Summer Intern - Outdoor Programs

  • City of Asheville
  • Asheville, NC, USA
  • Jan 12, 2019

Job Description

Summary About Us
The City of Asheville is dedicated to providing quality service for the residents and visitors of our beautiful city, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Asheville, NC is a thriving mountain city that has a culture enriched in diversity.
The City of Asheville values and respects a diverse community, workforce and ideas, and is committed to promoting an equitable, fair, and just employment environment. Our organization seeks to create and provide access and opportunities to employees, residents and visitors to fulfill their potential through inclusive engagement practices.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.

About Our Opportunity
The City of Asheville invites you to apply to be a part of the 2019 Parks & Recreation department summer staff. The Outdoor Program Intern will assist in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of all aspects of the Outdoor Recreation Program; includes working with youth in an adventure programming setting, leading skill classes, environmental education sessions and overnight adventure trips, as well as assisting with administrative tasks in preparation for summer programming.

Work Schedule: 8:30am-6pm, some weekends and overnights
Internship Compensation: A stipend of at least $2900 which will be split into monthly payments.

This internship position will NOT be eligible for benefits, paid leave time (vacation, sick, holiday) nor participation in the retirement system.

This internship is open until filled and applications will be reviewed weekly.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Plans and schedules activities for youth ages 6-16.
  • Acts as leader in group or individual games.
  • Prepares outdoor recreation equipment for use.
  • Supervises and/or participates in outdoor recreational activities (hiking, camping, biking, rafting, canoeing, swimming and nature exploration).
  • Organizes group activities.
  • Plans and leads activities both on and off site, including some overnight camping trips.
  • Administers first aid as needed.
  • Attends regular staff meetings and collaborates with other program leaders.
  • Performs related tasks as required.

Education & Experience Required:
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • CPR/First Aid Certification required by the start of camp.
  • Must have an active driver's license.
  • Each eligible candidate shall complete a City of Asheville employment application.
  • Each eligible candidate shall include a current transcript of any college or university course work completed.
  • Selected candidates shall meet department standards for drug screening, background check, and driving record review, and be able to provide references as well as be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Wilderness First Responder certification.
  • Current enrollment in a four-year college or university in Outdoor Recreation Leadership, Parks and Recreation Management, Leisure Services, or a related field.
  • Completion of  coursework related to the internship opportunity.
  • Ability to earn class credit for completing the internship.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Working Conditions
  • General knowledge of the methods and practices of outdoor recreation programs including knowledge of the proper use of outdoor equipment and risk management systems.
  • The ability to instruct outdoor recreational activities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, program participants and the general public.
  • Ability to enforce rules and regulations and maintain program standards.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain records.
  • Physical ability to hike at least 3 miles on uneven terrain.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with experience in the following areas
  • Program planning and implementation for youth in an outdoor setting
  • Prior summer camp or outdoor leadership skills preferred
  • Prefer experience in one or more of the following areas: canoeing, rafting, hiking, camping, biking, fly fishing, caving or leading outdoor programs for youth