Job Posting

Waterfront Director

Position Title: Waterfront Director (two positions available)
Program: Christie Lake Camp
Reports To: Camp Director
Salary: $1,400 – 1,680 per session, $980 – 1,176 for training/wrap-up

Organizational Background
Christie Lake Kids (CLK) is a charitable organization that has been serving children and youth living in low income households in the Ottawa area since 1922. CLK provides year round services to children and youth through an excellent camp experience and strategically located city recreational opportunities through the STAR (Skills Through Arts and Recreation) program. Our mandate is to provide high quality recreation opportunities that help children and youth build the skills necessary for developing long-term resiliency.

Job Summary
The Waterfront Directors are members of the Christie Lake Camp Senior Staff team who are responsible for providing an exceptional camp experience for all campers while ensuring a safe and fun environment. The Waterfront Directors coordinate, organize and oversee all activities at the waterfront area. As facilitators of the camper experience, the Waterfront Directors strive to raise self-esteem and promote self-efficacy.

Camp Dates
 Pre-camp training: June 27th – July 3rd
 Session 1: July 4th – July 14th
 Session 2: July 19th – July 29th
 Session 3: August 3rd – August 13th
 Post-camp wrap up: August 13th – August 15th
*All Senior Staff must be available for the above dates. You are encouraged to contact the Camp Director as soon as possible with any questions related to availability conflicts/accommodations.

Duties and Responsibilities
Waterfront Director
Including but not limited to,
 Oversee the day to day safety and structure of waterfront activities
 Train and coordinate the Lifeguarding team
 Provide ongoing waterfront safety training to all members of the staff team
 Document any incidents and near misses that occur at waterfront
 Communicate clearly with all staff members who are present at waterfront
 In collaboration with the staff team, manage camper behaviors while at waterfront
 Create aquatic search teams and oversee an aquatic search practice (Drill) at least once per session.
o Ensure each staff member is aware of their role during an emergency search at the Waterfront area
o Provide feedback to the staff team after each Drill
 Assess staff swimming skills and comfort levels during pre-camp training
 Assess all camper swimming skills on the first day of each session
 Organize swim groups based on camper swim assessment and assign staff to each swim group
 Match ‘Eggs’ (non-swimmers) with their 1-on-1 Egg Teachers (Junior Staff)
 Ensure a trained Senior Staff is assigned to the Buddy Gate for each swim time, and that things are running smoothly
 Ensure the First Aid kit is fully stocked and clean at all times
 Ensure the Power Tower is clean and organized
 Award the ‘Star of the Day’ to a deserving camper or staff who has shown excellence at the waterfront
 Teach Bronze Medallion/Cross to Junior staff over the span of the summer during their designated swim time

Senior Staff (general)
 Work in a manner that preserves confidentiality and encourages risk management
 Incorporate and strengthen collaborative and interdisciplinary teamwork
 Communicate clearly and respectfully with all staff members
 Mentor Counsellors as well as Junior Staff to instill positive strategies for working with children and youth
 Maintain professional working relationships with all team members and cabin mates
 Respect and value intersectional equity, diversity and inclusion
 Contribute to the organization’s effort to collect, analyze, and report on data and relevant information
 Contribute to the organization’s work by participating in meetings as necessary
 Support the Program Director at all camp programs and clubs
 Support Section Directors with section programs
 Support the Canoeing and Boating program by ensuring a lifeguard is present during awards
 Sit with a cabin table as often as possible to ensure adequate ratios during meals
 Participate in general end of summer wrap-up tasks as well as those relating to your section
 Maintain a clean and hygienic personal cabin environment
 Help in the cleaning of common areas, according to the schedule given out at the beginning of the summer
 Support with camp-wide sweeps , according to the schedule given out at the beginning of each session
 Fill in or support in other areas in the event that a team member is pulled away or sick
 Carry out any other responsibilities as designated by the Directors

Desired Qualifications
 Practical experience working in the aquatics sector
 Current National Lifeguard certification
 Current Standard First aid with CPR-C
 Current Lifesaving Instructor certification (strongly preferred)
 Current Red Cross Water Safety Instructor or Lifesaving Society Swim for Life Instructor certification (preferred)
 Demonstrated organizational and program planning skills
 Demonstrated skill in working with children and youth who present a variety of challenging personalities or behaviours
 Be of excellent character, modeling honesty, integrity and respect
 Possess enthusiasm, energy, patience and sense of humour
 Experience and/or desire to work with children in a dynamic outdoor setting
 Ability to relate well to peers, to be a team player and, to give/receive feedback
 Confidence in leading activities and groups
 Proficiency in English (verbal, written, spoken)

 Graduate of or student enrolled in a post-secondary program in a related field (ie. Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Child Studies, etc.)
 Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
 High Five
 Mental Health First Aid
 Outdoor education related experience/certifications
 G class driver’s license

Physical Requirements
The ideal candidate must be able to complete all physical requirements of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation
Due to the nature of summer camp, candidates must be able to:
 Spend approx. 75% of each day outdoors and active (walking, swimming, canoeing, participating in programs etc.) with limited stationary time
 Occasionally transport supplies/equipment up to 40 lbs
 Work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions (heat, high sun exposure, rain, etc.)

What we provide
 Meals and accommodation during training, camp sessions and wrap up
 Training and certification opportunities
 Professional references, upon successful completion of summer contracts
 A unique opportunity to live and work in an outdoor setting and enjoy the amenities including canoeing, swimming, rock wall climbing, mountain biking and much more

How to apply
Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to as soon as possible.

Interviews for this position will begin as early as February 6th. Please note that applicants may be contacted for interviews prior to this date. Applications will continue to be considered until positions are filled.


Waterfront / Swim Specialist

February 28, 2023