Job Title: Assistant Group Counselor
Reports To: Lead Group Counselor
$14.21/Hour, 20 Hrs/Wk + $500 Bonus For Completion of School Year
September 2018 - June 2019
Assistant counselors are caregivers for each camper. The Assistant Counselor is responsible for assisting the Lead Group Counselor with planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out activities and guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills.
Essential Job Functions:
1. Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their camper group within
activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes.
⬥ Apply basic youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.
⬥ Assures campers are properly supervised at all times.
⬥ Be aware of and implement safety guidelines.
2. Participate in the development and implementation of program activities for campers within the mission and outcomes.
⬥ Responsible for assisting with the teaching of activities.
⬥ Actively participate in all program areas as assigned.
⬥ Assist Lead Group Counselor with providing for a progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities.
⬥ Assist Lead Group Counselor with designing and leading weekly field trips.
⬥ Assist in program areas such as cycling, fitness, gardening, photography, nature adventures,
and all other camp activities, as directed.
3. Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.
⬥ Provide the daily care of each camper within your supervision including recognition of
personal health needs.
⬥ Ensure that campers are directed to the Lead Group Counselor in the event of an
emergency or medical situation.
⬥ Be alert to campers needs and report personal and/or health problems to the Lead Group
Counselor; discuss with camp director when appropriate.
⬥ Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care, and maintenance is adhered to; report repairs needed promptly to Lead Group Counselor.
4. Be a role model to campers and staff in your attitude and behavior.
⬥ Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures.
⬥ Set a good example to campers and others in regard to general camp procedures and
practices including sanitation, schedule, and sportsmanship.
5. Represent the camp when interacting with parents or community members.
⬥ Provide parents appropriate feedback and information as needed for their campers to have a successful camp experience.
⬥ Follow safety and security protocols when campers are in public while presenting a positive image of the camp.
Other Job Duties:
⬥ Provide supervision for campers while campers are transported to and from camp or during
scheduled field trips off of camp property.
⬥ Contribute to verbal and written evaluations and communication as requested.
⬥ Maintain accurate attendance records.
Maintain excellent relationships with Lead and Assistant Group Counselors, Kitchen Staff, Program Specialists, business and maintenance staff, and the Programs Manager.
Counselors will utilize equipment provided within each activity workshop as well as school computers, tables and chairs, and other classroom and field trip materials.
Qualifications: (Minimum Education and Experience)
⬥ Must be 18 years of age or older.
⬥ Must be a high school graduate or equivalent OR have one year of experience working with children under 13 years of age.
⬥ Must be able to obtain or become certified in First Aid/CPR and NYS Mandated Reporter prior to
first day of work.
⬥ Must submit health history record and examination form prior to first day of work.
⬥ Ability to interact with all age levels.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
⬥ Understanding of the development needs of youth.
⬥ Ability to relate to youth and adults in a positive manner.
⬥ Demonstrated knowledge and skill in program areas designated camp program areas.
Physical Aspects of the Job:
⬥ Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide
necessary instruction to campers and staff.
⬥ Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques.
⬥ Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques.
⬥ Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
⬥ Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
⬥ Endurance including prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking long distances, hiking, and stretching.
⬥ Eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities.
⬥ Normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
⬥ Willingness to work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.