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Camp Student Nurse/Aquatics Instructor


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Student Nurse / Aquatics Instructor – Lifeguard 2021
Camp Pathfinder, Algonquin Park

Pathfinder is seeking a student nurse who is a lifeguard / swim instructor.

Choosing to work at Camp Pathfinder means that you’ve chosen more than a summer job. You’ve signed up for an experience where you can have a powerful impact on the lives of children, and you can spend the summer in Algonquin Park at an historic summer camp with a sterling reputation. You’ll become part of a camping community with over a century of history. 

Camp Pathfinder, est. 1914, is a renowned boys summer camp with a tradition almost as old as Algonquin Park itself.  The Pathfinder Student Nurse plays a crucial role in stewarding our history and our camp’s ongoing success. The student nurse frequently also serves as a lifeguard and swim instructor in the camp’s aquatics program.

In this role, you will provide care to children and staff, a medical “home away from home.”  You will work closely with the camp director and senior staff, the camp nurse and medical directors, to respond to illness and injury, promote good health and hygiene, teach lifelong swim and aquatics skills, and enhance the well-being of the Pathfinder community.

Here’s what you’ll get to do:

Integrate nursing and health knowledge with a camp tradition of outdoor health and wellbeing.

Provide care to a wonderful small community of 100 campers and 70 staff

Assume a leadership role to influence healthy behaviors in the camp setting.

Work with the Camp Director, Medical Directors (emergency physician and pediatrician), RNs, first responders and senior camp staff.

Teach aquatics and swimming, lifeguard, create safe, fun waterfront environment.

Paddle, swim, hike, stargaze and play in Algonquin Park every day.

Become part of a great community and camp family spanning the world.

Participate in wilderness medicine and first response education for camp staff.

Attend the Ontario Camps Association virtual camp health workshop in May.

Assist: administer daily meds, prepare medical kits for out-trips, handle injuries and illness, review and manage camper / staff health records, communicate with camp staff and parents.

Live in fulltime residence on beautiful Pathfinder Island, in the heart of Algonquin.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Be an enrolled student in a nursing program.

A Bronze Cross, NLS, WSI or higher certification in aquatics/lifesaving

An appetite for adventure, a love of the outdoors, and a passion for caring for young people.

An ability to act collaboratively, mixed with the skills and capacity to act as the only health provider and clinician on Pathfinder Island.

Innovation, critical thinking, excellent communication and problem solving.

Strong clinical nursing skills.

How to apply:

Send your resume, short cover letter and list two references to:
Mike Sladden, Camp Pathfinder,

You will require a criminal background check.

We will follow up with you for an interview by videoconference or in person.

Feel free to call 585.249.0716 with any questions or to discuss further.

Full Season dates: June 25 – Aug. 20, 2021. An earlier start date may be available.
Two – Week session availability: July 27 – Aug. 8

Per age and experience. Includes room and board and days off.


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February 9, 2021

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