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Resident Camp Counselor

Posted: January 26, 2024 Expired: February 23, 2024
Busch Gardens Tampa
Tampa
INTERNSHIP
High School 1 Year

Busch Gardens Tampa

Resident Camp Counselor

SEASONAL POSITION

Busch Gardens is a place of thrills, fun and positive, lasting memories. And that's just what its like to work here! As a key member of our team, you'll play a major role in bringing happiness and excitement to people from around the world. If you're dedicated, dependable and driven to deliver exceptional guest service, this is a place for you!

Purpose: While Busch Gardens Camps provide an imaginative and intellectually stimulating atmosphere for learning about wild animals and wild places, it is the counselors who energize and encourage campers to develop a lifelong appreciation, understanding and stewardship for our diverse natural environments and resources.

Busch Gardens Camp goals are…

  • To create a stimulating environment that encourages campers to become stewards of the natural world
  • To focus on creating an atmosphere of building self-esteem in our campers with positive interactions and situations that build confidence
  • To provide campers with opportunities for teamwork and problem solving

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years old to drive camp rental vehicles
  • Prospective candidates should be available mid-May through mid-August 2024 and prepared to live in a dorm setting. Pay includes lodging. Meals are only provided when working a shift during a mealtime with campers. 
  • At least 1 year college preferred; 3rd year college student in a Biology/Zoology, Education, Wildlife Conservation or Environmental Science degree program preferred
  • Previous related experience with camps and/or working with children preferred
  • A valid Driver's License with ability to meet SEA’s driving guidelines
  • Able to work in an outdoor environment for an extended period and endure high heat, humidity, possibly dusty and damp
  • This position requires extensive walking, standing, and long hours managing children. Tasks may also include bending; some overhead reaching and use of hands.
  • Must be able to push, pull, lift to 50 pounds, occasionally carrying between floors
  • Ability to work flexible schedule including early shifts, evenings, weekends, and overnights, for the entire length of the summer camp schedule (May 22 - August 6, 2023)
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification, and/or American Red Cross Lifeguard certification, preferred
  • Good oral and written communication skills. Strong leadership qualities are a must

Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the overall safety and wellbeing of resident campers in rising grades 7th – 12th grades, overseeing them throughout the park, overnight at the dormitory and during off-site field trips.
  • Work as day camp counselor and/or support when resident camp is not in session. 
  • Enthusiastically teach and implement assigned camp curriculum encompassing environmental science, zoology, physical science, etc., through educational games, hands-on activities, occasional crafts and evening trips through the zoo
  • Provide guidance to campers by keeping them on task and behaving appropriately
  • Facilitate interactions between campers and park staff
  • Anticipate and willingly participate in designated camp duties including preparation of activity materials, set up and breakdown of equipment and classrooms, team-building exercises, and advanced preparation for incoming campers
  • Knowledge of camp standard operating procedures and processes, getting around the park or any possible field trip sites
  • Provide camper transportation both inside and outside the park
  • Perform as a role model for younger students by displaying team spirit and enthusiasm throughout the summer program.
  • Adhere to Company standards on wardrobe, conduct, safety, cleanliness, and timeliness
  • Complete assigned resident camp duties and assist camp team as needed; perform other duties as assigned based on business need, including providing day camp and/or field trip support
  • Evaluate and track camper performance

What it takes to succeed:

  • Consistently practice safe work habits and report unsafe situations.
  • Ability to interact effectively with individuals and groups, respecting social and cultural diversity, recognize/consider the needs of others in daily interactions and decision-making, and maintain appropriate boundaries using interpersonal skills (skills used to reduce stress and conflict, improve communication, and increase understanding).
  • Ability to use effective and appropriate self-care practices for maintaining overall wellness, and mental, emotional, and social resiliency (such as handling stressful situations appropriately) needed for a job in a fast-paced, interactive environment.
  • Be able to successfully complete all legal, company and department training requirements to include but not limited to passing required tests and certifications within established timelines.

The perks of the position: Ambassadors will enjoy a fun, fast-paced environment, and great teammates, as well as:

  • FREE park admission
  • Discounts on park admission tickets and passes for family and friends
  • Park discounts on food, merchandise, etc.
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Exclusive employee events and giveaways
     

EEO Employer:

SEAWORLD PARKS & ENTERTAINMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED WITHOUT REGARD TO AGE, RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, PREGNANCY, GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION, DISABILITY OR COVERED VETERAN STATUS.

How to Apply

Apply online: https://buschgardens.com/tampa/jobs/

Busch Gardens Tampa
3605 East Bougainvillea Ave
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: 8139875544

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