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Summer Camp Counselor

Job Summary
Summer Camp Counselors work as a team to provide a safe and structured environment for campers with varying cognitive and physical abilities (ages 6-30) to achieve goals in socialization, independence, and personal skills all while engaging in adaptive recreation and adventure programming. A primary function of this and every other job at the National Ability Center is to ensure that each participant, volunteer, guest, and visitor of the National Ability Center receives the highest caliber of service.

Major Tasks and Responsibilities
• Supervision of campers for the duration of their attendance in camp (Day Camps – 8 hours a day, 4-5 days a week; Overnight Camps – 24/7 supervision required)
• Role-model and teach skills in socialization, hygiene, self-advocacy, independence, etc.
• Attend and engage in all required training(s)
• Work as a team to plan, organize, and implement adaptive recreation activities that are appropriate to the environment and participants’ ages and abilities
• Design and implement counselor choice activities
• Provide instruction and assist campers in reaching success when participating in all aspects of the program while encouraging independence
• Work alongside interns and volunteers and delegate Day and Overnight Camp duties
• Enforce program policies and safety practices
• Report all accidents, incidents, and disciplinary concerns to the program supervisor
• Utilize behavioral management techniques as needed
• Operate the fleet of National Ability Center vehicles (15-passenger buses with wheel-chair lift systems) – based on ability and comfort
• Problem solve unexpected changes
• Communicate with parents/guardians, co-staff, and program supervisor daily
• Documentation and record keeping (progress notes, daily “report cards”, incident reports, behavior plans etc.)
• Assist with overseeing proper use of facility, equipment, and supplies
• Assist with preparing/cleaning site, equipment, and vehicles for activity
• Participate fully as a member of the National Ability Center
• Other duties as identified

Required Skills and Qualifications
• 18 years or older
• Full COVID-19 Vaccination*
• Valid Driver’s License
• Pass a Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) physical and gain approval for driving the National Ability Center’s fleet of accessible vehicles (15-passenger buses with wheelchair lift systems)
• Ability to work effectively with individuals with disabilities who range in age from 6 to 30 years old
• Ability to be flexible, creative, and positive in a variety of hectic situations
• Commitment to a positive, fun, and team oriented working environment while working for extended periods in the elements
• Basic computer processing skills including MS Office required
• Ability to give and receive feedback in a positive, constructive, and solution-oriented manner
• Current CPR and First Aid certifications or higher
• Current Food Handlers Permit for the State of Utah
• Available for full camp season including required pre-season training (May – August). Any exceptions may be made by the discretion of the Camp Supervisor and must be agreed upon prior to start of employment.

Preferred Skills
• Ability to instruct activities such as archery, cycling, water sports, and rock climbing
• Current Lifeguard with waterfront skills certification or higher
• Ability to lift adaptive equipment/up to 50lbs

• Access to industry pro deals, community fitness center discounts, scholarship funds for continuing education and certification and other benefits for part-time/seasonal staff as outlined in the employee manual

How to Apply
• Visit and select the “Summer Camp Counselor” job posting
• Reach out to Avery at with any further questions, comments, or concerns regarding the position

*Notice of Vaccination Policy- In accordance with National Ability Center’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, all employees, volunteers, and interns are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. To protect all staff, volunteers, and participants, it is strongly recommended that participants be fully vaccinated. At this time, it is not required; however, all participants and family members must follow current program COVID-19 procedures and sign the COVID waiver that outlines the risks associated with COVID-19. Our policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, federal and local health authorities, as applicable and is subject to change. Read Full Vaccination Policy and FAQ.

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Last Updated: 4/7/22