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  • Camp Aquatics Director

    Job Location US-NY-Bronx
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    ESF Camps at Riverdale Country School
    Targeted Job Start Date
    Targeted Job End Date
    Seasonal Full-Time
  • Position Summary

    Are you looking for the best summer job ever? Look no further because ESF is hiring Aquatics Directors to work across our 13 locations from mid-June through mid-August!


    Join our mission-driven team for a fun and rewarding summer! Make a positive impact on children while receiving comprehensive training, professional development, unique resume building and networking opportunities. ESF offers competitive compensation, accredited internships and field work hours for graduate and undergraduate students, CEU credits for teachers, discounted camp tuition for children of team members, flexible schedules, year-round aftercare, mentoring opportunities and an employee referral program consisting of bonuses and ESF gear!


    What will you do all summer (in addition to having fun with your campers and fellow team members)? An Aquatics Director is responsible for:

    • Supervising campers [ages three (3) to fifteen (15)]
    • Actively participating in all camp activities
    • Providing a safe and fun learning environment and serving as a positive role model

    Position Objective/Purpose

    ESF is hiring motivated leaders with prior experience supervising children and adults who believe in ESF’s mission, build positive relationships and ensure the well-being of others.

    Position Scope Factors

    Aquatics Director hours are from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. Start and end times may vary depending on the location and camp. Depending on the location, Aquatics Directors work up to ten (9) consecutive weeks from mid-June through mid-August.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    • Be present at the pool at all times and ensure pool safety
    • Direct and supervise all campers in and around the pool area
    • Delegate, assign and communicate Lifeguard placement/zone coverage
    • Manage and develop Aquatics staff; conduct mid-summer and end of summer evaluations
    • Conduct morning briefings daily with Aquatics team and participate in leadership meetings
    • Interface with camp parents/guardians through written and verbal communication
    • Coordinate daily swim and enrichment lesson schedules
    • Supervise all swim lessons daily
    • Ensure Instructors are prepared to teach swimming skills on a daily basis
    • Evaluate camper’s swimming abilities; identify and meet camper needs
    • Track camper swim progress and prepare awards for completed levels
    • Ensure buddy checks are being performed according to ESF policy
    • Perform pool maintenance and testing; record any incidents
    • Complete paperwork as assigned including weekly progress reports
    • Fulfill additional duties that may be assigned by the Site Director
    • Exhibit ESF Core Values at all times, and to adhere to all company policies
    • Have fun!
    • Other responsibilities as assigned

    Position Competencies for Success

    • Understand and support the mission of the organization
    • Commit to the growth and development of youth
    • Work effectively with others in all levels of the organization in a professional manner
    • Demonstrate outstanding communication skills; using clear, concise and professional language when interacting with campers, camp families and colleagues
    • Be responsible, reliable and safe
    • Always have a positive, can-do attitude
    • Be patient, caring and creative
    • Produce consistent, high-quality work
    • Demonstrate excellent judgment; identify problems and work quickly to find solutions
    • Be a flexible, adaptive and a team player
    • Desire to make a difference in the life of a child

    Experience Requirements

    • Previous experience working with children in a supervisory capacity
    • Prior staff supervision experience
    • Performance management and facilitation experience
    • Previous experience working as a Lifeguard/Swim Instructor or willingness to get certified
    • Experience teaching swim lessons or willingness to learn
    • Prior camp experience preferred

    Certification Requirements

    • Current Lifeguard certification including First Aid, CPR and AED
    • ESF will reimburse Aquatic Team members after a successful camp season for completing and passing a local or ESF-run Lifeguard certification course (Note: ESF offers First Aid, CPR and Lifeguard certification courses; inquire with your Hiring Director for more information)
    • Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification preferred. Aquatics Team Memebers are not required to have a Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification. If you have your WSI certification, additional compensation is offered. 

    Education Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree

    Reporting Relationships

    • Reports directly to the Site Director

    Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

    • Must have the physical capability to see (near and far), climb, bend, swim, float, kneel and carry individuals during rescue operations
    • Ability to push/pull, lift and carry a minimum of thirty-five (35) pounds
    • Must be able to perform all skills required for Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and AED certification(s)
    • Endurance to guard the pool and surrounding area for six (6) to eight (8) hours per day.
    • Ability to respond to emergency situations which may require running [up to one (1) mile in some cases)] and climbing stairs
    • Possess physical capacity to fulfill all Essential Job Functions – Responsibilities listed above


    This job description is subject to change at any time.


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