Job Title:  Summer Day Camp Staff

Reports to: District Day Camp Director

Classification: Seasonal

Dates: Mid-June through Mid-August 2018

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.

Why Camp Fire Columbia is a great place to work:

  • We are a community based nonprofit organization with a mission to build caring confident youth and future leaders.
  • Camp Fire partners with local schools and families to provide diverse, best practices programming that supports academic achievement, builds social and life skills, fosters community engagement and develops career and college readiness.
  • We are dedicated to professional development and personal growth for our staff, supported by paid training and planning hours, as well as paid time to collaborate and build team dynamics!
  • Camp Fire has a strong history of providing inclusive, safe, and diverse programming for our youth.



Part-Time Morning Unit Leader (AM Shift, 5.5hrs) -Has curriculum responsibilities prior to program start

  • Responsible for daily, age-specific lesson plans that correspond with the weekly theme
  • Will support the Lead and the rest of the site outside of program lesson time
  • Plan and provide lesson plans and detailed supply lists to their supervisor prior to their scheduled week

Full-Time Unit Leader (Mid-Day Shift, 7hrs) -Responsible for providing strong supervision of youth

  • Main support for a designated group of youth by guiding them through the day
  • Work closely with Program and Rotation Instructors by reviewing lesson and activity plans in order to best support them during their program times
  • Communicate daily with Summer Lead Teacher and Summer Supervisor about youth needs, behavioral support, incident reports and other issues that may arise during the day

Part-Time Afternoon Unit Leader (PM Shift, 5.5hrs) -Has curriculum responsibilities prior to program start

  • Responsible for daily, mixed age group activities that correspond with the weekly theme
  • Will support the Lead and the rest of the site outside of program lesson time
  • Plan and provide lesson plans and detailed supply lists to their supervisor prior to their scheduled week


Job Duties:

  • Submits written lesson plans, service learning plans and supply needs in a timely manner.
  • Works within district policies, confidentiality requirements and understand behavioral referral system.
  • Acts as a role model for positive youth development practices, youth-adult partnerships and mentoring.
  • Participates in recruitment and retention of program participants.
  • Participates in outreach to families and coordinate family engagement activities.
  • Helps organize and attend field trips.
  • Attends Camp Fire meetings and events.
  • Assists Day Camp leadership team with program and administrative functions.
  • Ensures policies and practices are followed that lead to safe and successful program experiences for all participants and staff.
  • Acts as a role model for enjoyment, integrity and dedication in the work of Camp Fire… we are in it for the kids!
  • Supports the mission, purpose and leadership of Camp Fire and projects a positive image of Camp Fire.
  • Attends Camp Fire meetings and events, as required.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with co-workers, volunteers, parents, and contractors; including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to commit to at least two full weeks of summer
  • Previous experience instructing in either a summer or after-school program environment that involves solo teaching, outcome-based lesson planning and current best practices in youth development, and behavior management for participants
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree preferred and/or training/experience equal to the required knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position
  • Working knowledge of summer programming and youth development and programming, including best practices in academic enrichment, life and leadership skill development, youth-adult partnerships, and mentoring
  • Culturally competent and responsive with a strong understanding of and/or willingness to learn about diverse cultures and communities
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • All staff will be asked to enroll in the Oregon Central Background Registry before working with youth. Applicants are welcome to begin the process in advance by following the link below:
  • All staff must have or obtain these required safety set trainings within 90 days of hire:
    • CPR/First Aid
    • Oregon Food Handlers’ card
    • Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (AKA What You Can Do About Child Abuse)


Salary and Benefits

  • Pay ranges between $12-$14 per hour based on education and experience
  • 401K, and paid sick time benefits available to part-time staff who qualify
  • Outside paid planning hours each week
  • Additional training hours that will regularly occur in May and June prior to program start


Application Process 


Commitment to Equity

We know that working toward racial equity will require reflection and persistence. Camp Fire Columbia is reviewing our programs and values, deepening relationships with partners who share our goals, and developing policies that will shape our growth and work as an organization.

As we continue to learn, we strive to:
▸ Prioritize racial equity in our curriculum, hiring, training, and partnerships.
▸ Engage staff and volunteers that are representative of our service community’s demographics.
▸ Collect and review information regarding outcomes for youth and employment practices to evaluate our work and adapt our programs and policies.
▸ Provide opportunities and support for every youth we serve to achieve their individual goals.
▸ Actively seek out expertise and input from families, youth, and the broader community about our programs and progress.

Camp Fire Columbia is not undertaking this work first, or alone. Achieving racial equity will require collective engagement and commitment. With the help of the many great organizations in our community striving for social change, Camp Fire is dedicated to helping all students light their fire.

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.