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Summer Camp Instructor, Seasonal - $16 per hour

The Safari West Wildlife Foundation is looking for enthusiastic and energetic candidates to join our summer camp team. Our day camp, Camp Nyika, will be held at the Safari West 400-acre wildlife preserve in the Mayacamas Mountains in Santa Rosa in June and July 2020.

The primary responsibility of summer camp counselors is to lead daily camp activities and educational activities over the daily four-hour camp window. Counselors will work with certified and trained naturalists to offer a robust, hands-on learning experience for youth.

This position is both a physical and intellectual job and requires the ability to work in all types of weather, safely navigating dirt trails, and lifting up to 50 lbs.

In addition to being responsible for camper safety, summer camp instructors are responsible for engaging campers in educational lessons modeled after naturalist safari guiding, identifying species and their greater ecological role in conservation.

With daily changing weather and animal conditions, summer camp instructors are expected to be flexible with changing priorities and be a willing and collaborative team member.

There are two positions available.

Desired Position Requirements

• Public speaking experience

• Interpretation and/or Teaching Experience

• Working Knowledge of wildlife/biology/naturalism

• Working knowledge of guest hospitality

• Willingness to work in all weather conditions

• Must live within forty-five miles of Safari West

Desirable Qualifications

• Education equivalent to A.A. or Bachelor’s degree with major work in interpretation, social sciences, natural sciences, communications, or closely related fields.

• Experience or exposure to of year of research and development of natural resource interpretive programs.

• Prior outdoor recreation camp experience.

Please email Resume and Cover Letter

Position Details

Work Location:

Safari West Wildlife Preserve

3115 Porter Creek Road Santa Rosa, CA 95404

(800) 616-2695

Job Type:


Hired candidates can expect to be trained as a core camp staff group through the last two working weeks of May. During this time, the group will learn the camp curriculum, expectations, and extensive safety procedures necessary to smoothly operate camp and care for the youth.

Camp Nyika is officially scheduled to operate for nine weeks, Monday through Friday, during the summer of 2020.

Park Information

Karibu Rafiki or Welcome Friend! Beyond a wildlife preserve and far more than any drive-through park, Safari West is a place like no other. The African and other animals set Safari West apart from other camps.

Nestled in the hills of Sonoma County, this 400-acre wildlife preserve is home to over 1000 animals representing the biodiversity of Africa and beyond. Hands-on learning about animal conservation and welfare, with a unique opportunity to be close to nature.

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Hanna Boys Center is a private nonprofit which provides a therapeutic, residential school program to underserved adolescent boys. Additionally, Hanna provides training and consultative services through the Hanna Institute, in the area of childhood trauma, to other youth serving organizations. We work collaboratively with these organizations to help them improve care and enhance program outcomes.

The Youth Counselor is responsible for supervising the daily living experience and for providing a consistent and caring environment for each resident under their care. This includes teaching socially appropriate skills, planning trips and activities, helping with homework, providing discipline, and teaching appropriate conflict resolution.

The Youth Counselor acts as a positive adult role model in all areas by demonstrating and developing positive interactive relationships while establishing clear boundaries for the residents. Additionally, Youth Counselors are expected to implement treatment approaches and or techniques which include Restorative Practice, Life Space Interviews, Universal Trauma Training, ACE Study, Workforce Protection and Policies that Reflect Trauma Informed Care.

TRAINING: Five weeks of comprehensive training for all new staff members, and continued training and professional enhancement for the duration of employment.

STARTING SALARY: $34,000+ annually

ROOM & BOARD PROVIDED: Each staff is provided a private room with a shared living area, kitchenette, game room and washer and dryers.

EXCELLENT BENEFITS: Health, Dental, Vision and 401k retirement plan. 5&1/2 weeks of Paid Time Off and 5 paid Holidays annually.

SHIFTS: Shifts are 4 days per week and sleepovers are required. There are three shifts available:

• Sunday through Wednesday,

• Wednesday through Saturday, and

• Saturday through Tuesday

The candidate will not know what shift is open until he or she is assigned to a group home and the current staff shifts are determined. The goal for each Group Home is to have a team of six staff in each house. One Group Coordinator and five Youth Counselors with three staff on per day.


7:30 AM Wake Up for the boys.

8:30 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM Boys Attend School

9:00 TO 2:30 Youth Counselor Break

2:30 to 10:30 Boys and Staff Group Home Activities

REQUIREMENTS: Must pass a criminal background check and physical, including a drug and TB test. Must have a valid driver’s license and ability to be covered under our insurance. Ability to be certified in CPR/First Aid, community water safety and crisis intervention. Prefer Bachelor’s Degree in related field or experience working with children, however others who are interested may apply.

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