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Youth Program Instructor (Blue Camp and Explorer Camp) - Cal Youth Camps (4128U) 29810
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Apr. 18, 2022
Title Youth Program Instructor (Blue Camp and Explorer Camp) - Cal Youth Camps (4128U) 29810
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Child and Social Services

Youth Program Instructor (Blue Camp and Explorer Camp) - Cal Youth Camps (4128U) 29810

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

Cal Youth Camps leads the way in providing summer camps for kids of all ages. Located on the UC Berkeley campus for more than 60 years, we offer high-caliber, impactful and fun camps.

Blue Camp is a comprehensive recreational day-camp for youth ages 7 - 12. Blue Camp is structured around the idea that all children need opportunities to play and engage in regular physical activity to support their mental health and well-being. Blue Camp combines developmental sports, outdoor learning, science, and the arts to provide a well rounded, and diverse recreational camp experience. In addition to a wide array of structured activities, campers are provided with ample opportunities to build positive relationships with friends through free play and group games that emphasize positive play and pro-social behaviors.

Explorer Camp is a highly structured, comprehensive recreational day-camp for youth ages 4 1/2 - 6. Explorer Camp is structured around the idea that kids need opportunities to explore the world around them, try new things, and develop positive relationships with other peers of the same age. Explorer Camp combines developmental sports, outdoor learning, exploratory science, fine arts, exploratory martial arts, and exploratory gymnastics into a unique program where children can experience a sampling of different unique camp activities. Most activities take place outdoors at Strawberry Canyon Rec Area.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 1/28/2022


Youth Program Instructors provide instruction, and support to enrolled Recreational Youth participants as assigned in a camp or interim recreational program environment. Youth Program Instructors are further responsible for developing lesson plans that correspond with assigned classes and activities, providing feedback to youth participants, and supporting the upkeep of the recreational facilities and outdoor spaces in support of providing a safe and nurturing environment.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Assist with parent orientations and check-in and check-out procedures.
  • Promote theme days or group traditions to help campers and staff 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, certifications, 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, staff meetings, and programs designated by your

  • Teach age-appropriate skills and activities in a progressive sequence and/or assist with leading activities as assigned by supervisor
  • Prepare and submit a specific 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

  • Provide general supervision, risk management, and downtime activities for youth participants
  • 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 campers 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 #lifeskills
  • Supervise and coach junior staff and CILTs working in your area, providing direction and feedback if necessary.
  • Motivate campers and junior staff to enthusiastically participate in all activities
  • Provide summer camp instruction to children (ages 5 - 16) in one or more of the following areas: archery, arts and crafts, badminton, baseball, basketball, card games, chess, dance, dance (hip hop), drama, field hockey, football, Frisbee, golf, in-line hockey, lacrosse, leadership, magic, motor fitness, music, nature studies, rugby, self- defense, skateboarding, soccer, softball, table tennis, tae kwon do, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and yoga.
  • Maintain a supportive environment for program participants and facilitate involvement.

Required Qualifications
  • At least one year (or 12 months) previous experience leading recreational programs for youth required
  • Has knowledge of Youth Recreation Programs, program planning/development, program structures, basic classroom management, and youth learning styles
  • Service orientation, judgment and decision-making, critical thinking, develop original ideas, creative problem solving skills in a varied and challenging environment.
  • Must be able to work effectively, across all organization levels, internally and externally .
  • Client service-minded, entrepreneurial spirit and creative thinking.
  • Must have highly effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be proficient in the use of basic computer applications.
  • Red Cross Infant/Child/Adult CPR certification

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of campus policies and procedures.
  • High school diploma or equivalent certification.
  • Some college or Associate Degree and/or Bachelor's Degree.

Salary & Benefits

$16.90 - $18.75 per hour. This position is not eligible for UC benefits plan.

How to Apply

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

Other Information
  • Muliple positions available.
  • Part-time, Contract (temporary) appointments ending 8/31/2022.

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

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