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Cornell Cooperative Extension Camp Wyomoco Summer Camp Counselors - Varysburg, NY in Varysburg, New York

The mission of 4-H Camp Wyomoco is to provide youth with a unique, fun outdoor experience under the guidance of positive role models, emphasizing positive social interaction, environmental awareness and skill building. 4-H Camp Wyomoco is fully owned and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County.


Under the direction of the Camp Director, Camp Counselors will serve as the primary caregivers for campers in a residential camp setting. Counselors are responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out activities and guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills.

This position will also play a role in the leadership of the staff as a whole; maintaining morale, positive lines of communication, and finding teaching moments for continuous staff growth. This is a residential camp and staff is required to live on camp property during sessions.

Physical requirements include bending, lifting, sitting, standing, stooping, stretching, walking, running, and swimming. Hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and a normal range of eye-sight and hearing required to communicate with staff and manipulate camp equipment. Must operate with daily exposure to the cold, heat, rain, sun, and varying other weather conditions, as well as under irregular working hours in a camp environment.

Some physical requirements of a Camp Counselor position could be endurance including prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking long distances, hiking, climbing, and stretching; requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities; requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs.; willing to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities; and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.


The summer camp season includes 1 week of pre-camp training (June 28 to July 3, 2020)and 6 weeks of residential camp (July 5 – August 14, 2020)running from Sunday morning to Friday evening each week.

Essential Functions

  • Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their living unit, within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes.
  • Apply basic youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.

  • Assure campers are properly supervised at all times.

  • Be aware of and implement safety guidelines.

  • Participate in the development and implementation of program activities for campers within the mission and outcomes.

  • Responsible for leading and assisting with the teaching of activities.

  • Actively participate in all program areas as assigned.

  • Provide for the progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities.

  • Assist in program areas such as waterfront, nature, all camp activities, and arts and crafts as directed.

  • Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.

  • Provide the daily care of each camper within your supervision including recognition of personal health needs.

  • Ensure that campers receive their medications as directed by health care manager.

  • Be alert to campers and staff needs and assist them with personal and/or health problems, and discuss with camp health manager and/or resident camp director when appropriate.

  • Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care, and maintenance is adhered to; report repairs needed promptly to camp director.

  • Be a role model to campers and staff in your attitude and behavior.

*Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures.

*Set a good example to campers and others in regard to general camp procedures and practices including sanitation, schedule, and sportsmanship.

  • Contribute to verbal and written evaluations and communication as requested.
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning, and leading those as assigned.
  • Participate as a member of the camp staff team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions.
  • Assist in the planning of any special events on or near the waterfront.

EEO/EPO, Health and Safety, and Other Duties

  • Arrive on time for all scheduled activities and duties
  • Participate in all required orientation, training, and/or in-service meetings and trainings as scheduled/required.
  • Observe curfew and/or quite hours each night.
  • Keep all relationships on a platonic basis during camp hours and camp season.
  • Maintain a clean, professional, well-groomed appearance while on duty keeping in compliance with the Association and Camp Dress Code Policy at all times.
  • Be familiar and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
  • Assist Supervisor with implementation of camp crisis management plan and/or emergency management procedures as required.
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of program participants at all times. Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries, maintain a safe environment, and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
  • Adhere to program standards including safety and cleanliness standards.
  • Assist Supervisor with implementation of camp crisis management plan and/or emergency management procedures as required.
  • Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with staff, campers, parents, volunteers and the public.
  • Interact with campers, staff, parents, families, and the general public in a professional manner at all times.
  • Aware of and adhere to all policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergencies.
  • Ensure complete confidentiality of sensitive information regarding campers and staff at all times.
  • Carry out assignments and other duties as directed by supervisor.


  • Senior Counselors must be 18 years of age by July 1, 2020 or high school graduate.
  • Junior Counselors must be 17 years of age by July 1, 2020 or high school graduate.
  • Ability to live on camp property for the duration of the camp employment period. Evenings and weekends are necessary. (Camp sessions run Sunday through Friday).
  • Must submit health history record and examination form prior to arrival for staff training.
  • Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English.
  • Must be able to obtain or become certified in First Aid/CPR prior to working at camp.
  • Ability to interact with all age levels.
  • Understand the development needs of youth.
  • Ability to relate to youth and adults in a positive manner.
  • Ability to transport/move supplies and equipment, climb stairs, navigate uneven, rough terrain outside with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to work long hours, in an outdoor/indoor setting, requiring regular physical activity such as walk extensively on uneven terrains in all types of weather.
  • Outstanding communication and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to interact with campers, staff, parents, families, and the general public in a professional manner at all times.

Salary and Benefit Details

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits are not available for this position.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

To be considered for this position, all candidates must:

  • Complete ALL sections of the online application and questionnaires.
  • Attach a Resume.
  • Attach names and contact information of at least 3 Professional References.


  • 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 here:
  • Internal Applicants: Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County are considered internal applicants. Please log into Workday to search jobs and apply using your professional profile.


Contact Marie Wixner at 585-786-2251 x.130 or

Job Title:

Association Tmp Camp Couns Sr


No Grade - Annual

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Contact Name:

Kimberly Amey

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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 support 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.

  • Posted 12 Days Ago
  • Full time
  • WDR-00022046