Overnight Camp Area Supervisor (Camp Otonabee)

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Position: Overnight Camp Area Supervisor (Camp Otonabee)
Location: 1620 Sixth Line Rd RR #1, Dunrobin, ON
Type: Casual, part-time contract, preferred start date May 1, 2023. Half-day rate of $70.00 and full-day rate of $140.00.
Preferred start date: Monday, May 01, 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 in your career or a seasoned professional, you will find many exciting opportunities to achieve your personal and career goals. Some of the benefits of working for the Y include:

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 do you offer?

Reporting to the Camp Director, the Overnight Camp Area Supervisor supervises and implements the delivery of quality recreational programs, services, and experiences to children and youth aged 4 to 16 enrolled at Camp Otonabee. The Overnight Camp Area Supervisor supervises counsellors, section support staff, and program staff and provides them with tools to create a meaningful camp experience for all participants as they engage in outdoor activities, discover nature and enjoy the natural environment, build self-confidence, establish lasting friendships. Campers can experience canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, swimming, and more.

This position fosters self-esteem as well as problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills in program participants while working to create an atmosphere of safety, belonging, and positive development in accordance with Y policies and procedures.

This position ensures that health and safety regulations and YMCA-YWCA policies and procedures are upheld. The Camp Area Supervisor adheres to and ensures that the mission, purpose, image, and core values of the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region are conveyed to members, staff, and volunteers with every interaction.

Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • Support and supervise frontline staff in daily tasks
  • Ensures that children have a positive experience leading to personal growth through fun and rewarding recreation and sports programs
  • Provide excellent customer service to the member and participants and proactively address concerns or issues
  • Ensure the safety and protection of all members, participants, staff, and property
  • Responsible for ensuring staff are provided with activity templates and are delivering the quality program per safety protocols and standard practices
  • Support and promote YMCA core values
  • Provide and oversee high-quality program facilitation
  • Assists in coordinating camp logistics

What qualifications and abilities are we looking for?

At the 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:


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

Experience, Skills, and Abilities

  • National Lifeguard Certification, Bronze Cross, Paddle Canada, or other relevant certifications are strongly considered assets for this position
  • Experience in a day or residential camps in positions with progressive leadership and responsibility
  • CUI Level 1 or Level 2 or previous high ropes experience/hours is considered an asset
  • Current Standard First Aid & CPR “C” certification
  • Well-developed interpersonal, conflict resolution skills and relationship-building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with children, members, staff, and volunteers
  • Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience working in and around camping and outdoor education and a minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience in and around camping and outdoor education
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship-building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with program participants, members, staff, and volunteers
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in stressful situations
  • Ability to be energetic and outgoing
  • Ability to be a self-motivating, enthusiastic, and responsible individual with strong leadership skills

 Additional Requirements:

  • Minimum of 18 years old
  • Flexible to work days, evenings, and weekends
  • 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:

  • Effective Interactive Communication: the ability to transmit and receive information clearly and communicate effectively to others by considering their points of view to respond appropriately. It includes using tact and diplomacy in all communications as well as the ability to convey ideas and information, both orally and in writing, in a way that brings understanding to the target audience.
  • Integrity: Demonstration of conduct consistent with values and ethics
  • 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.
  • Concern for Health and Safety: Demonstrating high concern for the health and safety of all team members, giving extra attention to Y’s guidelines on workplace safety.
  • 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 peopleandculture@ymcaottawa.ca 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 Marisa Yeomans. Please send applications to Program Supervisor, Marisa Yeomans (marisa.yeomans@ymcaottawaa.ca)

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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