Lifeguard/Counselor - Camp Farley Outdoor Education Center


Job Description

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITY: To teach and help coordinate camp's waterfront and swimming activities, and help maintain standards that lead to a quality program.

  1. Assist in checking equipment and making (or filing for) repairs. 
  2. Assist in conducting initial and end-of-season inventory. 
  3. Assist in coordinating specialization with other camp activities. 
  4. During staff training, work help set up waterfront area and teach staff their responsibilities in activity. 
  5. Write lesson plans that foster participants' aquatic skills. 
  6. Award recognition and participation certificates to campers, when earned. 
  7. Conduct daily check of equipment in area for safety. 
  8. Teach and monitor proper use of equipment. 
  9. Assist in packing all materials and supplies at end of season. 
  10. Evaluate current season and make suggestions for following season. 
  11. Reside with, and supervise, campers in cabins during the week. 
  12. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required. 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITY: To identify and meet camper needs

  1. Learn the likes/dislikes of each participants 
  2. Recognize and respond to opportunities for problem solving in the group. 
  3. Develop opportunities for interaction between campers and staff. 
  4. Provide opportunities for the group so that each individual experiences success. 
  5. Provide opportunities for discussion of individual or group problems or concerns. 
  6. Help each participant meet the goals established by the camp for camper development. 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITY: To carry out camp programs

  1. Guide cabin or unit groups and individual campers in participating successfully in all aspects of camp activities. 
  2. Carry out established roles for supervising camper health. 
  3. Carry out established roles in enforcing camp safety regulations. 
  4. Develop cabin or unit activity plans with participants as appropriate. 
  5. Supervise all assigned aspects of campers' day including morning reveille, cabin clean-up, meal times, rest hour, evening activities, getting ready for bed, and after-hours duty as assigned. 
  6. Instruct campers in emergency procedures (fire drills, evacuating the cabin, etc.)
  7. Help campers plan their participation in unit-wide or camp wide programs, special events, and activities. 8
  8. Assist in teaching or leading an activity, as assigned. 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITY: To fulfill other staff administrative roles

  1. Prepare for and actively participate in staff training, meetings, and supervisory conferences. 
  2. Set a good example for campers and others including cleanliness, punctuality, sharing clean-up and chores, sportsmanship, and table manners. 
  3. Follow camp rules and regulations pertaining to smoking, use of alcoholic beverages, and use of drugs. 
  4. Encourage respect for personal property, camp equipment, and facilities. 
  5. Manage personal time off in accordance with camp policy. 
  6. Maintain good public relations with campers' parents.
  7. Submit all required reports and lesson plans on time. 
  8. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required.


  • Able to accompany campers to main program areas 
  • lead small and large group activities
  • supervise campers participation in structured and unstructured activities
  • demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers served 
  • interact appropriately with campers in a variety of situations 
  • appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior-management techniques – enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self control. 

STATEMENT: Able to assist in emergency (fire, injury, etc.); and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.

Apply by: December 29 2017


Camp/Organization: Camp Farley Outdoor Education Center (ACA Accredited)

Location: Mashpee, Cape Cod

Type of Position: Director

Time Frame: Seasonal

Salary: Very Competitive Salary, housing, and meals. Staff enjoy about 24 hours off each week - at least an hour off during each day, 3 nights off during the week, and from Friday at 8:30 to Sunday at noon off. Camp does not operate during weekends and staff are free to leave, or are welcome to stay and enjoy camp’s private staff beach, staff lounge with flat screen TV and wireless, staff laundry facilities, staff kitchenette, bicycles, and other staff amenities. Food is provided on weekends.


  • Current Life Guard Training certification OR equivalent 
  • Current First Aid & CPR certifications 
  • High School graduate or equivalent, or at least 18 years of age 
  • Physically able to carry out duties as they relate to the program


  • Experience working at or participating in a children's camp. 
  • Desire and ability to work with children outdoors 
  • Ability to relate to one's peer group 
  • Ability to accept guidance and supervision 
  • Good character, integrity, and adaptability 
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control

Additional Information

Dates of Employment are June 23th to August 25th (9 weeks) Camp Farley offers an 8 week, co-ed summer camp. For information regarding the program, or to fill out an application, visit: The population of campers can generally be described as reflective of the nature and diversity of the local community on Cape Cod. The overnight camp program (Sun. afternoon to Friday evening) accommodates about 100 children between the ages 8 to 15, and a day camp program accommodates about 70 children between the ages of 6 to 12. Living and working at a children’s camp is not for everyone, but if you love kids, people, and fun, then you will hardly find a better place to spend your summer than Camp Farley. We value those who can contribute to our program and our great reputation for excellence.


Maria Campbell

615 Route 130
Mashpee, Massachusetts 02649