Department: University Life Activities
Recreation Camp Counselor
George Mason University Mason Recreation, within the Division of University Life, is seeking Recreation Camp Counselors. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
This position will have the opportunity to gain a variety of experiences through working with Mason Recreation and the Mason community. The camp calendar will run Monday through Friday, June 26-August 11 (no camp July 4). Shifts will take place between 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Interviewing will occur during the spring semester. Additional training time will be required during late May and early June (described below); dates to be determined. During the hiring and training process, the potential for advancement to Lead Counselor may arise.
Counselors will provide camper supervision, event planning and organization for children 6-10 years of age in a summer day camp program. Counselors will also plan and implement activities including, but not limited to, arts and crafts, music, sports, games, swimming, nature walks and specific themed events. Additional responsibilities include:
- Represent Mason Recreation's mission and vision;
- Collaborate with students, interns, graduate, undergraduate and professional staff on planning, conduction and assessment of program;
- Plan and assess games/crafts geared toward the needs of weekly themes using best practices and emerging trends;
- Assist in the promotion of camp program to the Mason campus community and the Fairfax community;
- Assist Camp Director and Camp Coordinator in program needs; and
- Communicate with parents/guardians of participants as needed.
- Strong communication skills with children, parents, peers and community;
- Excellent organization, time management and planning skills;
- Willingness to adapt and work in a high-energy environment; and
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- Pursuing a degree in recreation, teaching, early childhood education, or another closely related field; and
- Demonstrated experience in working with children and/or recreation activities (one year elementary education, or child development courses can be substituted); and
- Additional and/or special projects may be assigned as needed that require the following abilities: walking or standing frequently, occasional sitting for long periods of time, safely and independently moving objects up to 20 pounds (occasionally), and safely and independently moving objects up to 10 pounds (frequently).
All persons selected for employment must pass a background investigation and potential medical screening (tuberculosis). Where all candidates are equally qualified, Mason students will be given priority in consideration.
Training Opportunities (including, but not limited to):
- Sexual Harassment and Equal Opportunity;
- CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider;
- First Aid;
- Bloodborne Pathogens;
- Asthma inhaler;
- Working with children with special needs;
- Heads Up concussion training;
- Team-building; and
- Reporting of suspected child abuse/neglect.
Salary: $10.50 per hour
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check, Financial Background Check
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number WGC321 at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.