The Corporation of the City of Markham Camp Inclusion Counsellor – Recreation Internship in Markham, ON

The Corporation of the City of Markham

Branch Markham ON CA

Camp Inclusion Counsellor – Recreation
Markham, ON

Completion of a Leadership in Training course is an asset. •Participates in camp orientation and training sessions supporting the Inclusion Camp Supervisor…

New applications are now being accepted for the position of Summer Camp Inclusion Counsellor in the Recreation Services Department, Community and Fire Services Commission. To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume on-line by May 8, 2017.

Hours of work will be primarily be between the hours of 7 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday.

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.
•Facilitates and actively participates in daily camp activities such as sports, games, swimming, crafts and special events.
•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.

Leadership: the ability to influence and motivate others while maintaining an overall commitment to excellence
Safety & Risk Management: the mindset of actively anticipating and mitigating all aspects of risk
Teambuilding: the ability to foster a strong team environment within the camp
Judgment: the capacity to assess situations, draw appropriate conclusions and make sound decisions
Customer Service: the ability to focus individual and group efforts toward identifying and meeting community needs
Organization: the capability to plan and implement complex programs
Problem Solving: the ability to effectively manage and resolve day-to-day issues as they arise


  • Must be a minimum of 16 years of age by May 30, 2017
  • 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 no later than May 31, 2017; and valid for the duration of employment (June 1, 2017 – September 4, 2017).

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.

The City of Markham is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require accommodation, please contact the HR Department with your requirements.

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.

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Employment Type: Internship
Location: Markham, ON, CA
Posted on: 2017-04-21
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