Applications are now being accepted from Recreation Camp Inclusion Counsellors who worked in the Recreation Department within the Community and Fire Services Commission in the 2019 season ONLY. To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume on-line by February 28, 2020.
Manages pre-schoolers, children and youth with special needs in a City of Markham Summer Day Camp. Responsibilities include inclusive program planning, delivery and administration. Primarily supports campers on a one-on-one basis. Provides support to camp counsellors and volunteers.
Assists with the implementation of camp integration service initiatives. Provides accessible recreation and leisure services as well as integrated services for all ages and abilities in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.
Through effective leadership and programming, enables campers with special needs to make friends, socialize and build self-esteem. Accountable for the well-being of a group of campers under the guidance of the Camp Inclusion Supervisor, ensuring camp activities are safe, inclusive and high quality.
Delivers inclusive camp programming to campers with special needs, ensuring it is adapted appropriately to individual needs.
Prioritizes child well-being, safety and protection throughout the camp. Evaluates situations for potential risks to the safety, protection and well-being of campers and staff, proactively taking mitigating actions to address such risks.
Demonstrates sensitivity to and appreciation of special needs and diversity generally.
Ensures the well-being, safety and protection of assigned campers, knowing the location of the camper at all times and promptly reports absences to the Camp Inclusion Supervisor.
Serves as a liaison with parents of campers, reinforcing City of Markham customer service, diversity and inclusion (special needs, ethno-cultural, English as second language, socio-economic).
Demonstrates the confidence and ability to make decisions independently of peers and in the best interests of the campers. Resolves problems and conflicts effectively as they arise.
Provides regular updates and feedback to the Camp Inclusion Director and Camp Inclusion Supervisor.
Adheres to policies and procedures under the guidance of the Camp Inclusion Supervisor and Camp Inclusion Director.
Assists with set up and clean up of camp events, activities and programs.
Maintains positive, constructive relationships with camp staff and volunteers with the goal of meeting camper needs.
Assists with intake meetings with families as required to better understand the individual’s unique case and support needs.
Organizes adaptive supplies and equipment inventory supplies, reporting any shortages to the Camp Inclusion Supervisor.
Reports all incidents promptly and thoroughly to Camp Inclusion Supervisor using incident/accident report forms and processes.
Assists campers with toileting, feeding and changing of children with exceptionalities always in the attendance of another staff member.
Participates in camp orientation and training sessions supporting the Inclusion Camp Supervisor where necessary.
Other duties as required.
Must be a minimum of 16 years of age by June 1, 2020
Currently enrolled in a secondary or post secondary institution
Experience in a day camp setting is required:
Experience leading pre-schoolers or children with special needs is required;
Completion of a Leadership in Training course is an asset
Current Standard First Aid with CPR 'C' required
HIGH FIVE Healthy Child Development is required
HIGH FIVE Quest is an asset
Crisis Prevention (CPI) is an asset
All required certificates must be in good standing by the end of May 2020.
Service Excellence: Meets or exceeds service standards when interacting with customers in the community and in the organization.
Change & Innovation: Responds positively and professionally to change and helps others through change.
Teamwork & Relationship Building: Interacts with others in an inclusive, collaborative and respectful way that creates effective working relationships.
Communication: Communicates in a clear, professional and respectful way; demonstrates active listening.
Accountable & Results Oriented: Demonstrates ethical behaviour and accountability, aligns with City values, and abides by relevant policies and legislation.
Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example.
Summer student applicants must be currently enrolled in a full time educational institution and must also be enrolled in a full time educational institution in the Fall. All offers of employment for this position will be conditional on satisfactory reference checks and vulnerable sector screening checks as required for the City of Markham.
We thank all applicants who have applied, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by email.