At-Risk Field Instructor, Camp Ghigau

Clemson University's Youth Learning Institute Published: June 21, 2018
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Education / Natural Resources/ Restoration /

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~ Clemson University's Youth Learning Institute (YLI) is a vital component of Clemson's youth outreach effort and helps fulfill the University's mission of public service by using the research and knowledge of University faculty and staff to develop programs that especially reach youth. ~

More than 100,000 young people participate annually in over 100 programs held at our leadership centers, ranging from one-day school training to two-week residential programs.

Clemson University has been offering experiential education to the youth of South Carolina since 1934. Since that time, Clemson camping has touched the lives of more than 250,000 participants. Initially founded as summer 4-H camps, our mission has expanded beyond traditional programming to include other young people and adults. YLI now operates programs year-round and employs more than 250 staff members.

YLI partners with numerous organizations, such as the S.C. Department of Social Services, the Coalition for Natural Resource Education, American Diabetic Association, S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, Santee Cooper and Columbia College to develop and implement training and education programs that positively impact youth.

The program combines a unique opportunity to work in varied curriculums and educate children in forestry/mountain ecology.

Exploration Hannon teaches students how to determine if a new plot of land is acceptable for human life. From hiking to the waterfall to learn about mountain and aquatic ecology to stream mapping and a zip line canopy tour , this program uses exciting activities to enable children to learn by participating in hands-on activities. Exploration Hannon takes you through an experience that will last you a lifetime.

Position Overview

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Tamassee SC, Camp Ghigau serves male adolescents, ages 13-18, referred by the Department of Juvenile Justice. These boys have been termed status offenders (status offenses are things such as truancy, behavior problems, breaking of school policies, etc.). The primary educational goals for the program: behavior modification, improve study skills, and to create a passion for learning.

Learning is enhanced by focusing on some of the following areas: experiential based learning, social skills, vocational skills, daily living skills, recreational (both traditional activities as well as low and high ropes activities) etc. These areas are focused on in hopes of enabling them to trust, grow, and lead. The program will work with a maximum of 28 boys at a time and staff will have flexible work schedules. There will be many chances to pick up trainings and experience that add to an instructor’s knowledge.


  • Scheduling, supervising, and coordinating juvenile activities at the camp
  • Provide teaching, crisis intervention, orientation of new juveniles, and serves as a treatment team member
  • Perform administrative duties as required, including oral or written reports, headcounts, clinical notes, etc.
  • Assigns and supervises duties and activities of volunteers; make community contacts as needed
  • Provides or arranges transportation to facilitate activities and off-site services
  • Supervises sanitation and maintenance procedures to ensure cleanliness and orderliness of the facility and the general health/safety of the residents
  • Residential duties on certain nights
  • Monitors safety and security procedures for the facility


  • BA or BS in Outdoor Education, Adventure Programming, Social Sciences, Youth Development, or other related field is preferred
  • Experience working with at-risk students preferred
  • Must have patience, understanding, flexibility, and a lot of energy
  • Must demonstrate teaching skills and the ability to implement creative “hands-on” teaching methods
  • Must be willing to sacrifice, adapt, and work hard as part of a team pursuing an objective
  • Must be physically able to perform the tasks required to teach outdoors

Compensation: $10.00/hour with room, board and sickness/accidental insurance included

~ Clemson University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or genetic information ~

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