|Title:||Space Camp Counselor|
|Job Type:||Part Time|
Crew Trainer (Space Camp Counselor)
Position Begins Early February
A. Mission and Scope
The purpose of this position is to provide specialized supervision, guidance, and instruction to camp attendees (trainees) in a team setting. The Crew Trainer will lead or support educational activities on topics such as the history of space, robotics and aviation programs. They will also lead/support activities in variety of aerospace-related topics, including, but not limited to, the Mission Center Complex (MCC), Aviation Challenge (AC), Robotics, Museum simulators, and/or Airport transport and Extended Duration activities. Crew Trainers are ultimately responsible for ensuring trainees receive a quality, safe, and secure camp experience that reflects the Mission, Vision, and Spirit of the USSRC.
- The Crew Trainer position is split into different roles/responsibilities: Team Leader, Simulation Specialist, and Airport/Extended Duration.
- Depending on availability, experience, and meeting other requirements, initial training occurs for a specific track or specialization.
- Cross-training may occur, so as a Crew Trainer gains experience they may work in other roles.
Age: 19+ years old.
Education: Prefer a minimum of 20 hours completed college credit. Life and professional experience may substitute for educational required hours.
Experience: Experience working with children in a structured environment (e.g., coaching, tutoring, teaching). Previous experience in a similar educational, instructional camp, space exploration work environment, or military experience a definite plus. Must possess excellent communication and instructional skills and be positive role model. Must exhibit strong leadership skills.
- A valid driver’s license and good driving record preferred.
- Willingness to comply with our required dress code.
- Must pass drug and alcohol screen, clear the State Central Registry on Child Abuse/Neglect upon employment, a criminal background checks and other tests and required by management. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center does not hire convicted felons.
- Airport and Extended Duration Crew Trainers must be able to obtain a TSA Sterile Area security clearance at Huntsville International Airport.
D. Position Duties
Supervising and Providing Care for Trainees/Participants (All Crew Trainers)
- Escort and accompany trainees at all times to scheduled activities, maintaining orderly behavior, and a professional learning environment.
- Attend to any personal difficulties encountered by trainees, such as illness, assisting with contact with parents, loss of personal items, etc.
- Serve as a positive professional role model for trainees.
- NO PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH TRAINEES allowed unless it is a life-threatening situation.
- Wake up/Lights out duty, meal duty and support other camp activities during normal operation hours
- May serve as a lead in areas with unique requirements and specific job knowledge in USSRC programs.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Educating and Instructing Trainees/Participants (Team Leader and Simulation Specialist)
- Conduct space and unmanned aviation simulations training, and ensure that trainees are adequately instructed in mission simulation positions and understand their roles in the overall mission.
- Provide knowledgeable explanations about a variety of space, robotics and aviation related subjects and perform lectures and briefings as assigned.
- Ensure that trainees are adequately instructed in all program contents and activities for a successful and enjoyable experience.
- Instruct, supervise and perform swimming/water activities.
- Maintain a clean, organized, safe working environment for both customers and coworkers.
- Meet or exceed the expectations of the Leadership team for providing customers with a quality and safe simulator and camp experience.
Coordination of Trainees’ Transportation and Registration (Airport Extended Duration)
- Assist in weekly registration, graduation, and coordination of trainees prior to and after completion of their camp program
- Ensure transportation arrangements are confirmed through Airport Extended Durations Coordinator and communicated to trainee
- Facilitate early trainee departures and late arrivals to the airport. For example running trainee wake up as early as 2am.
- Operate a company vehicle to shuttle passengers to and from the airport.
- Serve as a representative of the USSRC at Huntsville International Airport
E. Physical Requirements of the Position
This position has the following special requirements:
- Walking and climbing (stairs, hills, and wooded terrain) to access other departments and experience all areas of the training environment.
- Standing for long periods of time (4-6 hrs) or for duration of shift instructing and operating simulators.
- Carrying and lifting equipment, supplies, and objects up to 50 lbs. waist high.
- Bending, kneeling and reaching to store & retrieve supplies, and operate simulators.
- Seeing/sight, to present lectures and briefings and conduct instructional tours through the museum and other areas of the facility and campus.
- Talking and hearing to communicate with supervisors, guests, trainees and employees in person and over the telephone.
- Ability to work in an outdoor environment in hot summer temperatures (should not exceed 105° F heat index).
- Able to swim/teach in a water environment free from fear and/or anxiety.
- Must be able to operate museum and Astrotrek simulators free of fear or anxiety for the safety of our guests.
- Ability to work long days, with possibilities of early wake ups and late airport drop offs
F. General Requirements
- Willingness to be open to learning and growing
- Has sufficient interpersonal skills and can work as an integral part of a team
- Must possess a valid driver’s license, appropriate references, and transcripts from college courses
- Maintains appropriate interpersonal and personal boundaries
- Displays maturity of judgment and behavior
- Accepts full responsibility for their actions and how these may affect others
- Adheres to, and participates in, the Center’s safety programs
G. Professional Standards
- Ensures the health and safety of the trainees as a first priority
- Creates an environment of emotional safety for the children in each group
- Motivates each group and trainee to be goal and accomplishment oriented
- Understands and follows all USSRC policies and procedures
- Is a positive role model: displays positive attitude, interest, and motivation to work with the trainees, other aerospace team members, and other departments.
- Participates in teamwork: effective and productive involvement with all Space & Rocket Center staff
- Maintains high standards for work areas and appearance; presents self in a highly professional manner to others.
H. Teamwork Standards
- Takes an interest and initiative in the development of the Department’s team
- Maintains pleasant and professional relationship with co-workers and assists as needed
- Remains positive about the team and facilitates an optimistic approach to resolution of issues
- Maintains productive, effective, and professional relationships with all departments
Employee is responsible for working in a safe manner and keeping his/her workplace safe.