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Girl Scouts of Western NY Waterfront Director - Seven Hills in Holland, New York

Job Descriptions:


Are you mission-driven, looking to work in a dynamic team environment, and influence the lives of girls? If so, take the time to check out Girl Scouts of Western New York.

Since 1912, Girl Scouts has empowered girls to develop the skills and the voice to become successful and productive citizens. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

If you’d like to be part of this exciting, empowering, and valuable experience, we encourage you to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!


To organize and administer activities at the waterfront consistent with GSUSA, NYDOH and ACA standards and procedures.


  • Attend mandatory supervisor’s weekend in May (date and time to be determined).

  • Develops professional goals for the summer that will help support and meet GSWNY’s mission and camp goals.

  • Assess all staff members’ swimming abilities during pre-camp.

  • Select camp staff members for Emergency Swim/Dive Team.

  • Train staff members of the Emergency Swim/Dive Team in Lost Camper and waterfront emergency procedures.

  • Train all lifeguards on a weekly basis the necessary lifeguard skills and drills to maintain stamina and knowledge.

  • Log all required trainings and drills necessary for ACA, NYSDOH and GSUSA.

  • Enforce all waterfront safety rules for all persons on camp property.

  • Assess all campers’ swimming abilities at the beginning of each session and classifies them according to their ability level.

  • Ensures swimmers wear correct swimming cap.

  • Teaches water safety and swimming to campers and staff.

  • Responsible for the health and safety of all campers and staff while at the waterfront area.

  • Maintains Daily Waterfront Log.

  • May live in a tent/cabin unit and assist the other unit staff members with all unit programs and supervision of campers. (female staff only)

  • Supervises and submits a written performance evaluation mid and end of season for the following direct reports: Assistant Waterfront Director, Boating Instructor and Lifeguards.

  • Reports any incidents/ accidents promptly to the Supervisor or Health Supervisor.

  • Ensures the proper use and care of all equipment.

  • Lead by example

  • Emphasize safety.

  • Follow all ACA, GSUSA, and NYSDOH standards and regulations.

  • Participates in all aspects of camp including pre-camp, open house and post camp.

  • Attends staff meetings when scheduled/necessary.

  • Apply behavior management techniques to conflicts with children when necessary.

  • Report suspected child abuse to supervisor immediately.

  • Required to stay on property during hours of operation (Sunday 10:00am to Friday 9:00pm).

  • The acceptance of irregular work hours.

  • Accepts other responsibilities as deemed necessary by the Assistant Camp /Camp Director.

Required Experience:

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality;

  • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving abilities;

  • Ability to project a high level of professionalism at all times;

  • Ability to articulate organizational mission and its importance with passion and conviction, and in a manner that resonates with the listener;

  • Commitment to diversity and ability to interact with diverse populations;

  • Strong time management skills with ability to work independently and effectively prioritize duties and tasks.

  • Capacity to manage stress effectively and work well under pressure;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate clearly;

  • Proven capability to work in a collaborative, service-focused environment;

  • Capacity to work well with others in a congenial and effective manner;

  • Ability to effectively manage and foster relationships with council staff, volunteers within the camp community;

  • Subscribe to the principles of the Girl Scout Movement and become a registered member of GSUSA;

  • Successfully pass the required background checks at hire and thereafter;

  • Maintain reliable transportation to and from home and work;

  • If travel is required, must possess a valid driver’s license, meet minimum state auto insurance requirements, and meet the insurance carrier’s requirements for coverage.

  • Assist the campers in emergency situations.

  • Lift 35 pounds.

  • Possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision.

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers.

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, self-control and ability to adapt well to changing situations.

  • Participate in structured and unstructured activities.

  • Accept and follow directions both in verbal and written form.

Hours & Travel:

  • Required to stay on the property during hours of operation (Sunday 10:00am to Friday 9:00pm)

  • Must be willing to work in an outdoor setting and in inclement weather.

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Willingness to abide by the policies and practices of the Girl Scouts of Western New York Inc.

  • Minimum age: 21 (NYS Health Department Requirement)

  • Documented waterfront experience (3 seasons)

  • Must possess current WSI, CPR for the professional rescuer, and Lifeguard certification and management from the American Red Cross or the equivalent (as stipulated by the NYSDOH)

  • Must possess the American Red Cross Waterfront Module or be willing to obtain before pre-camp begins.

  • Must have sound judgment in anticipating and preventing accidents and act calmly and quickly during emergencies.

  • Certified Sex Offender Registry and Criminal Background Checks will be completed for personnel file.

  • Demonstrate the ability to guide/supervise children and adults.

  • Desire and ability to work with and relate to children and peers in an outdoor environment.

  • Prior camp experience and/or interest in the Girl Scout Camping program.

  • Willingness to place the needs of girls and camp above personal desires.

  • Good health and stamina necessary to work in the camp setting.

  • The acceptance of irregular work hours.

  • The acceptance and understanding that employment is at a resident (overnight) camp.


All Employees of Girl Scouts must maintain an active, annual membership in Girl Scouts of Western New York. This membership must be renewed annually, and all newly hired employees are expected to enroll with GSWNY within the first 30 days of their employment.



Girl Scouts of Western New York seasonal camps are subject to the Federal and New York State exemption laws under Section 13(a)(3) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Seasonal staff working at camp may be paid in accordance with this exemption. Seasonal employees are not eligible for company-sponsored group benefits.

GSWNY is also very grateful to have many partnerships offering special deals and incentives at local businesses to GSWNY employees throughout Western New York.

HOW TO APPLY:Interested parties should submit their resume and application by visiting the Girl Scouts of Western New York application system website at: [ATS LINK].


Girl Scouts of Western New York celebrates diversity in all forms and is committed to creating an inclusive, collaborative and supportive environment for all. All employment decisions are based qualifications, merit, performance and the needs of the organization. As an equal opportunity employer, GSWNY does not discriminate on the basis of any qualified applicant’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status or any other groups or persons protected by federal, state or local law.

Keyword: Waterfront Director

From: Girl Scouts of Western NY