Job Posting

Waterfront Co-ordinator (Head Lifeguard)

Title: Waterfront Coordinator
Location: Gracefield, Quebec (Transportation to and from Ottawa provided)
Work Term: May 1st – August 25th
Salary: $4000-4,500  including  Room & Board

Camp Misquah is a non-profit summer residential camp experience for adults and youth with developmental disabilities in the Ottawa region. We are a residential camp where campers and staff are on site 24/7 during their 6-day stay.

The term of employment is from May 1st to August 25th, 2024. You must be available for camp opening and closing as well as mandatory training which runs on weekends in June (including 1 weekend on site) as well as July 2 – 7 on site and Aug 22-25.


How to Apply

All of our hiring is currently being done through our camp’s Camp Brain software. To be invited to the next steps in the hiring process, please follow the link below to complete an application there.

On this site, you will be required to create an account. Once logged in you will be able to apply by completing the waterfront staff application. You will be contacted regarding next steps, such as an interview, once that application has been completed. 


Why work here?  

Camp Misquah hires individuals that are looking to learn skills  and gain experience related to their education or future careers, and those that  want to make a difference for people with disabilities.  

The skills learned on the job at Camp Misquah directly relate to nursing, social  work, physiotherapy, education, psychology, speech pathology, and many more areas of study.  

Our summer staff can earn a letter of volunteerism for up to 200 hours!  


What will I learn?  

o Self-confidence  

o Communication skills  

o Leadership  

o Interpersonal skills 

o Resilience 

o Personal care (bathing, toileting, feeding) 

o Behaviour management  

o Environment & activity adaptation  

o Your core values  

o What you are truly capable of 


How will I learn that?  

Each day you will work closely with the Camp Director. Program Director and CAmp Experience Director to support the smooth operation of waterfront programing – including providing staff leadership, communicating with lifeguards and counsellors, as well as perform some administration. You will participate in daily Program to ensure the lifeguards and counsellors have the resources, training and guidance to effectively and safely guide campers in a variety of waterfront activities to encourage social interaction, physical well being, skills development and most of all FUN!  

At Misquah we believe in leading by example so you can expect to be working alongside lifeguards and counsellors to ensure campers are engaged in each activity and that lifeguards and  counsellors have support and guidance as well as respite when needed. You will participate in Program, helping to engage campers through additional support, modification and encouragement.  You will build and maintain relationships with staff and with campers to foster a rewarding camp experience!  


This may be the most challenging and rewarding job that you experience. Your heart will open to people that you have only just met, you will  create friendships with campers and staff that will extend years into the future, and  you will be forever changed. 


The Waterfront Coordinator is a qualified, experienced and safety oriented Head Lifeguard for our summer camp. Maintaining open lines of communication and working in a cooperative manner with other camp staff in fulfilling roles and duties. You will be responsible for overseeing all lifeguards, and for the safe and effective facilitation and supervision of the waterfront area including all waterfront based programming (boating, swimming and outtrip). You will run all emergency waterfront procedures as they arise. Reports directly to the Program Director.


    • Must be 19 years old 
    • Must be able to provide a Criminal Record Check
    • Standard First Aid + CPR + NLS
    • Lifeguarding experience
    • Lifesaving instructor/examiner, Standard first aid instructor/examiner, ORCA instructor, swim instructor, boating instructor qualifications are all considered assets
  • Will receive basic ASL, CPI & consent training. Will be trained on camp procedures. 


  • Responsible for the safety, health, and well-being of campers especially when involved in waterfront programming (swim, boating and outtrip) and improving waterfront accessibility for campers
    • Adhere to all health and safety protocols including Covid-19 related policies and procedures
    • Assist in the evaluation and supervision of the lifeguards
  • Facilitate and directly supervise the waterfront programming while the waterfront is open
    • Perform daily opening and closing safety checks of all waterfront equipment and the environment
  • Provide maintenance on the beach, clearing the beach of any obstructions, and ensure cleanliness of the beach and beach supplies/equipment
    • Respond to waterfront emergencies and facilitate emergency responses effectively, as needed
  • Be an active member of the Leadership Team and complete “Manager on Duty” jobs on a rotating schedule
  • Attend pre-camp training (in-city and on site) and attend daily meetings while at camp 
    • Support non-waterfront programming as required
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Strong work ethic – able to consistently apply Misquah’s core values (respect, inclusiveness, safety and caring) to their day-to-day responsibilities
  • Previous experience in a supervisory role (preferably in the camp setting)
  • Experience working as a lifeguard in a swimming pool and/or lake setting
  • Experience teaching beginner swimming and canoeing is an asset
  • Experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities or in a summer camp environment is an asset
  • Strong communication and teamwork abilities and ability to problem solve effectively 
  • High energy – candidates should be prepared for physical labor of lifting, moving and lots of walking
  • Able to work in an outdoor environment for long periods of time
  • Outgoing personality and willing to actively participate in camp


Tasks and Duties:


Abide by the Camp Philosophy that “Campers Come First”.   

Respect and support all members of your team.  

Help generate ENTHUSIASM and IDEAS for all camp activities and encourage all members of staff to do the same.  

Aide and/or supervise the personal care tasks of each camper (feeding, dressing,  bathing, and toileting) in the cabin while encouraging and insisting that the  campers do all they can for themselves.  

Spend quality time with the campers at all working times. 

Waterfront  Planning & Preparation

Assessing and maintaining necessary supplies for waterfront programming and activities (remaining within provided budget and receiving approval for large purchases)

Participate in the preparation and facilitation of waterfront and non-waterfront programming activities


Regular meeting with leadership Team and with lifeguards

Engage campers in a variety of waterfront programming activities

Participate in the hiring process of lifeguarding staff 

Training and coordinating staff

Having regular check-ins and completing staff evaluations

Provide support for head counts & camper supervision


Duties such as RATT, coffee club and roving on a rotational schedule

Overseeing and ensuring safe and effective camp operations with a focus on the camper experience

Responding to urgent situations on site (ie. extreme behavioral response, emergency management, etc.)

Camp opening and closing


Waterfront / Swim Specialist


Camp Misquah

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