Summer Staff with Lifeguarding as Primary Task

January 10, 2018

Our Mission

Our commitment is to provide transforming:

  • Settings for re-creation
  • Intensives for spiritual formation
  • Hospitality to all 

Our Task

Camping and Retreat Ministry in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference:

  • Equips local churches for ministry and provides a connection for ministry beyond the local church.
  • Provides intentional places apart
  • Extends genuine Christian hospitality and community
  • Nurtures Christian faith and discipleship
  • Develops Christian spiritual leaders
  • Teaches creation care and appreciation
  • Collaborates with United Methodists churches and agencies
  • Equips guests to go forth and serve

Essential Qualifications

It is expected that the applicant:

  1. Is certified in American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescue (training provided if needed)
  2. Possesses excellent organizational and communication skills
  3. Will pass a criminal background check (if 18 or older)
  4. Is a mature person with faith consistent with The United Methodist Church
  5. Has energy and passion for camping and retreat ministry
  6. Possesses a welcoming spirit of radical hospitality
  7. Is able to communicate and work with groups and individuals of varied ages
  8. Has a passion for making a difference in the lives of others through hospitality

Other Qualifications

It is expected that the applicant:
  1. Loves working with adults, children, youth, and special needs campers in outdoor and indoor ministries
  2. Listens to others and observe others’ actions
  3. Reads text and information
  4. Comprehends instructions and manuals
  5. Moves about the camp property in various environmental conditions
  6. Withstands prolonged exposure to sunlight and other inclement weather
  7. Maintains concentration for prolonged periods
  8. Performs physical functions of lifeguards

Expectations and Job Description

Expectations of All Staff

  1. Model a lifestyle of love and grace consistent with the life of Jesus Christ, assisting gently in conflict management and in responses to unacceptable behavior
  2. Demonstrate a willingness to grow and learn along with the campers
  3. Commit to the mission of the ministry, which is to create a sustained community of love and acceptance where children and youth may encounter God-Love in nature, in friendships, in study, in worship, and in play
  4. Be prepared to serve in areas other than primary task, including spelling counselors off, helping in the kitchen, and fulfilling certain light housekeeping tasks

Expectations of Staff Whose Primary Task is Lifeguarding

  1. Recognize and respond quickly and effectively in emergencies
  2. Enforce all aquatic facility policies and the rules and regulations of the camp
  3. Ensure appropriate headcount of swimmers on an hourly basis and provide safety information to campers
  4. Call out warnings to people who may be in imminent danger or are exhibiting unruly behavior
  5. Inspect the beach and/or pool area and equipment on a daily schedule and report any unsafe conditions or equipment to your supervisor (Program Manager, Facilities Manager, or Head Lifeguard) 
  6. Complete records and reports, including daily and weekly check lists and the safety check list before swimmers enter the water
  7. Arrive at work station 30 minutes prior to the first swimmer
  8. Wear required uniform (swimsuit, shorts, whistle, lifeguard pack containing first aid kit, pocket mask, and any weather-related gear as needed) when on the property
  9. Observe the water when swimmers are present
  10. Assist in daily preparation and clean-up of aquatic facilities, including, but is not limited to, vacuuming pool, hosing the deck, cleaning shower rooms, emptying garbage, raking sand, picking up trash, and other duties as assigned
  11. Assist campers in management of crises and conflict
  12. Abide by child abuse prevention rules, ACA standards, policies of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, and public ordinances
  13. Sign off on the Illinois Great Rivers Conference personnel policy
  14. Live on camp (unless otherwise arranged) and work irregular hours
  15. Participate in the required staff training
  16. Attend all staff meetings, weekly in-service training, and community gatherings, including worship
  17. Maintain fitness level (swimming skills, strength and endurance) 
  18. Complete additional duties as assigned by supervisor or member of the management team

  Working Conditions

  1. Participate in daily routines of campers, including meals and worship
  2. Live on site and sleep in cabins, lodges, or tents with campers.
  3. Work irregular hours, including some evenings and weekends