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Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Primitive Pursuits Summer Day Camp Director (Temporary with Benefits)- Ithaca, NY in Ithaca, New York

*Applicant Message: *

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references (at least 2 previous employers) as one document when applying. All candidates who are current employees of CCE Tompkins must apply as internal applicants. Please note that changes cannot be made to an application once it is submitted. This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. *For more information about how to apply, pay rate, and benefits, please see the message at the bottom of this posting.*

Hourly Rate: $12.00- $17.00 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications

Scheduled hours will be 20 hours per week from January to April, and 40 hours per week from April to September. This position is benefits eligible for the duration of the role.

General Purpose:

Day Camp director will oversee most aspects of staffing, programming, and camper relations for our summer camp season. Duties include staff hiring and training, site and resource organization and program management. Responsibilities include directing staff trainings, weekly staff planning meetings, managing camper information and groupings, maintaining fiscal records and working within a budget, maintaining camp resources and supplies, and interacting with parents, campers, staff and administration as needed. The director is accountable for the overall management of the program and are specifically responsible for personnel management, program development and health and safety management in accordance with NYS Health Department and Cornell Cooperative Extension policies. This position is approximately 9 months and exact dates are negotiable.


  • Develop and coordinate Primitive Pursuits camp programs and activities for a safe, engaging, high quality summer program
  • Provide organizational and programmatic support as necessary
  • Oversee hiring and training of all summer camp staff
  • Maintain fiscal records for summer camp program, including summer budget and fundraising efforts
  • Assist Health Director in assuring that Health Department Guidelines are met
  • Oversee the follow-through of any correspondence necessary related to camp functions and activities.i.e. summer staff contracts, permits, etc.
  • Oversee camp recruitment and registration
  • Oversee designation of camper placement within groups
  • Address crisis management, discipline and troubleshooting issues related to campers and/or staff.
  • Assist in determining supply and equipment needs and in ordering/purchasing
  • Support and supervise instructors in organizing, implementing, decision-making and trouble-shooting
  • Maintain a positive team atmosphere that includes campers, families, camp based and office based staff, and volunteers
  • Schedule, supervise and evaluate program staff, including Lead Instructors, Instructors, CITs and volunteers, providing support and disciplinary measures when necessary.
  • Assist in the evaluation of the camp itself, as well as the camping experience for youth participants.


Qualifications and Competencies:
  • At least 21 years old
  • At least 24 weeks of administrative or supervisory experience
  • Experience teaching students of all ages in a variety of outdoor settings
  • Experience providing programming for diverse populations
  • Strong commitment to teaching and to sharing an appreciation for nature
  • Works well with minimal supervision, and asks for assistance when needed
  • Required certifications include: Responding to Emergencies First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer or equivalent training, NYS Online Defensive Driver’s Course
  • Prior camp experience, background in outdoor skills and/or natural history, experience managing a staff of up to 60 individuals, flexibility, and a playful team spirit.
  • Experience with nature awareness culture, such as Wilderness Awareness School, Art of Mentoring, or Kamana preferred but not required.
  • Well-developed sense of humor, play and curiosity
  • Ability to manage conflict situations appropriately
  • Excellent social, communication, writing and computer skills
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings
  • Current driver’s license with clean driving record
  • Ability to pass NYS background checks



Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:

  • Vacation, Sick and Personal time
  • Paid Holidays
  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
  • NYS Retirement
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
  • Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
  • Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
  • Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
  • Voluntary Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance
  • Voluntary New York’s College Savings Program
  • Vision Access Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations other than Tompkins) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here:


IMPORTANT! All applicants must submit a COVER LETTER (please reference the position you are applying for), a RESUME and indicate in your cover letter, resume or other document three individuals who may be contacted as REFERENCES.
Please 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.


This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified, but resume review will begin January 15, 2019.

Job Title:

Association Tmp Program


No Grade - Hourly

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Contact Name:

Krystal Kinney

Number of Openings:


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 support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

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  • Part time
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