Flight Crew Members are part of a conservation-focused job corps for young adults and will receive 8-weeks of paid, hands-on work experience in wildlife conservation, recreation, and environmental education. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unsure whether Little Creek Summer Camp will take place during the summer of 2021. However, if that is the case, the Flight Crew program will be modified and continue to take place.
For the half of the summer, Crew Members will receive training in water conservation, wildlife conservation, and land restoration and will participate in local conservation projects. Crew Members will network with environmental organization professionals and explore career opportunities. In addition, Crew Members will utilize the conservation knowledge gained to learn how to facilitate environmental education programs. This will allow Crew Members to become stewards of tomorrow by educating others about conservation issues in our region.
During the second part of the summer, Members will transition into a role serving as camp counselors for Little Creek Summer Camp (LCSC). Flight Crew Members will utilize their experiences and training to facilitate outdoor education programs to youth ranging from 3rd to 5th grade in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Crew Members will enthusiastically help campers develop their outdoor skills through activities like turtle tracking, archery, campfire cooking, canoeing, nature hikes, and more. Working in small group settings, the Crew Members will serve as a positive role model, have a genuine interest in the campers, foster the campers’ curiosity of nature and the outdoors, and create fond and lasting memories of a real summer camp experience.
Responsibilities and Expectations:
- Attend scheduled trainings
- Attend professional development meetings with STL Youth Jobs
- Participate in leadership and team building initiatives with fellow Crew Members
- Perform other duties as assigned
Part One (June-early July)
- Show a genuine interest in learning conservation issues in our region
- Participate in new and ongoing conservation projects
- Work as a team with other Crew Members to practice facilitating environmental education lessons
- Show an interest in exploring possible environmental careers
Part Two (July)
- Assist in managing small groups of campers during programs and activities
- Organize and lead a variety of small and large group activities
- Assist in managing the Little Creek Summer Camp field trip
- Follow camp rules and help campers follow camp rules
- Serve as a positive role model for all campers
- Show a genuine interest in campers and help encourage each camper’s success while at camp
- Ensure that campers are safe and feel included
- Encourage respect for the camp, supplies, and equipment
- Must be in high school or a recent graduate from high school
- Enjoy working with kids
- Like being in the outdoors,
- Ability to work as a member of a team
- Ability to stay positive and encouraging to campers who may be apprehensive or nervous about a particular activity
- Must have physical ability to lead and participate in camp activities, which include, but are not limited to, hiking, canoeing, team building initiatives, building campfires, physical games, and activities, with or without a reasonable accommodation.
- Must be able to put campers first above their own needs/wants
- Must be reliable, punctual, and organized
- Maintain a positive, focused, and enthusiastic attitude
- Must be able to provide own transportation to Little Creek Nature Area and The Audubon Center at Riverlands