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Cornell Cooperative Extension Camp Babysitter - Hamden, NY in Hamden, New York

This position will serve as a babysitter at 4-H Camp Shankitunk. 4-H Camp Shankitunk is a traditional summer camp located in Delhi, NY. 4-H Camp Shankitunk operates both a day camp program (ages 6-14) and an overnight program (ages 8-16) for youth in the summer and hires approximately 50-60 seasonal camp staff members. 4-H Camp Shankitunk is owned by Delaware County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension Delaware County.

The Camp Babysitter will provide supervision and engagement for children of 4-H Camp Shankitunk staff members who are not enrolled in or old enough to attend sessions at 4-H Camp Shankitunk. Duties include planning and implementing activities, coaching and mentoring youth as they learn, interact and experience camp with others, including conflict resolution when needed. Provide leadership and oversee snacks, meals, rest time, swimming, activities, etc. as appropriate for the age and development of youth in their care. Provide supervision and ensure compliance with camp policies and procedures for youth assigned to them to ensure their safety.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be 14 years or older to meet NYS Employment eligibility regulations.

  • Able to work flexible hours, including early mornings, evenings, and weekends as needed.

  • Able to lift 20-50 lbs.

  • Be neat, reliable, punctual, flexible and responsible.

  • Experience and desire to work with children.

  • Emotional maturity, good health, and vitality.

  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 16+ years of age or older preferred.

  • Experience in Conflict Resolution desirable.

  • First Aid/CPR or Lifeguarding certification desirable.

  • Babysitting Course Certification desirable.

    Position Responsibilities and Essential Functions

    Program Delivery – 70%

  • Lead activities that engage y outh and provide opportunities for knowledge acquisition and skill development.

  • Teach innovative camp programs. Utilizing established materials serve as a subject matter resource in discipline; to provide standard responses.

  • Interact with camp participants.

  • Utilize a variety of proven educational methodologies.

  • Evaluate y outh abilities and skills in program areas to ensure an appropriate program level and activities.

    Program Evaluation – 5%

  • Continuously evaluate activities and consult with Program staff and youth parents/guardians to adjust based on evaluation as needed.

  • Prepare written evaluation reports as directed.

Administrative Management – 10%

  • Supervise youth assigned to your group to ensure safety.

  • Enforce camp rules with youth in your charge by consistently adhering to procedures.

  • Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities and daily routines.

  • Actively supervise daily routines, including meals, snacks, youth hygiene, rest, and transition back to parent/guardian.

  • Actively supervise youth during program areas and all camp activities.

  • Recognize and respond to problems as they arise.

  • Supervise all safety procedures required for assigned activity.

  • Be alert and monitor youth' needs.

  • Discuss youth needs with Camp Director and parents, as appropriate.

  • Work with and support others to ensure a cohesive camping environment that supports community-oriented camp culture and emphasizes acceptance, cooperation, and empathy.

  • Set a good example and role model by demonstrating respect, cleanliness, punctuality, cooperation, caring, sportsmanship, manners, and healthy habits.

  • Show enthusiasm and encourage youth to get involved in camp activities, where appropriate.

  • Communicate regularly with Camp Director and parent/ identify areas of concern and possible solutions.

Administrative Coordination/Operation – 10%

  • Instruct y outh in your assigned group on applicable emergency procedures .

  • Explain all safety procedures required for assigned group.

  • Take attendance f requently and report any y outh not accounted for immediately.

  • Explain camp and establish group rules with youth in your assigned group, ensuring compliance with established camp policies and safety.

  • Report hazards, unsafe conditions, equipment, and facilities to the Facilities Coordinator and/or Camp Director.

  • Communicate with Health Coordinator to ensure appropriate knowledge transfer of applicable information from youth health records.

  • Document incidents and concerns as directed.

  • Make positive connections with youth and develop meaningful, respectful relationships.

  • Facilitate problem-solving through active listening, guidance, and conflict mediation.

  • Assist with youth personal and health problems, including facilitating additional resources when neccesary.

  • Determine equipment and supply needs and submit them to the Camp Director or designee.

  • Prepare space, equipment, and materials for daily activities in a manner that optimizes youth motivation and learning.

  • Complete reports and maintain accurate records as directed.

  • Prepare for and actively participate in staff training and meetings as assigned.

  • Maintain a clean, neat, and orderly program space.

  • Maintain program equipment in a safe condition.

  • Maintain inventory of program supplies and equipment as directed.

Professional Improvement – 5%

  • In cooperation with Supervisor, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and address changes and Association priorities.

  • Collaborate in activities that generally support Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.

Health and Safety – Applied to all duties and functions

  • Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.

  • Be familiar with and follow applicable federal, state, and local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement, and standards.

  • Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.

EEO/EPO and Policy – Applied to all duties and functions

  • Conduct all programming and activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Act, Title IX Rehabilitation, Americans with disabilities Act, and local state, and regional affirmative action plans.

  • Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers, and the public.

  • Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.

  • Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension to community leaders, colleagues, volunteers, members of Cornell University faculty and staff, government officials and the general public in a professional manner.

  • Be aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Delaware County policies, procedures, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.

  • Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.

  • At all times, act in a professional customer service manner including but not limited to business-like demeanor, tactful communications, cooperative, helpful, positive and receptive manner.

    Position Details

This is a full-time, nonexempt, temporary position that will run from June 1st - August 2nd. The salary will range from $1,500 - $2,400. Compensation is commensurate with experience, certifications, responsibilities, and availability.

The position will work at 4-H Camp Shankitunk in Delhi, NY. Overnight accommodations may be available upon request. Meals provided. Age 16+ preferred.

Application Deadline

All applicants must apply online by close of day on March 1, 2024 to be considered for this position.

Please be sure to read the Notice to Applicants found on the Jobs with CCE page:

How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension Delaware County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: . For details on how to apply, visit:

Please submit resume, cover letter and references. Consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting.

No relocation or employment visa sponsorship available.

Please contact Corrine Tompkins, CCE Delaware Camp Administrator, email with questions.

Job Title:

Association Tmp Camp Couns Jr


No Grade - Annual

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Contact Name:

Lori North

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

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