Camp Tahigwa - Day Camp Specialist

Corfu, NY 14036, USA Req #11443
Monday, June 20, 2022

YMCA Buffalo Niagara is looking for talented individuals with a passion for the YMCA mission and cause, an understanding of YMCA programs and services, and whose everyday priorities are a reflection of the core YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.


Founded in 1852, YMCA Buffalo Niagara is the second-oldest YMCA in the United States and one of the oldest institutions in Western New York. As a charitable, community-based organization committed to providing programs designed to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all, YMCA Buffalo Niagara serves the Western New York community with six membership branches, two overnight camps, and over 50 program locations. No one is turned away due to an inability to pay - each year, more than 2,800 children and families benefit from our annual campaign, which provides over $1.4 million in financial aid to those who wish to participate in YMCA programs such as child care, summer camp, or membership.

YMCA Buffalo Niagara is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.


YMCA Camp Tahigwa is an outdoor adventure camp with opportunities for kids of all ages to master new skills.  Activities include canoeing, swimming, hiking, gag pit games, and arts and crafts. Transportation to and from Camp Tahigwa is available to employees.


The Specialist plans and implements a specialized program segment within the day camp program design.  Experience in mountain biking, ropes course, sports, arts & crafts, and/or archery is required.



Camp employees are scheduled to work Monday – Friday, up to 40 hours per week.  Must be available to work between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.



Complimentary YMCA Buffalo Niagara Family MasterKey Membership, discounted program fees, paid sick leave, training and leadership development opportunities, and a fun work environment.



  1. Develops a daily schedule of activities relating to the specialty program allowing for flexibility and progression.
  2. Provides supervisor with weekly program plans, materials list, and objectives to be accomplished.
  3. Assists in camp training to demonstrate program activities in relation to camp themes.
  4. Ensures effective communication with staff and parents of campers.
  5. Develops and maintains positive, open communication between campers and camp staff.
  6. Responsible for the setup and breakdown of the specialty area, and for the maintenance and control of supplies and equipment.
  7. Follows and enforces department protocol to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces. Enforces PPE compliance.
  8. Maintains the cleanliness and organization of program/work areas.
  9. Submits a complete report at the end of summer which includes an inventory of equipment, a program narrative, staffing evaluation, and recommendations for program improvement.
  10. Assists with the implementation of the overall camp program. Attends staff meetings, training sessions, overnights, and field trips as scheduled.
  11. Maintains work rules and regulations as required by YMCA Buffalo Niagara, the NYS Department of Health, and other regulatory agencies.
  12. Implements ongoing safety checks to ensure a healthy and safe camp environment. Implements emergency procedures when necessary.
  13. Completes additional duties as assigned.



  1. Must have one or more years of experience in camping, group work, recreation, or a related field.
  2. Must have experience and meet all the necessary requirements related to the specialty program.
  3. Must be able to successfully plan and lead activities for children in a camp environment.
  4. Must be at least 18 years of age or a high school graduate.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Hiring Rate $13.75
  • Job Start Date Monday, July 25, 2022
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