Staff Positions

Summer Director

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The Summer Director is in charge of the summer operation of Camp Haiastan. He or she assists the Executive Director in recruiting, hiring, training and evaluating the summer staff. Staff and camper supervision, assignments and schedules, as well as program and activity supervision and schedules are important Summer Director duties. The Summer Director must coordinate the Support Staff, Counselors and Program Staff to ensure a smooth, seamless operation. In a broad sense, the Summer Director must make sure that the camp operation is true to our mission of offering a high standard of safe, healthy and enjoyable camping with an emphasis on the appreciation of, and preservation of our Armenian culture and heritage for all campers and staff.  The Summer Director is also responsible for helping protect the investment in property, reputation and assets of Camp Haiastan. The Summer Director reports directly to the Executive Director.

Qualifications: At least 25 years of age, Bachelor’s Degree with professional employment experience in education, and/or physical education and recreation, and/or organized residential camp administration. Previous experience as an Assistant Camp Director, Program Director or Head Counselor is preferable. Solid managerial skills are a vital component of this position. Computer skills and detailed record keeping is required. 

Aquatics Director 

The Aquatics Director will oversee the instructional and recreational activities at the swimming pool and Uncas Pond waterfront. This includes the instruction of non-swimmer and beginning-swimmer lessons for ages 5 – 16, and beginning to intermediate level instruction of canoeing, and kayaking. In addition the Aquatics Director will direct, supervise and evaluate lifeguards and instructors assigned to the program and teach alongside them as well as responsibility for the basic maintenance and operation of the swimming pool and camp’s small craft at the pond. The Aquatics Director reports directly to the Summer Director.

Behavior Specialist

Position Summary: A Behavior Specialist is responsible for supporting daily camping operations through individual and group assistance while promoting, modeling and implementing positive behavior management strategies for campers and staff alike. This individual will be a motivated team member who has displayed a record of achievement in effective supervision & management of youth. The candidate must be capable of building positive relationships and ensuring the safety and well-being of all campers and staff members throughout the summer season.

Background Required and Qualifications: 2-5 years of relevant experience working as a behavioral specialist or licensed school counselor Behavior management experience as it pertains to the position for which you are applying. Previous experience working with children in a supervisory or administrative capacity

Principal Duties or Responsibilities: Monitor safety and all procedures as they pertain to the complete supervision of all campers and staff Develop behavior strategies for all campers/counselors to be successful at camp. Responsible for handling behavior management issues camp wide. Coach administration on effective strategies to minimize common behavior problems. Responsible for implementing a range of positive strategies that promote positive behavior, including crisis intervention and family support and involvement Develop relationships with parents and guardians; keeping close communication with them when necessary. Develop positive behavior management plan guidelines Develop positive behavioral intervention strategies. Evaluate positive behavior management plan and revise as needed. Assist Executive Director and nurse in whatever capacity needed Monitor groups for behavior trends: positive and negative. Help to provide an atmosphere for developing good morale and well-being. Facilitate trainings two or more times per summer based on behavior concerns and issues.

Program Coordinator

You have experience working with youth and/or camp counselors in teaching activities that focus on creative ways to engage both campers and staff to add value to sports, arts and crafts, games and the like. You may have coached sports and know how to connect with young adults. You may be a teacher or a parent with experience in making the mundane exciting.

Background Required and Qualifications: College student or graduate. One year experience instructing children in a group setting. Two or more years experience is preferred. Teaching experience preferred. Coaching background preferred. Ability to motivate and engage children and manage behavioral challenges. A positive attitude, you must be enthusiastic, energetic, creative & sensitive to children. Good judgment and sound decision making. Ability to provide a supportive and caring environment for children.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Facilitate programming to advance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of our campers while prioritizing safety. Ensuring program activities are scheduled and carried out on time. Encourage staff engagement and responsibility during all activity periods. Follow licensing regulations/standards, such as reporting child incidents and proper health and hygiene procedures. Continuously monitor environment, to maintain a safe and healthy site. Provide a caring family-oriented environment where positive staff, child, and parent relationships are fostered.

Cabin Counselor

Positions for men and women to work and live directly with campers within a cabin group teaching, guiding and mentoring the skills of daily small group living away from home. In essence the Cabin Counselor is the surrogate parent for campers assigned to them for two-week sessions. Cabin Counselors are responsible for no more than eight campers. Cabin Counselors are accountable for their campers at all times and will mentor them in aspects of camp life including but not limited to: Activity participation, daily personal hygiene, dining, all-camp activities, free-time and quiet time. Counselors, where qualified will teach within the program areas of the camp, but all counselors assist with all programs and activities of the camp. Computer skills, record keeping and maintenance are required. Cabin Counselors report directly to the Camp Director.

Preferred Qualifications: At least 18 years of age. Previous experience as a paid or volunteer camp counselor, Staff-In-Training, youth leader, recreation leader, teacher’s assistant and/or Camp Haiastan camper.

Staff In Training

Exclusively for young men and women who turn 17 by the first day of staff training week.

This is a great opportunity for 17 year olds to make the transition from camper to staff and get paid!  SIT’s have responsibilities and assignments each week and are held accountable as any other staff person.

SIT’s will work under supervision in three areas of the camp on a rotating schedule: Counselor-In-Training, Kitchen and Maintenance in order to become prepared and trained to work as future 18 year olds in any of these areas of camp. Computer skills, record keeping and maintenance are required. SIT’s report directly to the SIT Coordinator, Camp Director (and caretaker, at times).


The secretary will assist the Executive Director with daily office functions including answering the phone and speaking with parents, service suppliers, and other personnel, organizing paperwork, and maintaining the day-to-day operations in the office. The secretary is responsible for picking up the mail, going to the bank, and picking up supplies for camp store/other camp activities. Coordination with food vending companies and our kitchen staff for food ordering may be required.


Preferred Qualifications: Well versed in Microsoft Word and Excel, familiar with the accounting software Quickbooks, able to communicate efficiently over the phone, arts & crafts/video and photo experience, interest in administrative work.

Armenian School Teacher

Must work within outlined curriculum established while implementing engaging lesson plans for widely differing language and cultural skill levels. Responsible for dividing campers up into appropriate skill level groups for Armenian school instruction and for administering daily lesson plans including but not limited to Armenian culture, history, vocabulary, and language. All lesson plans will be provided and prepared before the start of each summer. Required to assist with cabins when necessary.


Responsible for enforcing all pool and waterfront rules. Lifeguards are required to be at all instructional swim and waterfront activities as well as free swim each afternoon. CPR, AED, and First Aid Certifications are mandatory. Reports directly to the Aquatics Director. Required to assist with cabins when necessary.

Junior Staff In Training

Must be 16 years old. Eligible for hire to begin work after Teen Session. You are required to attend Teen Session as a 16 year old camper and will begin working Session 1. Will rotate between kitchen and maintenance duties as need dictates. Kitchen duties mainly involve dishwashing and general cleaning with some occasional assistance of light prep and acceptance of food deliveries. Maintenance includes cleaning and stocking of various camp facilities including but not limited to showers, baths and offices etc. May assist in light landscaping and assisting with set up or take down of misc. camp events. Must be physically fit and able to lift 50 pounds.


Must be a licensed RN or LPN and experienced in residential camp environment.  Reports directly to the Camp Director. Click here for a full job description.


Desired Qualifications & Experience:

• At least 21 years of age.

• Possess ServSafe Certification.

• Work experience and demonstrated competencies in professional commercial food preparation.

• Experience in K-12 school or camp environment desirable.

• Fluent in speaking, reading and writing English.

• Excellent communication skills and record keeping skills.

• Responsible for cost of daily travel to and from camp if not residing at Camp Haiastan.



• One 24-hour day off each 7-day week (6 day per week work schedule).

• Access to: Camp Health Center, free laundry machines and certain program facilities.


Essential Functions:

• Ability to prepare three meals daily plus occasional mobile meal requirements following the direction of the Executive Director, Camp Director and the planned menu. Food must be in proper quantities, on time and satisfy the basic expectation of those dining.

• Ability to read and evaluate written directives, and follow established food service rules and procedures.

• Prepare food inventory and general kitchen status reports to the Executive Director several times weekly.

• Ability to maintain oneself and the kitchen with the highest regard for health and sanitation.

• Ability to maintain and monitor kitchen and food service equipment and tools with the highest regard to health, sanitation and safety.

• Ability to safely control food in dry, refrigerated and frozen storage environment. This includes proper inventory control and proper handling of and management of left-overs and the minimizing of waste.

• Ability to effectively manage personal and on-the-job time as the number of hours on the job may not be consistent each day and are usually long.


General & Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

• Participate in pre-camp Staff Training Week, and attend staff meetings during the season.

• Set up the kitchen with required supplies, equipment and materials prior to the opening of camp, and maintain the supplies, equipment and materials during the duration of the camp’s operation. Close down the kitchen at the conclusion of the season according to procedures.

• Meet several times weekly with the Executive Director and Camp Director for planning and evaluation purposes.

• Prepare 3 meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) according to a planned menu and direction from the Executive Director and coordination with the Camp Director.

• Coordinate with Camp Director for mobile food preparation for any groups leaving the camp that will miss regular meals.

• Maintain kitchen and food service equipment.

• Oversee and monitor Ass’t. Cook (if applicable) and SITs assigned to the kitchen (again, coordinate with the Camp Director).

• Advise the Executive Director on the status of food and non-food supplies and expendables.

• Share in supervising of kitchen help and dishwashers.

• Oversee and monitor the set up of hot and cold food lines. This requires the Camp Cook to oversee the serving of food on food lines for each meal until “seconds” have been served.

• Strive to eliminate waste.

Day Camp Director

The Day Camp Director is responsible for the development of a week-long camp curriculum for 5, 6, and 7 year old children. In addition the Day Camp Director is responsible for overseeing the staff/ day-to-day management of the campers and communicating with the executive director, summer director, aquatics staff, Armenian school teachers, and cabin counselors to schedule activities throughout the day efficiently.

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