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Camp RIO Year-Round Residential Program Staff (Immediate Opening)

School Year: 2022-2023
Location: Camp Rio
Region: Headquarters - Rio Grande Valley, TX
Category: Headquarters
Job Type: Full-Time


Role Mission:

The Camp RIO Residential Program Staff both develops and delivers carefully constructed TEKS-based lessons in a fun and engaging way.  They exemplify the characteristics we desire to develop in our students which are leadership, stewardship, service, community, teamwork, and adventure. They are committed to both Outdoor Education and Adult programming.

Program Staff are responsible for facilitating environmental and outdoor recreation activities and team-building programs. The staff member plans and prepares for programs and serves as a host and liaison to participant groups. All program staff teach classes, lead large group and evening activities, host meals, help maintain program areas and care for program animals, and provide high quality experiences for participants that focus on the Camp RIO and EAST Foundation core values.


This position requires the individual to live on property at Camp RIO in Brownsville, TX from mid-August through the end of May.



Implement designated curriculum for every student group.

  • Prepares for, teaches and/or facilitates environmental and outdoor recreation programs based on an established curriculum and safety guidelines.
  • Maintains, inventories, and repairs class materials and equipment.
  • Identifies and responds to participant behavioral issues in an appropriate manner, as needed.
  • Assists in revising curriculum by actively pursuing new teaching techniques and activities to incorporate.

 Assist the Camp RIO groups and retreats manager with weekend groups

  • Prepares for and facilitates team-building programs based on established curriculum and safety guidelines.
  • Serves as a host and liaison to program participant groups.
  • Participates in staff training and meetings.
Ensures Site and Facilities are in proper condition for guests
  • Assists in setup and cleanup for program activities.
  • Participates in marketing programs and activities and community events as needed.
  • Ensures the site is kept clean, organized, and free of litter.
  • Performs inspections on team-building structures and equipment and communicates the need for repairs.
Support the ongoing efforts of the EAST Foundation to promote responsible land stewardship.
  • Integrate Land Stewardship concepts into existing curriculum models
  • Work collaboratively with the EAST Foundation staff to enhance their current programming at Behind the Gates.

Live values of IDEA

  • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
  • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
  • Embodies IDEA’s core values



  • Instill respect for environment, self, and others.
  • Reinforce IDEA’s mission of College for All Students.
  • Participate in development and implementation of program activities within the mission and outcomes.
  • Be a role model to campers and staff in both attitude and behavior.
  • Openness to observation and critical feedback.
  • Be on time to all scheduled trainings and work days.
  • Excitement about working for a school system that is changing the status quo of education in Texas.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Education: High School Diploma or equivalent, some college preferred
  • Experience:
    • Ability to interact with all age levels. (Camper ages will range between 1st grade through high school, and ability to work with adult groups is also required.)
    • Preferred experience working with school-age students.
    • Preferred experience in outdoor working environment and studies in Education, Science, Outdoor Education, Recreation, or Physical Education.
    • Ability to work well with a team, as well as be counted on to complete individual tasks as necessary.
  • Licenses or Certifications: Able to obtain or become certified in First Aid/CPR and possibly Life Guarding.
  • Ability to reside on camp property from mid-August through May


Physical Demands

  • Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in camp programs and activities which include, but are not limited to, hiking, climbing, belaying, team building initiatives, building campfires, physical games, and activities.
  • Must have the ability to be outside in all weather conditions and on your feet for prolonged periods of time (up to 10 hours in a day).



  • This role has a fixed pay of $1200/month. Housing on camp grounds is provided, as well as occasional meals.
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