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Cornell Cooperative Extension 4H Camp Hidden Valley: Head Resident - Watkins Glen, NY in Watkins Glen, New York

The mission of Hidden Valley 4-H Camp is to provide youth with a fun, residential camp experience under the guidance of positive role models that emphasize community building, positive social interactions, environmental awareness, and skill building.

The Head Resident is responsible for working directly with the cabin counselors to ensure they have the tools and support needed to have the best possible interactions with the campers throughout the camping season.


The summer camp season includes one Senior Staff week beginning June 23rd, one week of mandatory staff training from June 30th through July 7th, and five full weeks and one partial week of residential and day camp running from Sunday at 11:00 AM to Friday at 6:00 PM except the weekend starting August 9th. This weekend will be a working weekend for all camp staff. The specific dates the Camp is in operation are July 7th through August 13th. The Head Resident will remain on Camp until August 16th to assist in closing the camp facility.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Responsible for supporting all counselors that live or work in assigned cabins. This supervision includes daily check-ins, informal positive and constructive feedback, support during difficult or emergency situations, and providing input and direction about strategies for working with specific children or the group. They also support the staff in developing and implementing fun, creative, engaging activities in their assigned cabins.

  • Responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of all evening activities and special weekly programming. (e.g., Color War)

  • Formal feedback will be done with all Cabin Counselors in conjunction with the Camp Manager. This includes a formal check-in during staff training, one at the mid-point of the summer and one at the end of the summer. The Head Resident is responsible for filling out feedback forms for each counselor and providing information to the Camp Manager about job performance.

  • The Head Resident will facilitate the social growth of the campers through activities and during less structured times. In addition, they give the counselors who work directly with campers the tools they need to help them succeed at camp.

  • The Head Resident is responsible for managing campers' behavior, which may include de-escalation, parent follow-up, and creating behavior plans, when necessary.

  • The Head Resident works with the Camp Manager and Camp Registrar with cabin assignments each week.

  • Serve as a positive role model in language, appearance, and behavior

  • Support and embrace diversity in all interactions with campers, other staff members, volunteers, and parents. Implement programs that engage diverse backgrounds, interests, and learning styles.

  • Other duties may be assigned as required


  • 18 years of age or older

  • Subject-specific certifications; CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Responding to Emergencies

  • Ability to communicate effectively with Camp Manager, the entire camp staff, campers, and camp families

  • Incorporates Teamwork and Flexibility into their daily work style

  • Former experience as a counselor or working with children

  • Ability to supervise and organize youth and adults

  • Ability to plan and lead programs


This is a full time, (TEMPORARY) exempt position.

Salary and Benefit Details

The rate of pay will be $2500.00. (Rate will be reduced for any time scheduled but not worked during the period) The pay rate is commensurate with experience, certifications, responsibilities, and availability. 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 Cover Letter.

  • Attach a Resume.


  • 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 Bruce Condie at with any questions.

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities, and providing equal program and employment opportunities

Job Title:

Association Tmp Camp Couns Sr


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Contact Name:

Kelsey James

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.

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