What minimum certifications do I need to work for Avid4 Adventure day camps?
- All staff must have a CPR certification that is valid through the end of our season.
- First Aid certifications vary by position.
- Camp Directors are required to have a Wilderness First Responder or higher.
- Camp Assistant Directors are required to have a Wilderness First Aid or higher certification.
- Day Camp Instructors and Aftercare staff are required to have a Community First Aid certification.
Do you pay for required certifications?
- WFR for Camp Directors: YES! We reimburse 50% of the cost for WFR immediately and then reimburse the other 50% after completion of your second summer as a Director.
- WFA for Instructors: YES! To pay for this certification, we increase your hourly pay. Please view our compensation page for specific pay increase information.
- CPR: No. We do not pay for this certification. We do have a list of providers in the area that you can contact.
- Community First Aid No. We do not pay for this certification. We do have a list of providers in the area that you can contact.
Do you pay for transportation to and from camp?
- Yes! To encourage our core value, Live Environmentally Connected, we reimburse our staff for all public transportation fares to and from work!
Do you pay for use of personal vehicle to/from camp?
- No, we do not pay for commute to/from camp via personal vehicle.
What other paperwork does Avid4 Adventure need from me if I am hired?
- The documentation we need from staff varies based on your position and the state you will be working in. Once you sign a job offer, you will receive a login to our paperwork system, which will clearly outline all of the documentation you need to provide.
What are the dates of training and the camp season?
- Staff training is mandatory for all staff and is a total of eight days, with training times varying depending on your position. Specialty positions like Valmont Bike Park, Climb and White Water may have an additional 1-2 days of training. Training dates are included on your employment letter.
- Staff training begins in late May/early June depending on location and camps run through late July/early August. For specific dates, click here.
I cannot make the mandatory training dates - is that ok?
- While we ask that you do everything in your power to attend the mandatory training week, we do have an alternative late-hire process that will have you train at an operating camp. We have a limited capacity to run these late-hire trainings, so the large majority of our new hires will need to attend the all staff trainings.
Am I paid for training?
- Yes! Training days are paid at minimum wage.
How and when do I get paid?
- Staff are paid via direct deposit on a weekly basis. Pay periods are from Sunday – Saturday and deposits are available 10 days after the end of the pay period. Once hired, you will be given access to our Staff Help Center which has detailed information around pay dates and policies.
Do you provide housing?
- We don’t provide housing for our day camp staff. However, we totally understand that this can be a BIG question for some of our staff. So, through various connections, we have ways to make it easier for you to find and get housing! Don’t worry – we will be a resource for you! For CA staff, check out our Instructor homestay and subsidized housing programs here.
- We do provide housing for staff that work with our overnight camps in Colorado. You may want to consider positions with this program area instead. Jobs can be found here.
How many hours should I expect to work? Do I get time off during the summer?
- Please check each position description for specifics on hours, as they can vary for some positions. Day camp staff should expect to have 1 – 2 weeks off during the summer based on the fluctuation of schedules and camper registrations. Partial week requests are not given due to the nature of our activities and consistency we want to establish with children and families.
Does my child get a discount on camp?
- Yes! Seasonal Staff receive the following discounts:
- 25% off when registering in advance
- 50% off (less than 5 days to the start of camp)
- 75% off (last minute discount; within 24 hours of camp starting)
Do I need a car?
- Not for most positions. We have 15 passenger vans that are used during the day to transport staff and campers to recreation sites. We do ask that you have reliable transportation to get you to camp on time each morning, which could be a friend, the bus, a bike, or other modes of transportation. One of our core values is Live Environmentally Connected! So, for staff that take public transportation to and from camp, Avid will reimburse the fare.
- For some of our climbing and white water positions, you will be reporting to the recreation site for work each day, not a camp location. You will need to have reliable transportation (bus, bike, car, etc) to get you to these locations.
How am I assigned camp programs?
- Your Regional Manager will work with your Camp Director to assign you to specific programs based on the position you were hired for, your skill set, camp needs, and when possible, your preference. While we try to have instructors work within their unique skill set and interests, it is important to understand that all instructors should expect to work programs that they were not specifically hired to work. In order to provide full-time work over the summer we ask that our staff are flexible in the camp programs they work and the camp location they work. We also expect staff to work at least a couple of weeks at a location outside of their primary camp. Having the opportunity to work in different settings and with different age groups can be one of the best parts of camp!
What if I don’t have a lot of outdoor experience?
- We ask that our staff come with a strong desire to empower kids to choose active, outdoor lifestyles. If you are passionate about our mission, we have designed our training to provide you with the technical skills needed to competently and confidently instruct a week of camp. Of course, if there are areas you know you would like to work on ahead of time we strongly encourage seeking out opportunities for development, whether that’s visiting your local climbing gym or borrowing a friend’s bike for a short trail ride. We do however require a basic understanding of several skills. We expect staff to know how to ride a bike, change a bike tire, and belay safely using the P-BUS method before arriving to training. We support your learning pre-season via field classes, which are opportunities to learn basic biking skills and learn how to belay before training begins.
What is the camp alcohol/drug policy? How is it enforced?
- Avid has a zero tolerance policy for being under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs while at work. We do not have mandatory drug tests prior to work or during the season. We do, however, reserve the right to request a drug test if there is suspicion of being under the influence while at work or while operating an Avid vehicle. We also often partner with schools and operate on school grounds where even legal substances are not allowed. We kindly ask that you refrain from bringing anything questionable to work with you. Avid will not seek punitive measures as long as staff are operating within the law of their respective state and representing Avid appropriately when you could be tied to the organization (i.e. when at work, when wearing Avid branded clothing, or when using Avid branded gear).
How far in advance will I know my schedule?
- Your Regional Manager will send out a first draft of your summer schedule about one week prior to staff training and an updated version before the end of staff training week. A master schedule of your summer work will be posted to the staff website and will be available through the summer. Weekly schedules will be sent out via email by your Camp Director no later than the Friday before the week of camp. Due to many variables, please know that these schedules are tentative and may be changed at any time. Approved time-off requests will be honored.
Do you hire international staff?
- Yes! We strive for diversity in all ways at Avid. All international staff should fill out our online application. If we decide that you are a good fit for a position, then we will get you set up with an agency that can guide you through the visa and travel arrangements. International staff will need to personally cover the additional expenses for visas and travel. Please note for day camp positions, we do not provide room & meals.
- We do also hire international staff for our overnight camps in Colorado and housing is provided. If this interests you, please indicate that on your application.
I am only available for part time or part of the summer. Should I still apply?
- Yes! View our open jobs here and you can discuss your availability during the interview.
What position or location should I apply for?
- Avid4 Adventure values your unique abilities and skill sets and will work with you to find an optimal role. Just pick the position and location that feel the most right to you. Throughout the interviewing and onboarding process we will work with you to determine which available positions best compliment your abilities and professional goals.