Swim Instructor/Lifeguard Instructor/Waterfront Director
Birch Trail Camp - Minneapolis, MN

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Birch Trail Camp for Girls
Barbara Chernov & Gabe Chernov, directors * Laura Beilman-Dulin, assistant director

Assistant Director of Aquatic Affairs

About Birch Trail Camp: Birch Trail is a traditional summer camp for girls aged 7-15 located in Minong, Wisconsin. We provide a safe, fun, and non-competitive summer camp environment for almost 200 campers and close to 100 staff. While in camp, the girls have the opportunity to do a wide variety of activities, including canoeing, sailing, swimming, tennis, water skiing, climbing, land sports, horseback riding, arts & crafts, dance, yoga, and drama.

Although most activities at Birch Trail are led by cabin counselors, each year we hire a few people as Activity Specialists to direct the more-specialized activities at camp. Depending on the applicant’s background, these positions may include cabin counseling responsibilities as well. If you want to work with children in the outdoors, gain valuable leadership experience, and share your skills with others, then a summer at Birch Trail is for you! All staff members have the opportunity to use the camp facilities and enjoy all that camp has to offer. Our staff members regularly describe their experiences working at Birch Trail as “the summer of a lifetime.”

Job Responsibilities: Under the guidance of the Waterfront Director, the Assistant Waterfront Director’s goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable waterfront program. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • To teach swimming lessons and lifeguarding classes

- To disseminate personal knowledge and skills related to all aspects of waterfront programming, including but not limited to: swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and diving;

  • To manage and provide leadership for the waterfront staff;
  • Acting as a leader and positive role model for campers;
  • Being professional in all job tasks by taking the job seriously, being at work and ready to work on time;
  • Using utmost care and judgment when making decisions affecting the well-being of campers; and
  • Reporting any problems or concerns to an administrative staff member.

Preferred Experience: Applicants should have experience and/or interest in working with children for extended periods of time. The Assistant Waterfront Director should be a fun, patient, honest, caring and responsible person who wants to spend time in the outdoors with kids; and they should have experience with all forms of watercraft and water activities and be comfortable teaching these skills to others. We provide extensive training in counseling skills, so that the entire staff is ready to work with our campers when they arrive. All employees are expected to come to camp with current CPR certification or higher and those working on the waterfront with a current Life Guarding certification and experience. WSI is also required for this position.

Compensation: Birch Trail staff must be available from June 4th - August 9th, 2013. Salaries are very competitive with other camps and based on the individual applicant’s experience. Compensation packages include room & board plus a travel stipend. Additional salary bonuses are available for certain certifications and for additional weeks worked either before or after the camping season.

How to Apply: Both men and women who are at least 21 years old are encouraged to apply. For more information about Birch Trail and to find an online application, please visit www.birchtrail.com. Applications, letters of interest, and/or resumes can also be faxed or mailed to the winter office. If you have additional questions, please email or call the winter office.


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