Chautauqua Institution

  • EDUC: Counselor- Waterfront (Boys' and Girls' Club) *Minor Friendly*

    Job Locations US-NY-Chautauqua
    Posted Date 3 months ago(1/28/2019 9:36 AM)
    # of Openings
    Education: Youth & Family Programs
  • Overview

    The pre-eminent expression of lifelong learning in the United States, Chautauqua Institution comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 people visit Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages — all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue.


    The purpose of the Boys' and Girls' Club is to provide an opportunity for young people ages 7-15 to actively participate in a safe and supportive recreational day camp on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution. Activities include instruction in tennis, swimming, volleyball, arts and crafts, nature and sailing, along with enrichment opportunities that take full advantage of Chautauqua's natural and cultural resources.

    The Boys' and Girls' Club encourages personal growth for participants and professional growth for staff. The enjoyment and appreciation of lifelong skills are emphasized, and the importance of Club as a source of lasting Chautauqua relationships is recognized and nurtured.

    The Boys' and Girls' Club is considered the oldest day camp in the United States. With most buildings dating from the 1890s and the turn of the century, the Boys' and Girls' Club grows out of a Chautauqua tradition of excellence in sports and physical education.


    Under the supervision of the Camp Aquatics Director/Supervising Lifeguard, the Waterfront Counselor will:

    • Instruct camp children in swimming
    • Guard the beach area
    • Enforce rules and regulations on or near the waterfront;
    • Assist in preparing written reports as necessary;
    • Perform other responsibilities as assigned by the Camp Aquatics Director


    Waterfront Counselors shall actively supervise participants in the camp's aquatic activities and shall not be engaged in duties or activities that distract them from the direct supervision of the waterfront.


    To apply, please complete online application and upload resume. In addition, please attach a cover letter, addressed to Club Director Greg Prechtl, expressing your interest in the position and addressing the following topics:

    1. The most recent year of schooling you have completed.
    2. Describe employment and/or enriching experiences you feel are relevant to working at Boys' and Girls' Club
    3. Describe leadership positions in high school and/or college clubs, service organizations, athletic teams, etc., that you believe might help you as a camp counselor.


    • Waterfront applications must include copies of current certifications (lifeguarding and CPR required, WSI preferred)
    • 17 years or older; adults welcome. Experience and interest in working with youth required


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