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Summer Positions Available

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Looking for the ultimate summer job? Being a staff member at Pretty Lake is a unique and rewarding opportunity for many reasons, and you’ll have a chance to spend your time in the great outdoors with other talented, fun, and creative people.

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Adventure Centre Jobs

The Adventure Centre challenges individuals, teams, and organizations to expand their self-confidence, trust, and leadership skills through a variety of outdoor adventure learning activities. As southwest Michigan’s leader in facilitated low ropes courses, high ropes courses, climbing towers, and team building experiences, joining our team will allow you to combine industry-leading programming in an inspiring environment. Please click here to learn more about the Adventure Centre.

• Adventure Centre Seasonal Facilitator

The Adventure Centre Seasonal Facilitator thoroughly prepares for all programs while ensuring site and equipment readiness prior to and after each program. He/she is responsible to facilitate experiential activities while maintaining the physical and emotional safety of the clients. In addition to programming, he/she is also responsible to maintain the general upkeep of the site (including activity sites, ropes courses, & campsites). The Seasonal Facilitator must be prepared to work a varied schedule including weekends, nights, overnights, and extended weeks.

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2018 Summer Camp Jobs

Many former summer staff members have told us that working at Pretty Lake was a life-changing experience! But before you apply, we highly recommend reading this: Is Pretty Lake Camp Right for Me?

Application Instructions: 

(1) Review job descriptions below and complete the Summer Staff Job Application

(2) Complete the Central Registry Clearance

(3) Submit those materials to summer@prettylakecamp.org or mail them to: Pretty Lake Camp Application, 9123 Q Ave., Mattawan, MI 49071

(4) Fill out the top portion of four (4) Employment Reference forms, including your signature, and submit those to four employment references to complete

Job Descriptions

Counselor

Inpost Director

Outpost Director

Program Director

Waterfront Director

Lifeguard

Environmental Educator

Outfitter

Crafts Coordinator

Healthcare Officer

Assistant Healthcare Officer

Commissary

Office Manager

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Pretty Lake Farm Jobs

The Farm is an outdoor classroom; we focus on the creation of a system of food equity and environmental sustainability. Each spring we offer field study programming to area schools aligned with state science standards and geared toward environmental sciences related to the farm, forest, prairie, wetland, and lake ecosystems on site. The farm joins the Adventure programs offering experiences with a focus on team building and self and community awareness for client’s middle school through adult. Only through the help of the following positions, our campers, field study students, and volunteers, are we able to grow thousands of pounds of food every year. Primarily, the food goes directly to campers: it is cooked directly into campers’ meals, as well as distributed in our cost-free Food for Families Program, in which families of campers are able to take home fresh produce when picking up their campers. When the harvest allows our produce is donated to local food pantries. Lastly, it is sold at local Farmers’ markets as a means funding our programs and providing educational experiences. Every group that visits the farm learns a little of growth through hard work, the value of fresh food and stewardship of the land and local agriculture, and how the natural world is tied to our lives.

• Farm School Educators

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of secondary/elementary education concepts
  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting
  • Flexible and positive attitude towards work and youth
  • Working on or completed degree in education or related field
  • Self-motivation and independence
  • Strong communication skills
  • Gardening or farming experience or a committed willingness to learn
  • Willingness and patience to work with 10-20 kids at a time
  • Sensitivity to and capacity to work with a diverse community of clients and staff
  • High level of comfort with the outdoors and the unexpected conditions it brings
  • Knowledge of basic ecological principles and willingness to pursue answers to questions
  • Commitment to maintaining quality and appearance of programming areas and equipment
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to walk 3-5 miles in an 5 hour period
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Apply risk management procedures in various conditions
  • Complete a background check before work begins
  • Transportation

Desired skills:

  • Science-focused field of study will be helpful
  • Interest in social justice issues including food and community health
  • Quality writing skills
  • Familiar with lesson planning/able to implement a written lesson plan
  • Diversity training
  • Familiarity with or interest in learning “Challenge by Choice” theory and adventure education.

The Farm School Educator is a part-time, intermittent leadership position. Trained Farm School Educators will sign up for and lead classroom size groups for a committed number of programs they wish to work. Each program is a Science based field study primarily geared toward elementary age students from schools in the Kalamazoo area.  Field studies run from mid-April through late June, with a few dispersed opportunities throughout the summer.  Each program is 4 – 5 hours in length.  Educators must commit to a minimum of 5 programs for the season.  Pretty Lake Farm School will have 5 to 7 paid Farm School educator positions available.

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• Volunteer Field Study Assistants

Qualifications:

  • Self-motivation and independence
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willingness and patience to work with 10-20 kids at a time
  • Sensitivity to and capacity to work with a diverse community of clients and staff
  • Recognition of critical importance of being a positive role model for youth
  • Commitment to maintaining quality and appearance of programming areas and equipment
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to walk 3-5 miles in an 5 hour period
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Commitment to apply risk management procedures in various conditions
  • High level of comfort with the outdoors and the unexpected conditions it brings
  • Knowledge of basic ecological principles and willingness to pursue answers to questions
  • Complete a background check before work begins
  • Transportation

Desired skills:

  • Knowledge of secondary/elementary education concepts
  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting
  • Flexible and positive attitude towards work and youth
  • Working on degree in education or related field
  • Science-focused field of study helpful
  • Familiar with lesson planning/able to implement a written lesson plan
  • Diversity training
  • Interest in learning “Challenge by Choice” theory

Volunteer interns will be responsible for assisting with field studies by taking on small groups to help complete guided activities. Volunteers and interns will be extra hands for each program’s duration, assisting with additional needs during a group’s stay at the farm.  Each program is a Science based field study primarily geared toward elementary age students from schools in the Kalamazoo County area.  Field studies run from mid-April through late June, with a few dispersed opportunities throughout the summer.  Each program is 4 – 5 hours in length. Volunteer Field Study program commitments are very flexible.

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• Farm Volunteer

Qualifications:

  • High level of comfort with the outdoors and the unexpected conditions it brings
  • Commitment to maintaining quality and appearance of programming areas and equipment
  • Ability to maintain positive attitude under stressful, hot, and sometimes difficult and uncomfortable working conditions (example: weeding and cleaning stalls, harvesting, washing and boxing produce)
  • Flexible
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to walk 3-5 miles in an 5 hour period
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Commitment to apply risk management procedures in various conditions
  • Responsible for transportation to and from the job site

Farm Volunteer positions are open to individuals who wish to help during the extended season.  If you are interested in the ins and outs of an educational/working farm this is the spot for you.  We have work to be done every day from March to November and will take help from motivated individuals whenever they are available.  Training and support is available for Farm Volunteers.

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