Summer Overnight Camp - Waterfront Director

Utopia, TX

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We are currently looking for individuals to fill the following Summer Camp positions at Camp La Jita. Camp La Jita meaning “precious possession” was aptly chosen as the name for our resident camp on the beautiful Sabinal River near Utopia, Texas. Camp La Jita rests on 236 acres of Texas Hill Country land, one hour and twenty minutes west of San Antonio.

                                                                                        Waterfront Director

                                                                               Reports to: Assistant Camp Director

Purpose: To organize and administer activities at the waterfront consistent with Girl Scout standards and the American Red Cross and integrate waterfront activities with unit plans and other specialized camp events; to direct and supervise waterfront staff 

Equipment Used: Junior Olympic pool and maintenance equipment, canoes, kayaks, riverfront, lifeguard tubes, fishing poles, life jackets.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Develops and carries out programs with the waterfront staff, waterfront activities based on unit plans; establishes procedures and coordinates requests for use of facilities.
  • Supervises the waterfront staff, arranges schedules of duties and coordinates with supervisor a schedule for time off.
  • Teaches water safety and swimming according to the American Red Cross.
  • Develops and enforces waterfront safety measures for every person in camp. Reports accidents to the nurse or Camp Director promptly.
  • Is responsible for care and use of canoes, tubes, lifesaving equipment, pool shower house, filtration system, and other equipment and supplies; requisitions necessary equipment and supplies before and during camp; requests necessary repairs or maintenance work.
  • Keeps American Red Cross, ACA and Health Department records.
  • Participates in general camp program outside his/her own field.
  • Checks and operates the filtration and chlorination system for the pool and reports these conditions regularly.
  • Participates in staff meetings.
  • Assists in opening and closing of camp as related to waterfront activities; makes inventories and reports.
  • Participates in all camp activities.
  • Acts as host/hostess for camp visitors and parents
  • Follows and adheres to National and Council Policies, Procedures and Plans.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Successful completion of a background check
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Lifeguard certified (preferably through Red Cross)
  • CPR pro Certified (preferably through Red Cross)
  • Attend training sessions for the position June 5, 2023 – June 9, 2023
  • Must reside at camp June 11, 2023 – August 5, 2023 (some weekends are required, will be given an alternate day off)
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License and reliable means of transportation
  • Prior experience in the development and delivery of recreational programs
  • Experience in supervising others, especially peers, is desirable
  • Previous experience in residential camping preferred
  • Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.
  • Ability to observe camper and staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.

Physical and Environmental Demands:

  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
  • Some physical requirements of the position could be endurance including prolonged standing and sitting, some bending, stooping, and stretching. 
  • Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate program equipment and activities. 
  • Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper and staff activities/programs. 
  • Willing to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours delivering program in the facility available.
  • Continuous outdoor activity and exposure to weather (heat, sun, humidity, etc.)

Job Type

  • Temporary/Seasonal


  • Meals and housing provided
  • Great memories and tons of fun!
  • Make lifelong friends!
  • Have the best summer ever!

Location: Utopia, Texas, 78884 

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