Job Title: Waterfront Director
Reports to: ACD – Programs
Classification: Exempt, Temporary, Seasonal
Dates: June 19 – August 21


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. For more information, please visit:


Position Overview:

Have you always wanted to work at a summer camp? Did you grow up going to camp and couldn’t wait until you were old enough to apply? Camp Namanu could be the place for you. Camp Namanu hires about 70 staff for the summer, and you could be the person we’ve been looking for. We are currently looking for a Waterfront Director who is skilled, safety-conscious and loves working with youth of all ages! This position is responsible for teaching assigned swimming classes, including planning material pertinent to needs of the class and for ensuring the safety of all campers and staff participating in waterfront activities by evaluating program areas and equipment for hazards and implementing safety instruction prior to use.


Essential Job Functions:

  1. Strictly enforces safety regulations for use of facilities and equipment.
  2. Follows the objectives of the Waterfront Program and oversees Lifeguard staff.
  3. Facilitates in weekly “in-service” training at the pool.


Other Job Duties:

  • Performs general maintenance on the pool, duck pond, and off-site waterfront equipment.
  • Schedules and works in routine cleaning of pool and pool deck as instructed by the Property Manager.
  • Assists with individual, cabin, unit and all camp activities as assigned.
  • Attends pre-camp training.
  • Ensures and maintains the cleanliness of camp facilities and grounds.
  • Participates in all camp meetings and activities: i.e. flag raising, banquet and council fire.
  • Attends all meals and act as a table host in the dining room.
  • Keeps records as needed and required.
  • Helps prepare camp for closing after last session ends.
  • 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 coworkers, 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:

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • This position requires a valid Oregon Food Handler’s card and First Aid & CPR certification.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • 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 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: Position includes room and board and $40-44 per day


Application Process:

  • Send cover letter, resume and three references to Human Resources with subject line, “Waterfront Director” to:
  • Positions will remain open until filled


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.