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Cornell Cooperative Extension Senior Camp Counselor - Lifeguard - Riverhead, NY in Riverhead, New York

This position will serve as a Counselor - Lifeguard for the DPF 4-H Camp, a residential summer camp owned and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Nassau County, located in Riverhead, New York. The primary responsibilities of this position will include, but not be limited to: teaching and helping to coordinate the DPF 4-H Camp waterfront, boating and swimming activities, and helping to maintain standards that lead to a quality program. This position will identify and meet camper needs, and will operate waterfront programs in compliance with the American Red Cross and Suffolk County Department of Health requirements for water safety. This position accepts and performs all position duties outlined in this position description, and performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned and deemed appropriate by the DPF 4-H Camp Director and/or Camp Manager. (NOTE: This position includes cabin responsibilities.)

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age (according to New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).
  • Must have current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid certifications (will train or assist with re-certifications if necessary).
  • Must have current American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification (will train or assist with re-certification if necessary).
  • Must have current waterfront lifeguarding and other certifications as appropriate (will train or assist with re-certification if necessary).
  • Desire, ability and willingness to work and live in a camp community and to reside at DPF 4-H Camp, Riverhead, NY (including overnights) the entire time 4-H Camp is in session.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which will include evenings and weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Desire and ability and desire to work with children and young adults outdoors.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate to one’s peer group.
  • Demonstrated ability to accept guidance and supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow directions.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain personal belongings in a neat and orderly manner.
  • Good character, integrity and adaptability. Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience and self-control.

Responsibilities/Essential Functions

Program Responsibilities - 85%

  • Represent the DPF 4-H Camp in initial contact with parents and campers on opening day of each session, making every effort to make campers and parents feel comfortable and welcome.
  • Assist other cabin counselors in supervision of 6-16 campers in cabin. See to their safety and well- being at all times.
  • Assist campers in scheduling classes, and following the daily camp schedule.
  • Review weekly camp medical bulletins, and stay aware of special medical requirements of campers you are helping to supervise.
  • Provide to all campers the opportunity for participation in all camp activities.
  • Provide support for individual campers who have difficulties adjusting to other campers and camp life, keeping Program Coordinators and Directors aware of any concerns.
  • Work in concert with other Camp Staff to provide supervision of campers during all meals, recreation time, free time, free swim, evening programs and other camp activities.
  • Maintain visibility and positive relationships with all campers.
  • Cooperate with Coordinators, Directors and Counselors in the development and implementation of all DPF 4-H Camp activities, including afternoon, evening and weekend camp activities, utilizing research-based 4-H curriculum.
  • Carry out instruction and lifeguard duties during swim periods and serve as instructor in canoeing, boating, and kayaking.
  • Follow the recommendations of BSI or WSI for testing and classifying swimming abilities of campers and staff.
  • Teach Red Cross certified waterfront classes and activities as outlined by the Waterfront Coordinator and Program Director.
  • Award recognition and participation certificates to campers when earned.
  • Work with the Camp Team Leader, Camp Director, Program Director and Camp Counselors to provide to all campers the opportunity to participate in all camp activities, and assist in providing support for these activities.
  • Be a positive role model and ensure that both counselor and camper behaviors are consistent with camp standards.
  • Assist in evaluating the effectiveness of all program offerings under the leadership and direction of the 4-H Camp Director.

Administrative Responsibilities- 10%

  • Enforce all camp health and safety standards, keeping campers safe at all times.
  • Assist Camp Director, Coordinators and Counselors in the coordination and planning of camper activities and classes, including afternoon, special programs, evening and weekend activities.
  • Notify the Waterfront Coordinator for reportable injuries and illness occurring in the waterfront area.
  • During DPF 4-H Camp staff training, work with Waterfront Coordinator to set up and organize the waterfront area.
  • During DPF season clean up time, work with the Waterfront Coordinator to breakdown and inventory waterfront area and equipment.
  • Monitor progress of classes, and maintain records on all instructional classes, including lesson plans.
  • Oversee the maintenance and inspection of program equipment, supplies, and program sites, (including daily and end of season inventory) to ensure they are in good condition and are in safe working order, file for repairs if needed; maintain materials and equipment needed for classes.
  • Maintain the waterfront “Buddy Board” during swim times.
  • Assist in the daily upkeep of camp facilities.
  • Assist in the evaluation of the current camping season, and make suggestions for the next camping season.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and/or reassigned as directed/required by the Camp Director.

Professional Improvement - 5%

  • Attend DPF 4-H Camp orientation/training program, and participate in staff meetings and required training events as scheduled.
  • In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes in programming and association priorities.
  • Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension including but not limited to attendance at staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff, general marketing of Extension programs and other duties as assigned.

Health and Safety-Applied to all duties and functions.

  • Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Be familiar and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
  • Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.

EEO/EPO and Policy-Applied to all duties and functions.

  • 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.
  • Be aware of, and adhere to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Nassau County policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.


This is an exempt, full-time position, 100% FTE. The salary will range from $3,300 to $4,000 commensurate with experience.

Pay Rate Type: Salary


Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until close of day on August 16, 2021 and until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

Applicants need to attach/upload a resume to the online application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. In the “Experience” section of your application, use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the “Drop Files Here” box to manually drag document(s) into your application. Once the application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.

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.

Internal Applicants*:* Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are considered internal applicants; please refer to the Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) document for additional guidance.

Contact Erika at with questions.

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.

The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so that you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-6120, or via email at:

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.

Job Title:

Association Tmp Camp Couns Sr


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Contact Name:

Jerilynn Cross

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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.

Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell Cooperative Extension as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant.

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