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Arts in the Parks Camp Junior Counselor

Wilmette Park District

Full Time

    • Position Type:
      Part Time - Summer Camps/Junior Counselor
    • Date Posted:
    • Location:
      Community Recreation Center
    • Arts in the Parks (AIP) Junior Counselor
      Supervisor: Julie Nichols, Center for the Arts Supervisor 847-920-3927
      Summary: To work with 8-12 children in a small assigned group each day, motivating and creating art projects, leading children to scheduled weekly activities, including but not limited to art classes, outside activities, trips to Centennial Pool and chaperoning field trips.
      Camp Details: Young artists are on location at the Community Recreation Center four days a week and visit a variety of field trip locations once a week in this unique art-exploration camp. Fine art mediums such as water colors, pastels, acrylics, fine drawing and plaster are studied as well as unique media such as recycled materials. Weekly art history lessons focusing on a famous artist combined with a homage-inspired project continue the young artists' training. Campers will also participate in gymnastics, movement, ceramics and free swim at Centennial Family Aquatic Center. Arts in the Parks is offered in 2-day, 3-day, 5-day, 1-week and Tween sections throughout the summer.
      Interviews for this position will begin in late January-early February for qualified candidates. Candidates will be contacted via the email address provided in the job application.

      Mandatory Camp Dates and Trainings

      • Camp Training and Orientation Dates: Starting June 8, 2020. Specific dates/times to be disclosed during the interview.

      Major Duties and Responsibilities

      • Must attend all camp orientation sessions and the full eight weeks of day camp.
      • Attend and participate in required safety training
      • Attend and be prompt to daily morning meetings, all scheduled activities, arrival and dismissal
      • Work with counselor to plan and be active in all the daily activities in a safe, fun and innovative manner, teach and encourage children to participate in all the activities
      • Maintain safety of campers at all times, including pool, bus and field trips
      • Communicate with parents, children and other Wilmette Park District staff professionally and consistently as necessary
      • Maintain attendance on forms provided
      • Report all accidents and incidents to Camp Director
      • Responsible for the care and upkeep of all art supplies
      • Obey all Park District and Departmental safety rules, regulations and procedures applicable to the duties being performed
      • Become familiar with safety procedures, including, but not limited to, fire, severe weather and evaluation procedures
      • Follow-through with all other duties as assigned by Camp Director and Center for the Arts Supervisor
      • Have fun!
      Education and Qualifications
      • Must be at least 14 years of age and have a valid, current work permit on or before June 1, 2020
      • Must be available all eight weeks of camp (any planned absences must be disclosed at time of application and/or interview for consideration and are subject to approval)
      • Attend all required training, safety and planning sessions and camp Open House
      • Must be comfortable with traveling to and acting as a chaperone on field trips and to the pool
      • Previous work in visual arts preferred
      • Previous work with children preferred, preferably in a camp setting
      • Excellent verbal skills necessary, as well as ability to communicate with extreme diplomacy, professionalism, and graciousness
      • Ability to work independently and as a team member
      • Superior organizational abilities, attention to detail, initiative and independence
      • Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations