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Cornell Cooperative Extension Camp Bristol Hills: Counselor in Training (CIT) Specialist - Canandaigua, NY in Canandaigua, New York

The mission of 4-H Camp Bristol Hills is to provide youth with a unique, fun outdoor experience under the guidance of positive role models, emphasizing positive social interaction, environmental awareness and skill building.

The Camp Class Specialist responsible for the safe and effective development and implementation of a specific program area. 4-H Camp Bristol Hills employs Class Specialists in the following areas: Adventure (Ropes Course), Archery and Riflery. Outside of class instruction time, Class Specialists perform the role of Camp Counselor, and as such, they are accountable for the initial supervision of the campers. It is the job of the Camp Counselor to ensure the campers are enjoying and participating in the programs offered at camp. The Camp Class Specialist lives in cabins with campers, unless otherwise specified.


The Class Specialist will assume this role on June 25, 2023, in order to assist the Camp Director and the Camp Manager in preparing the camp programs and facilities. The summer camp season includes 1 week of pre-camp and 6 weeks of residential camp that run from Sunday morning to Friday evening each week. Specific dates of camp are July 2 – August 11, 2023. Pending availability, Class Specialists could begin work as early as June 2, and employment may extend as late as August 30, 2023, based on program needs, training, and availability.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a specific area of instruction for groups of 6-30 campers depending on the class.

  • Manage the maintenance and inventory of the equipment and supplies related to their specific class area.

  • Be familiar with best practices in the given areas of their respective class area and implement activities within the parameters outlined in the Health and Safety Plan, approved by the NYS Department of Health.

  • Live in cabin with campers

  • Assume responsibility for leadership and guidance of those campers in daily living, with special attention to: personal hygiene and safety, camper participation in all-camp activities, and meal time behavior and habits

  • Assume responsibility for interpreting the rules, policies, and traditions of the camp to the camper

  • Serve as a positive role model in language, appearance, and behavior

  • Assume responsibility for health and welfare of campers in his/her bunk

  • Support and embrace diversity in all interactions with campers, other staff members, volunteers and parents. Implement programs that engage diverse backgrounds, interests and learning styles.

  • Organize, plan, and lead camp programs

  • Other duties may be assigned as required

    Essential Functions

  • Be physically able to accompany the campers to any of the camp activities

  • Ensure campers are properly supervised at all times

  • Apply basic youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, and involvement and empowerment of youth

  • Have visual ability to recognize hazards in the camp setting as well as physical symptoms of camper injury or illness

  • Have auditory ability to respond appropriately to hazards and any camper concerns

  • Be able to observe camper behavior in daily camp life, to respond verbally to health and safety concerns, and to deal appropriately with any improper behavior


  • 18 years of age or older by the first day of working with campers.

  • Subject specific certifications, trainings and/or significant relevant experience.

  • Experience as a camper or working with children

  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer and/or First Aid Responding to Emergencies desired

  • Ability to communicate effectively with Camp Director, entire camp staff, campers and camp families

  • Incorporates Team Work and Flexibility into their daily work style

  • Ability to work with peers

  • Ability to plan and lead programs


This is a full time, exempt position.

Salary and Benefit Details

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits are not available for this position.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

To be considered for this position, all candidates must:

  • Complete ALL sections of the online application and questionnaires.

  • Attach a Cover Letter.

  • Attach a Resume.


  • External Applicants: (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) Please refer to the "Applying for a Job (External Candidate)" document for additional guidance here:

  • Internal Applicants: Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County are considered internal applicants. Please log into Workday to search jobs and apply using your professional profile.

Contact James Hooper at with any questions.

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.

Job Title:

Association Tmp Camp Program Director


No Grade - Annual

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Contact Name:

Kimberly Amey

Number of Openings:


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