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Swim Waterfront Staff – Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

Camp Pathfinder 2022 Season
Position Available – Swim Waterfront Staff

Working at Camp Pathfinder means that you’ve chosen more than a summer
job — you’ve signed up for an experience where you will have a powerful impact on the lives of children. You’ll spend the summer in Algonquin Park at an historic summer camp with a sterling reputation, joining a community with over a century of history.

Camp Pathfinder is a boys’ summer camp with a tradition almost as old as Algonquin Park itself.  Since 1914, Pathfinder swimming and canoe tripping have been storied programs of the camp.

As a leader of the Pathfinder waterfront staff, you will provide professional care and swimming/water safety adventure education to children and staff. You will work at the Pathfinder waterfront, a wonderful facility in the wooded setting on Pathfinder Island.  You will work closely with the waterfront director, senior camp staff and the camp director, to help each camper experience the thrill of achievement and gain lifelong abilities in aquatics safety, physical literacy and fitness.

Here’s what you’ll get to do:

Manage a safe, effective and welcoming swim waterfront facility & program.

Work as an active lifeguard at daily waterfront sessions.

Teach swim lessons and water skills, promoting lifelong safe water abilities.

Assist in instruction and in-service training of Pathfinder counselor staff.

Supervise swim achievement-award work by campers.

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

Help to supervise a camper age group living area.

Swim, paddle, hike, trip, 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 programs.

Take an Algonquin Park canoe trip.

Reside with campers and staff on Pathfinder Island.


Here’s what you’ll need:

NLS certification or higher. Pathfinder will help you obtain or recertify this qualification.

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

An ability to act collaboratively with fellow staff on Pathfinder Island.

A strong sense of responsibility, collaboration, professionalism, and fun.


How to apply:

Call, email and send your resume, with two references, to Mike Sladden,
director of Camp Pathfinder,

You will require a criminal background check if hired.

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

Feel free to call 585.249.0716 for details.

Dates: June 24 – Aug. 20, 2022. Option for Spring and Fall outdoor education dates.
A role is available for half the season. Please inquire.

A Pathfinder senior staff salary is set per age, qualification and experience. Includes room and board, and regular days off. Recertification or additional certification is also paid for upon request.


Waterfront / Swim Specialist

May 10, 2022

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(585) 249-0716