Youth And Family Summer Camp Staff

Arlington, Virginia
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Apr 03, 2019
May 10, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Employment Opportunities- Summer 2019

Please read this entire announcement before submitting your application.

Opportunities for temporary summer employment with the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation include work as Camp Directors, Assistant Directors, and camp counselors in camp programs throughout the County. Camp runs from June 24th to August 30th. This application is specific to the program area described in the following paragraph. If you are interested in other camp program areas, you must apply for that position as well.

Summer Expedition: 40 hours a week. Hours for this camp are 9am-6pm. Core hours run from 9am-3pm and extended hours 3-6pm for ages 4-10. These are community center based camps serving 60 campers at each site. These camps focus on outreach to neighborhood children in the community so they can experience a classic camp day with a variety of activities and trips once per week.

Summerfest: 40 hours a week. Camp hours are from 8am-6pm for ages 4-10. This camp serves up to 60 campers at each site. This is a classic camp offered at a school site and ventures out on one trip a week and offers one onsite specialty event a week.

Summerfest (Inclusion Site): This camp is the same as above but is specifically designed to work with campers with and without disabilities. Staff will work with all participants to develop social skills, manage challenging behaviors, foster independent participation, plan, lead and implement activities and create a positive inclusive environment for all campers. This role may be responsible for writing documentation for any identified campers with additional supports and will work closely with the Therapeutic Recreation Inclusion Coordinator. Must be willing to provide personal care as needed.

Rec on Wheels: 15-20 hours per week. Program hours 5:30-8:30pm. This is an evening program that serves the community by offering recreational fun and weekly special events for the whole family (all ages) in various parks throughout Arlington. Staff are expected to do outreach, facilitate and lead family friendly activities at rotating park sites. These programs are offered in an outdoor setting with limited shelter. Programs do not operate if there is inclement weather.

STUDENT ASSISTANT I/II - $7.33-$8.89/Hour
Responsible for assisting all leaders in the summer camp or program activities and operations. These individuals are either non-high school graduates (SA I) or high school graduates enrolled in post-high school level education programs who have not accumulated at least 3 months of relevant experience (SA II). Applicants must be at least 16 years old to be hired for licensed preschool camp, all other camps require the applicant be at least 15 years old. Applications for Student Assistant positions will only be considered from individuals who have previously volunteered in one or more of our summer camps.

Responsible for assisting with the leading of recreation activities and behavior management of participants for a summer camp. Assist in camp or program operations. Minimum requirements: Completion of requirements for graduation from high school or GED equivalent, plus three months experience in administering recreational programs. CPR and First Aid Certification is desirable for applicants hired at this level.

Responsible for assisting in the planning, leading, and conducting of recreation activities for a camp, behavior management of participants, and assisting in the evaluations of the activities and the participants. Minimum requirements: Completion of requirements for graduation from high school or GED equivalent, plus six months experience in administering recreational programs or facility monitoring. Certification in CPR and First Aid is required for all applicants hired at this level.

Responsible for planning, leading, and conducting recreation activities for a summer camp. Responsible for completing participant and program evaluations. Performs related supervisory and administrative duties. Minimum requirements: Completion of requirements for graduation from high school or GED equivalent, plus one-year experience (equivalent of 4 summers) in administering recreation programs. Certification in CPR and First Aid is required for all applicants hired at this level.

Responsible for directing a summer camp and overall camp operation and supervision of staff and participants. Performs supervisory and administrative duties. Minimum requirements: Completion of the requirements for graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in leisure or recreational studies, special education or a related field, plus one-year experience (equivalent of 4 summers) in administrating recreation programs. Certification in CPR and First Aid is required for all applicants hired at this level.

Selection Criteria

Please review the minimum requirements listed above.

Applicants may attach a resume in addition to completing the online application. Attaching a resume without completion of the application will be considered "an incomplete application".

The successful candidate will have good character and integrity, positive communication skills, reliable transportation, the ability to complete tasks as assigned, take the initiative when needed, and the ability to work successfully in a team environment. Staff may be asked to work with individuals with disabilities.

  • Experience working with youth in a recreation setting.
  • Willingness to work with individuals with disabilities.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Highly motivated and energetic.

Special Requirements

If selected, all summer staff will be required to:
  • Agree to a criminal background check.
  • Candidates will be asked to provide two letters of reference from related work/school experience prior to an offer of employment. Letters of reference may be attached to this application.
  • Provide negative TB results or submit to a TB screening.
  • Attend all required trainings.
  • Some positions require a valid motorized vehicle operator's license and driving history record check.
  • Some positions require First Aid/CPR certification.
  • Be open to provide personal care as needed to campers (training provided).

Additional Information

Applications for any of the positions below will be accepted online only. Applications are reviewed as they are received, so interested applicants should apply as soon as possible. We hope to have all camp jobs filled by May 11, 2019.

Applications received after that date will be considered only if there is need to consider other applicants. Please note that interviews will be conducted and positions will be filled on a continuous basis, therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Written notification will be sent to those applicants who applied but were not hired, once all positions are filled. Generally, these letters are sent out in mid-July.

For further information about the selection process or specific camp job duties: Email DPR-

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


This position includes mandatory training dates that must be attended by all staff (training calendars provided upon hire). This includes several weeknight trainings running throughout the month of June as well as all-day training on a Saturday in June (date TBD). Are you available and able to commit to attending these trainings?
  • Yes
  • No


Camps run from the last week of June through August. Vacation time is not permitted. Can you commit to this schedule?
  • Yes
  • No


Please let us know what conflicts with dates which you have, if any.


Please select your highest level of experience and/or education.
  • Currently enrolled in high school with volunteer experience in an Arlington County summer camp.
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent with three months experience administering recreational programs.
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent with six months experience administering recreational programs.
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent with one year experience administering recreational programs.
  • College graduate with a degree in leisure or recreational studies, or related field plus one year experience administering recreational programs.
  • None of the above.


If you meet position requirements, what is the minimum level of employment you will accept (please review the job description for more detailed information on employment levels)?
  • Student Assistant I/II
  • Summer Recreation Assistant I
  • Summer Recreation Assistant II
  • Recreation Assistant III
  • Recreation Assistant IV


Do you have experience working with individuals with disabilities?
  • Yes
  • No


If you answered yes, then please describe the extent of your experience below. If you answered No- enter N/A .


Is there a particular camp type you are interested in? Please review the job description for the list of camp types and check all that apply.
  • Summer Expedition
  • Summerfest
  • Summerfest Inclusion Site
  • Evening Park Program


Have you attached two letters of reference with this application? Note: Letters of reference are required for this application.
  • Yes
  • No

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