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Camp Assistant

Website City of Mishawaka

JOB TITLE – Camp Assistant

DEPARTMENT: Parks Department
$15.00 per hour

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Mishawaka Parks and Recreation is looking for an ENERGETIC LEADER to join our camp family for 9 incredible weeks this summer (2024). The Camp Assistant is responsible for the coordination and oversight of all camp sites and will report directly to the Camp and Community Engagement Director. The Camp Assistant is responsible for assisting the Camp & Community Engagement Director with miscellaneous tasks throughout the duration of Mishawaka Parks & Recreation’s Adventure Day Camp. The Camp Assistant will be committed to high quality programming and will provide leadership, supervision, coaching, and support to camp staff to ensure the safety and wellbeing of counselors and campers alike. The ideal candidate possesses a strong work ethic, the capacity to multitask, and maintain strong connections with families and campers. Candidates should have the ability to be adaptable to new situations, ideas, and challenges, and must be able to take initiative and work proactively. Must be self-motivated and work well as part of a supportive team. This position is a seasonal position, with the expectation that you would work between 30-35 hours a week for 9 weeks (M-F, 8am-3pm).

1. Directly carries out leadership responsibilities to effectively oversee and guide counselors.
2. Provides role modeling to counselors and campers alike.
3. Communicates and maintains personal contact with parents/guardians communicating achievements or behavioral issues of campers if necessary.
4. Addresses discipline issues that are of concern and cannot be resolved by immediate camp staff.
5. Documents and notifies Camp & Community Engagement Director of incidents, accidents, damaged equipment, and supply needs. Enforces safety regulations.
6. Performs administrative functions as needed including report of suspicious or inappropriate behaviors. Follows mandated reported requirements related to abuse.
7. May be required to lead camp in the absence of a site supervisor.
8. Encourage respect for personal property, camp equipment and facilities.
9. Possibly take the lead on field trips and welcoming guest speakers.
10. Program assessment and development – we are looking to create a day camp we are proud of.

1. Assist the Camp and Community Engagement Director with counselor assessment, training, and development.
2. Commitment to all 9 weeks of camp, Monday to Friday.
3. Attend required staff trainings.
4. Camp runs from June 3 – July 26, Monday – Friday, No Camp July 4 or 5. Staff Training May 28-31.

1. Reports directly to and has regular communication with Camp and Community Engagement Director.
2. Supervises the camp staff.

1. Reach with hands and arms
2. Use hands to operate tools or controls
3. Sit, climb, balance, stoop, crouch
4. Occasionally lift or move 50 pounds
5. Talk and hear
6. Lift and move light objects without assistance

In general, we are exposed to varied temperatures and weather conditions.  Equal proportion of time spent indoors and outdoors. Outdoor work depends on weather conditions. A flexible schedule is required, with hours normally between 30-35 hours per week.

1. Ability to work independently and show initiative.
2. Must possess good public relations, communications, reading and writing skills.
3. Ability to develop long-range plans and to accurately evaluate work accomplished.
4. Ability to work under a strict budget.
5.Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with employees, coworkers and public.
6. Must accept supervision and responsibility.

1. Preferred current college student or college graduate interested in learning on the job training relating to the field of camp programming, recreation, communication, psychology, education, sociology, environmental studies, or a related field.
2. Preferred 3 years of camp experience or related experience.
3. Proven experience to lead, manage programs, and volunteer.
4. Strong oral and written communication skills required.
5. Valid driver’s license or ability to commute to and from work.
6. First Aid, CPR, AED Certification-Adult and Child (required, may be obtained through the City).


Resumes/applications may be submitted via email, fax, regular mail, or in person to:
Human Resources
City of Mishawaka
100 Lincolnway West
Mishawaka, Indiana 46544
Fax: (574) 254-0197

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