Seasonal Activity Specialist

This is a paid summer position. Can you believe it, paid? I guess that goes with the whole job thing, but you will get much more than just a paycheck when you work at North Star Reach. Don’t just take our word for it — see the terrific articles published by the American Camp Association below.

  • Working at Camp is a Real Job (view PDF)
  • Skills Cultivated by Camp Employment (view PDF)
  • Translating Camp Employment to Your Resume (view PDF)

Before you click the link below to start your online application, please be sure to: 1) read all about our program approach and culture on our Program Volunteer Page, 2) read all about the SAS position (including specific roles) below.

Volunteer UltraCamp

We’re looking for applicants who respond with a wildly enthusiastic “YES!” to the statements below:

  • You’d love nothing more than to be responsible for the facilitation and delivery of (dare we say it…) activities at program areas throughout camp (like archery, arts & crafts, nature and more)
  • You’re looking to gain experience working with each cabin group of children and adults throughout a session
  • You are focused on safety and program outcomes, always encouraging kids to try something new and challenge themselves
  • You will be an important contributor on an awesome camp leadership team
  • You have been known to dress as pirates and mermaids, build forts, make s’mores (told ya) and even tell knock-knock jokes all during a single day

North Star Reach Seasonal Activity Specialist (Seasonal Position)

Position Overview: The role of a Seasonal Activity Specialist (SAS) is to lead and support fun, engaging, challenging and safe activities in program areas which promote the overall mission of North Star Reach. Seasonal Activity Specialists will work both independently and collaboratively and must demonstrate strengths in leadership, communication, positive youth development, integrity, adaptability, time management and enthusiasm.

Reports to: Program Director

General Responsibilities: 

  • Living at camp from June to August (about 11 weeks, but you get time off between camp sessions)
  • Be an active member of creating and sustaining a positive, nurturing and respectful culture for campers, staff and volunteers
  • Develop and implement age/skill appropriate outcome-based programming and provide necessary instruction to campers and/or staff participating in activities
  • Responsible for the safety and supervision of campers and staff in activity areas and enforcing all rules and regulations
  • Know and adhere to policies and procedures in the camp manual to ensure physical, social and psychological safety of all campers and staff
  • Actively participate in and help facilitate day and evening programs as requested by Program Director
  • Maintain accurate inventory, care and organization of program supplies and equipment to ensure a financially responsible program
  • Provide fun and engaging substitute activities, where applicable, during inclement weather or unexpected down time
  • Play an active role in their assigned unit, spending time in cabins or with the group when possible, to support volunteers and provide positive role modeling
  • Attend staff meetings and perform other duties deemed necessary by the Program Director or other Leadership staff
  • Know and be well rehearsed in camp emergency procedure and take on situational leadership as assigned or directed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 19 years of age
  • Desire and ability to work with children and adults outdoors
  • Ability to plan, supervise and facilitate an activity as assigned
  • Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques
  • Positive communication, leadership and support skills
  • Ability to deal with conflict resolution in a way to create positive results
  • Willingness to accept guidance and supervision
  • Acceptable state and/or federal criminal background investigation
  • Good character, integrity, and ability to adapt to camp setting
  • Ability to work independently and succeed while exercising good judgement, decision making and problem solving in an often-fast paced environment
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience and self-control
  • Ability to lift, carry, push and/or pull up to 50 lbs as well as physical mobility and endurance to tolerate standing or sitting for long periods of time based on job requirements
  • Must like moose (OK, not really, but it will help)
  • Availability to live on site for SAS Orientation beginning in June and during camp programming (room/board provided)

Available Summer 2019 Positions

As a SAS team member, you will be hired for/assigned to a specific role for the summer season, while also receiving cross training to help support multiple program areas. Available positions are listed below. We welcome applicants for specific roles or those open to multiple positions. Regardless, camp jobs require flexibility, adaptability and creativity. Just like moose, it takes all those skills to survive in the wild!

Summer Program Assistant

Position Purpose:
Assist the Program Director in the management of camp programming and activities.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Work in the organization and delivery of program activities
    • Assist with ensuring lesson plans are prepared and implemented that meet camp outcomes and the abilities of the campers
  • Coordinate and implement cabin and unit nights with support directors and volunteers
  • Assist in the delivery of special events and all camp programs including but not limited to:
    • Cabin Nights, Unit Nights, Opening Campfire, Closing Campfire
  • Assist with coordinating the acknowledgement of staff and camper birthdays
  • Assist in opening and closing day activities including but not limited to:
    • Opening and closing day welcome to parents or bus assistance
    • Arranging dining hall for check-in, camper lanyards and water bottles
  • Assist in the preparation of schedules and documents needed for efficient camp operations
  • Conduct weekly program shopping for program supplies
  • Attend and represent program director at evening volunteer meetings
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, providing support and guidance to volunteers and campers
  • Ensure campers and staff follow safety procedures in all program areas
  • Assist in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in all program areas
  • Assist in daily checks of area and equipment for safety, cleanliness and good repair
  • Ensure that program areas are kept free of hazards and debris
  • Organization, stocking and cleanup of activity areas
  • Support volunteers

Behavioral Support Staff

Position Purpose: 
To support daily camp operations while promoting, modeling and implementing behavior management strategies and psychosocial/emotional support. Note: This position could qualify as an Internship for Therapeutic Recreation (as well as a few other areas of academic study).

Essential Job Functions:

  • Review portions of camper applications to obtain pertinent information then systematically manage and communicate info with appropriate staff
  • Work with Behavior Specialist/Child Life Specialist/Recreational Therapist to develop individualized plan for campers who may require additional support to be successful at camp
  • Assist with pre-camp staff training prior to each session
  • Attend daily Medical/Program Leadership meetings during camp sessions
  • Support Cabin Leaders in camper interactions and behavioral interventions
  • Implement a range of positive strategies that promote positive behavior and a growth mindset
  • Provide direct therapeutic support and behavioral interventions as needed to promote a safe, fun and inclusive environment.
  • Document and maintain psychosocial progress notes
  • Serve as a leader and role model for the camp community
  • Oversee the completion of camper reports as well as collect and document additional behavior information at the end of each session
  • Cross train in other areas in order to provide support of general camp operations
  • Support fellow Seasonal Staff as a valued member of the team and promote an atmosphere for developing good moral and well-being amongst teammates.

Additional Required Skills, Qualifications & Experience:

  • Must have a firm understanding of child development
  • Experience working with children of various ages and developmental abilities
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality and professionalism in all communication and adhere to policies (HIPPA).

The Behavior Support position could qualify as an Internship for Therapeutic Recreation (as well as a few other areas of academic study). Please email Jessica Doletzky, CCLS, CTRS with questions at jessica@northstarreach.org

Outpost / Nature Specialist

Position Purpose:
Plan, train, and support the delivery of nature and outpost activities that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Develop and implement specific programs and activities in the areas of outdoor overnight camping skills and nature education
  • Manage the resources and equipment within your activity area
  • Desire to work in an outdoor environment, including woods, wetlands and fields; with the ability to walk trails and participate in all activities with campers
  • Support volunteer activity leaders assigned to specific activities

Aquatics Supervisor

Position Purpose:
Plan, train, and support the delivery of activities at the waterfront and swimming that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities. Provide leadership to waterfront/lifeguarding staff and management of the physical operation of the pool, waterfront facilities and equipment.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Plan, direct and supervise a safe and fun waterfront/swimming program
  • Supervise aquatic staff to provide a safe and high-quality program
  • Set up waterfront and pool area prior to camper activities
  • Evaluate aquatics abilities of campers and staff
  • Delivery of creative swim program activities
  • Manage the physical facilities and equipment in the waterfront program area
  • Lead, observe and assist in training staff and swim checks
  • Teach and monitor proper use of equipment
  • Conduct initial and end-of-season inventory, and store equipment for safety
  • Conduct daily check of equipment for safety, cleanliness and good repair
  • Submit orders for equipment and supplies when needed, ensuring timely arrival of materials
  • Survey waterfront area daily and keep free of hazards and debris
  • Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Organization, stocking and cleanup of activity areas
  • Support volunteer activity leaders assigned to specific activities

Lifeguard / Boating Specialist

Position Purpose:
Plan, train, and support the delivery of activities at the waterfront and swimming that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities.

Essential Job Functions: 

  • Supervise a safe and fun waterfront and pool program
  • Evaluate aquatics abilities of campers and staff
  • Observe and assist in training staff and swim checks
  • Conduct appropriate buddy checks
  • Provide leadership in emergency situations
  • Set up waterfront and pool area prior to camper activities
  • Monitor proper use of equipment
  • Assist in the initial and end-of-season inventory, and equipment storage
  • Assist in daily check of equipment for safety, cleanliness and good repair
  • Survey waterfront area daily and keep free of hazards and debris
  • Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid Certified

Arts & Crafts / Cooking Specialist

Position Purpose:
Plan, train, and support the delivery of activities in the Arts & Crafts and Cooking areas that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Establish and maintain safe operational procedures in both the arts & craft and cooking areas
  • Plan arts & crafts and cooking programming appropriate to campers’ age, abilities and dietary restrictions
  • Ensure inventory, cleanliness and organization of equipment and supplies
  • Support volunteer activity leaders assigned to specific activities

Archery Specialist

Position Purpose:
Plan, train, and support the delivery of archery activities that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities.

Essential Job Functions  

  • Level 1 Archery Certification (will provide opportunities for training)
  • Establish and maintain safe operational procedures on the archery range
  • Plan archery programming appropriate to campers’ age and abilities
  • Support volunteer activity leaders assigned to specific activities

Adventure Specialist

Position Purpose:
Plan, train, and support the delivery of adventure activities that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Follow established best practices and maintain safe operational procedures while delivering adventure activities
  • Inspect and maintain equipment and supplies
  • Willing to go through adventure/low ropes training (Camp will provide dates and location
  • Support volunteer activity leaders assigned to specific activities

Sports and Fishing Specialist

Position Purpose:
Plan, train, and support the delivery of sports and games and fishing activities that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Establish and maintain safe procedures for fishing area
  • Plan sports & games programming appropriate to campers’ age and abilities
  • Ensure inventory, cleanliness and organization of equipment and supplies
  • Support volunteer activity leaders assigned to specific activities

Story Studio / Photographer / Slideshow Specialist

Position Purpose:
Plan, train, and support the delivery of Story Studio programs that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities. In this position, you will also assist photographing camp activities during the camp session and producing an end of session video slideshow. As a Story Studio leader, you must be able to engage campers in various creative expressions (audio, writing, reading, etc.).

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide opportunities for creative, individual self-expression
  • Build confidence and storytelling skills through performance and sharing of creative works
  • Build a supportive community through listening of fellow campers’ stories
  • Deepen camp experience by exploring real and imagined stories about camp
  • Encourage imaginative risk taking
  • Understand that at story studio, every camper is an author, important, a leader, a thinker, a creator, an explorer, loved and most importantly, the reason we are here
  • Record and edit campers’ audio stories using GarageBand
  • Celebrate camper stories with audio, print and slideshow publications
  • Ability to use DSL Camera
  • Oversee the camper end of the week slideshow
  • Support volunteer activity leaders assigned to specific activities

Music and Drama Specialist

Position Purpose:
To further the mission of the camp through the planning, training and delivery of activities at the Music and Drama area that are appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide leadership and support for the oldest camper cabins to produce and lead the closing campfire
  • Support volunteer activity leaders assigned to specific activities

To Apply:

You are probably thinking, wow, being a part of SAS and living at camp seems perfect for me! To apply, please read the complete job posting on our Join Our Team Page. Have any questions? Email Colleen, our Program Director.

  • Email: colleen@northstarreach.org