City of Fort Wayne

Camp Counselor - Botanical Conservatory

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Job Code: 2024063
Posted On: Thursday, 1st February 2024
Category: Seasonal
Department: Parks & Recreation - Botanical Conservatory
Shift: Varies within Monday-Friday 8:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
200 E. Berry Street
Pay Rate: $15.00 - $17.00 per hour

Job Description:


Working under direction of the Program Coordinator of Interpretation, the incumbent provides direct supervision, safety, social engagement, and instruction for youth ages 9-13 years old who are registered for Camp ACTIVenture. The incumbent is expected to exercise good judgment, independence, initiative, and professional expertise in conducting day-to-day operations. All work duties and activities must be performed in accordance with the City safety rules and operating regulations, policies and procedures as well as federal, state, and local regulations. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the ability to interact with the public, City incumbents, and outside agencies with patience, tact, respect, and professionalism in addition to the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assists in planning and implementing daily themed activities;
  • Integrates recreational and educational activities to foster a memorable, interactive, and quality program experience;
  • Maintains flexibility, perseverance, and a sense of resourcefulness;
  • Receives daily assignments and meets with Camp Supervisor for reporting and evaluation;
  • Engages in positive interactions with team members, campers, and their guardians;
  • Assists in record-keeping duties;
  • Models excitement for traveling, outdoor adventure, and exploration of the natural world;
  • Enthusiastically introduces activities and actively engages with campers in outdoor summer fun;
  • Promotes shared experiences, social interactions, and inclusive group dynamics among campers;
  • Demonstrates and teaches values of caring, courage, responsibility, respect, and resilience;
  • Teaches campers skills in areas of adventure preparation, camp recreation, outdoor safety, fire building, bicycling, ziplining, boating, and natural elements;
  • Teaches campers street safety and navigation when walking to downtown destinations;
  • Guides campers to challenge themselves, develop new understandings, and demonstrate gained knowledge and skills;
  • Assists with lunch, snack preparation, and clean up;
  • Follows child safety protocols;
  • Participates in all staff training as provided;
  • Performs duties in accordance with the City's safety rules and operating regulations and practices.


  • May drive 15-passenger van or mini bus to transport children during field trips;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


The incumbent is responsible to manage their performance in accordance with this job description and the performance expectations provided to them by management. If at any time the incumbent is unsure of their role or specific responsibilities, it is the incumbent’s responsibility to refer to their job description and ask for clarification from their supervisor. Management will work with the incumbent, as needed, to ensure performance expectations are clearly communicated and performance goals are achieved.


This position has no staff supervisory responsibility.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. They also must be able to pass a post offer drug test, physical, and a criminal background investigation. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Completion of one year of college in education, recreation or related field;
  • Experience in teaching or recreation leadership is preferred;
  • At least two years of experience working with children.


  • Ability to work well with peers and children of all ages and abilities;
  • Ability to take charge and motivate others;
  • Ability to positively resolve conflict.


Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization. Incumbent has contact with supervisors, the public, co-workers, department head, division head and with other agencies. Incumbent communicates routine information including the giving and receiving of factual information about work.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Incumbent makes choices and takes actions performing a variety of relatively standardized assignments. Errors in decisions or work are not immediately apparent through supervisory review, but are revealed through adverse effects on operations. Work requires some analysis and judgment. Supervisor reviews work in process, at critical phases and upon completion. Supervisor and employee discuss problems and solutions at the end of day.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS – Required for Continued Employment

  • Valid Indiana Driver's License;
  • Certified in First Aid and CPR by the American Heart Association within two weeks of employment (provided by the City’s Risk Management Department).


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All applications for currently posted positions will be submitted on line at Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.

(Those individuals who accept employment with the City and live outside one of the six contiguous Indiana counties that border Allen County (DeKalb, Whitley, Noble, Huntington, Wells, and Adams) will have six (6) months from their start date to become residents of either Allen County or one of the six counties listed above. Policy and Procedure Number 204 Page: 1 of 1).

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran's status, national origin, or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.