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Waterfront Coordinator

Waterfront Coordinator
Muskoka & Rainbow Lake


CAMPFIRE CIRCLE (formerly Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium) has offered healing through happiness for thousands of kids and families affected by childhood cancer since 1983. It’s where kids can be kids, and families can be families—engaging in camp-inspired community, in-hospital, and overnight camp programs, at no cost to them. As a privately funded organization, CAMPFIRE CIRCLE donors make thousands of life-changing experiences possible for Campers throughout the year, all across Ontario.

At CAMPFIRE CIRCLE we are committed to ensuring employment is accessible within our organization. In summer 2022 we are piloting a project to help reduce financial barriers for summer staff members. This may include assistance with costs related to the job such as: camping equipment/gear, outdoor clothing, training/certifications, and transportation, mileage, or parking. If you require financial assistance related to the program, you are invited to make this known during the recruitment process.


CAMPFIRE CIRCLE will be running in-person overnight camp programs at both of our overnight camp locations, Rainbow Lake (Waterford, ON) and Muskoka (Rosseau, ON) this summer.

Do you have experience as an admin staff or volunteer working with children in a recreational setting? We are searching for Waterfront Coordinator staff to join our Summer Staff Team in 2022.

Reporting to the Director, Overnight Programs, and working closely with the rest of the summer staff team and our volunteers, the Waterfront Coordinator is one of the senior staff team members of a paid summer staff team. In addition to facilitating the designated program area, it is the responsibility of the all-summer staff to actively support and provide resources to our volunteers throughout the summer.

Primary responsibility will be overseeing waterfront program areas along with leading a team of volunteer lifeguards to provide a safe and engaging program for families and campers aged 0-18 at family or camper overnight camps with a valuable waterfront experience.  Other duties include: planning, training and coordinating waterfront emergency procedures. In addition, the Waterfront Coordinator is responsible for supporting volunteer instructors, and overseeing the safety of all waterfront activities including swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking, and sailing (Rainbow Lake only) with support of waterfront activity instructors.

Start Date:    June 22, 2022
End Date:     September 4, 2022
Rate: $5,500 (for the full contract)
*Paid training/virtual training dates may occur prior to this date*

Please visit our website at to view the full details of all our available positions.


In accordance with our mandate of creating a caring and safe environment for ill children and their families, we require attestation of childhood vaccinations, updated Police Record with Vulnerable Sector Screening, and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all of our staff. We also require that all staff be currently eligible to work in Canada.

Experience and Qualifications:

Required Criteria

  • Experience as a staff or volunteer in a camp environment and/or working with children in a recreational setting.
  • Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers.
  • Experience working with children with disabilities and/or additional physical, behavioral, and/or psychosocial needs as well as experience facilitating adaptive programming.
  • Pool or waterfront lifeguarding experience.
  • Experience facilitating waterfront programming and management of waterfront activities and lifeguard teams.
  • NL certification or willing & able to successfully take the certification (paid for by CAMPFIRE CIRCLE).
  • Pleasure Craft Operator’s License or willing & able to successfully take the certification (paid for by CAMPFIRE CIRCLE).
  • Current police reference check and vulnerable sector screening.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high risk activities.

Advantageous Criteria

  • Overnight summer camp experience.
  • Experience in outdoor education or adventure education.
  • Lifesaving Society or Red Cross Swim Instructor Certification.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children with serious illnesses and an understanding of how illness impacts the entire family.
  • Demonstrated commitment to volunteerism or volunteer sector.
  • A current G Class driver’s license, and eligible to be insured under CAMPFIRE CIRCLE’s Insurance Policy.

Particular Working Conditions

  • This position requires living at the Muskoka or Rainbow Lake campsite for the duration of the contract – room and board is provided.
  • In consideration of the population CAMPFIRE CIRCLE serves, the incumbent is a non-smoker.

Physical Requirements

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions and supporting camp life require the following physical demands: lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. The job is largely performed in an outdoor lake environment.

The minimum physical requirements for this position include:

  • Able to physically assist camper participants in the water and from the water
  • Able to work outdoors in a waterfront environment for extended periods of time in a variety of weather conditions
  • Able to lift 20kg.

TO APPLY                                                                

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by email at
Please indicate in the subject line the title of the role you are applying for. 


CAMPFIRE CIRCLE is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous People of North America and the world, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, and those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. We are committed to providing equitable opportunities in employment and to providing a workplace which is free from discrimination and harassment. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and those with authorization to work in Canada.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. You can contact our HR Team for accommodation requests at, and more information about our accessibility commitments can be found at


CAMPFIRE CIRCLE is grateful for Indigenous communities’ stewardship of the land that we occupy- the traditional territory of many nations such as the Mississauga’s of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We aspire to be deserving stewards of the land, in partnership with them.

We also acknowledge all Treaty peoples – including those who came here as settlers – as migrants either in this generation or in generations past – and those of us who came here involuntarily, particularly forcibly dis-planted Africans, brought here as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery.


Waterfront / Swim Specialist

June 3, 2022

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