Camp Inclusion Counsellor, Camping and Outdoor Education (Neighbourhood Day Camps)

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Position: Camp Inclusion Counsellor, Camping and Outdoor Education (Neighbourhood Day Camps)
Location: Various Locations (Ottawa, Nepean, Kanata, Orleans, Clarence-Rockland)
Type: Casual, part-time, hourly rate of $15.81
Preferred start date: Monday, Jun 26, 2023
Closing date: Friday, Jun 23, 2023


As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in Canada, the YMCA of the National Capital Region responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide lasting solutions. Serving thousands of people across our region annually, we are a leader and valued partner in creating a vibrant and healthy community where everyone belongs and can reach their full potential. This position requires a commitment to the Y mission and core values of responsibility, honesty, caring, respect, and inclusion, which form the foundation of all Y programs and services.

Working for the Y

Are you looking to use your skills and unique gifts to make a real difference in your community? The YMCA of the National Capital Region is a great workplace committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. The YMCA provides hundreds of employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits, and growth opportunities. Whether you are starting out in your career or a seasoned professional, you will find many exciting opportunities to achieve your personal and career goals.

What we offer

At the Y, you will be part of a vibrant and diverse network of people whose shared vision is to change lives and make our communities home to the healthiest children, teens, adults, and families.

Our competitive wage and benefit package include:

  • Free Y membership.
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program

What you offer?

Reporting to the Neighbourhood Day Camp Coordinator, the NDC Inclusion Counsellors are responsible for providing one on one support to campers with special needs. Inclusion Counsellors will receive training and support but should come into the role with experience working in this sector. Inclusion Counsellors are caring, enthusiastic, and patient and will use integrative strategies to ensure each camper's success in the program.

This position requires a commitment to the mission and core values of responsibility, honesty, caring, and respect, which form the foundation of all Y programs and services.

Positions available at various locations across the city such as:

  • Ottawa Center
  • Ottawa-West-Nepean
  • Nepean
  • Clarence-Rockland
  • Ottawa South
  • Orleans
  • Ottawa-Vanier
  • Kanata

Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • Provide one-on-one and two-on-one support to children with special needs. Actively supervise assigned camper(s), learning their name(s) on the first day and knowing their whereabouts at all times.
  • Manage behavioral incidents and implement behavioral redirection strategies as necessary.
  • Act as a positive role model in attitude, health, and wellness for campers, volunteers, and staff.
  • Assist in developing program inclusion strategies to create a positive experience for all campers.
  • Prepare and deliver exceptional day camp programming. Create developmentally appropriate program plans. Deliver day camp programs to assigned camper groups. Act as a resource to camp staff team in terms of inclusive programming.
  • Lead programming with an awareness of the camper's emotional well-being as well as physical safety.
  • Participate actively in all camp activities and special events. Staff will be required to swim or be in pools with the participants.
  • To be responsible for the safety, supervision, and security of all participants in your care at all times by following the YMCA Policies and Procedures. Administering first aid, and writing accident/incident reports as required.
  • Complete all necessary paperwork accurately and in a timely manner (site checks, program paperwork, incident reports, pre-camp phone calls, staff meetings, and parent feedback). Positive communication, problem solving, and addressing concerns in a timely manner with camper families.
  • Demonstrate strong support and commitment to serving the membership, facility users, and all program participants of the YMCA of the National Capital Region.

What qualifications and abilities are we looking for?

At YMCA of the National Capital Region, we strive to ensure our employees are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals. 

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • High School Diploma, Post-Secondary Education
  •  ECE certification is an asset


  • Fluent in English, oral and written essential
  • Bilingualism an asset

Experience, Abilities & Skills

  • Experience working with children with special needs such as behavioural, cognitive, or physical
  • Current Standard First Aid & CPR “C” certification
  • NSL Certification, YMCA - Health Child Development, Fundamental Movement Skills – NCCP certification, or other relevant certifications will all be strongly considered as assets for this position
  • Requires comfortability or ability to swim

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicants must already have a valid permit to work in Canada.
  • Criminal Reference Check for the Vulnerable Sector, not more than 6 months old is required 
  • Annually all staff must complete the mandatory training for Protecting Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons and submit the certificate of completion.

Core Competencies:

  • Communication: Communicates in a thorough, clear, and timely manner and supports information sharing and goal achievement across the Association.
  • Concern for Health and Safety: Acknowledges and understands how to manage and educate others on risk and harm reduction.
  • Inclusiveness: Understand and commits to promoting equal opportunity and support for all children regardless of ability.
  • Integrity: Demonstrates responsible behaviour at all times and maintains high ethical standards.
  • Teamwork and Collaboration: The ability to collaborate effectively with others, to be part of a team, and to promote quality work through effective contribution to others’ efforts. Create an atmosphere of trust amongst all team members.
  • Service Orientation: Focusing one’s efforts on discovering and meeting the client’s needs. It implies a desire to help or serve others, to meet their needs.
  • Risk Management: Ability to apply knowledge and skills to identify potential risks in advance, analyze them and take precautionary steps to reduce/curb the risk.
  • Relationship Building: The ability to build and/or maintain reciprocal and friendly relationships with networks of people who may be able to partner or assist in moving an agenda forward or furthering the organization’s goals.
  • Quality Focus: Taking pride in ensuring that tasks are completed with a focus on accuracy and quality by monitoring and checking work or information, insisting on clarity of roles and functions, planning, etc.
  • Leadership: Taking a role as leader of a team or other group. It implies a desire to lead others using soft power and interpersonal skills.

About diversity and inclusiveness at the Y: 

Inclusiveness is a part of our core values and we are committed to ensuring the diversity of the people and communities we serve as well as our staff. We welcome candidates from racialized groups, invisible minorities, Indigenous People, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

YMCA of the National Capital Region is committed to accessibility in employment and to ensuring equal access to employment opportunities for candidates, including persons with disabilities. In compliance with AODA, the YMCA will endeavor to provide accommodation to people with disabilities in the recruitment process upon request. If you are selected for an interview and require accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please email upon scheduling your interview.

How to apply?

All internal applicants must inform their supervisor of their intention to apply for the position.  

Applications must be submitted to the YMCA of the National Capital Region, and all cover letters should be addressed to Sara Pinsky. Please send applications to the Camping and Outdoor Education General Manager, Sara Pinsky (

Thank you for your interest in joining the YMCA of the National Capital Region. We appreciate all applications. Due to the volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those selected for further consideration in the hiring process.

The YMCA of the National Capital Region is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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