City of Fort Wayne

Camp Counselor - Salomon Farm

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Job Code: 2024010
Posted On: Thursday, 1st February 2024
Category: Seasonal
Department: Parks and Recreation
Shift: 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday), Eight (8) hour shifts, mary vary depending on need
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
200 E. Berry Street
Pay Rate: $15.00 - $17.00 per hour

Job Description:


Under the direction of the Camp Supervisor-Salomon Farm, the incumbent presents or facilitates the Farm Camp program; assumes the responsibility for the care, supervision and instruction of groups of youth (ages 4 to 18 years old); greets public and answers questions. The incumbent assists the supervisor with ideas and suggestions for program development and improvement. 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.

  • Enforces rules of camp and park;
  • Greets parents of campers and answer questions;
  • Leads hikes, outdoor exploration activities, creek walks, and programs;
  • Assists with cleanup and maintenance of learning center and other park buildings;
  • Attends staff meetings and training sessions;
  • Assists campers with crafts and other hand art projects;
  • Leads campers in performing farm chores such as feeding and tending livestock, working in vegetable garden;
  • Leads games and activities for campers;
  • Maintains supplies and tools in a clean and orderly fashion;
  • Teaches about farming through experiential education;
  • Develops and executes weekly program schedule;
  • Supervises groups of campers and takes attendance; Supervises campers in teaching kitchen, during assigned farm chores, and bubble machine activities;
  • Develops recipes and activities that can be conducted in the teaching kitchen;
  • Works with assigned counselor-in-training on counselor development;
  • Assesses, records, and notifies supervisor of any accidents or possible hazards; Properly fill out incident reports;
  • Assists with parent night/open hours on Wednesdays;
  • Assists with River Camp, as needed;
  • Creates and follows weekly activity schedule;
  • Complete year end responsibilities which include returning all borrowed items, end of year checklist, staff program and employment evaluation, employment intent form for next season and clean and prepare all camp facilities for closing;
  • Follows and enforce safety rules and report any irregularities and / or abnormal conditions to immediate supervisor.



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.


  • Incumbent does not supervise any staff.


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);
  • Childcare experience preferred but not required;
  • Teaching experience preferred but not required;
  • Currently studying education in college or university preferred but not required.


  • Willingness to complete Preventing Disease Transmission training;
  • Possess knowledge of or willingness to learn about natural history, Indiana farming history, Salomon history, outdoor recreation, gardening skills;
  • Ability to hike or walk up to 3 – 5 miles per day over uneven terrain or unimproved trails;
  • Competent in communication skills;
  • Ability to understand moderately complex, relatively standardized tasks, processes or operations;
  • Ability to apply routine practices, rules and regulations, procedures or techniques that are relevant to assigned tasks;
  • Ability to establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with supervisors, staff and patrons;
  • Ability to handle unforeseen circumstances involving people, equipment livestock and/or nature.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak publicly effectively and efficiently. Problems during work causing questions about objectives and boundaries are discussed. Incumbent has contact with persons employed by other agencies, and with the public communicating routine information including the giving and receiving of factual information about work.  


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Incumbent makes choices and takes action performing a variety of relatively standardized assignments. Errors in decision or work are either readily detected or corrected through supervisory review. Work requires some analysis and judgment but is reviewed by supervisor upon conclusion.   Work may involve some spot checking for compliance of procedural requirements.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS – Required for Continued Employment

  • 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);
  • Valid Indiana Driver's License if City vehicle is used.


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.

Incumbent follows standardized practices and procedures or general work instructions. Incumbent's work may have prolonged or frequent exposure to: heavy labor, poor working conditions, and/or extreme outdoor weather conditions. Incumbent must have the ability to hike up to three miles per day over uneven terrain or unimproved trails.


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. Incumbent is normally standing or walking but on occasion will be required to lift light objects for short periods of time.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Incumbent has sustained exposure to dust, livestock animals, farm machinery, hazardous conditions with exposure to inclement weather and various temperature changes. Incumbent is exposed to recurring work conditions involve chance of injury.

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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).

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.