|Title:||Space Camp Counselor|
|Job Type:||Part Time|
Crew Trainer (Space Camp Counselor)
Position Begins Mid-January
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.