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To safely execute Sharon Audubon Center’s Summer Nature Programs for children in K-6th grade. The Seasonal First Aid Camp Counselor will be needed approximately 7 weeks over the course of the summer (1 week of training, 6 weeks of camp) Monday through Friday, for 7-8 hours per day.
- Primary responsibilities include taking on the role to care for any injured or ill campers when needed.
- These duties will include caring for any camper that gets injured or falls ill while at camp, and contacts parents, if needed.
- Administer camper medications such as prescribed epi-pens and inhalers, as needed, if currently certified in the proper training.
- Isolate any ill children or children with COVID-19 symptoms and stay with the child until he/she is picked up.
- Work closely with the local health district and OEC in reporting any positive COVID-19 cases, and contacting camp parents should a positive case be present at camp.
- Assist with temperature checks and collecting completed COVID-19 health questionnaires from camp parents each morning at drop-off.
- Special attention is to be taken for following all Audubon, OEC and CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety, including mandating proper distancing between campers and staff, mask-wearing, not sharing materials, keeping groups separated, cleaning and disinfecting, etc. Counselors must keep good communication with the Camp Director and/or Seasonal First Aid Camp Counselor to report bathroom usage (for cleaning purposes,) possible sick campers, etc.
- Deep cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, materials, tables and chairs and other items used during the day will be expected at the end of each camp day. Camp Staff will be required to wear a mask at all times while on the Audubon grounds, with many built-in mask breaks at safe distances throughout the day. Camp will primarily be 100% outdoors, with the exception of thunderstorms or other potentially dangerous hazards. All camp staff will be required to complete and pass a COVID-19 health questionnaire, as well as other related COVID-19 requirements, such as a temperature check, each day before the start of camp, and may be asked to receive a COVID -19 test a few times throughout the summer. Counselors showing/feeling any signs of COVID-19, will be asked to be tested for COVID-19 and remain home until results are received. If there are any campers and/or counselors who become ill with COVID-19 symptoms during camp, they will be required to be tested and their small group cohort will need to quarantine for the recommended amount of time. Summer camp staff will work as needed based on any restrictions required as a result of COVID-19 requirements.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Must be 21 years or older and hold current CPR certification for both youth and adults and first aid certification (“first aider”) from one of the approved courses as listed in the CT OEC Youth Camp Licensing Staff Requirements for Director of First Aid (https://www.ctoec.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/yc_staffcerts_director_of_first_aid_or_nurse.pdf .) Or hold a current CT license or certification as Physician, PA, APRN, RN, LPN, EMT, EMR or Athletic Trainer.
- Awareness of COVID-19 OEC, CDC and CT State guidelines and regulations and SAC safety procedures and the ability to enforce those safety precautions is a must.
- Fully administered COVID-19 vaccination is encouraged and preferred.
- Must be willing to be around and care for sick individuals, possibly infected with COVID-19.
- Certification in medicine administration (topical, oral and injectable) preferred.
- Other important assets are a strong work ethic, on-going enthusiasm, commitment, flexibility, nurturing personality, and the ability to work well with others and with young children, providing a sense of safety and comfort to our campers.
- Must show respect for others, nature and the outdoors, be enthusiastic about working, even in unfavorable weather conditions, pleasant, reliable and able to carry out simple assigned tasks with minimal supervision.
- Must have a ride to and from the Audubon Center each day for work.
- Ability to walk all major trails of the Sharon Audubon Center and on uneven terrain, and must be able to run, sit, stand, grasp, lift, carry, walk, push, reach, climb and pull for short and extended periods of time.
- Able to work outdoors in the heat of summer, while wearing a mask.
- Must be willing to have temperature checks performed each day and receive COVID-19 testing, possibly several times throughout the summer.
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