Staff Positions

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Counseling Staff

At Camp JRF, we are proud that our staff members embody the vision of a hard working, forward thinking, and thoughtful staff that strives to take camp to the next level. Often times, staff members ask us how they can do more than “just be a counselor.” With this in mind, we have developed a track for our counselors to become more involved and assume more leadership through their years at Camp JRF. For more information about our staff progression, please click here.

Counselor (Madrih): Madrihim 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, madrihim serve as role models for the campers in how to lead a healthy, Reconstructionist life. In addition to living in a cabin and, along with a co-counselor, being primarily responsible for the participation and well-being of the 10-12 campers in that cabin, counselors may also specialize in a program area (e.g. sports, education, challenge course, art, etc). When applying, individuals should request program areas in which they have some expertise (additional training will be provided during Staff Orientation). Applicants will be hired as general counselors; placement into appropriate eidot (units) and specialty areas will take place during Staff Orientation.

Graduating high school seniors and older are eligible for this position.

Assistant Unit Head (Sgan Rosh Eidah): The Sgan Rosh Eidah serves as a senior counselor and assists the Rosh Eidah in management and organization of the eidah (unit).

Sganei Rashei Eidot are entering college seniors or older.

Unit Head (Rosh Eidah): The Rosh Eidah serves as program director and coordinator for his/her eidah (unit) and as a member of the all-camp senior program staff. The Rosh Eidah is also responsible for day-to-day management of the eidah.

Rashei Eidot are typically college graduates and older.


Senior Program Staff

Director of Education (Rosh Hinukh): The Rosh Hinukh is responsible for the development of the camp curriculum prior to the summer season and its implementation at camp. S/he works closely with faculty to plan and implement the havayot (experiential Jewish programming) throughout the summer. S/he also assists madrihim (counselors) in running educational programs for their campers. The Rosh Hinukh is responsible for organizing opportunities for ongoing Jewish learning for staff members. S/he should have extensive teaching experience and a high level of proficiency in Judaism.

The position of Rosh Hinukh is open to college graduates and older.

Challenge Course (Etgar) Director: As Director of the Challenge Education Program, this individual oversees the challenge course site and program – using the high and low ropes courses to build a stronger camp community while also offering campers a way to challenge themselves. The Challenge Course Director is responsible for designing and implementing all programmatic aspects of the course, while also guaranteeing the safety of all participants. The Challenge Course Director must have experience supervising a challenge course program and be certified to manage and operate a low and high ropes challenge course.

This position is open to college graduates and older.

Aquatics (Mayim) Director: The Aquatics Director oversees all activities that take place at the pool and lake on camp property, as well as managing the boating program and boat slip at Lake Wallenpaupack. S/he should have experience teaching children and managing an instructional swimming program. The Aquatics Director must be a person who can pay great detail to safety and organization, and must have a calm demeanor. The Waterfront Director must have current Water Safety Instructor certification with CPR and Life Guard Training; small craft certifications are preferred.

This position is open to college graduates and older.

Sports Director: The Sports Director oversees the athletic component of our camp program. The Sports Director must have extensive teaching experience and a high level of proficiency in this specialty, preferably in a number of sports. S/he must be able to integrate recreational activities and healthy competition with a clear sense of safety and Jewish values. S/he is responsible for ensuring that all equipment and facilities are used safely and remain in good repair.

This position is open to college graduates and older.

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

This position is open to college graduates and older.

Nature (Teva) Director: The Nature Director oversees the environmental and natural world components of the camp program. S/he must have extensive teaching experience and a high level of proficiency in this specialty. S/he must be able to integrate the outdoors with Jewish values, and with the summer educational program. Campouts are a part of our regular programming, and managing the equipment, activities, scheduling, and campsite as well as the safety concerns involved, are a major focus of the responsibilities of this position. S/he will oversee all nature-based programming and electives and coordinate with staff members to enrich other programs with nature.

This position is open to college graduates and older.

Drama Director: The Drama Director oversees the drama components of the camp program. The Drama Director must have extensive teaching experience and a high level of proficiency in this specialty. S/he must be able to integrate drama with Jewish values and with the summer educational program. S/he will oversee all drama-based electives and coordinate with staff members to enrich other programs with drama and theater.

This position is open to college graduates and older.


Program Staff

Members of the program staff will spend their days in the program areas to which they are assigned (e.g. aquatics, sports, challenge course, etc). In order to create deeper connections with a specific group of campers, these individuals may also serve as an additional counselor in a camper cabin, spending the evening, night, and early morning there.

Assistant Aquatics Director: The Assistant Aquatics Director works with the Aquatics Director to implement all activities that take place at the pool and small lake on camp property, as well as at Lake Wallenpaupack. S/he should have experience teaching children and managing an instructional swimming program, as well as the ability to teach boating (primarily canoeing). This individual must pay great detail to safety and organization, be a team player and have a calm demeanor. Current Water Safety Instructor certification and Life Guard Training are required; small craft certifications are preferred.

This position is open to entering college juniors and older.

Assistant Sports Director: The Assistant Sports Director works with the Sports Director to implement the athletic component of our camp program. S/he must have teaching experience and a high level of proficiency in this specialty, preferably in a number of sports. S/he must be able to integrate recreational activities and healthy competition with a clear sense of safety and Jewish values. S/he is responsible for ensuring that all equipment and facilities are used safely and remain in good repair.

This position is open to entering college juniors and older.

Assistant Challenge Course Director: As Assistant Director of the Challenge Education Program, this individual works with the Challenge Course Director to implement the challenge education program – using the high and low ropes courses to build a stronger camp community while also offering campers a way to challenge themselves in a safe environment. Experience with low and high ropes challenge courses is required; certification is a plus.

This position is open to entering college juniors and older.

Assistant Nature Director: The Assistant Nature Director works with the Nature Director to implement the nature education components of the camp program. S/he must be able to integrate the outdoors with Jewish values, and with the summer educational program. S/he must be detail oriented and able to support management of the nature equipment, activities, scheduling, and campsite as well as the safety concerns involved.

This position is open to entering college juniors and older.

Lifeguard: Lifeguards are responsible for the safety of all people at the pool and lake areas. They will also be expected to give instructional swim lessons. Qualified applicants will be mature and responsible. Proper certification is required; Water Safety Instructor certification is preferred.

This position is open to high school graduates and older.

Challenge Course Staff: These individuals will assist the Challenge Course Director in running the Challenge Education program. Experience facilitating and using a challenge course is preferred.

This position is open to high school graduates and older.

Arts Assistant: This individual will assist the Arts Director in running the arts program. Qualified applicants will be mature and responsible and will have significant experience with a variety of media.

This position is open to high school graduates and older.


Health Staff

Nurse: 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 Pennsylvania (expenses for obtaining licensure for nurses from outside Pennsylvania are reimbursable). Experience with pediatrics, camp, and/or a school setting are preferred.


Operations Staff

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. The Office Manager works with the Assistant Director for Operations to ensure the proper running of the camp office on a daily basis.

This position is open to high school graduates and older with some office and computer experience.

Kitchen: Members of the kitchen staff are responsible for preparation, service, and clean up of three meals a day 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.

Maintenance: Maintenance staff are responsible for upkeep of the physical plant. Responsibilities include painting, repair work on cabins or other buildings, caring for the grounds, and other necessary jobs around camp. These individuals are supervised by the Assistant Director for Operations and Caretaker and must be honest, conscientious, and hard working.

Housekeeping: Housekeeping staff are responsible for cleaning and upkeep of the physical plant. Responsibilities include cleaning of bathrooms, cleaning of public housing and other necessary jobs around camp. These individuals are supervised by the Assistant Director for Operations and Caretaker and must be honest, conscientious, and hard working.

Driver: The driver is responsible for camper and staff transportation. S/he will work closely with the Assistant Director of Operations on all transportation needs throughout the summer. S/he must be at least 23 years of age with a valid driver’s license and a clean record.

 

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