Organization: YMCA Camp Mason is a not-for-profit, independent YMCA located in the township of Hardwick in northwest New Jersey. Located on 460 acres in the Delaware Water Gap, Camp Mason is home to a residential summer camp, day camp and outdoor center. Programs include traditional summer camp, a western ranch camp, family camps, extensive adventure-based programs and outdoor education for schools and groups.
Mission: “Through the transforming experience of outdoor camping – rich in bonding friendships, physical activity and fun – YMCA Camp Mason will lead youth, families and community to an awareness of our core traditions of environmental stewardship, spirituality and respect for our fellow man.”
Essential Job Functions:
1. Plan, direct, and supervise a safe and fun waterfront program
Write (with the help of lifeguards) lesson plans that meet camp goals.
Evaluate aquatics abilities of campers and staff.
Deliver creative swim and watercraft program activities.
2. Train and supervise lifeguards
Assist in the planning and implementation of staff training.
Train lifeguards and counseling staff in their waterfront responsibilities.
Supervise waterfront staff to provide a safe and high-quality program.
3. Manage the physical facilities and equipment in the waterfront program area
Set up waterfront area prior to and during staff training.
Conduct initial and end-of-season inventory, and store equipment for safety.
Check equipment, and make (or file for) repairs.
Conduct a daily check of equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.
Submit orders for equipment and supplies when needed, ensuring timely arrival of materials.
Survey waterfront area daily, and keep the area free of hazards and debris.
4. Participate as a member of the camp management team to plan, direct, and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions
Work with Program Director and Lifeguards to develop a program curriculum, awards programs, and leadership programs.
Assist in the planning of any special events on or near the waterfront.
Participate in staff meetings.
Other Job Duties:
Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning and leading those as assigned.
Qualifications (Minimum qualifications and experience)
Previous experience in residential camping.
Must be at least 21 years of age
Current certification in first aid and CPR.
Current lifeguard certification. Lifeguard trainer certification is a plus.
Prior experience in the development and delivery of recreational programs.
Experience in supervising others especially peers is highly desirable.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Training and experience in a variety of program activities offered at the camp.
Ability to schedule and supervise staff.
Desire and ability to work with children outdoors.
Physical Aspects of the Position:
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.
Compensation, Benefits & Housing: Shared housing and cafeteria style meals are provided. Salary is commensurate with experience. Workman’s Compensation Insurance provided to all staff.