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Positions at Willowbrook

SPECIALISTS:

Specialist teachers are college graduates, or of graduate age with suitable experience; are in the teaching field and/or are artists with a background in teaching arts to children. Specialists are in charge of their area. They are not only teachers, but also guide their CA's and AA's in teaching skills. Specialists must keep track of time and be aware of the daily schedule. Specialists plan daily or weekly activities, create supply lists at least a week in advance, set expectations for their immediate staff (i.e. set-up, clean-up roles, etc), and are the primary disciplinarian in their area. Willowbrook is a very free flowing, child-directed camp. Specialists must be flexible and able to think on their feet! Because this is only a short 6 week program, full-time attendance is required unless special permission is granted for a part time schedule. Please include in your application possible date conflicts with the camp schedule.

COLLEGE ASSISTANTS (CA's):

College Assistant must be at least 17 years old by Willowbrook’s starting date and have completed high school. CA's assist Specialists, check campers in and out, help with parking, and are generally "Jacks and Jills-of-all-trades." Their work and contributions are very important. CA's are supervised by area Specialists. CA's may sometimes work together in teams to lead centers in place of a Specialist. They are not supervisors of AA's unless they are the leads in their area or a Specialist is absent and they have been asked to take charge temporarily. They may transmit directions and requests to AA's from Specialists, or help guide them and explain teaching and project skills. CA's must be proactive and willing to take on more responsibility in the area than AA's, and communicate with all of the area staff. They are looked to for innovative ideas and to ensure efficiency. Because this is only a short 6 week program, full-time attendance is required unless special permission is granted for a part time schedule. Please include in your application possible date conflicts with the camp schedule.

APPRENTICE ASSISTANTS (AA's):

A primary intent of the Apprentice Assistant program is to help teens learn how to become successful employees. Willowbrook is a wonderful learning lab, and many AA's return as CA's, and eventually Specialists. AAs are expected to abide by Willowbrook student and staff rules. It is important that they be on time, agreeable to requests from Specialists, and helpful to staff and children. They are paid an hourly current Oregon state minimum wage. Apprentice Assistants learn how to work in a specific area or areas, to take on new responsibilities, teach students, and assist Willowbrook in any way possible. This position ensures high school students get experience in teaching, childcare, and the arts while developing job skills for the future.

High school Apprentice Assistants help their Specialists and the students. A primary intent of the Apprentice Assistant program is to help teens learn how to become successful employees. Willowbrook is a wonderful learning lab, and many AA's return as CA's, and eventually Specialists. AAs are expected to abide by Willowbrook student and staff rules. It is important that they be on time, agreeable to requests from Specialists, and helpful to staff and children. They are paid an hourly current Oregon state minimum wage. Apprentice Assistants learn how to work in a specific area or areas, to take on new responsibilities, teach students, and assist Willowbrook in any way possible. This position ensures high school students get experience in teaching, childcare, and the arts while developing job skills for the future.

Hiring guidelines for Apprentice Assistants:
  • You must be 14-18 years of age to work as an Apprentice Assistant
  • You must have been a camper at Willowbrook for at least 2 summers
  • You must be enrolled as a half-day paying Willowbrook camper and work the other half of the day at minimum wage
  • Work is available in 3 consecutive 2-week time blocks.
  • You must be able to commit to at least one full time block.
  • A Director may assign extra available weeks.
    Once an Apprentice Assistant leaves Willowbrook (e.g. for vacation) their working time may be completed for the summer, depending on the needs of Specialists and Directors. They may return as students.

    A SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS OF APPRENTICE ASSISTANTS

    We are so happy that you are interested in having your child join the Willowbrook staff as an apprentice assistant this summer! Applications and job requirements are posted online around mid-January.

    It is important for teen applicants to go through the application process themselves, both to develop this skill for future employment and because it is important for us to see their ability to follow through with the necessary steps. Willowbrook embraces our founder's conviction that we are “a small seed we plant today for the belief in tomorrow.” There is no better way to grow than to be personally responsible for applying to join a "family" that supports the growth of younger children. Feel free to encourage, perhaps proofread, or even give ideas – we all appreciate that kind of support. Ultimately though, it will be their potential job. Give your child the small seed now that helps them grow into self-confidence tomorrow. Our most successful counselors accept this responsibility and enjoy taking ownership in what can be a significant part of their summer.