Job Application - Girl Scouts Of NYPENN Pathways Inc

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Camp Trefoil Lifeguard Camp Counselor - New York State

We are looking for responsible and dependable Lifeguard/Camp Counselors for the upcoming camp season at Camp Trefoil which is in Harrisville, NY, located on the outskirts of the gorgeous Adirondack Park. Campers get the ultimate high adventure and wilderness experience while spending a week in an intimate, outdoorsy setting. Trefoil features GSNYPENN’s only high and low ropes course! With its proximity to the Adirondack Park, Trefoil is a great location for any camper looking to explore the outdoors! Most campers spend their week sleeping in a-frame units, or our famous yurt!


Job Summary:

The Lifeguard/Camp Counselor is responsible for providing supervision and ensuring a safe environment at the camp’s waterfront, assisting with all aspects of the waterfront’s operation/ When not at the waterfront, lifeguards will assist with other camp activities and camper supervision. 


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

Participate in weekly waterfront drills as led by the Camp Waterfront Manager and/or Camp Director.

Provide lifeguard supervision of all waterfront activities, including shallow and deep water swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and provide surveillance that seeks to prevent injuries and emergencies from occurring.

Assist the Camp Waterfront Manager and other Waterfront Lifeguards with all aspects of boating activities as directed, including fitting lifejackets, and retrieving paddles, loading and unloading boats, moving boats, and other duties as requested. 

Maintain a basic understanding of boating techniques.

Maintain knowledge about the facility and its emergency action plan; ensure proper safety procedures are followed during all waterfront activities, and activate the emergency action plan when necessary, and alerting the Waterfront Manager of emergencies and safety risks as needed. 

Utilize CPR and First Aid as necessary.

Assist with weekly camp clean up, including sweeping, mopping, sanitizing, trash pick-up, etc. 

Interact with campers’ parents in a consistently positive and welcoming manner, utilizing strong customer service skills and maintaining good rapport. 

Welcome campers to their session in a positive, inviting, outgoing and inclusive manner. 

Assist with check-in and check-out procedures.

Assist with keeping areas clean and maintained.

Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their living unit, during all unit times, which includes kapers, meals, all-camp activities, hygiene maintenance, rest time and bedtime. 

Apply basic principles of youth development, connect with the campers and appreciate each camper as their own unique individual, and work with campers to create positive and meaningful relationships utilizing communication, respect and empowerment. 

Work with the campers and co-unit counselors to create a community living environment that is cohesive, positive and uplifting. 

Act as a role model for campers and fellow staff utilizing positive affect and strong leadership skills, and by taking an active role in the camp community, participating enthusiastically in all aspects. 

Maintain campers’ overall health and safety while at camp, ensuring campers receive medication as needed, alerting the Camp Director and Health Supervisor of any issues, and ensuring each campers’ personal health and hygiene needs are met.

Maintain a working knowledge of general camp safety and hazards regularly employing the use of risk management tactics and constantly ensuring camper safety. 

Adhere to all COVID-19 protocols required by NYS Department of Health and GSNYPENN.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

The Lifeguard/Camp Counselor does not supervise employees, but does supervise campers. 


Minimum Qualification Standards:

Must be at least 18 years old.

Must possess current Lifeguarding certification with appropriate Waterfront Module and up-to-date CPR and First Aid, or willingness to obtain. 

Ability to work as a member of the Waterfront Team

Have training and/or experience working with children in an outdoor setting preferred, but not necessary.

Experience instructing swimming and basic familiarity with paddling sports (canoeing, kayaking) a plus.

Believe in the Girl Scout mission


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  

Excellent verbal communication skills.

Strong organizational skills including the ability to manage multiple projects and details simultaneously.

Possess good character, integrity, patience, sense of humor, enthusiasm, a high level of flexibility, and willingness to be a part of the camp community.

Ability to work productively in a fast paced, stressful environment.


Physical and Mental Requirements:

Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently or constantly to move objects.

Ability (and willingness) to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours.

Walking on uneven terrain, up and down hills for distances up to ½ mile 

Endurance to meet emergency needs


Environmental Conditions:

The employee is subject to inside and/or outside environmental conditions, noise, outdoor elements such as rain, wind, sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.