Arlington County, Virginia
$12.00 - $16.00 Hourly
Jun 22, 2022
Jul 27, 2022
Full Time
Position Information

Note: The pay ranges listed are effective June 19, 2022.

HIRING BONUS! New Hires and Returning Staff will receive a hiring bonus of up to gross $550.

NEW THIS YEAR: Summer camp employees can receive a 20% discount on camp fees for their children! To learn more go : Summer Camp Employment FAQs - Official Website of Arlington County Virginia Government ( .

Employment Opportunities - Summer 2022

Please read this entire announcement before submitting your application. This announcement is specific to the Nature and History Camp Staff. If you are interested in other camp program areas, you must apply for that position as well.

Opportunities for temporary summer employment with the Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) include work as Camp Directors, Assistant Directors, and support staff (counselors) in camp programs throughout the County. Nature and History Camp Counselors are needed to provide camp programs for children and teens ages 6- 14. Several positions are available, and hours vary.

Staff must commit from June 20 - August 12 (core camp dates). Additional weeks from August 15 - August 27 may also be available. Training and planning begin in mid to late May through June, which includes a combination of independent and self-paced online courses with virtual and in-person trainings during weekday evenings and a few Saturdays. All camp staff will be trained to follow current guidelines (County-specific protocols) related to Covid-19 safety and health standards.

Nature and History Camps: Staff will be asked to plan and lead a variety of nature experiences for campers ages 6-10 or 11-14, depending on the camp. Daily camp activities include animal show and tell, outdoor games, crafts, storytelling and physical activities like hiking, fishing, etc. Applicants must enjoy working outdoors with children and animals, be flexible in changing situations, and have a lot of energy.

Applications are being accepted for the following positions:

Responsible for assisting all leaders in the summer camp or program activities and operations. 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.
Minimum requirements: Student Assistant I qualifications are non-high school graduates, who have worked one month at a summer camp OR with children (in any capacity) for 3 months. Student Assistant I I qualifications are high school graduates enrolled in post-high school education programs, who have accumulated no more than 3 months of relevant experience.

Responsible for assisting with the leading of recreation activities and behavior management of participants for a summer camp. Assists in camp or program operations.
Minimum requirements: High School Diploma/GED, plus three (3) months experience in administering recreational programs.

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: H igh school/GED, plus six (6) months' experience in administering recreational programs.

Selection Criteria

Please review the minimum requirements listed above.

The successful candidates 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 and attend to personal care needs.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Working with Summer Camp programs or in a recreation setting;
  • Working around animals;
  • Working outdoors performing Hiking, scouting, fishing, other outdoor skills;
  • Demonstrated interests in Civil War or history;
  • Working with children; and/or
  • Experience or willingness to work with individuals with disabilities.

Special Requirements

If selected, all summer staff may be required to:

  • Agree to a criminal background check.
  • Candidates may be asked to provide letters of reference and/or supporting documentation to verify 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 checks.
  • Be open to providing personal care as needed to campers (training provided).
  • Must be CPR and First Aid Certified as of the first day of camp for those positions serving in the capacity as Camp Director, specialty camps, or other positions as designated.

Covid-19 Vaccination : Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety, and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.