Staff Positions

Camp Counselor

Camp Counselors have a direct impact on the campers’ experiences each and every day! Along with your Co-Counselor, you will be responsible for your own group of campers, leading activities and building relationships within your group. Great Counselors are patient and love having fun and leading games with children in their assigned age group.

 

Unit Head

Responsible for supervising a camper age group, including developing and coordinating activities, themes, and schedules for the Unit while coaching Counselors through camper behavior challenges. Unit Heads work closely with the Camp Director, Specialists, and Counselors to coordinate Unit programming and activities.

Key Essential Job Duties:
  • Able to lift/move children up to 45 lbs.
  • Demonstrate physical stamina and agility required to be mobile for long periods throughout the day.
  • Move from sitting (chair and floor) to standing position easily and quickly.
  • Stand for long periods of time and be able to run and actively engage physically with children.
  • Ability to assist getting children on and off the bus and or cars.
  • Able to ride on bus for a field trip and or bus route.
  • Possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of children ages 3 – 12 years old.
  • Clearly and effectively communicate in a manner that children understand.
  • Actively participate with children during games including running & climbing.
  • Be in a swimming pool up to one hour, observing and supervising children in the water.
  • Move around with children at their pace and be actively involved with children rather than just watching them.
  • Supervise children, keeping them in sight and sound at all times.
  • Know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. Prevent, circumvent, and deal with problem behaviors appropriately and effectively.
  • Maintain a sense of calm and perspective with physical and mental alertness during stressful times.
  • Consistently demonstrate and reinforce the values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility.
  • Ability to run up to 100 yards (in the case of a emergency).
  • Plan and implement activities to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of the children in the program.

 

Specialist

Specialists are responsible for planning a customized curriculum of activities across all camper age groups. Specialists facilitate activities with campers and Counselors throughout the summer. Art Specialist, Music Specialist, and Sports Specialists are common – please contact your camp to see what Specialist positions are available this summer!

Adventure Tree Specialist (ZFA): supervise the Adventure Tree program, maintaining equipment, daily set up and take down, safety checks and teaching safety and climbing procedures to campers and staff. Must be 21 yrs. old without a fear of heights; we provide the one week of intensive training required for this position!

Archery Specialist (EFA, ZFA, EV, RP): help campers build their focus, coordination and balance while providing a high quality, safe and fun experience.

Art Specialists: create and implement a dynamic hands-on arts curriculum.

Climbing Wall/Ropes Course Specialists: outdoor adventure enthusiasts help campers build skills and self-confidence through wall climbing and small ropes course challenges.

Dance Specialists: teach campers a variety of cool, hip, fun methods including modern hip hop, jazz and movement!

Drama Specialists: Talented professionals develop curriculum focusing on improvisation games, movement, and storytelling.

Garoon Gateway to Science Educator (EFA): On this beautiful 2-acre hands-on experiential science park, the Science Educator will lead activities for campers, care for and feed the reptiles in the biodiversity area and oversee Garoon’s daily operations.

Gymnastics Specialists: teach Gymnastics to campers of a variety of ages & skills.
Israel Experience Specialists: organically integrate meaningful, purposeful, quality Israel content and experiences into camp life.

Hebrew Specialist (EV): Hebrew speaking camp counselors to connect language, culture and fun in our Hebrew Immersion Day Camp Program – Apachi Ivrit.

Song Leaders: bring passion and music into everyday camp life leading all-camp song sessions, small-group singing and spirit-building activities.

Sports Specialists: plan and lead fun and engaging activities in a variety of sports (basketball, soccer, baseball/softball, Flag Football, Gaga, etc.) with a focus on skills, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Yoga Specialists: plan and lead a fun Yoga program that get our campers moving and stretching in all kinds of cool ways.

Key Essential Job Duties:
  • Lift/move children up to 45 lbs.
  • Demonstrate physical stamina and agility required to be mobile for long periods throughout the day.
  • Move from sitting (chair and floor) to standing position easily and quickly.
  • Stand for long periods of time and be able to run and actively engage physically with children.
  • Ability to assist getting children on and off the bus and or cars.
  • Able to ride on bus for a field trip and or bus route.
  • Possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of children ages 3 – 12 years old.
  • Clearly and effectively communicate in a manner that children understand.
  • Actively participate with children during games including running & climbing.
  • Be in a swimming pool up to one hour, observing and supervising children in the water.
  • Move around with children at their pace and be actively involved with children rather than just watching them.
  • Supervise children, keeping them in sight and sound at all times.
  • Know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. Prevent, circumvent, and deal with problem behaviors appropriately and effectively.
  • Maintain a sense of calm and perspective with physical and mental alertness during stressful times.
  • Consistently demonstrate and reinforce the values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility.
  • Ability to run up to 100 yards (in the case of a emergency).
  • Plan and implement activities to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of the children in the program.

 

Community Care

Experienced Social Workers supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of all campers and being knowledgeable resources for counselors.

 

Day Camp Nurse

Responsible for providing first aid care to campers and staff, administering medications to campers and staff, reviewing camper’s immunization forms prior to the start of camp, training staff on how to support campers with allergies and special medical needs and facilitating parent communication.

Responsibilities
  • Reviewing all campers medical and immunization forms prior to camp.
  • Working with administrative staff and parents on campers with medical alerts.
  • Providing basic training to staff for campers with allergies and special medical needs.
  • Dispensing medicine and recording appropriately.
  • Taking care of minor injuries.
  • Logging camper visit
  • Facilitating parent phone calls and ensuring follow up.

 

Key Essential Job Duties
  • Lift/move children up to 45 lbs.
  • Demonstrate physical stamina and agility required to be mobile for long periods throughout the day.
  • Move from sitting (chair and floor) to standing position easily and quickly.
  • Stand for long periods of time and be able to actively engage physically with children.
  • Clearly and effectively communicate in a manner that children understand.
  • Supervise children, keeping them in sight and sound at all times.
  • Know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. Prevent, circumvent, and deal with problem behaviors appropriately and effectively.
  • Maintain a sense of calm and perspective with physical and mental alertness during stressful times.
  • Consistently demonstrate and reinforce the values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility.
  • Ability to run up to 100 yards (in the case of an emergency).

 

Requirements

Nursing degree and certification with previous experience working with children required; school nursing background preferred; ability to work well with children, parents, and staff; excellent communication skills; must be flexible and able to multitask!

 

Interns

Internships in marketing and communications, community care and programming will be offered. These internships are a great way to develop important skills and gain valuable work experience. Please contact your camp to see what internships are available this summer!

Marketing & Communications Intern: Alongside the Camp Leadership Team, The Marketing & Communications intern will outline content to capture for year-round social media: pictures and videos and additional marketing efforts. They’ll plan and lead age-appropriate group activities and projects for campers and counselors throughout the summer. When not with a group of campers, the Marketing & Communications Intern will also capture, organize, and post content.

Community Care/Social Worker Intern: Together with the Director, the Camper Care Intern will provide ongoing trainings and resources to staff on topics that are related to child development and the social-emotional needs of the children. This intern will work with the camp team to plan and coordinate age-appropriate activities, will help staff build their capacity to identify and support children experiencing challenging emotions or behaviors, and will assist children and families on addressing interpersonal group dynamics, bullying, conflict resolution skills, and more.

Programming Intern: Responsible for working with the Camp Leadership Team to help develop summer camp programming, the intern will assist with implementing current curriculum, develop new programs as well as take a lead role in summer themes and Maccabi.

 

Aquatics Staff – Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, Pool Manager

Several of our camp locations have indoor or outdoor pools and are looking for Lifeguards, Pool Managers, and other aquatics-related positions. Please contact your camp to see what aquatics positions are available this summer!

Key Essential Job Duties:
  • Ability to lift/move children up to 40 lbs.
  • Physical stamina and agility required to be mobile for long periods throughout the day (up to 4 hours/day in pool).
  • Must also be able to hold and/or support children in chest deep water.
  • Ability to lift children and adults out of the pool in an emergency situation.
  • Ability to move from sitting (chair and floor) to standing position easily and quickly.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and be able to run and actively engage physically with children in and out of the swimming pool.
  • Ability to react with physical and mental alertness in emergency situations (jump into the pool to rescue anyone that need assistance; small child(ren) to adults weighing more than 200 pounds using proper rescue equipment).
  • Must be able to rotate head side to side to scan the pool while lifeguarding and be physically and mentally alert in emergency situations including rotating head to side to side.
  • Ability to use of hands and arms for grasping, pulling, pushing and sliding aquatic chairs, pool stairs and PVC benches both in and out of the water.
  • Ability to demonstrate, motivate and communicate a swim skill in the water and swim 50 yards.
  • Ability to use a loud voice during swim lessons and supervise children and adults around and in the pool by sight and sound.
  • Ability to set up and take down the pool each day (includes putting in/ removing stairs into the pool, placing lane lines in the pool by bending down and wrenching them in).

 

Other positions may be available as well! Please contact your preferred camp location and see what is available for the summer. Hope to see you at Apachi!

 

Interviews Tips and Tricks

  • Review the Job Description and Key Essential Job Duties prior to your interview.
  • Practice your answers to common interview questions.
  • Choose a professional background.
  • Find a brightly lit room.
  • Pick a quiet space (away from other people in your household).
  • Use a charged laptop or computer.
  • Maintain eye-level with your screen and arms-length from the camera for engaging conversation.
  • Wear professional attire.
  • Use appropriate body language.
  • Ask your interviewer questions.
  • Be right on time (early is the new on time).
  • Be sure to send a thank you note to your interviewer as a follow-up to your interview.
  • Remember, don’t be nervous! We are as excited to meet you as you are about camp!
  • Review the Job Description and Key Essential Job Duties prior to your interview.
  • Practice your answers to common interview questions.
  • Wear a mask during your interview.
  • Wear professional attire.
  • Be right on time (early is the new on time).
  • Use appropriate body language.
  • Ask your interviewer questions.
  • Be sure to send a thank you note to your interviewer as a follow-up from your interview.
  • Remember, don’t be nervous! We are as excited to meet you as you are about camp!

 

JCC Employees Vaccination Requirement

In order to try to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all Agency employees, clients, donors and other visitors to the Agency and its event, the Agency has developed the following requirement for its employees: you must be “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 by the start of staff orientation week. “Fully vaccinated” means two (2) weeks after receiving two (2) doses of the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine or two (2) doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or two (2) weeks after receiving one (1) dose of the COVID-19 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

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