Lifeguard - Wildwood
Unit counselors live and work directly with campers and strive to provide a safe and positive environment in which campers grow both personally and socially and explore the natural environment. Counselors also teach a variety of nature activities, arts and crafts, games and songs.
Lifeguards are Unit Counselors or Unit Leaders who also work closely with the Waterfront Director to ensure the safe, engaging operation of Wildwood’s waterfront activities and programs. Wildwood operates a variety of small craft including canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and sailboats as well as free swim every day.
- Ensure physical and emotional safety of campers
- Ensure campers’ basic needs (food, water, health, sleep) are met each day
- Supervise campers effectively during cabin, meal, program and transition times
- Clearly communicate expectations
- Set appropriate limits and boundaries with campers
- Manage camper behavior in a positive manner according to training
- Follow emergency procedures according to training
- Facilitate all aspects of cabin life and campers’ social and personal development
- Lead and/or participate in creative Wake Ups and Morning Circles
- Ensure campers leave the unit appropriately prepared for the weather and activities
- Facilitate quality cabin clean-ups and orderly showers during morning Unit Time
- Focus on your campers during meals and facilitate Dining Hall duties
- Facilitate a quiet, restful cabin environment during daily Siesta
- Lead effective and engaging nightly Cabin Chats
- Be available for campers during Unit Duty as scheduled
- Deliver high-quality program activities
- Facilitate high-quality NGs, DGs, OATs activities and EPs as scheduled
- Arrive on time and fully prepared to lead all scheduled activities
- Generate excitement for programs through personal enthusiasm and skits
- Making topics engaging, fun and educational for participants
- Assist the Waterfront Director with waterfront operations
- Provide a very strong positive example for other waterfront staff
- Assist with the pre-camp training and in-service training of waterfront staff
- Help manage waterfront equipment and facilities through the waterfront log and weekly checks
- Assist with supervision of waterfront staff
- Provide additional assistance to the Waterfront Director as needed
- Perform duties of the Waterfront Director when he/she is not present
- Supervise waterfront activities and staff
- Run buddy checks during Open Activity Time (OATs)
- Lead emergency procedures when needed
- Lead waterfront program activities
- Complete daily logs and other paperwork as required
- Act as a full participant in the Wildwood community
- Abide by all Wildwood and Mass Audubon policies and procedures
- Strive to maintain a high level of personal health and wellness
- Maintain positive, professional relationships with co-workers
- Perform other duties as assigned
In addition to meeting the requirements for Unit Counselor, applicants must have current Lifeguarding or acceptable small craft safety or instructor certification and experience working at a camp waterfront required.
The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the Boating Specialist to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to talk, hear, sit, stand, and walk. Often the Boating Specialist is required to bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, reach, push/pull, walk and run over uneven terrain, and lift up to 40 lbs. A Boating Specialist is required to apply limited manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination to manipulate outdoor equipment and perform camp activities. Work will be done in all weather conditions including heat, humidity, sun and rain.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Routinely, work is performed within a typical outdoor setting with exposure to weather/temperature extremes and extended periods of traversing uneven terrain.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary paid biweekly, comprehensive training, housing and meals for the duration of employment, and other benefits. In addition to the monetary benefits, working at camp provides staff the opportunity to improve communication skills, teambuilding skills and critical thinking. Summer camp is a fast-paced environment where all staff use problem solving skills multiple times a day.
Compensation starting at $3,365 DOE for the season.
Staff training begins the first week of June and camp is over on Monday August 30th 2021. End date may be flexible upon request, however start date is not flexible for quarantine purposes.
How to Apply
Email Cover Letter, resume and completed Mass Audubon Application to