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Career Definition of a Camp Facilities Manager
A career in camp facilities management will typically involve responding to and dealing with any issues that arise within a camp setting and its buildings and/or grounds. This could range from plumbing, electrical, and HVAC issues, to more specific problems depending on the type of camp location an individual is working at. Certain camps may specialize in things like horse riding, swimming, or learning outdoor skills and a candidate may need experience or knowledge of that particular field in order to be effective. A facilities manager may also be responsible for responding to work orders and requests filed by camp guests, and other staff members.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree|
|Job Skills||Maintenance and repair skills, multitasking and organization skills, communication skills and responsiveness|
|Median Pay (2017)*||$94,020 per year (Administrative Services Managers)|
|Job Outlook (2016-26)*||10% (Administrative Services Managers)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics
Depending on the type of maintenance required at a particular camp location, employers are often interested in experience to hire the correct candidate. This means that trade experience can be very important when applying to a prospective employer. However, there are also degrees offered by universities in the field of facility management or recreation, or various trade certifications that may be valuable. Since the job of facilities managers may also require different skills, a 4-year degree is usually required.
A camp facilities manager will be required to clearly communicate with campers and staff, providing updates and resolutions to maintenance requests. Of course, knowledge of various maintenance and repair skills will be mandatory; potentially making repairs with limited support if the camp happens to be in a remote location. Facility managers may be responsible for cleaning, grounds-keeping, and other daily chores, as well as making larger or more pressing repairs potentially under time pressure to keep the camp running smoothly.
Career Outlook & Salary
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts employment in the field of administrative services managers (which is inclusive of facility management) will grow by 10% from 2016 to 2026. The salary of a camp facility manager may vary with experience, size and/or type of facility. The BLS reported the median salary for an administrative services manager was $94,020 in 2017.
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