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Lifeguard & Waterfront Staff

Lifeguards supervise free swim periods, boating and special events held at the waterfront areas. They also instruct swim lessons. Lifeguards are responsible for maintaining waterfront and boating facilities to comply with all safety regulations. Applicants do not need to be certified to apply but must be strong swimmers. We will provide training and a certification course during orientation.

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Lifeguard

Position Description:

  • Assist in all waterfront related activities such as instructing swim classes, supervising free swim and special events, participating in beach clean-up and preparation, overseeing buddy systems and checks, etc. There are typically six swimming/boating activities scheduled per day.
  • Responsible for maintaining the waterfront, boating and fishing facilities to comply with all safety regulations.
  • Submit all forms, evaluations and records that are required by the Waterfront Director.
  • Be totally familiar with emergency procedures and follow them when needed.
  • Maintain an adequate level of fitness and technique throughout the summer by participating in daily workouts (swimming, boating, practicing rescues, etc) and keep a log of trainings.
  • When not at waterfront, work as a General Counselor in assigned village, providing 24-hour-a-day direct supervision, leadership and guidance to twelve campers with assigned co-counselors. Assume responsibility for campers’ safety and well-being.
  • Live in a cabin with campers and co-counselors during each camp session. Time off will be arranged by a supervisor.
  • Understand that campers come first and decisions should be made in the best interest of campers.
  • Be an active member of the camp community by participating in all camp programming including camp-wide events, overnights, hikes, swimming, ropes courses, activities, and village meetings.
  • Maintain records on each campers to help evaluate their needs, goals and progress during their camp experience.
  • Strive to work in a cooperative manner with fellow staff to achieve goals of the program.
  • Invest time with campers to meet their needs, challenge their capabilities and serve as a role model during their time at camp.
  • Explain and enforce the policies, traditions and rules of camp.
  • Assume responsibility for the use and care of camp equipment and facilities.


Summer salary:

Salaries start at $2,300 and include room and board.


Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age by the start of camp.
  • At least one year of college is preferred but must have a high school diploma by the summer.
  • Applicants do not need to have a current lifeguard certification but must be a strong swimmer and meet the requirements of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course.
  • Staff must pass the ARC Lifeguard Training course during orientation or provide proof of current certification in order to work as a lifeguard at camp.
  • Minimum of one-year experience working with children is required.
  • Passionate about working with children.
  • Interested in working and living in the outdoors for the summer.
  • Emotionally mature with a willingness to work as a team player.
  • Flexible and willing to accept challenges and step outside comfort zone.
  • Able to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Available for the entire duration of the summer program.

Waterfront Director

Position Description:

  • Provide overall supervision and management of all waterfront activities.
  • Plan, organize and direct all swimming activities for the campers and staff.
  • Supervise Waterfront Staff in water safety and swimming instruction activities and provide ongoing staff development.
  • There are six swimming and boating session per day. Working hours will vary depending on the time required to maintain the waterfront and its facilities.
  • Responsible for maintaining distinctly separate waterfront, boating and fishing facilities to comply with all pertinent safety codes.
  • Assume responsibility for the use and care of camp equipment and facilities.
  • With waterfront staff, conduct mandatory swim tests and swim area orientation at the start of each session for all staff and campers. Assign color-coded swim area(s) based on observed swimming ability. Ensure that waterfront and buddy check orientations are conducted for each waterfront user.
  • Coordinate and maintain waterfront “buddy systems” as required by New York State Health Department regulations.
  • Responsible for ensuring buddy checks take place no more than fifteen (15) minutes apart, during both free swim and swim lesson periods.
  • With waterfront staff, conduct boating orientation at the start of each session for staff and campers. Conduct a counselor orientation that include use of any boat type they may use with campers. Conduct a counselor orientation that include use of any boat type they may use with campers. Arrange for tip test for those campers who are ready to use canoes without staff in the boat.
  • Schedule guard coverage to comply with mandatory ratios for supervision.
  • Ensure that beach signs, depth markers, float lines, ladders, reach poles, rescue lines, first aid kits, backboards, guard chairs, and other required waterfront elements are present and in good repair.
  • Direct beach, dock and water clean-up and maintenance. Must be familiar with human and animal waste clean-up and decontamination procedures as required by the NYS Department of Health. On waterfronts, maintain goose netting on beaches during all times waterfront is closed.
  • Coordinate with staff that daily beach/pool NYS Department of Health reports are completed.
  • Hidden Valley Waterfront Director will coordinate the daily monitoring of the pH and chlorine checks which are then recorded in the pool report.
  • Submit all forms, requisitions, evaluations and inventories that are required by Camp Directors, Health Departments and Health & Safety. Included forms should be daily beach condition reports noting water temperature, water clarity, weather conditions, and any incidents, accidents, or decontamination procedures that occur during each 24-hour period.
  • Be totally familiar with emergency procedures and be able to implement them when needed.
  • Understand that campers come first and decisions should be made in the best interest of campers.
  • Be an active member of the camp community by participating in all camp programming including camp-wide events, overnights, hikes, swimming, ropes courses, activities, and village meetings.
  • Strive to work in a cooperative manner with fellow staff to achieve goals of the program.
  • Invest time with campers to meet their needs, challenge their capabilities, and serve as a role model during their time at camp.
  • Explain and enforce the policies, traditions and rules of camp.


Summer salary:

Salaries are commensurate with experience and include room and board.

Qualifications:

  • Should be at least 21 years of age by the start of camp.
  • At least three years of college or equivalent is preferred. College graduates are strongly preferred.
  • Must have a minimum of three seasons of previous waterfront experience as well as a current ARC Lifeguard
  • Training certificate with waterfront module, Water Safety Instructor certificate and professional CPR certificate.
  • Previous supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Minimum of one-year experience working with children is required.
  • Passionate about working with children.
  • Interested in working and living in the outdoors for the summer.
  • Emotionally mature with a willingness to work as a team player.
  • Flexible and willing to accept challenges and step outside comfort zone.
  • Able to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Available for the entire duration of the summer program.