Job Posting

Waterfront Director & Camp Medic

Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp

COVID-19 and Summer Camp 2021: Sometimes the best laid out plans get thrown out the window and we have to shift gears and pivot to back-up plans very quickly. We don’t think that this is a new idea, but it was quickly solidified by the pandemic we experienced in 2020. As we make plans and hire staff for camp in 2021 we recognize that COVID-19 is still having an impact on our world and may impact our programs and staff team going forward. Our experiences in 2020 helped us learn that having a back-up plan is important. The plans we are laying out for summer 2021 includes a back-up plan that allows us the flexibility that is needed to maintain the ability to run camps and hire staff. Our goal is to recruit and hire in such a way that we are able to follow through on our commitments that we have made to the individuals that will make up our staff team in 2021. If you have other specific questions about summer camp and our hiring practices for 2021, please feel free to contact our Program Director, Chris Pot, at

The Waterfront Director and Camp Medic roles at camp are often combined and filled by one person (this is our ideal situation) although the two roles have sometimes been split between two people. The Waterfront Director will be responsible for all of the activities that take place at Lake Laverne, our spring fed pond, including our canoeing stream. The Camp Medic will be responsible for overseeing all of the first aid that is required at camp and will also receive medication from parents and distribute it to the campers according to the instructions given. The Waterfront Director/Camp Medic will play a key role in managing any emergency situations that may arise while camp is happening.

Requirements for all Staff

  • Motivated to make a difference and have a positive impact on our society and community.
  • Has a genuine love for, and interest in, working with children, including those who have emotional, physical, behavioural, or developmental special needs, in an inclusive summer camp program.
  • Has knowledge of the Christian faith and is willing to work supportively in a faith-based setting.
  • Is able to find a healthy balance between following directions and taking initiative to see what needs to be done and do it.
  • Is able to find a healthy balance between working hard to accomplish what needs to be done, achieve personal goals, motivate others to have fun while having fun yourself and contribute to meeting the mission of Hidden Acres.
  • Demonstrates flexibility, an ability to change tasks or directions with ease, and is willing to assist cooperatively in a variety of tasks and programs as time allows.
  • Displays patience, a commitment to working well with others, and the ability to solve sometimes complex problems. This is all done while maintaining a positive attitude towards others and assigned tasks.
  • Is able to participate in our two Staff Orientation events: a weekend in May and a week at the end of June.

Requirements for the Waterfront Director/Camp Medic

  • Must be 18 years of age or older and have a minimum of 250 hours of relevant experience.
  • Must have a current National Lifeguard Service (pool or waterfront option) certificate and current First Aid qualifications (minimum requirement is Standard First Aid with CPR)
  • A current ORCKA (canoeing) certification is an asset
  • Is able to organize and lead small and large-group activities for campers and staff with creativity and enthusiasm with skill in the area of aquatics.


  • Prior to school groups and camp starting, read reports from past Waterfront Director/Camp Medics and plan the various waterfront activities and order any necessary supplies.
  • Implement a meaningful and safe swimming program according to the age, interest and ability of the campers.
  • Is responsible for planning and implementing the canoeing stream according to the age, interest and ability of the campers.
  • Along with the Program Director, coordinate emergency procedure drills including water and land searches.
  • Is responsible for the supervision of the Lifeguards and Assistant Lifeguards along with leading the on-site waterfront training.
  • Is responsible for the care and maintenance of the beach area and equipment.
  • Be available to help in other areas of the camp program as a member of the staff team as needed.
  • Is responsible for the camp’s First Aid program and overseeing all of the first aid administered.
  • Under the general supervision of the Program Director, be responsible for the collection and distribution of medication to campers and staff.
  • Submit a written report, due within two weeks of camping ending that includes a description of your program area of responsibility, an evaluation of the programs, a final inventory of supplies and recommendations for the next year.
  • The Waterfront Director/Camp Medic is responsible to the Program Director and works with the Summer Program Coordinator to coordinate scheduling the lifeguarding staff for waterfront supervision, the canoeing program, swimming tests and other aquatic activities.

Note: A completed Hidden Acres Staff application and a current police records check for the vulnerable sector are required before starting any Hidden Acres’ staff position.

The mission of Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp and Retreat Centre is to provide a welcoming, peaceful gathering place where diverse groups of people experience life-giving connections with God, one another, and nature. We strive to live out our mission statement in our hiring practices, welcoming and encouraging applications from diverse groups.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Please let us know how we can help you in the application and hiring process.

To apply, click HERE.


Waterfront / Swim Specialist

April 16, 2021

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