Posted — 01.17.23

Lake Sports Intern

Carbondale, CO
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Position Summary
  Destination Ascendigo: Ascendigo’s mission is to elevate the spectrum by empowering people, inspiring lives and shattering expectations. We apply this mission to both the people we serve, such as our participants and clients, and the people with whom we serve, such as our co-workers and other stakeholders.

Ascendigo is a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of children and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through therapeutic recreation, employment, community integration, education and an array of behavioral health services. We are headquartered in Carbondale, CO. Currently, Ascendigo employs more than 50 full- and part-time year-round staff members and approximately 30 additional employees during our seasonal summer camp programming.

The Ascendigo Promise to our employees is to provide meaning and purpose in the work we do and a culture of R.E.S.P.E.C.T.. We support high performance through thoughtful on-boarding and training, and acting with integrity. We offer 360° compensation with a path to financial security, personal well-being and fulfillment, and housing assistance.

Core Responsibilities: Ascendigo’s Lake Sport Interns work closely with the Lake Program team to provide a safe and fun lake experience for our participants. Lake Sport Interns constantly monitor the lake location to ensure the safety of campers and staff alike. Lake Sports Interns help the lake team facilitate lake activities with our participants including but not limited to; driving boats, towing participants (wake boarders, wake surfers, water skiers and tubers), towing boats on the highway, monitoring safety of the campers while on the boat, etc. Interns work closely with our campers and may need to assist with behavior prevention & mitigation and activities of daily living such as toileting and hygiene. The internship includes educational components including but not limited to: individualized feedback and evaluations, trainings, and leadership opportunities.

Roles & Responsibilities

Work directly with clients who have challenging behaviors that may include physical aggression towards others
Act as a direct support to someone with autism through a full day of outdoor recreational
Work in an outdoor environment that requires situational awareness and quick
Collaborate with Ascendigo Coaches and Interns to create sport lesson plans and goals that meet the client’s needs.
Act as a teacher and advocate for clients
Accompany clients and teach clients in skill acquisition, and behavior reduction in social, community, recreation, leisure, and other program settings
Build positive rapport with clients and facilitate FUN!
Oversees client well-being and safety in a camp setting
Work positively as a team with all Ascendigo staff members
Attend client and staff meetings and trainings as necessary
Communicate with staff effectively
Analyze and monitor lake sites for risk and mitigate risk
Be proficient in driving speed boats
Be proficient in towing athletes (wake surfers, wake boarders, water skiers, tubers)
Boat mechanical knowledge preferred

In addition,

Must be age 16 or over and have legal working status.
Must maintain a valid driver’s license and excellent driving record.
Must have a clean background check with no felonies or flags
Must provide a current CPR/First Aid certification.
Applicants are required to have and use their own phone for work duties.
Basic computer skills (MS Office, email, social media)
Must be able to lift and move heavy objects (up to 25 pounds)

Personal Characteristics: should be committed and passionate about the Ascendigo mission of a holistic, active, community-based, independent, and person-centered life. He/she should believe in the dignity and potential of our clients. We also have a commitment to a culture of R.E.S.P.E.C.T. which stands for:

R-Recognize the inherent worth of your coworkers.
E- Eliminate derogatory words and phrases.
S- Speak with people- not at them- or about them.
P-Protect the culture of your organization- report and support!
E- Empathize- consider what it is like in others’ situations.
C-Consider your impact on others before speaking and apologize when you make a mistake.
T- Treat everyone with integrity, dignity, and respect.

  Entry-level experience
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With Room and Board: $375/week Without Room and Board: $18/hour