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
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,
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:
SUMMER RECREATION ASSISTANT I - $13.40/Hour
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.
SUMMER RECREATION ASSISTANT II - $14.25/Hour
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.
RECREATION ASSISTANT III - $16.07/Hour
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.
RECREATION ASSISTANT IV - $19.35/Hour
Responsible for directing a summer camp with responsibility for
all rooms in that program. Performs supervisory and administrative
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.
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;.
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
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
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
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
Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise
stated in the announcement. The following benefits are
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
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
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
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
* 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
* 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
* Inclusion Support * Adapted Camps * Substitute Support
Do you have experience working with individuals with
* 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
* 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
* 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
Agency Arlington County
Address 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 511
Arlington, Virginia, 22201