ESF Camps

  • Support Specialist

    Job Location US-MD-Baltimore
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    ESF Camps at Gilman School
    Targeted Job Start Date
    Targeted Job End Date
    Seasonal Full-Time
  • Position Summary

    A Support Specialist is responsible for the direct care and supervision of all campers, supporting daily camp operations through classroom and group assistance, promoting and actively participating in all camp activities, and serving as a positive role model for campers and Team members.

    Position Objective/Purpose

    We are seeking motivated team members who believe deeply in the organization’s mission and who display a record of achievement in effective supervision & management of youth.  The candidate must be capable of building positive relationships, providing top-notch customer service and ensuring the safety and well-being of people of all ages.  

    Position Scope Factors

    Support Specialists are employed in the following camps;

    • Day Camp: 4 – 8 year olds
    • Senior Camp: 9 – 15 year olds
    • Major Camps: 7 - 15 year olds
    • Dream Camp: 6 – 16 year olds (Trinity College & Girard College locations only)
    • Aquatics: all ages (must have all current certifications: Current American Red Cross Lifeguard and First Aid Certification, Current American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification)


    Essential Job Responsibilities

    1. Group supervision of campers with attention to: behavior and group management, health and safety, security, and personal and skill development
    2. Stand-in for counselors, coaches, activity specialists, and lifeguard/swim instructors (AQ only) as needed
    3. Knowledge of all camp positions, their corresponding job responsibilities and age groups
    4. Help to plan and facilitate special events
    5. Assist tribes/groups during lunch and transition times
    6. Assist Directors and Nurse in whatever capacity needed
    7. Complete paperwork as assigned
    8. Serve as a positive role model to campers and Team members
    9. Monitor the organization, supervision, and administration of all activities and assemblies
    10. Attend and contribute to daily morning briefing
    11. Model behavior & group management strategies for groups
    12. Conduct tours of the camp facilities and program areas to prospective camp families when applicable
    13. Follow the ESF Code and maintain the ESF Look at all times
    14. Exhibit ESF Core Values at all times and to adhere to all company policies
    15. Have fun
    16. Other responsibilities as assigned

    Position Competencies for Success

    1. Understand and support the mission of the organization
    2. The ability to work effectively with others in all levels of the organization in a professional manner
    3. Positive attitude
    4. Commitment to the growth and development of youth
    5. Commitment to producing consistent, high-quality work
    6. Excellent judgment, ability to identify problems and works quickly to find solutions
    7. Patient, caring and creative
    8. Flexible, adaptive and a Team player
    9. Desire to make a difference in the life of a child

    Experience Requirements

    1. Previous experience working with children, examples include but are not limited to; babysitting, academic/athletic tutoring, camp counselor, youth volunteer, classroom assistant, religious education teacher
    2. At least 1 year post-graduate teaching experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience in a field relevant to camp administration/leadership   
    3. Previous camp counselor/teaching  experience (preferred)

    Certification Requirements

    1. First Aid/CPR (preferred)
    2. Aquatics Support Specialist: Current American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid Certification, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification (required)

    Education Requirements

    1. Bachelor’s degree

    Other Skill Requirements

    1. Outstanding communication skills which include the ability to use clear, concise and grammatically correct written and oral language in all aspects of professional interaction with campers, their families, peers, leadership team and the larger community


    Reporting Relationships

    1. Reports directly to and takes direction from Camp Director. May also take direction from and is overall accountable to the Site Director.

    Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

    1. Ability to push/pull, lift and carry a minimum of 35lbs
    2. Endurance to work outside and on your feet for 6-8 hours per day
    3. Ability to respond to emergency situations which may require running (up to 1 mile in some cases) and climbing stairs.
    4. Good physical condition which enables candidate to execute all responsibilities associated with this position

    ESF, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All candidates who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply!



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