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Mental Health Specialist

Pay within range based on years of transferrable experience

Daily Rate: $120.83-130.00 Weekly Rate $725.00-780.00
Location: YMCA Camp Pine Crest
Work Hours: Must be available to work 6 days a week between Monday – Sunday, with days off predetermined by supervisor
Employment Type: Seasonal Contract
Number of Vacancies: 1
Anticipated Start Date: June 23, 2024
Deadline to Apply: Open Until Filled

Be the Spark! Join our dynamic team a YMCA Camp Pine Crest, where every day is different, and you will always be engaged with meaningful work!

YMCA Camping and Outdoor Education offers outdoor experiences that foster personal growth and build community.  After taking part in our programs, children and youth return home more confident, independent, and with new friendships. YMCA Camp Pine Crest is an overnight camp serving children, families, and organizations through naturally focussed programs that embody the mission, vision, and outcomes of the YMCA. Camp Pine Crest is made up of 650 acres of Muskoka wilderness surrounded by 3 interconnected lakes with 8km of shoreline; has over 26km of hiking trails and 7,500 sq. ft. of dock, and has 60 buildings.

The Mental Health Specialist cares for the overall health of the Pine Crest community, with an increased focused on the mental health and wellbeing of staff, participants, and volunteers.  Daily responsibilities such as health and wellness checks, first aid assessments, medication administration, and stocking first aid kits are important components to keeping our staff and campers well.  This team also works with the Out-Tripping Directors to support health concerns from our out trips, contributing to decision making in regard to treatment in the field.  Wellness staff must be willing to listen, problem solve, and work as a team to promote wellness and health at Pine Crest. They will provide leadership and role modelling to all camp staff regarding sun safety, healthy eating, adequate sleep and regular exercise among others.

In this role, you will:

  • Support campers and staff to have a positive experience at camp through check-ins with campers, camper groups, and counsellors
  • Support our camp community’s overall health and wellness by actively providing resources and support to the camp community, reviewing health forms of campers and staff, being aware of pertinent health information that may require special attention throughout the summer, and checking in with staff and campers
  • Day-to-day operational management of the camp wellness programs, working with the wellness director/camp nurse to keep inventory of all medical supplies, laundry, restocking, organizing camper and stock medications, etc
  • Respond to and rectify first aid situations, ensuring they are handled promptly with care, and communicate with the camp director, external healthcare staff/hospital, and parents as necessary
  • Provide leadership to the staff team, support the camp director and coordinator in leading health and wellness training to staff, ensuring a focus on both physical and mental health and safety
  • Administer medication, responsible for dispensing camper medication according to the direction of camper health forms
  • Support the camp out-tripping program through check-ins pre-and-post out-trips and support counsellors in packing and inventorying first aid kits
  • Ensure administrative tasks are completed accurately and on time, including all paperwork associated with the camp wellness program being filled out as required; maintain complete records of any accidents/incidents
  • Continuously build relationships with members, staff, volunteers, and community partners
  • Attend all staff trainings and meetings, show up on time, and actively participate contributing to the development of all staff members
  • Ensure Health & Safety procedures are being followed and maintained and share with the staff team the duties of ensuring it is clean, organized, and safe to ensure the health & safety of all camper, staff, and volunteers
  • Act as a positive role model for all participants and fellow staff by embodying the values of the YMCA, Pine Crest’s guiding principles, YMCA policies and procedures, and Ontario Camps Association guidelines
  • Perform other duties as assigned

What you need to succeed:

  • Commitment to the YMCA’s Mission, Vision and Values
  • Focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of all children, youth, and vulnerable people in YMCA programs including understanding legal and moral obligations related to reporting suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services
  • YMCA Competencies: Accountable, Relationship-Builder, Improvement-Orientated, Team Player & Leader, Equity and Wellbeing Promoter

You bring:

  • G Class license, minimum 21 years of age by the start of contract for insurance purposes
  • Completed degree in post-secondary education such as Nursing, Child and Youth Studies, or Social Work
  • Previous Experience working with children and youth in a professional mental health setting
  • Mental Health First Aid by the first day of employment and valid until at least the last day of your contract
  • Wilderness First Aid considered an asset
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and building a sense of belonging
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada and be authorized to work full time hours
  • Ability to work effectively with others and independently to achieve optimal collective results
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Ability to provide mentorship and guidance to both inexperienced and seasoned staff
  • Ability to deliver feedback in a timely, professional, and constructive manner
  • Flexibility regarding assigned working hours, including days, evenings, overnights, weekends, and holidays required

If you are interested in this position and do not possess the necessary certifications and require assistance in attaining them, please indicate in your cover letter. Certain certifications may be eligible for Financial Assistance through the YMCA of Greater Toronto, or through referral to additional programs outside the YMCA that offer similar support. Eligibility is to be determined on an individual basis.

Why work for the YMCA?

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity that ignites the potential in people, helping them grow, lead, and give back to their communities. We are committed to helping our employees reach their full potential and are recognized as a great place to work. We offer meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. See what you can expect from the YMCA here.

Joining the Y means contributing to over 165 years of providing opportunities for people to shine through programs and services like health and fitness, licensed child care, camps, employment and immigrant services, education and training, and services for youth, families, and seniors. Learn more in our 2020–2025 strategic plan, Ignite the Light, which outlines how we are focused on boosting well-being and promoting equity across the Greater Toronto Area.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. We strive to remove barriers to employment and recognize that diverse staff who reflect the communities we work in enrich the experiences of our participants and our team. As an equal opportunity employer, we invite applications from all qualified candidates including racialized people/people of colour, Indigenous Peoples, disabled people/people with disabilities and members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

If we can make the recruitment process more accessible for you, please let us know when we reach out about a job opportunity so we can work with you to accommodate your needs.

In keeping with our commitment to safety and child protection, job offers are contingent on the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required. Learn more about these checks here.

The YMCA only considers applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, due to the volume of applications we receive, we can only contact candidates who are selected for an interview.

Check out the next steps in our recruitment process and see what others are saying about working at the YMCA.


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