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Summer Camp Staff - Therapeutic Recreation

Company: Arlington County, VA
Location: Arlington
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Position Information

Please read this entire announcement before submitting your application. This announcement is specific to the Therapeutic Recreation Camp Staff. If you are interested in other camp program areas, you must apply for that position as well.

Opportunities for temporary summer employment with the Arlington County Department of Parks & Recreation include work as Camp Directors, Assistant Directors, and support staff (counselors) in camp programs throughout the County. Therapeutic Recreation Camp Counselors are needed to providing camp programs and inclusion support for individuals with disabilities ages 3-21. Several positions are available and hours vary.

Staff must commit from June 21 - August 13 (core camp dates). Additional weeks from August 16 - August 27 may also be available. Training and planning begin in mid to late May through June, which includes a combination of independent and self-paced online courses with virtual and in-person trainings during weekday evenings and a few Saturdays. All camp staff will be trained to follow current guidance (county specific protocols) related to Covid19 safety and health standards.

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Inclusion Support - Support campers with disabilities, ages 3-21, in general recreation camps. Work with camp staff to create a positive and inclusive environment for all campers. Support participants in skill development, expected behaviors, personal care, and fostering independent and group participation. Inclusion support staff provide 1:1 or lowered ratio support at various general recreation camps. Access to reliable transportation required as staff must be able to get to different sites around the County independently. Shifts vary and are dependent on camps and assignment needs. (Position Available: SRAII).

Adapted Camps (elementary, teen and young adult ages) - Assist campers with disabilities, ages 6-21, in adapted camp settings. Be part of creating a positive camp environment and support campers in skill development, expected behaviors, personal care, and fostering independent and group participation. (Positions Available: SRAII, RAIII, RAIV).

Substitute Support -This position is perfect for an applicant who is looking for intermittent hours each week. Responsibilities may include: providing inclusion support for participants in evening and weekend general recreation classes and fill in as needed as inclusion support in adapted or general recreation camps. Flexibility is required. Ability to work on a as needed basis is preferred. (Positions Available: RAIII & RAIV).

Applications are being accepted for the following positions:


Responsible for assisting with the leading of recreation activities and behavior management of participants for a summer camp. Assist in camp or program operations.

Minimum requirements: Graduation from high school or GED equivalent, plus three months experience in administering recreational programs. CPR and First Aid Certification is desirable for applicants hired at this level.


Responsible for assisting in the planning, leading, and conducting of recreation activities for a camp, behavior management of participants, and assisting in the evaluations of the activities and the participants.

Minimum requirements: Graduation from high school/GED, plus six months experience in administering recreational programs or facility monitoring. Certification in CPR and First Aid is required for all applicants hired at this level.


Responsible for planning, leading, and conducting recreation activities for a summer camp. Responsible for completing participant and program evaluations. Performs related supervisory and administrative duties.

Minimum requirements: Graduation from high school/GED, plus one-year experience (equivalent of 4 summers) in administering recreation programs. Certification in CPR and First Aid is required for all applicants hired at this level.


Responsible for directing a summer camp with responsibility for all rooms in that program. Performs supervisory and administrative duties.

Minimum requirements: College degree in leisure or recreational studies, special education or a related field, plus one-year experience (equivalent of 4 summers) in administrating recreation programs. Certification in CPR and First Aid is required for all applicants hired at this level. If you are hired as a Preschool Camp Director, you must be 21 years old at time of employment.

Selection Criteria

Please review the minimum requirements listed above.

Applicants may attach a resume in addition to completing the online application. Attaching a resume without completion of the application will be considered "an incomplete application".

The successful candidate will have good character and integrity, positive communication skills, reliable transportation, the ability to complete tasks as assigned, take the initiative when needed, and the ability to work successfully in a team environment. Staff will be asked to work with individuals with disabilities.


* Willingness to work with individuals with disabilities; and * Experience working with Arlington DPR Summer Camp programs;.

Special Requirements

If selected, all summer staff will be required to:

* Agree to a criminal background check. * Provide negative TB results or submit to a TB screening. * Attend all required trainings. * Some positions require a valid motorized vehicle operator's license and driving history record check. * Some positions require First Aid/CPR certification. * Be open to provide personal care as needed to campers (training provided). * Candidates that are selected for the Inclusion Support program will be required to complete additional licensing paperwork. * Candidates may be asked to provide two letters of reference and/or supporting documentation to verify work/school experience prior to an offer of employment. Letters of reference may be attached to this application.

Additional Information

Work Hours: These positions vary in days and hours of work, from a few hours per week to a full forty (40) hours per week schedule.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, until May 31, 2021. Interviews will be conducted on a continuous basis, so interested applicants should apply as soon as possible. Summer camp positions will remain open until filled. We hope to have all camp jobs filled by May 10, 2021.

Applications received after that date will be considered only if there is need to consider other applicants. Written notifications will be sent to applicants who applied but were not hired, once all positions are filled. Generally, these letters are sent out in mid-July.

For further information about the selection process or specific camp job duties: Email Therapeutic Recreation (TR) at

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments

All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave: Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance: Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance: A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement: The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:

Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:

Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:

Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:

Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


This position includes mandatory training dates that must be attended by all staff (training calendars provided upon hire). This includes several weeknight trainings running throughout the month of June as well as all-day training on a Saturday in June (date TBD). Are you available and able to commit to attending these trainings?

* Yes * No


Camps run from the last week of June through August. Vacation time is very limited. Can you commit to this schedule?

* Yes * No


Please let us know if you have any scheduling conflicts with the camp dates? Put N/A if no conflicts.


Please select your highest level of experience and/or education.

* Currently enrolled in high school with one month of summer camp experience OR worked with children for 3 months * Currently enrolled in high school (or will graduate by 6/21/21) with one month of summer camp experience OR worked with children for 3 months * High school Diploma/GED with three months experience administering recreational programs * High school Diploma/GED with six months experience administering recreational programs * High school Diploma/GED with one year experience administering recreational programs * College Degree in art, art education, or related field plus one year experience administering recreational programs * None of the above


If you meet position requirements, what is the minimum level of employment you will accept (please review the job description for more detailed information on employment levels)?

* Summer Recreation Assistant I * Summer Recreation Assistant II * Recreation Assistant III * Recreation Assistant IV


Please consider me for the following position(s). Check all that apply.

* Inclusion Support * Adapted Camps * Substitute Support


Do you have experience working with individuals with disabilities?

* Yes * No


If you answered yes to #7, please describe the extent of your experience below. If answered No - enter N/A.


Do you have experience working with Arlington DPR Summer Camp programs?

* Yes * No


Two Reference letters may be required from all candidates for this position. Will you be able to provide this information?

* Yes * No


Would you be available to work with the Therapeutic Recreation office to provide inclusion support, to evening and weekend classes starting at the end of April or any time before the core camp season starts?

* Yes * No


Additional weeks of camp run from August 16-27. We are looking for staff committed to work to provide inclusion support. This position is up to 40 hrs./wk., dependent upon assignment needs. Access to reliable transportation is required - must be able to get to different sites around the County independently. Would you be interested in this opportunity?

* Yes * No

Required Question

Agency Arlington County

Address 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 511

Arlington, Virginia, 22201

Phone 703-228-3500


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