City of Fort Wayne

Camp Counselor - PODS-Positive Outdoor Days of Summer

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Job Code: 2024032
Posted On: Thursday, 8th February 2024
Category: Seasonal
Department: Parks and Recreation
Shift: Varies within Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 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 Facility Coordinator-Preschool/Youth, the incumbent will provide direct supervision, safety, social engagement, and instruction for children ages 5-14 years old. 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.

  • Assists in planning weekly program schedules and daily themed activities;
  • Receives daily assignments and meets with supervisor for reporting and evaluation;
  • Enthusiastically introduces activities and actively engages with participants in outdoor summer fun;
  • Integrates recreational and educational activities to foster a memorable, interactive, and quality program experience;
  • Promotes shared experiences, social interactions, and positive and inclusive group dynamics among participants;
  • Teaches crafts, games, art, and exploration skills:
  • Teaches street safety and navigation while guiding children safely on exploratory walks downtown;
  • Maintains flexibility, perseverance, and a sense of resourcefulness;
  • Guides participants in discovering l concepts, developing new understandings, and demonstrating gained knowledge and skills;
  • Assists with lunch, snack preparation, and clean up;
  • Follows child safety protocols;
  • Demonstrates positive interactions with parents, participants, co-workers, and other staff;
  • Assists in record-keeping duties;
  • Participates in staff training;
  • Performs duties in accordance with the City's safety rules and operating regulations and practices.


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 requires routine supervision of program participants.


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


  • Experience working with children ages 5-14 years of age.


  • 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 if City vehicle is used;
  • Certified in First Aid and CPR 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally up to 20 pounds. 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.

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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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.