1. Job Summary:
The Assistant Camp Counselor is responsible for assisting and following the lead of the Camp Counselor in planning, leading, coordinating, and implementing core and non-core programs and experiences for children in a small group setting. They will also be responsible for the general safety and development, growth, and skill achievement of the participants in their group. The incumbent will assist in providing high quality outdoor educational and recreational experiences for participants that focus on the YMCA core values of caring, equity, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
2. Essential Responsibilities:
This position reports to the Program Director who reports to the Senior Program Director or Executive Director. The incumbent may take work direction from a Camp Counselor, Camp Lead, Camp Manager, or Assistant Camp Director. The incumbent interacts regularly with camp staff, campers, volunteers, and families. This position involves interaction with individuals and communities of diverse backgrounds.
§ Upon Hire, First Aid and BLS certification provided by YMCA or other certified organization.
§ Ability to assist in planning, organizing, and implementing program activities with all age levels.
§ Ability to work as a member of a team and the ability to accomplish tasks in a timely manner.
§ Strong decision making, organizational, and communication skills.
§ Minimum age of 16 years old.
5. Work Conditions:
§ Must have the physical ability to assist in leading and participating in camp activities which include, but are not limited to, hiking, canoeing, swimming, team building initiatives, building campfires, physical games, and activities.
§ Must be capable of carrying loads of up to 90 pounds and able to traverse hilly and uneven terrain without undue exertion.
§ Work in conditions that will create dirt and dust.
§ Work in conditions that may require staff to use fire protection equipment, washers and dryers, dishwashers, and specialty program equipment.
§ Perform essential program support to camp activities and programs which may include, but not limited to the following activities: semi – reaching to full-reach overhead, crouching, kneeling, shoveling, working in narrow and/or confining spaces underground, overhead, and at ground level, twisting of the waist, shoulders, and legs, and lying on stomach and/or back.
§ Must have visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
§ Must have the ability to physically manage and support children when needed for safety in general camp activities (child weighing 30 – 200 pounds).
§ Ability to perform a variety of tasks outdoor in different climate with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, horses, chickens, etc.
6. Additional Notes:
This job description represents the major functions of the position but is not intended to be all-inclusive. The incumbent is also responsible for taking direction from the Program Director or their representatives in completing projects or performing duties deemed necessary for the Camp or Association success.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Pledge
The Y of the North is committed to the work and everyday practices of eliminating disparities and eradicating of unjust systems to become a multicultural, anti-racist and anti-oppressive organization. YMCA of the North team members and volunteers must exemplify the association’s mission, vision, and values of caring, equity, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
The YMCA of the North continues to develop plans and strategies to ensure team members and volunteers reflect the demographics of the communities we serve. We will continually conduct institutional racism and oppression review of our policies, procedures and practices in recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; layoffs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a multicultural, anti-racist and anti-oppressive work environment and culture that promotes equity and respect for the human dignity of all. We value and respect this diversity and choose to be inclusive through our acceptance of all.
Starting pay rate: $14 per hour