Operations Coordinator at Outdoor Adventure and Mythology-Based Summer Camp

Full Time
Richmond, VA 23225
Posted Today
Job description

Operations Coordinator at Outdoor Adventure and Mythology-Based Summer Camp

Title: Operations Coordinator

Employment Status: Exempt/Seasonal

Company Summary:

Plato Learning operates outdoor mythology-based day camps for kids ages 7-15. We create a world where monsters, myth, and magic transport kids out of the mortal realm into one where they are empowered to develop new skills, take risks, solve problems, and ultimately become Heroes. With sixteen locations spanning from NYC to California, Plato Learning uses actors, live-action role-play, and physically and mentally engaging activities to bring myths to life.

Job Summary:
We are hiring organized role models and energetic leaders to serve as outdoor Operations Coordinator at several camp locations. Operations Coordinators act as the Health Supervisor and maintain all the material resources for camp, keeping the adventure running safely and smoothly for all ‘demigod’ campers and staff that come to Plato Learning for intense physical play, epic adventures, and unforgettable other-worldly experiences.

Job Responsibilities

Act as Health Supervisor. Keep the Health Area clean and well-stocked for any demigod injuries, while swiftly administering first aid to 60-130 campers and 12-30 staff members so they can return to adventuring.

Implement Safety Policies. A master of procedure, the Operations Coordinator is prepared for any scenario, whether it be inclement weather or a camp-wide emergency alert. Run safety drills on a weekly basis to ensure staff and campers are prepared when unexpected or extreme circumstances occur.

Build Partnerships.Working with outside vendors is part of what makes camp run like a well-oiled adventure, whether they be park officials, bus transportation, indoor locations, or daily parkgoers. Make sure communications run smoothly and that we treat the spaces we share with the utmost care.

Track Camp Resources and Materials.Responsible for ordering and tracking camp materials. Consolidate materials needed for every part of camp and replenish supplies weekly.

Maintain Storage. Our camps operate in public outdoor parks, and Operations orchestrates campsite set-up and break-down, ensuring everything is in its assigned place. Whether camp storage exists in a pod, a storage unit, or a van– obtain any object at a moment’s notice, or easily direct a staff member to retrieve it.

Resource for Parents.Our camp programs serve anywhere from 60-130 campers each week and their parents. Act as a resource for parents with camper material distribution, such as purchases or replacements for lost/broken materials (camp t-shirts and foam swords).

Steel your Resolve. We are looking for courageous individuals who can lean into the challenges presented by our energetic all-outdoor environment. As Leadership Staff are the first people our Demigods look to in times of challenge and uncertainty, we are looking for courageous individuals excited by the discomfort in adventure, and who do not shy away from responsibility, in the heat of summer, or even when it is raining.

Rise to the Challenge.We believe that effective leaders prove their efficacy through action, and are prepared to handle challenging situations with kindness and readiness to help. Whether that is constructing a last-minute prop for a performer or helping run a camp-wide event, the Management Team cares for the campers and their team through service-leadership.

The Hours:

  • Approx 3-5 hours/week of remote training and prep-work from March-May to create the best season possible (program size informs weekly hours)
  • Facilitate 40 hour In-Person Training week, the week before each program’s start date
  • 40-45 hours/week in-person at your camp location (our programs run from 6-10 weeks)
  • Camp Schedule: 7:30am-4:30pm; Monday-Friday (Campers present 8:45-4:10)
  • Camp does not operate on June 19th, or the week of July 4th, but we will have a training day TBD that week (not the 4th)

What skills are we looking for?

  • Experience working with children K-8th grade in schools, after school programs/structured capacites
  • Leadership Experience – previous Operations experience a plus
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving and procedural skills, while maintaining flexibility and agility
  • Combines strong initiative, conflict resolution, and communication abilities with a team-player attitude
  • Ability to maintain stamina and endurance over the course of the Camp Season
  • Ability to work part-time March through May/June (~3-5 hours per week), and full-time in Summer
  • Excitement about working in an outdoor fast-paced environment in the summer
  • In a team, able to lift 25-50 lbs of camp materials without injury
  • Comfortable driving a 9-foot sprinter van
  • Camp experience is a bonus, though not required
  • Courageous Commitment; we find that Operations Coordinators benefit from a 2 year relationship with Plato Learning (at minimum). We find our Operations Coordinators from a variety of places (school/arts administration, after school operations, non-profit work, stage/production management, project management, college and grad school programs, to name a few).

Plato Learning would like to put forth this statistic. While men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the requirements, women and other underrepresented people often only apply when they match all criteria. Even if you don't meet every checkbox in the job description, but you think you have what it takes, we encourage you to apply.

Benefits and Compensation:

Compensation. A first year Operations Coordinator earns approx $7,000-$8,000 over the course 6 months, paid at $18/hour. This includes:

  • Pre-Season Work/Training (March-May): ~3-5 hours/week
  • During Camp and Staff Training Weeks: 40-45 hours/week for your program’s 5-10 weeks
  • Referral Bonus: $50 bonus for any referred applicants who are hired for a seasonal position

Opportunity for Advancement.As Plato Learning grows, we’re continually looking within our talented seasonal staff to fill full-time opportunities within the company.

Community. Containing hundreds of creative-minded heroes, the Plato Learning network carries authors, podcasters, performers, dungeon masters, and many others ready to chat and create.

Available Summer Camp Locations:

Brooklyn, NY; Manhattan, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; Richmond, VA; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA

  • Please review the following website for more details about the start and end dates for the summer season by camp location: https://camphalfbloodbklyn.com/camplocations/

COVID-19 Notice: Our COVID-19 Policies and Procedures will be updated periodically to reflect all mandated state and federal health & safety regulations. All camps operated successfully in 2020, 2021, 2022 and will operate in-person in 2023. We do highly encourage staff to be up to date on their COVID Vaccinations.

Ready to Send an Application via Iris Message?:

Please visit https://camphalfbloodbklyn.com/careers/to fill out an application. Only candidates selected for an interview will be notified of next steps.

Hesitation of Hermes:

Not ready to apply? Connect with usfor future consideration

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $18.00 per hour


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Richmond, VA: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Childcare: 1 year (Preferred)


  • First Aid Certification (Preferred)
  • CPR Certification (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

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