Job Title: Bridges Counselor
Reports to: Site Director
Classification: Full time/Part Time Seasonal
Dates: June-August 2017


Organization Overview:

At Camp Fire Columbia, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to find and pursue their spark– a passion that inspires and drives them to set and achieve goals for their future. Founded in 1910, our comprehensive program starts with early intervention at the elementary level, bridges the learning gap for middle school, and helps students thrive and plan for bright futures during high school. During the school year, Camp Fire works in partnership with dozens of schools in the Metro Area. During the summer months, we offer summer camps in the Portland metro area and at our beautiful 552-acre camp, Camp Namanu, bordered by the vibrant Sandy River and presided over by century old trees. Our programs directly serve over 4,000 kids ages 5-18 each year across an eight-county area, including the greater Portland metro region. Camp Fire Columbia helps serve an additional 11,000 children and families annually through partnerships and special projects.

Position Overview:

Bridges Counselors are responsible for implementing the day to day activities for 6-9th grades, including, leadership activities/observations, team-building, indoor/outdoor games, crafts, literacy activities, songs, snacks, and field trips. Engages with grades 6-9 to introduce camp leadership with a creative and energetic camp programming based on weekly themes. Leads and assists in delivery of pre-planned curriculum with support of other counselors and Bridges Unit Director. Bridges staff rotates to a different site each two weeks. Minimum Age 18. Environmental education/Outdoor Recreation and/or Lifeguard certification experience a plus. Typical schedule is Monday-Friday; schedule varies by capacity and staffing needs.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Person-in-Charge (PIC) of a unit in the absence of the Unit Leader.
  • Attend pre-season training and lead sections or groups of pre-camp training.
  • Assist Unit Leader in planning and booking of field trips and special guests.
  • Insures the delivery of pre-planned activities and field trips with support of other counselors and Unit Director.
  • Engage with campers in creative and energetic camp programming based on weekly themes.
  • Provides excellent communication to campers, parents, and other staff.
  • Keeps records as needed and required.
  • Creates a positive experience/environment to promote confidence, self-awareness, and tools for life-long learning.
  • Assists in managing delivery of snacks and to assure that kids with special dietary needs are addressed.



Counselors provide delivery of high quality programming; enforce curriculum and procedures, policies, and safety standards.  Counselors interact with parents, campers, special guests and field trip representatives to ensure high levels of customer service, communication, program quality, and safety.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of safety and programming principles is strongly preferred.
  • A valid insurable Driver’s License is preferred.
  • This position requires a valid Oregon Food Handler’s card and First Aid & CPR certification.
  • Lifeguard, environmental ed./outdoor rec. experience/certifications a plus.
  • Open to receiving feedback and making on-going program adjustments.
  • Ability to work in teams and independently.
  • Ability to lead and motivate others.
  • Ability to lift and carry 40 pounds.
  • Ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time and maintain satisfactory energy levels for duration of programming.
  • Bi-lingual and/or multi-lingual encouraged to apply.


Salary and Benefits:

  • Compensation: $13 per hour, 35-40 hours per week.
  • Earned PTO for sick leave.


Application Process:

  • Positions will remain open until filled.
  • Complete the application process by following this link.


Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all youth of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-competent, inclusive, and safe environment for all children, families and staff.

Camp Fire Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.