Head of Waterfront

Campfire Circle, in Muskoka, is looking for Head of Waterfront for the 2023 season.

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Wages: $6,000 (for the full contract)
Duties & Qualifications:

Muskoka Site Start Date: June 18th, 2023 End Date: September 3rd, 2023

Rainbow Lake Site Start Date: June 18th, 2023 End Date: September 1st, 2023

Rate: $6,000 (for the full contract) *Training/virtual training dates may occur prior to this date and are included in your full contract rate*



a) Development and instruction of swimming program in a lake waterfront environment that is: safe, creative, challenging, accessible, experiential, ability and age appropriate, environmentally friendly, and fun.

b) Lifeguard recreational waterfront swimming and other waterfront activities

c) Maintain equipment and track supply inventory, ensure that all necessary supplies are restocked as required.

d) Fill in as instructor for other waterfront activities when team members are on time off or unable to fulfill their duties

e) Work with Overnight Program Manager to adapt and adjust curriculum and activities from session to session based on feedback and experiences.

f) Adhere to cleaning procedures and logging as trained and directed.

g) Set up and prepare activities and activity areas in accordance with, but not limited to the standards of the camp, the guidelines of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), and the organization’s COVID protocols

h) Support all camp programming in addition to designated program areas 2

i) Ensure that camp programs incorporate camp values and traditions



a) Oversee risk management of all waterfront activities and the waterfront emergency procedures.

b) Lead, train and coach summer staff and volunteer team in waterfront emergencies and emergency procedures as well as participate in risk management and Site emergency procedures

c) Demonstrate knowledgeable and skill in standards and procedures at all waterfront areas in accordance with, but not limited to the standards of Campfire Circle, the guidelines of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA)

d) Demonstrates strong skill level in lifeguarding standards, practicing preventative guarding

e) Follow safety procedures as trained and instructed and provide first aid and water rescue as required

f) Lead and coordinate swim/boat testing for all campers, staff and volunteers



a) Collaborate with medical team, site directors, and Family and Camper Specialist to ensure program and activities meet the considerations and needs of each participant.

b) Assist in facilitation of on-site volunteer trainings

c) Support the planning, prepping, and execution of camp wide programs, theme, and other activities.

d) Support, coach, and lead volunteers in achieving safe, fun, and engaging programs.

e) Assist volunteers in providing general support and supervision to campers and families

f) Attend and participate in various program areas, staff meetings, and socials as required

g) Support with summer bus programs and bus chaperoning as needed



a) Supervising, directing and overseeing the instruction and experience of all participants (campers, families, and staff) on the waterfront.

b) In collaboration with Camp Director and Manager, supervision of the waterfront team of summer staff team including offering feedback, performance evaluation, and program development.

c) Coordinate staff and volunteer lifeguard schedule for facilitation and time off.

d) Oversee and monitor program curriculum planning and development to maintain program standards during growth



a) Tracking and documenting of camper and volunteer swim test results

b) Evaluate and asses safety of the waterfront and ensure camp waterfront procedures and activities are in line with the OCA standards

c) Communicate Waterfront Program Area needs and concerns to the Camp Director

d) Report on the achievement of site specific program plans and Waterfront Program plans.

e) Ensure accident/incident report forms are completed

f) Produce an end of summer report capturing daily procedures, reflections on the summer and notes for future staff members in this role



a) Help build and maintain a positive, inclusive and supportive camp community, ensuring that lines of communications are accessible, open and positive and acting as a role model within the camp community.

b) Identify staff/volunteer concerns as they arise and alert Camp director and Manager of recurring or unresolved issues.


7. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by their Manager or their designate.


a) Experience as a staff or volunteer in a camp environment and/or working with children in a recreational setting

b) Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers

c) Experience working with children with disabilities and/or additional physical, behavioural, and/or psychosocial needs as well as experience facilitating adaptive programming.

d) Pool or waterfront lifeguarding experience

e) Experience facilitating waterfront programming and management of waterfront activities and lifeguard teams

f) NLS certification or willing & able to successfully complete the certification (paid for by Campfire Circle).

g) Pleasure Craft Operator’s License or willing & able to successfully complete the certification (paid for by Campfire Circle).

h) Valid Standard First Aid & CPR-C certification for duration of the contract or willing & able to successfully take the certification (paid for by Campfire Circle).

i) Current police reference check and vulnerable sector screening

j) Demonstrated ability to manage high risk activities


Advantageous Criteria:

a) Overnight summer camp experience

b) Experience in outdoor education or adventure education

c) Lifesaving Society or Red Cross Swim Instructor Certification 4

d) Demonstrated ability to work with children with serious illnesses and an understanding of how illness impacts the entire family

e) Demonstrated commitment to volunteerism or volunteer sector

f) A current G or G2 Class driver’s license, and eligible to be insured under camp policy


Particular Working Conditions:

a) This position requires living at the Muskoka or Rainbow Lake campsite for the duration of the contract – room and board is provided.

b) In consideration of the population Campfire Circle serves, the incumbent is a non-smoker.


Physical Requirements:

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions and supporting camp life require the following physical demands: lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. The job is largely performed in an outdoor, lake environment.

Job Type: Seasonal
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