Trek Leader Qualifications & Responsibilities
Leading a group of teenagers on an adventure trek requires patience, creativity, flexibility, and enthusiasm. We hire dynamic teams of 3 trek leaders to run each of our treks. Some staff have more experience as wilderness leaders; others have more experience as Judaic program leaders. Not every staff member will have expertise in every area - that's why we hire teams! Don't hesitate to apply even if you don't have every skill listed. We make placements based on age, experience, skills, and our staffing needs.
Trek Leaders are Role Models and Mentors:
- Demonstrate leadership skills.
- Ability to lead, manage, supervise, and inspire campers.
- Care for campers and their fellow staff.
- Camper intervention – handle behavioral and disciplinary issues.
- Maintain communication with Camp Director and contact Director when problems arise related to camper needs.
Trek Leaders are Outdoor Instructors:
- Ability to plan, organize, and carry out all wilderness activities.
- CPR, Wilderness first aid, and Lifeguard certifications
- Responsible for administering basic first aid and medications.
- Day-to-day logistics/schedules, activities, and programs.
- Work with the Adamah Adventures Trek Coordinator to make sure that all wilderness activities are well-planned, executed and evaluated.
- Evaluate all outdoor activities at the end of each session and make recommendations to the Director for future seasons.
- Maintain communication with the Trek Coordinator and Camp Director when problems arise related to backcountry, wilderness activities, etc.
- Lead all backpacking trips and day hikes – work with the group to make sure that all campers feel comfortable and supported.
- Educate campers about the history, biology, geology, and botany of the regions we visit.
Trek Leaders are Jewish Educators:
- Passionate commitment to Jewish teen experiential education
- Experience in programming for youth programs and/or camps.
- Expertise in the development and execution of innovative Jewish programming.
- Comfort leading and teaching about prayers.
- Ability to plan, organize, and carry out educational and Judaic programs, including t'fillah, Shabbat, Havdallah, and daily or holiday programs.
- Ensure that all program supplies are ready for each trek.
- Work with the Adamah Adventures Program Director to make sure that all activities are well-planned, executed and evaluated.
- Ensure that all programs and t’fillot are done on the campers’ level in a way that inspires, challenges, and makes them think.
- Evaluate all programs and curriculum at the end of each session and make recommendations to the Director for future seasons.
- Work with campers and staff to develop morning and evening rituals.
Minimum Requirements for ALL staff:
- over the age of 21
- strong connection to Judaism
(if not, a willingness to learn and be part of a Jewish community)
- experience and love for working with teens
- passion for being in the outdoors and participating in adventure activities
- ability to work independently and think on your feet
- valid driver's license and excellent driving record
- willingness to be part of a team and learn as well as add to our dynamics
- creativity and flexibility