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Job Title: Head of Waterfront
Reports To: Program Director/Camp Director
Number of Positions Available: 1

The Head of Waterfront works cooperatively as a member of the HOC Senior Staff team and as the leading lifeguard/swim instructor. In order to strive to maintain a safe and secure waterfront, HOC will staff the waterfront each day with the same qualified NLS Lifeguards in order to provide uninhibited free swim time for each section. The Head of Waterfront will be responsible for working alongside the Waterfront Assistant and supervising the Waterfront Instructors to ensure the safe and secure operation of HOC's Waterfront. Together, they will provide daily lifeguarded free swims, daily swimming lessons for the South-River-Machar (SRM) Day Camp Program, and instruct and supervise HOC's LIT and CIT instructional swim periods. When required, the Head of Waterfront will work as a waterfront activity instructor as well. The Head of Waterfront will assist the Program Director with the overall management of waterfront activities/activity staff, including oral & written staff evaluations and assisting the Program Director with camper evaluations. The Head of Waterfront is also responsible for the overall identification and management of risk within all of HOC's waterfront programs and facilitation of all waterfront Emergency Response Team training practices.


  • Role Specific Responsibilities
    • Assist the Program Director, when needed.
    • Organize/provide daily supervision and lifeguarding for free swim periods, section activities, WellFit classes, Aquaglide & Lilypad.
    • Organize/provide daily instruction and lifeguarding for SRM Day Camp swimming lessons.
    • Organize/provide instruction and supervision for HOC's Staff Development swim programs, specifically the Bronze Cross program.
    • Organize/book Bronze Med / Cross exam times for the LITs/CITs.
    • Act as primary member of HOC Emergency Response Team.
    • Organize and facilitate scheduled Emergency Response Team training practices for all waterfront staff.
    • Be accountable for all waterfront rescue devices and signage, including daily waterfront inspections.
    • Create weekly schedules for the waterfront staff team.
    • Assist in a leadership role in all required camp special events or specific duties as they are scheduled or assigned.
    • Assist with the supervision of various waterfront classes, as required.
    • Provide mentorship and supervision to the waterfront staff team and ensure that they are meeting HOC's programming and safety standards.
    • Daily supervision throughout camp of quality waterfront programming and safety standards.
    • Supervision and delegation of daily program development time, ensuring waterfront program areas are presentable and clean.
    • Be available to assist Camp Directors as required or when instructional schedule allows.
  • Sr Staff Team Responsibilities
    • Reinforce the camp philosophy, policies and standards by acting as a role model to the staff and being an active participant in the camp community.
    • Provide leadership and guidance to staff and campers.
    • Improve the effectiveness of camp programs by establishing clear and concise goals.
    • Ensure staff provide care to our campers that reflect the standards and guidelines of HOC's Child Care Practices.
    • Assist the Program Director in providing three formal staff evaluations for waterfront staff; after weeks 2, 4 and 6.
    • Accept responsibilities to maintain the Master Camp timetable.
    • Ensure that proper equipment use and safety rules are followed by staff.
    • Create and execute camp programming that is age appropriate, productive, and fun.
    • Attend, and assist in organizing and facilitating sessions and programming for Staff Orientation Week in late June.
    • Attend the Senior Staff Training Weekend in late June.
    • Participate in and take a leadership role in the training for water search and rescue procedures and assume a leadership role during a water emergency.
    • Carry an assigned radio and be available in case of an emergency at all times.
    • Assist with all Sunday camper check-ins.
    • Make any transportation runs (ie. Clinic / Hospital) that are required, provided that you are free at the time.
    • Complete a Program report and update program manual at the end of the summer.
    • Complete 1- 2 duty weekends that may include Friday/Saturday curfew sign in, Saturday check-out, holdover supervision, and LIT overnight trip assistance. Duty weekends will be assigned in advance and must be adhered to.
    • Complete weekly Sr Staff duties as scheduled (Office shift, Cabin Supervision, nightly rounds etc.), approximately 2-4 duties per week depending as required.
    • The Head of Waterfront can expect between 8-10 hrs of scheduled duties daily not including other duties as assigned based on program needs.


  •  All Program staff are required to attend the May program development weekend.
  • All staff are required to deliver every day our Brand Promise “Best Summer Of Your Life” in each camper and staff interaction. Guided by our four core principles, Community, Leadership, Accountability, and Performance.
  • All staff are expected to abide by and enforce camp guidelines of respect. These are the rules and expectations of behaviour implemented to maintain a fun and safe camp environment.
  • All staff are responsible for the safety and security of each camper in their care. Staff are to follow prescribed program standards and lesson plans in order to ensure the highest level of care and instruction.
  • Attendance for all staff to the June orientation week training is mandatory. This training period is where each staff will receive essential employment information and training for a successful summer experience.
  • Leadership and participation in camp-wide special events (Evening Programs, All Camp Activities, Campfires, and Friday Finale) and weekly meetings are an expectation of all staff members.
  • The dynamic nature of summer camp demands each staff understand that additional duties may be assigned as required.


  • Room & Board Provided.
  • Weekly Staff Hockey & Water Skiing.
  • Heads are allowed one weekend off. This is scheduled with the Camp Director at the beginning of the summer. To ensure that we are able to schedule Duty Weekends around Saturday Evening Supervision responsibilities, Heads need to be flexible around their personal schedule. Weekly time off will be scheduled each week that may include mornings, afternoons, or additional weekends free of assigned duties.
  • Time off weekly - Saturday evening (1 in-house themed event + 3 opportunities to sign-out & leave camp property).
  • Time off daily - depending on weekly schedule.
  • Access to program and recreation equipment.
  • The chance to work in a close knit supportive community that values staff health and wellness, creativity, and employee success.
  • The opportunity to develop life skills, applicable to multi-faceted career opportunities. 
  • An experience that will last a lifetime.

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Staff Orientation / Training: TBD
Employment Period: July 3, 2022 – August 27, 2022
Optional Employment: May & June 2022, Week #9 August 28 – September 3, 2022
Wages: Summer wages vary depending on age, qualifications, and experience of applicants. Room and board are included.


  • Minimum of 19 years of age.
  • Currently enrolled in a college or university program with preferred study in Recreation Management, Education, Early Childhood Development, Physical Education or Personnel Management.
  • Lifeguarding experience mandatory.
  • Experience working with children of varied ages in a supervisory or teaching situation. Specific camp experience an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, evaluate and deal effectively with problem-solving situations within the area of responsibility.
  • Valid G driver’s license.
  • Genuine interest in working with children in the community.
  • National Lifeguard certification.
  • Lifesaving Instructor certification.
  • Pleasure Craft Operators Card (recommended).
  • ORCKA Camp Canoeing Instructor Certificate (to be obtained upon receipt of a contract offer).
  • Current certificate of Standard First Aid and CPR.
  • Respect in Sport certification.
  • Must be an enthusiastic, energetic and positive person.
  • Must be willing to take part in camp related activities outside the defined job description.