Summer Camp Junior and Senior Counselors - Warsaw, NY

Cornell University

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County CAMP WYOMOCO has an opening for temporary, seasonal, Summer Camp Jr. and Sr. Counselors for the 2018 season (mid-June 2018 through mid-August 2018).


Under the direction of the Camp Director, Camp Counselors will serve as the primary caregivers for campers in a residential camp setting.  Counselors are responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out activities and guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills. 

This position will also play a role in the leadership of the staff as a whole; maintaining morale, positive lines of communication, and finding teaching moments for continuous staff growth. This is a residential camp and staff is required to live on camp property during sessions.

Physical requirements include bending, lifting, sitting, standing, stooping, stretching, walking, walking long distances, hiking, stretching, running, and swimming. Hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and a normal range of eye-sight and hearing required to communicate with staff and manipulate camp equipment. Must operate with daily exposure to the cold, heat, rain, sun, and varying other weather conditions, as well as under irregular working hours in a camp environment. Must be willing to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities; and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.

Essential Functions

(1) Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their living unit, within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes.

(2) Apply basic youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.

  • Assure campers are properly supervised at all times.
  • Be aware of and implement safety guidelines.

(3) Participate in the development and implementation of program activities for campers within the mission and outcomes.

  • Responsible for leading and assisting with the teaching of activities.
  • Actively participate in all program areas as assigned.
  • Provide for the progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities.
  • Assist in program areas such as waterfront, nature, all camp activities, and arts and crafts as directed.

(4) Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.

  • Provide the daily care of each camper within your supervision including recognition of personal health needs.
  • Ensure that campers receive their medications as directed by health care manager.
  • Be alert to campers and staff needs and assist them with personal and/or health problems, and discuss with camp health manager and/or resident camp director when appropriate.
  • Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care, and maintenance is adhered to; report repairs needed promptly to camp director.

(5) Be a role model to campers and staff in your attitude and behavior.

  • Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures.
  • Set a good example to campers and others in regard to general camp procedures and practices including sanitation, schedule, and sportsmanship.

(6) Contribute to verbal and written evaluations and communication as requested.

(7) Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning, and leading those as assigned.

(8)  Participate as a member of the camp staff team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions.

(9) Assist in the planning of any special events on or near the waterfront.

EEO/EPO, Health and Safety, and Other Duties

• Arrive on time for all scheduled activities and duties
• Participate in all required orientation, training, and/or in-service meetings and trainings as scheduled/required. 
• Observe curfew and/or quite hours each night.
• Keep all relationships on a platonic basis during camp hours and camp season.
• Maintain a clean, professional, well-groomed appearance while on duty keeping in compliance with the Association and Camp Dress Code Policy at all times.
• Be familiar and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
• Assist Supervisor with implementation of camp crisis management plan and/or emergency management procedures as required.
• Ensure the safety and well-being of program participants at all times. Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries, maintain a safe environment, and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
• Adhere to program standards including safety and cleanliness standards.
• Assist Supervisor with implementation of camp crisis management plan and/or emergency management procedures as required.
• Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with staff, campers, parents, volunteers and the public.
• Interact with campers, staff, parents, families, and the general public in a professional manner at all times.
• Aware of and adhere to all policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergencies.
• Ensure complete confidentiality of sensitive information regarding campers and staff at all times.  
• Carry out assignments and other duties as directed by supervisor.


• Senior Counselors must be 18 years of age by July 1, 2018 or high school graduate.
• Junior Counselors must be 17 years of age by July 1, 2018 or high school graduate.
• Must be able to obtain or become certified in First Aid/CPR prior to working at camp.
• Must submit health history record and examination form upon arrival for staff training.
• Ability to interact with all age levels.
• Understand the development needs of youth.
• Ability to relate to youth and adults in a positive manner.
• Ability to meet acceptable background check standards.
• Ability to live on camp property for the duration of the camp employment period. Evenings and weekends are necessary. (Camp sessions run Sunday through Friday).
• Ability to work flexible hours which will include evenings and weekends.
• Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English.
• Ability to transport/move supplies and equipment, climb stairs with or without reasonable accommodation.
• Ability to work long hours, in an outdoor/indoor setting, requiring regular physical activity such as walk extensively on uneven terrains in all types of weather.
• Outstanding communication and teamwork skills.
• Ability to interact with campers, staff, parents, families, and the general public in a professional manner at all times.



Junior Counselors must be 17 years of age by July 1, 2018 or high school graduate. Senior Counselors must be 18 years of age by July 1, 2018 or high school graduate.

Multiple positions available for both Jr. and Sr. Counselors. These are temporary, seasonal, summer camp exempt position. Expected employment period mid-June 2018 to mid-August 2018.

Reports to Association Executive Director with day-to-day on-site supervision by Association Team Leader/Camp Wyomoco Camp Manager and Kitchen Manager/Head Cook.



Review of applications will begin immediately. Positions will remain open until qualified pool of candidates is obtained. Contact Marie at or 585-786-2251 x.130 with questions.



To be considered for this position, you must do *ALL* of the following:
•    Complete *ALL* sections of the online application including your name, contact information, experience, and education
•    Attach/Upload 3 professional references (PDF or Microsoft Word format)

IMPORTANT NOTE:  **ATTACHMENTS ARE UPLOADED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS.** Use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the “Drop Files Here” box to manually drag document(s) into your application. Once the application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments. CAREFULLY READ THE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS (BELOW) TO BE SURE YOU ARE UPLOADING DOCUMENTS AS REQUESTED.

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 Association of Wyoming County are considered internal applicants. Please refer to the Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) document for additional guidance here:


No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.



Job Title:

Association Tmp Camp Couns Sr


No Grade - Annual

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Contact Name:

Kimberly Amey

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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 support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

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