Program Assistant

Program Assistant

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Summer Camp Coordinator, the Program Assistant will facilitate adventure activities, assist with program projects, and provide for the health, wellbeing, and facility needs of user-groups.



  • Represent Pathfinder Ranch in a professional and positive manner at all times.
  • Foster a health and wellness atmosphere aimed at fulfilling the expectations of user-groups.
  • Perform all duties listed below and those presented during trainings and outlined in the written manuals.
  • Make independent decisions based on industry best practices and in alignment with training.
  • Work independently and make appropriate decisions based on policies and procedures.
  • Effectively communicate with staff.
  • Through written incident reports, communicate to the Executive Director all significant incidents affecting Pathfinder Ranch property, participants, and programming.
  • Complete all required paperwork in a timely and thorough fashion.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Medical Duties

  • Administer regularly scheduled medications in alignment with accompanying medication orders.
  • Administer as needed over-the-counter medications as described in camp’s standing orders.
  • Administer first-aid as described in camp’s standing orders.
  • Maintain infirmary supplies, including staff first-aid kits, notifying the Summer Camp Coordinator of issues regarding inventory or expiration of medications.
  • Maintain a clean and hygienic infirmary environment by performing basic housekeeping tasks.
  • Conduct thorough patient assessments, determining a course of action under the guidance of the camp’s standing orders, keeping detailed documentation.
  • Communicate (written log and verbally) to the Summer Camp Coordinator all incidents affecting medication administration, participants’ health and wellbeing, and any interventions provided to participants.


Program Duties

  • Assist with program supervision
  • Assist in updating current and adding new curriculum (e.g. classes, activities, presentations).
  • Participate in staff training sessions.
  • Inventory and keep track of program supplies. Notify the Summer Camp Coordinator whenever supplies run low.
  • Assist with the care of animals, garden, compost, and recycling when needed.
  • Assist with keeping program areas clean, organized, and supplies are put away properly.
  • Address basic facility issues if needed (e.g. bathroom supplies, cabin temperatures, plumbing issues, etc.).
  • Facilitate emergency response procedures in case of an alarm or other emergency.
  • Communicate clients’ needs to Summer Camp Coordinator
  • On-call hours overnight at least 2 nights a week


Job Requirements

  • Must provide proof of legal ability to work in the U.S.
  • Must have experience in supervision and/or program development.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have at least 1 year of experience working with children.
  • Must be able to appropriately prioritize tasks and responsibilities.
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Must reside on campus.
  • Hold and maintain the following certifications issued by a nationally recognized provider: Wilderness First Responder certification or higher; 
  • Must be 18 years of age or older


Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift and carry 30 lbs.
  • Ability to work in excess of 10 hours per day.
  • Ability to walk/hike up to 5 miles at a time on steep and uneven terrain in a variety of weather conditions.


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