Summer Employment

2019 Summer Camp Staff Position Overview and Requirements

Working at Westwind is a rewarding and demanding summer job. You will learn what it means to live and work in a close-knit community that by the end of the 12 weeks are your family.  Chances are, you will be looked to as a role model, a hero and someday, someone will be applying for a job at Westwind because of the impact you had on their life. If you are willing to work hard, play hard, put others (especially the kids) first and, laugh till your face hurts-Camp Westwind will be a great place to work.

The commitment to working at camp is intense. The camp season begins June 10th with staff training and ends August 24th (please see 2019 Camp Calendar with specific session details). We expect staff members to be available during the entirety of the camp season, unless otherwise approved by camp directors.

Please note, all staff must participate in the 10 day staff training, pass a background check including national sex offender registry clearance, have a current First Aid, CPR and AED certification by the first day of summer camp and are subject to drug testing for pre-employment and throughout the summer. Training may be provided before or during staff training.  Job descriptions state a minimum age the applicant must be at time of the first session of summer camp.

Applications

Applications are now being accepted for all Camp Westwind summer staff positions. There is no deadline for applications however, interviewing begins in November and positions are open until filled. Please be sure to review job descriptions before applying.

Apply here!

Once you have logged into your camp account or created a new account, you will find the application located in the ‘Document Center’ found under the ‘Additional Options’ tab. Applications are found in the left column under ‘Online Forms’. Please fill out the application that applies to you completely and follow further instructions for resumé uploading. Applications will not be reviewed until the application is fully completed and the resumé has been uploaded.

Job Descriptions

Teen Leadership Unit Coordinator-Position Filled

The Teen Leadership program works with youth ages 15-17 years old. The Unit Coordinator would be responsible for the supervision of 5-15 campers as well as 2-3 Teen Lead Counselors at a given time.
This position involves using a curriculum designed to develop leadership skills within the youth to be used not only at Westwind, but in their communities as well. The Unit Coordinator will be responsible for helping the counselors execute the curriculum as well as provide programming to foster the campers’ appreciation of the natural world, which may include overnight activities as well as camp activities. This being a supervisory position, it would be the responsibility of the Unit Coordinator to assess the leadership skills of the counselors within the Teen Lead Unit and provide coaching and support to them. Secondary responsibilities will include: supervising Babysitters during Family Camps, assisting with dishes and camp cleaning, and evaluation writing.
Supervisory and camp experience required. Minimum age 21 years old.

Teen Adventure Unit Coordinator-Position Filled

The Teen Adventure program works with youth ages 14-17 years old. The Unit Coordinator will be responsible for the supervision of 10-21 campers as well as 2-3 counselors at a given time. This program is aimed to develop outdoor skills, foster an understanding and appreciation of the natural world, and provide campers the opportunity to expand their comfort within the outdoors.
The Unit Coordinator will need to have experience with overnight backpacking, teaching outdoor skills, challenge course facilitation, as well as the comfort to participate in activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, rafting, etc. The Unit Coordinator will be responsible for developing programming that allows campers to have unique experiences outdoors that provides a sense of appreciation. Being a supervisory role, the Unit Coordinator will be responsible for assessing the counseling abilities of the unit’s counselors and provide coaching to further develop their leadership and outdoor skills. Secondary responsibilities will include: supervising Babysitters during Family Camps, assisting with dishes and camp cleaning, and evaluation writing.
Supervisory and camp experience required. Minimum age 21 years old.

Unit Coordinator- Youth Camp-Positions Filled 

Responsible for the organization and supervision of a predetermined unit (Sherwood, Highlands, Alpine) consisting of about 30-40 campers and 10-15 staff (5-7 counselors, 2-3 Unit Assistants, 3-4 support).
Youth Unit Coordinators are responsible for planning and executing any unit activities as well as oversee their unit’s cabin activities. Additionally, they will be responsible for coaching their staff to provide the best experiences for the campers. This will include experience in group and behavior management. As a supervisor, the Unit Coordinators will be responsible for conducting observations and assessments of staff. Secondary responsibilities will include: supervising Babysitters during Family Camps, assisting with dishes and camp cleaning, and evaluation writing.
Supervisory and camp experience required. Minimum age 21 years old.

Arts & Crafts Lead-Position Filled

Facilitate Westwind’s art program aimed toward youth 7-17 years of age, but also adults and families of all ages. The Art Coordinator will be responsible for planning and teaching daily arts and crafts projects. The ability to instruct campers as well as staff is critical. This position requires art ability, creativity, and experience in various art techniques (beading, tie dye, painting, glass kiln art, paper mache, clay, nature art, etc.). Secondary responsibility may include assisting with camp cleaning and dishwashing.
Minimum age of 18 years old with experience leading art instruction.

Activity Lead

The Activity Lead will be responsible for planning and executing any all camp activities focusing on participation over competition including, but not limited to campfires, All Camp, themed meals, interest groups, assisting with unit activities and specialized programs. This position requires a creative, organized, and flexible individual. Each week of youth camp will have a theme. The Activity Lead is responsible for carrying out the theme throughout the week in each area of camp. The Activity Lead is assigned a unit and will participate in unit activities when they are not planning or implementing an activity. Other job duties include camper mail printing, dishes, end of session cleaning lead, and others as assigned.
Minimum age of 18 years old prefer 21

Media Specialist

  • Photographer (2) 1 Position filled
  • Videographer (1) 

The primary responsibility of the Media Specialist is to capture photos and video to reflect the camp day. Media Specialists will post photos daily to the camp’s Flickr account and compile an end of session video. The Media Specialist will acquire photos of each cabin group, all camp activities, as well as spend time with units and cabins getting photos of smaller group activities. Video material of day to day activities, special events, and camper testimonials will be gathered. Secondary responsibilities will include assisting with dishes and camp cleaning.
Photography and editing experience required. Minimum age of 17 years old Preferred age 18 or older
Portfolio to be expected at time of interview.

Head Lifeguard-Position Filled

The Head Lifeguard will be the point person for waterfront activities and responsible for the safety of all campers and staff. The Head Lifeguard needs to be currently certified as a lifeguard, as well as leadership experience. The Head Lifeguard will be assigned to a unit and participate in evening programming with their assigned unit. Secondary responsibilities will include assisting with dishes and camp cleaning.
Minimum age of 21 years old.

Lifeguard/Support

Lifeguards are responsible for the safety of all participants during any waterfront activities. Needs to be currently certified as a lifeguard. Each lifeguard will be assigned to a unit and will participate in evening programming with their assigned unit. Secondary responsibilities will include assisting with dishes and camp cleaning.
Minimum age of 17 years old. Must have current lifeguard certification.

Cabin Counselor- Youth Camp

The primary responsibility of a cabin counselor is to care for the campers’ needs and create a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment for the campers. Each counselor will be assigned to a cabin of 8-10 campers of a similar age. They will be living with, eating with, and planning and participating in activities with their cabin. Counselors must be patient, flexible, compassionate and punctual. Sound judgment and decision-making skills are a must. During Family Camps, counselors may lead activities for adults and children or lead color groups (groups of children of similar ages). Secondary responsibilities may include dishes and camp cleaning.
Experience working with youth required. Minimum age of 18 years old.

Counselor-Teens (5)

The primary responsibility of a Teens counselor is to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment for the campers. Additionally, Teens counselors will develop leadership skills and help develop an appreciation for the natural world amongst the program’s teenage campers. Counselors will be living with and supervising groups of 8-10 teenaged campers. The ability to work with peers in a collaborative and supportive way is a must. Teen counselors must be patient, flexible, compassionate, and punctual. Teen Counselors will need to provide programming specific to each Teen program (Adventure or Leadership). During Family Camps, counselors may lead activities for adults and children or lead color groups (groups of children of similar ages). Secondary responsibilities may include dishes, camp cleaning, and evaluation writing.
Experience working with youth required. Outdoor Skills a plus. Minimum age of 19 years old.

Minors Support Staff (6-9)

Minors Support Staff (MSS)will be responsible for working within a unit and supervised by the Unit Coordinator.  MSS’s will be providing camper supervision during counselors’ time off, transition times, loading and unloading luggage, bus trips to and from camp, cleaning, dishes and family camp programming. The distribution of mail and singing/entertainment prior to meals is also minors responsibility. Programming support and a willingness to help in any area of camp are a must. Minors Support Staff must be comfortable being up in front of a group, energetic, creative, flexible, responsible, punctual, and compassionate.
Experience working with youth required. Minimum age of 16 years old and must turn 17 during summer 2019. Preference given to Teen Lead 2 graduates

Support Staff (4)

A vital part to camp operations, Support Staff offer assistance to each unit and all camp programs. Schedules will vary depending on daily needs and the individual’s skill set. Each Support Staff is assigned to a unit and participate in overnights and other unit activities. Camp store, assisting Art Lead, life-guarding, camper email printing, dishwashing, camp cleaning, as well as program planning and preparation are some of the Support Staff responsibilities.
Minimum age of 18 years old.

Salary

All positions have a daily base salary that include room and board. Pay increases may be made for certification and experience. Applicants that receive a job offer will also receive a personalized salary that is specific to their position and relevant additions. Room and board are part of your working contract and valued at $125 per day.

  • Minors Support Staff: $40
  • Counselors: $50-$55
  • Support Staff  age 18 and over (General Support, Lifeguards): $40-$50
  • Program Staff (Photographer, Videographer, Activity Lead, Arts & Crafts Lead, Naturalist, Head Lifeguard): $40-$60
  • Unit Coordinators: $65

Staff Training

Counselors undergo 10 days of training and orientation at the beginning of each summer. What is taught and learned during the staff training week is in alignment with the American Camp Association’s standards and expectations for staff & counselor training.

Staff training date: June 11-22

Additional training for Unit Coordinators and Program Leads: June 9-11

If you have questions, please email: janette@westwind.org

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