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Cal Adventures Instructor (4128U) 5321
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 7, 2020
Title Cal Adventures Instructor (4128U) 5321
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Child and Social Services

Cal Adventures Instructor (4128U) 5321

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Cal Youth Camps oer sports, recreation and leadership opportunities to hundreds of children, ages 5 - 16. Our programs, administered and taught by enthusiastic, caring and well trained sta, oer a wide range of sports and recreation activities designed to provide kids with opportunities to learn, make friends, build condence, and have fun. These are temporary (May 29 - August 21, 2020) summer camp positions.


  • Teach age-appropriate skills and activities in a progressive sequence and assist when in the assistant role.
  • Prepare and submit a specic lesson plan or activity for each activity session; plan progressive lessons with any co-counselors based on campers' ages and skill levels.
  • Run organized and well-executed classes where there is maximum opportunity for participation in diverse activities that are creative and engaging.
  • Actively participate and engage with all campers.
  • Connect the camp values and life skills to the activities in a developmentally appropriate manner.
  • Promote theme days or group traditions to help campers feel united as a group.
  • Help all campers make friends and enjoy the camp experience.

  • Assist with parent orientations and check-in and check-out procedures.
  • Promote theme days or group traditions to help campers and sta feel united as a group and add enjoyment to the camp.
  • Look for ways to make camp better and share those in your weekly team leader meetings.
  • Ensure campers have safe and appropriate equipment, facilities, and supplies.
  • Keep equipment, binder, and supplies in order, well maintained, and in the proper location.
  • Complete and submit paperwork accurately (timesheets, lesson plans, certications, etc.).
  • Accept feedback and makes necessary corrections.
  • Conduct daily check of activity area for safety and cleanliness; make needed improvements or report needs to a supervisor or team leader.
  • Assist with, lead, and/or participate in all special events, sta meetings, and programs designated by your supervisor or team leader.

  • Provide general supervision, risk management, and downtime activities.
  • Develop age appropriate relationships with campers and identify and meet individual campers' needs.
  • Help campers leave their comfort zones and take healthy risks while improving knowledge and skill.
  • Account for all campers, take attendance regularly and follow check-in/out procedures.
  • Walk children safely between locations and supervise on water/bathroom breaks.
  • Assist campers with belongings, lost and found, sunscreen/water, trash pick-up, etc.
  • Assist and guide campers in resolving their own problems and step-in only when necessary.
  • Supervise and coach junior sta working in your area, providing direction and feedback if necessary.
  • Motivate campers and junior sta to enthusiastically participate in all activities.
  • Provide summer camp instruction to children (ages 5 - 16) in one or more of the following areas: sailing, windsurng, kayaking, paddleboarding, rock climbing, generation recreation, science & outdoor education.
  • Maintains a supportive environment for program participants and facilitate involvement.

Required Qualifications
  • Experience working with or leading a group of children between the ages of 5 - 16.
  • Sensory abilities (hearing, seeing, communicating, physical movement, etc) necessary to perform the duties of the position.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience teaching activities to children.
  • Experience supervising children's programs. Experience supervising sta. Available for a signicant length of the program (May 29 - August 21, 2020) and for sta trainings (evenings and weekends between May 28 - June 6th).
  • Current certications in American Red Cross (or equivalent) First Aid, CPR (child & adult), and AED (child & adult).

Salary & Benefits

Commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

Approximately 250 summer camp positions (including paid and volunteer) are available. For more information, please visit

Some positions may require driving; for those that do, a valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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