Hawk Circle and The Earth Mentoring Institute is a 501C3, not-for-profit organization.

Hawk Circle

PO Box 506

Cherry Valley, NY .  13320

hawkcircleoffice@gmail.com

607-264-3910

Job Descriptions

Hawk Circle is a great place to gain experience under guidance and learn lots of different approaches to teaching and leading wilderness skills programs. Our work is very hands-on and transformational in nature, with an emphasis on inner and personal growth and lots of fun and community involvement. In most cases, we offer housing, good food as well as a chance to live in a beautiful mountain environment and practice the ways of living close to nature. Staff here have opportunities to grow professionally, gaining skills of construction, arts, photography, organic gardening, volunteering at area museums and environmental programs as well as leading programs or camps when ready.

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Current or Upcoming Positions:

 

Hawk Circle Adventure Program Leader

Position Dates:  September - December, 2018

 

Description:     This position primarily focuses on leading nature games, activities, native crafts and earth skills to youth in our Hawk Circle Adventure program, which is offered in 10 local area schools.    The programs are 2 hours in length, and work with Fifth through Eighth graders, at their school as part of their larger after school program.

Duties: Program leaders plan, prepare and deliver our after-school adventure program in each school's location, throughout the week, Monday through Friday.    Scheduling and communication with each school's coordinator regarding  program needs or changes is also required.  Depending on your experience, you may be teaching from the following topics:  Fire making skills, survival shelters, outdoor cooking, tracking, awareness, basketry, nature crafts from bone, stone, bark, leather and wood, movement, safety, primitive hunting skills, survival philosophy, plant and tree ID and uses, animal ecology, storytelling, caretaking & more.     Hawk Circle will provide training for your program content and mentoring skills both before and during your season to support you and your activities.   We offer four unique programs to each school, and then repeat those for the ten schools, so you don't have to learn and teach too great a variety of subjects and topics unless you want to!

 

Some seasons also include working with our Class Trip Retreats, where a class will live at Hawk Circle for several days and experience these skills in the woods every day.    Your participation and support may include assisting on hikes, shelter building instruction, tracking, craft making, campfire circles, outdoor cooking, fire making and many more earth skill activities, as well as general safety supervision and leading social and active games.

Qualifications: Candidate must be an enthusiastic learner with a love of nature and children, and have some proficiency in various wilderness skills as well as communication and teaching to pass these on to children! Candidate must be safety-minded and have professional attire, appearance and attitude. Previous experience leading groups is preferred but we will train the right candidate. Good communication skills, punctuality, time management and the ability to work independently is vital. You must be in good physical condition, be able to pass a background check. Also preferred are first aid certification, experience with group living situations, a clean driving record, and the ability to drive your personal vehicle to area schools is a plus (mileage reimbursed).
Benefits: Housing in a shared room is provided.  Food is included ONLY during visiting Class Trip Retreat programs.  Staff have access to the Hawk Circle campus, the use of many tools and spaces to practice skills like making buckskin, basketry, flint knapping, wood carving, bow making, hunting, tracking and gathering wild foods is allowed based on the season and under supervision of the Hawk Circle directors.    Training in earth skills one on one or in our workshops and classes is also included in our benefits.
Compensation:  We offer a salary for the after school adventure program, all mileage reimbursments, as well as housing and wilderness skills training sessions.    Please email Ricardo Sierra for details and to set up an interview:   Ricardo.J.Sierra@gmail.com.

Seasonal Job Descriptions

Summer camp positions are a great way to get a feel for our programs, approach and be part of an amazing summer community.   Many staff return year after year, to contribute to the learning of campers and staff alike, but we are always looking for new people who want to help out, learn and grow here in Cherry Valley.    We welcome your inquiries and applications, so please apply early if you would like to be considered here at Hawk Circle.

 

Wilderness Instructor

Position Dates: May-August, 2019
Our wilderness instructors provide not only thorough understanding of many wilderness skills but also the transformative elements of community and personal growth in our summer camp programs. This person guides both the skills and deeper teachings of our camp into a powerful experience for students, through celebrations, challenges, councils and excellent awareness and communication skills.

Duties: Supervise and lead various wilderness camp activities including campfire games, awareness and survival games, teach shelter, fire making, many crafts and stories. Supervision of other staff, some training and also logistical support may be included in this position. Camp chores, construction and airport pickups are sometimes needed.
Experience Requirements: Previous youth program teaching experience, excellent communication and safety awareness, extensive wilderness skills training and practice, understanding of mentoring concepts and a willingness to be part of a team are needed. Leadership and a great sense of humor a plus.
Beneficial Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, EMT, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard, Basic First Aid, Commercial Driverís License.
Compensation: Salary based on experience. Housing/tent accommodations as well as all food during programs is included. Staff also receive training in wilderness skills taught by other staff during the program.

 

Camp Counselor

Position Dates: June-August, 2019
Our summer camp counselors support the instructors and help hold basic camp responsibilities such as the daily chores, camp wake-up and bed-time duties, as well as substantial teaching roles.

Duties: Supervision of campers during meals, chores, siesta, wake-up and bedtime, as well as during skills and activities class times. Some meal preparation and clean-up may be required.
Experience Requirements: Previous youth supervision, safety awareness, some wilderness skills and craft knowledge helpful.
Beneficial Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, EMT, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard, Basic First Aid, Commercial Driverís License.
Compensation: Salary based on experience. Housing/tent accommodations as well as all food during the camp programs is included. Staff also receive training in wilderness skills taught by other staff during the program.

 

Summer Camp Health Director

Position Dates: June-August, 2019
This position is a supervisory, part time position that covers the health of our campers and our staff. We are a small camp and very family oriented, and this position supports our staff in keeping everyone healthy.

Duties: Meet with parents and staff on the first day of camp, manage our infirmary and first aid kits as well as communicate with staff about individual camper needs. Be on call when necessary to check on the health of the camp, as needed.
Experience Requirements: Previous experience with youth helpful, at least one year of nursing and health care experience in a professional setting.
Beneficial Certifications: MD, PA, RN, LPN, EMT, CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
Compensation: Salary based on level of experience, part time, for 7 week camp season. Certified Nurses may bring children and attend appropriate camp programs if space allows. Food, tenting and use of Hawk Circle facilities also provided.

Limited housing may be available.

 

Spring & Summer Kitchen Manager

Position Dates:  May-August, 2019
The Hawk Circle Kitchen is a vital part of our camp program. We take great pride in providing our campers and staff with delicious, healthy and kid friendly meals. By maintaining a clean, friendly and nurturing environment for both the staff and campers, there develops a sense that they are supported and fed on many levels.

Duties: Weekly menu planning (approved by director). Food supplies inventory, ordering and shopping. Supervising and training kitchen assistants and caretakers. Maintaining cleanliness of dining, kitchen, porch and bathroom areas to the levels specified by the New York State Dept. of Health. Insure that all meal preparations, cooking and clean-up take place. Communicate/plan with camp counselors for campfire meals.    The Kitchen Manager has a part time Assistant for the duration of the summer, as well as teen Caretakers for most camps. These helpers do cleaning, dishes, help prepare lunches and do other meal prep under the supervision of the Manager. At times, other camp staff members can help cook or do other kitchen help as needed to accommodate days off and provide support.
Experience Requirements: This job requires the individual to cook for groups of approximately 30-35 people, have good organizational skills, supervisory skills, cleanliness and a warm and inviting personality. The hours per week will vary depending on the efficiency and organizational skills of the applicant. Experience in cooking, excellent cleaning skills and willingness to learn preferred.
Beneficial Certifications: Basic First Aid, CPR, Food Safety and Sanitation, clean driving record.
Compensation: Salary based on level of experience, housing optional.

Spring & Summer Cook

Position Dates:  May-August, 2019

The Hawk Circle Kitchen is a vital part of our camp program. We take great pride in providing our campers and staff with delicious, healthy and kid friendly meals. By maintaining a clean, friendly and nurturing environment for both the staff and campers, there develops a sense that they are supported and fed on many levels.

Duties:  Assisting the kitchen manager in all responsibilities.  Meal planning, food prep, serving and clean-up.  Communication with manager and staff as well as overseeing our teen Caretakers who are helping in the kitchen.  

Experience Requirements:  This job requires experience cooking for groups of approximately 30-35 people, friendly disposition, efficient and clean, works well with others and follows direction.

Beneficial Certification:  Basic First Aid, CPR, Food Safety and Sanitation, clean driving record.

Compensation:  Salary based on level of experience, housing optional.

Summer Caretaker Supervisor

Position Dates: June 25 - August 10, 2019
At our camp, older campers ready for more responsibility often enroll in the Caretaker Program. This program allows participants to work in our gardens, in the kitchen, help with the summer camps as well as learn new skills. We encourage strong leadership, excellent work ethics, safety and healthy role-modeling.

Duties: Supervise and lead various work projects, planning weekly schedules, maintain various hand and power tools, as well as teaching wilderness skills. Gardening, maintenance, field and brush work, kitchen and landscaping duties may be included.
Experience Requirements: Previous gardening, general grounds, landscaping and tool use and safety skills necessary. Excellent work habits, positive role-modeling and a willingness to work side by side with youth on various projects to enhance self-esteem and leadership for our participants.
Beneficial Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, EMT, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard, Tool Use and Safety, clean driving record.
Compensation: Pay based on experience, for 5 week camp season, includes tenting and food.