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Work at Camp

The Camp Livingston staff is a tapestry of individuals who bring their own experience and skill to create a community of hard-working and dedicated group. Some of our staff have grown up at Camp Livingston, some have grown up at other camps and some are experiencing overnight camp for the first time. Our staff comes from all around the United States, Israel, Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia. Even with all of their different life experiences, interests, religions and nationalities, they all have one thing in common: a commitment to working with kids in a camp setting.

We look for competent and energetic young adults to fill our staff positions. Staff members must be sincerely dedicated to creating the best summer possible for a fantastic group of children. All of our staff prove themselves to be compassionate, enthusiastic, good listeners, patient, nurturing and trustworthy. They are the key to success at Camp Livingston! At least a week of training is provided for all of our staff at the start of the summer season and is ongoing throughout the summer. We seek to ensure that staff members have as great a time as our campers. In addition to our standard staff training, we also employ a full staff of certified lifeguard to run our pool and lake, two Licensed Nurses to run the health center, and train and certify all of our Ropes Course staff. We also have a position on our staff, the Community Life Director, that is usually filled by an individual who has completed a Masters in Social Work or similar subject.

Working at Camp Livingston is more than just earning a paycheck. Our staff make lifelong friendships, create outstanding memories and build valuable life skills. This is an opportunity for many to give back to the camp that has given them so much or just have an impact on the lives of children. Many former staff come back to tell us that working at Camp Livingston provided them with an incredible, life changing experience and they left the summer feeling fulfilled by the work they had done.

Program Staff

Counselors

Counselors live in cabins with the campers. They are involved in every aspect of camp, providing the best possible camping experience for their campers. As responsible, mature young adults, counselors serve as role models for the campers in how to lead a healthy, Jewish life. Counselors are responsible for making sure their assigned group of campers get to and from areas throughout the day being a role model in the area activity with their campers, assisting the specialty staff, and writing and implementing fun and educational programming. A counselor’s first priority is the campers in their cabin. Counselors will also specialize in a program area (e.g. athletics, environmental education, ropes course, art, etc). Individuals should only request program areas in which they have some expertise (additional training may be provided during Staff Orientation). Counselors must be 18 or have completed high school.

Outdoor Adventure Specialists

As Outdoor Adventure Staff these individuals oversee the challenge course site and program – using the high and low ropes courses and climbing wall to build a stronger camp community while also offering campers a way to challenge themselves. They are responsible for designing and implementing all programmatic aspects of the course, while also guaranteeing the safety of all participants. They must work closely with the activities director to integrate the outdoors with the overall summer program. Training and Certification provided by camp.

Pool and Lake Specialists

The Lifeguards oversee all activities that take place at the pool and lake as well as managing the maintenance of the pool. They are responsible for providing camp with proof of certifications. Preferably have experience teaching children and working within an instructional swimming program. The Life Guards must be responsible young adults who can pay great attention to detail, safety and organization as well as a calm demeanor. The Life Guard must have current CPR and First Aid and Lifeguard certifications.

Athletic Specialists

The Athletics Staff oversee the entire athletic component of our camp program. The Athletics Staff should have extensive teaching/coaching experience and a high level of proficiency in at least one specific athletic specialty, preferably in a number of sports. They must be able to integrate recreational activities and healthy competition with a clear sense of safety and good sportsmanship values. They are responsible for ensuring that all equipment and facilities are used safely and remain in good repair.

Art Specialists

The Arts Staff oversee all of the artistic (performing and media arts) components of the camp program. They preferably have extensive teaching experience and a high level of proficiency in this specialty, preferably in a number of different media. They must be able to integrate the arts with good values and with the summer educational program. They will oversee all art-based electives and coordinate with staff members to enrich other programs with the arts.

Senior Staff

Unit Heads

The Unit Head serves as program director and coordinator for his/her unit and as a member of the all-camp Administration. The Unit Head is responsible for day-to-day management of the unit. The Unit Head is responsible for the supervision of staff in their Unit as well as supervision of their villages during rest hour, shower hour and in the evenings

  • Golan, Masada, and Chalutzim
    • Each Unit will have a Unit Head that will largely be responsible for supervision of staff and campers, night time village supervision, and programming for each assigned age grouping. This covers our three groups in camp: Golan, Masada, and Chalutzim.
  • Adventures Unlimited
    • The AU Unit Head must be Wilderness First Responder Certified. This position requires knowledge in outdoor survival skills, backpacking, water rafting, canoeing, and rappelling. He/She must be someone who pays great attention to safety, has excellent communication skills, and can build great rapport with teens that may have difficulty participating in all the adventures.
  • Yisrael
    • The Yisrael Unit head is responsible for organizing the pre and post trip schedules for the group while they are in camp and acting as their counselor during the Israel portion of their trip. The serve as the main contact between Camp and the group while they are traveling and will be responsible for contacting camp regularly, posting pictures to the website and managing communications with the parents of participants before the trip.
  • Hadracha/CIT
    • The program is unique from our other units because it is the Staff-in-Training program. Campers are entering their senior year of high school and will remain in camp for the entire eight weeks. The unit head is responsible for their programming in addition to coordinating any trips, camp work experiences and supervising the group in their various cabin assignments. This unit operates very independently from the rest of camp, so the unit head will also be in charge of coordinating the schedule and planning programs.

Community Life Director

The role of the Community Life Director is to support the staff regarding concerns with campers that may arise during the summer. This individual is expected to visit the units throughout the day to observe camper interactions and to work closely with the Camp Director and Assistant Director to take notice of particular campers with special needs. Extensive experience working with children is essential; camp experience and a degree in social work, psychology, or a related field are preferred. {stopExpandCollapse}

Program Director

The Program Director oversees the majority of inter-camp logistics including the purchasing of supplies and equipment, special events and special days, and works with the Assistant Director to coordinate the daily schedule. Additionally, they are responsible for coordinating staff appreciation. They work closely with the Director and Assistant Director to oversee all of the staff and program areas. They will be responsible for directly supervising some Area Heads. {stopExpandCollapse}

Communications Director

The Communications Director is responsible for coordinating camp communications through CampMinder, Facebook, Twitter and other media. This person is also responsible for internal camp communications, ensuring all messages get to who they are intended for. They oversee the taking of photos each day and posts the photos to the internet each evening.

Judiacs Ed. Director

The Judaics Ed. Director assists in the development of the camp programming prior to the summer season. He/She works closely with staff to plan and implement the experiential Jewish programming throughout the summer. He/She also assists unit heads and counselors in running programs for their campers. He/She should have extensive teaching and programming experience and a level of proficiency and comfort in Judaism. The Judaics Director will be responsible for organizing Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutoring as well as Shabbat services including Havdallah. He/She must be detail oriented and have extensive experience in planning and scheduling as well as outstanding interpersonal skills. Preferably post-graduate work in Jewish Education.

 

Support Staff

Nurses

Nurses are responsible for organizing and managing the dispensing of all medications, as well as caring for sick campers and staff on a daily basis. They will work with local medical resources to ensure the overall health and safety of the camp. Nurses may be expected to go with a camper or staff member to an emergency room or other outside agency. All applicants must be registered nurses with current licensure in the state of Indiana (expenses from obtaining licensure for nurses from outside Indiana are reimbursable). Experience with pediatrics, camp, and/or a school setting are preferred.

Office Manager

Responsibilities of the office manager include, but are not limited to, answering phone calls and directing them to the appropriate individuals, sorting mail, managing the camp website, filing and making photocopies, and running the canteen store.

Kitchen Staff

Members of the kitchen staff are responsible for preparation, service, dishwashing, and clean up of all meals and snacks for up to 300 people. These individuals are supervised by the Kitchen Manager and must be honest, hard-working, and able to work as part of a team. Must be 18 years of age or older.

Maintenance and Housekeeping Staff

Maintenance and Housekeeping staff are responsible for cleaning and upkeep of the physical plant. Responsibilities include painting, repair work on cabins or other buildings, caring for the grounds, cleaning of bathrooms, cleaning of public housing and other necessary jobs around camp. These individuals are supervised by the Facilities Director and must be honest, conscientious, and hard working. Must be 17 years of age, if under 18 must obtain a work permit

Camp Driver

Would be responsible for driving campers to and from the hospital, making supply runs, and any other driving pertaining to camp or the acquisition of supplies for camp’s benefit. During non-driving times this person assists with the maintenance, office or other assigned areas of camp. Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. This position is available to those 21 and over.

AU Bus Driver

The Bus Driver would be responsible for driving the Camp Livingston bus for our Adventures Unlimited program and any other camp activities that we may use the bus for. This person must have a valid Commercial Driver’s License. Experience working with children and comfortable camping out for multiple nights.