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Outdoor Program Specialist
Summary
Title:Outdoor Program Specialist
ID:5782
Job Status :Full Time
Company :Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho (GSEWNI)
Description

Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho is looking for an Outdoor Program Specialist. This is a full time position, located in Spokane, WA that offers  benefits (medical, dental, vision, & life insurance)  and paid time off. 

Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grade, and our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. At Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, we're committed to providing every girl the chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.

POSITION SUMMARY:

 As a member of the Program Team, under general supervision, the Outdoor Program Specialist will be primarily responsible for all aspects of GSEWNI’s outdoor program experiences, as well as developing, delivering and evaluating outdoor focused resources to support volunteers and girls participating in these pathways. The incumbent will help design and support outdoor programs and events for girls which provide a high-quality experience that are girl-driven, girl-focused, and customized to address and meet the needs and interests of girls.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION:

  • Design, deliver, and evaluate year-round outdoor programs on GSEWNI and public properties (ex: State Parks) that are based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and new outdoor initiatives from GSUSA, meet the needs and interests of girls and designated outcomes.
  • Develops and oversees long range program growth and uses plan for the outdoor program department that includes innovation in outdoor program, recognizes the important traditions of Girl Scouts and coordinates with the overall strategy of the council. 
  • Develop and implement resources and trainings for certifications such as lifeguard, canoe, paddle sports, archery, and challenge course.
  • Maintains a thorough understanding of Girl Scout programs for all age levels and Safety Activity Checkpoints.
  • Assists in the development and administration of assigned outdoor program budgets; goals, objectives and action steps.
  • Performs project evaluations which will include; measured outcomes and identifies aspects of program activities that need to be improved, identifies aspects of program activities that should be maintained; prepares reports or presentations to communicate the result of the evaluation; identifies the need to modify projects and activities given changing goals or conditions.
  • Recruit, train, manage and retain high performing program volunteers.
  • Assisting in the development of the year round program guide, evaluating current content and forms, and suggesting changes as necessary.
  • Support the delivery of camping designed to introduce volunteers and girls to their first outdoor overnight experience.
  • Assists the staff liaison to volunteers with the implementation and delivery of summer day and evening camp programs hosted by service units. This includes but is not limited to year-round communication, Day Camp training, facilitation of sharing best practices, annual training on Council and regulatory guidelines, oversee registration and financial reporting.
  • Build and cultivate relationships with community partners and volunteers.
  • Ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws, regulations, health and building codes, OSHA guidelines, GSUSA safety guidelines, and ACA site standards.
  • Ensure site security by developing emergency systems and procedures to ensure safe usage of facilities.
  • Assists in supporting the Adult Education Committee to train volunteers to lead the outdoor program.
  • Actively support and promote GSEWNI’s commitment to excellent customer service, membership growth, community visibility, fundraising diversity and safety.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

TRAVEL

Travel will be required on a regular basis; including nights, weekends and holidays to ensure quality program delivery throughout the 29-county area and/or conferences and conventions as approved.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job 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.

  • Bachelor’s Degree with two years’ experience in supervision of youth outdoor recreational programs preferably in a non-profit or membership-based agency; or combinations of education and experience that demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position may be considered.
  • Prior experience in program design and development, program evaluation, people management, marketing, community relations, or other relevant are preferred.
  • Prior experience in camping, outdoor cooking and outdoor skills (ex: knots, navigation, shelter building).
  • Supervisory experience leading a professional team preferred
  • First Aid/CPR certification required (willingness to obtain)
  • Wilderness First Aid certification preferred (willingness to obtain)
  • Boating and/or Sailing Instructor certification preferred (willingness to obtain)
  • Ropes Course certification preferred (willingness to obtain)
  • Archery Instructor certification preferred (willingness to obtain)
  • Must be 21+ years of age, possess a valid Driver’s License and be insurable. Reliable transportation required.
  • Bilingual and fluent in English and Spanish languages preferred
  • Must be experienced in the use of computers, including word processing, Outlook, spreadsheets, and the internet. Must be able to compile information and develop related reports, using council software. 
  • Willingness to subscribe to the principles of the Girl Scout movement, including acceptance of the Girl Scout philosophy and willingness to maintain membership in the Girl Scouts USA.

WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL ABILITIES

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to:

  • Work in an outside environment (including inclement weather) year round
  • Have the ability to walk/hike daily, at various grades, elevations, and on uneven terrain
  • Be exposed to typical office environment conditions and noise levels. Multi-tasking in a fast paced environment is an integral part of this position, as is the ability to work with high-stress situations based on the nature of GSEWNI mission and daily work
  • Lift to lift 25 pounds
  • Have repetitive moment of the wrists, hands and/or fingers
  • Climb, pull, stoop, kneel, crawl, twist and crouch
  • Stand or sit for long periods of time
  • Clearly see 20+ feet, with or without corrective lenses
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