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Cornell Cooperative Extension Counselor in Training Program Coordinator- Hamden, NY in Hamden, New York

This position will serve as the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program Coordinaotr of 4-H Camp Shankitunk. Camp Shankitunk is a traditional summer camp located in Delhi, NY. 4-H Camp Shankitunk operates both a day camp program (ages 6+) 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 Health Office Coordinator is responsible for implementing all medical requirements described in the camp safety plan submitted to the Department of Health and ensuring compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws.

The CIT Program Coordinator provides leadership for the Counselor in Training program at 4-H Camp Shankitunk. This includes but is not limited to developing and implementing lesson plans and activities, coaching and providing feedback to camp counselors with instructional duties within the CIT Program, implementing evaluation and feedback processes, supervision of and ensuring compliance with camp policies and procedures for camper CIT candidates while participating in their shadowing experience to ensure the CIT program runs safely. Set goals with camper candidates and foster teamwork to achieve goals. Facilitate camper candidate check in and debrief meetings. Responsible for ensuring that all camper candidates are accounted for during scheduled times. Provide regular feedback to Camp Counselors and Program Assistants. Participate in the general planning of the camp program. Assist with all camp program activities and other camp-wide activities as assigned. Assist in implementing safety and health regulations. Participate in staff meetings and training events as scheduled. Assist with program scheduling and management of camper CIT candidates for class shadowing assignments and camp-wide activities. Responsible for assisting in other camp activities as needed. Assist with program and staff evaluation processes.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years old to comply with NYS Department of Health regulations.

  • Experience working with children and conflict resolution.

  • Strong organizational and leadership skills.

  • Ability to teach, supervise and motivate staff.

  • Emotional maturity, good health, and vitality.

  • Ability to work cooperatively with campers and other staff members.

  • Willingness to learn.

  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.

  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 21 years of age preferred.

  • One year of college (30+ credit hours) and coursework in education, physical education, outdoor recreation, youth development, or a related field.

  • One or more years of experience as a camp counselor.

  • First Aid/CPR certification desirable.

  • In-depth knowledge of youth camping activities desirable.

    Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions

Program Development – 5%

  • Work with Program Coordinator to research & develop additional program resources.

  • Make suggestions to the Program Coordinator for the development of new activities.

  • Work closely with Program Coordinator to develop educational and recreational program activities.

    Program Delivery – 55%

  • Lead educational activities that engage CITs and provide opportunities for knowledge acquisition, character, and skill development.

  • Teach and deliver the existing camp program as defined.

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

  • Interact with camp participants.

  • Utilize a variety of proven educational methodologies.

  • Evaluate campers’ abilities and skills in program areas to ensure an appropriate program level and activities.

    Program Evaluation – 10%

  • Continuously evaluate program activities and consult with Program Coordinator to adjust based on evaluation as needed.

  • Prepare written evaluation reports as directed.

Administrative Direction – 5%

  • Assist with planning e vening games and other camp-wide activities as assigned.

Management – 10%

  • Monitor the whereabouts of CITs at all times.

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

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

  • Recognize and respond to problems as they arise.

  • Supervise all safety procedures required for assigned activity.

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

  • Support community-oriented camp culture that emphasizes acceptance, cooperation, and empathy.

  • Facilitate meetings to share ideas, delegate tasks, and ensure clear communication.

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

  • Show enthusiasm and encourage campers to get involved in all camp activities.

  • Evaluate and provide effective feedback to CITs to improve their performance.

  • Make recommendations for future employment of CITs.

  • Serve as member of Turtle games committee.

  • Supervise CITs and assist during camp store hours.

  • Communicate regularly with Assistant Directors and Program Coordinators to identify areas of concern and possible solutions.

Administrative Coordination/Operation – 10%

  • With Camp Director, instruct CIT s on emergency procedures.

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

  • Report all illnesses and injuries to the Health Director and assist in preparing required records.

  • Document incidents and concerns as directed.

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

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

  • Explain all safety procedures required for assigned activity.

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

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

  • Complete reports and maintain accurate records as directed.

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

  • Maintain program equipment in a safe condition.

  • Maintain inventory of program supplies and equipment.

  • Maintain good public relations with parents and community members.

  • Assist with staff training during pre-service orientation.

  • Prepare a final evaluation of CIT performance.

  • Assist with the implementation of evening games .

Professional Improvement – 5%

  • In cooperation with Supervisor and Executive Director, 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, exempt, temporary position that will run from June 1st - August 9th. The salary will range from $3,750 - $5,000. Salary is commensurate with experience, certifications, responsibilities, and availability.

The position will work at 4-H Camp Shankitunk in Delhi, NY. On-site residence during program required. Overnight accommodations (Sunday - Friday) & meals provided. Age 21+ preferred.

Application Deadline

All applicants must apply online by close of day on February 15, 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 Temporary Camp Program Specialty Director



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Contact Name:

Lori North

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