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Youth Camp Counselor

San Diego State University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 23, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Youth Camp Counselor

Under the supervision of the Youth Programs and Events Supervisor, camp counselors will teach and supervise activities for youth ages 6-17 in an aquatic environment. Counselors are responsible for all aspects of youth programs operations including, but not limited to: supervising and ensuring the safety of campers, teaching and operating watersports activities, setting up and cleaning up equipment, and providing outstanding customer service. Youth program activities occur both on land and on/in the water. The primary work will occur during summer, however, youth programming occurs in spring and fall seasons as well.


Primary Functions
  • Supervise and ensure the safety of campers and camp activities
  • Foster a welcoming and encouraging environment for all camp participants
  • Ensure high quality and amazing experiences
  • Daily set-up and clean-up of required equipment
  • Maintain accurate roll cards and camper counts
  • Supervise equipment use during camp activities
  • Create an enriching environment that focuses on youth development
  • Other duties as assigned

Customer Service and Collaboration
  • Provide outstanding customer service to create amazing camp experiences
  • Learn and understand your role in the MBAC Experience
  • Foster an age-appropriate student-driven learning environment, which promotes character development and in camper growth.

  • Ensures all operations are conducted with safety of staff and customers as first priority, and in accordance with the Injury and Illness Prevention Plan and other safety policies
  • Adheres to Associated Students' Code of Safe Practices
Minimum Requirements

Minimum and Preferred Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older and possess a high school diploma/GED
  • Priority given to current SDSU and UCSD students
  • One year of college coursework completion preferred

  • Experience working with children ages 6-17 preferred
  • Experience or expertise in one or more of the following required: wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakesurfing, surfing, stand up paddling, kayaking, sailing, marine science, or youth instruction
  • Prior teaching or supervisory experience with youth ages 6-17 preferred
  • Bilingual skills in spanish, french, or mandarin are highly desirable
  • Candidates with experience working with individuals with disabilities or with underserved populations are highly desired

License & Certifications:
  • Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding (must be obtained within the first month of employment - Available at MBAC)
  • US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling (must be obtained within the first month of employment - Available at MBAC))
  • Must be willing to learn to sail and complete a counselor sailing course or pass MBAC sailing qualification
  • FBI, DOJ, and LiveScan fingerprint clearance and third party background check

  • Must complete Gender Awareness trainings within 30 days of hire
  • Must participate in all Mission Bay Aquatic Center mandatory meetings and trainings:
    • Sexual Harassment Policy Training
    • MBAC Abuse Prevention Policy Training
    • MBAC EAP Training
    • All Staff Training
  • Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding (if not certified at hire)
  • MBAC Sailing Course or Qualification
  • US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling (if not certified at hire)

  • Must prioritize the safety of MBAC participants and staff as well as other water users
  • Continually work toward improving technical skills and teaching abilities
  • Interact with campers with energy, enthusiasm, and professionalism
  • Maintain a positive and friendly attitude
  • Maintain a professional appearance
  • Encourage positive social skills and appropriate behavior by example
  • Maintain positive interaction with staff, participants, and the general public with professionalism
  • Perform as a member of a high quality team and promote teamwork and professionalism in all interactions
  • Able to interact effectively with a wide diversity of people and support San Diego State University Associated Students' values and mission

  • Must have sincere interest in working and connecting with campers ages 6-17
  • Must possess experience and skill in one of the following areas: wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakesurfing, surfing, kayaking, stand up paddling, sailing, marine science, or working with kids 6-17.
  • Must be able to follow oral and written directions and follow projects through to completion
  • Must have good interpersonal skills and a desire to provide excellent customer service

  • The work will occur primarily in summer (June-August) with youth programming work opportunities during spring and fall.
  • Applicants must be available to work June through August with flexible work opportunities this spring during weekday afternoons..
  • Flexibility and a willingness to work long days

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment will involve exposure to salt water, cold water, sun, wind, rain, weather, sand, seaweed, sea grass, ocean currents, sea creatures, breaking waves, and other outdoor elements.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical requirements include but are not limited to: swimming, swimming in rough and deep water, walking, running, walking or running over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying loads. Must be able to swim at least 550 yards, dive at least 10 feet deep, swim with a 10 pound object for at least 20 yards, and tread water for at least 2 minutes. Must be able to watch and supervise groups of students in the ocean while coaching technique and supervising safety. Must be able to recognize and respond to emergencies and prevent injuries or drowning.


Inside the Organization:
  • Reports to the Youth Programs and Events Supervisor and Camp Program Assistant
  • Works closely with the Camp Administrator, Camp Leads and fellow MBAC staff

EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY: Part-Time, Range 1, Step 1 - Starting Rate: $16.30/hour

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