experience working with teenagers
- Solid outdoor skills in a variety of activities
- Experience leading wilderness trips
- Expertise in Leave No Trace principles
- A clean driving record
- Ability to work with little/no time off and limited personal time
Please see the Expeditions job description for job requirements.
If you are in need of certifications prior to working at camp, the following organizations offer many applicable training opportunities. Also, please check with nearby universities and colleges as many will also offer some of the required certifications.
- Camp Blue Star’s Staff Training Institute
- Camp Carolina Backcountry Institute
- American Red Cross
- Landmark Learning
- NOC (SOLO)