City of Fort Wayne

Camp Counselor - Franke

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Job Code: 2024003
Posted On: Thursday, 1st February 2024
Category: Seasonal
Department: Parks and Recreation
Shift: Varies - Generally 40 hours per week
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
200 E. Berry Street
Pay Rate: $15.00 - $17.00 per hour

Job Description:


Working under direction of the Camp Supervisor - Franke, the incumbent teaches outdoor skills to campers within the framework of the Franke day camp program. Incumbent assumes the responsibility for the care, supervision, instruction of groups of youth (4 to 18 years old), greets public, and answers questions.   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 and the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Receives daily assignments;
  • Welcomes campers/introduce and describes programs to campers;
  • Teaches crafts, and outdoor skills;
  • Leads games;
  • Assists with closing ceremony and flag ceremony;
  • Meets with supervisor for daily evaluation;
  • Attends training sessions;    
  • Prepares daily activities;
  • Teaches care of equipment, environmental ethics and weather observation, reporting/predicting;
  • Teaches fire building skills, outdoor cooking, knife skills;
  • Teaches skit performance;
  • Assists with food preparation/clean-up.


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.


Position requires routine supervision.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 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.


  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED);
  • One year experience working with children ages 4-11 in an outdoor or camp setting;


  • Specialized knowledge in basic principles or outdoor/camping skills, counseling, organizational and teaching skills;
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively while teaching various outdoor skills;
  • Ability to apply routine practices, rules, regulations, procedures, techniques, and/or traditions that are relevant to assigned tasks;
  • Ability to hike or walk up to 3-5 miles per day over uneven terrain or unimproved trails;
  • Ability to establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with departmental managers, operating staff and the general public.


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, fellow 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. Incumbent must have the ability to understand standardized practices, procedures and general work instructions. 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 if a City vehicle is used.
  • Certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED by the American Heart Association within two weeks of employment (provided by the City’s Risk Management Department).


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work requires some contact with changing conditions, some lifting of light objects occasionally. Incumbent is normally standing, walking or lifting light objects. Incumbent may require greater than normal physical abilities such as visual or hearing activity. Incumbent works inside and outside in normal weather changes; work requires walking about various types of terrain with exposure to hazardous conditions and dust.

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(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).

Equal Opportunity Employer

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.