At the J you will make memories that last longer than the summer. After all, you’ll never be too old to sing camp songs and make new friends. Change lives, including your own.
We are now taking applications for camp counselors, lifeguards, and swim instructors. Counselors will be working with all ages of children in a variety of arenas including sports, gymnastics, traditional day camp, and much more.
More than just a summer job.
How will being a Camp Counselor Make a Difference in My Life?
• You will experience being a positive influence in the development of children.
• You will spend the summer engaged in physical activities that promote your healthy physical development.
• You will gain increased abilities in working with children and other adults.
• AND “Camp Counselor” looks great on college applications! A recommendation from your camp director makes a difference to that college recruiter!
How will I make a difference in the lives of campers?
• You will be guiding children building group skills and a sense of belonging.
• You will provide a safe environment, both physically and emotionally.
• You will be teaching skills that will give campers positive feelings about their abilities.
• You will be a role model, a mentor, a hero – to the children in your care. They will look to you for guidance and you must set a positive example.
Sr. Camp Counselor
Sr. Counselors are assigned to a group of campers to supervise them, engage in camping activities, planning activities (as applicable), assisting with swim lessons, being a positive role model, being flexible, and having a positive attitude throughout each day. Sr. Counselors work closely with their Jr. Counselors and are supervised by a Unit Head but will report to the Camp Director. This position is classified as a Part-Time, Seasonal, Non-Exempt and is not benefits eligible. The Jewish Community Center is an EOE (equal opportunity employer).
Jr. Camp Counselor
Jr. Counselors are assigned to a group of campers to supervise them, engage in camping activities, planning activities (as applicable), assisting with swim lessons, being a positive role model, being flexible, and having a positive attitude throughout each day. Jr. Counselors will be assigned a Sr. Counselor and supervised by a Unit Head, but will report to the Camp Director. This position is classified as a Part-Time, Seasonal, Non-Exempt and is not benefits eligible. The Jewish Community Center is an EOE (equal opportunity employer).
Camp Specialists teach a specialty area to various groups of campers, act as positive role models, are flexible, and maintain a positive attitude throughout each day. This position is classified as a Part-Time, Seasonal, Non-Exempt and is not benefits eligible. The Jewish Community Center is an EOE (equal opportunity employer).
Gymnastics Camp Counselor
The Gymnastics Camp Counselor, under the supervision of the Gymnastics Camp Directors, will be responsible for leading campers through gymnastics lessons and camp activities in accordance with the stated purposes and goals of the JCC.
Camp StarQuest is one of our performing arts camps at the J. The Camp StarQuest General Counselor is responsible for implementing and assisting with core and non-core program experiences for campers in various group settings. This includes leading a variety of large and small group recreational activities when necessary, in addition to assisting Specialty Counselors with a hands-on, role up your sleeves attitude.
General Counselors will also be responsible for the overall safety, well-being and happiness of campers assigned to his or her group, and must identity and respond to camper behavior issues immediately. Each General Counselor at Camp StarQuest must have experience or a passion for the performing arts – theater, dance, voice, etc…along with previous experience or a strong desire of working with children. Additionally, the General Counselor will provide a high quality experience for each camper focusing on being a positive role model that is enthusiastic, team orientated, caring, dependable, fair and fun!
The Lifeguard will report to the Aquatics Director and will provide lifeguard coverage of the pools at the JCC of Dallas according to American Red Cross standards for lifeguarding. This part time, nonexempt position will work a maximum of 29 hours a week (weekend hours required). This position does not offer benefits. EOE (equal opportunity employer).
The LKSA Swim Instructor will report to the LKSA Managing Director and will instruct lessons in the Swim Right Method® curriculum of the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy at the Dallas JCC. This part time, nonexempt position will work a maximum of 29 hours a week (weekend hours required). This position does not offer benefits. EOE (equal opportunity employer).
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How to Apply
Ready to be part of our J Summer staff?
- Click on the “Apply” button at the top or bottom of the page
- Fill out the application: Choose the job you’d like to work for
- Camp Specialist
- Jr. Camp Counselor
- Sr. Camp Counselor
- Gymnastics Camp Counselor
- Swim Instructor
- If applying for a camp position, please select which camp you would like to work for
- Camp Simchah: preschool ages 2 – 4 years
- Camp Chai: traditional camp for grades kindergarten to 6th grade
- Teen Travel Camp: a travel program for teens grades 7 – 9
- Specialty Camps: Sports, Tennis, Gymnastics
- Submit application
- Someone will reach out to set up an interview and hiring paperwork.
- Questions? Contact information for each department is located below
Which J Camp can I work at?
The J has seven different camps plus aquatics. Explore our website to learn about all of our camps and then contact the camp director through email. Specific ages and skill sets are required at each camp, however, the minimum age for all J camps is 15 years of age. If you are undecided on which camp is best for you, contact Laura Seymour, Director of Camping Services. After an initial interview, you will be able to interview with any of the other directors.
What are the hours I will be required to work?
Camp Simchah for preschoolers is a 9 am – 1 pm camp and all grades K – 9 camps are 9 am – 4 pm. Staff must arrive earlier and stay until campers are picked up. There is also the option to work extended care from 7:30 – 9 am and 4 – 6 pm.
Is camp fun?
“It’s fun but it’s a real job!” Camp is a responsibility – you are caring for children. However, it is fun and the best job you will ever have! Working at camp is rewarding and challenging and you will learn amazing skills.
What do I need to wear?
We do have a dress code, yet each camp may have specific needs. Every staff member must wear a J camp staff shirt each day. You will be given three and can purchase additional shirts.
Can I take time off?
You will be contracted for a specific schedule. We need and expect you to commit to that schedule and do not encourage time off unless you are sick.
What kind of training and support will I receive?
Each camp will have a specified pre-camp training expectation. For staff missing any of the training, there will be opportunities to make up the learning sessions. In addition, there will be staff meetings as determined by the camp director. Staff will be expected to meet with supervisors as needed and be prepared with all planning. Each camp director will be available to provide feedback and additional learning experiences.
Do I need to pack a lunch every day?
Yes, bring your lunch each day. It is expected that you follow the kosher guidelines that will be explained in your hiring packet. We do have morning and afternoon snacks.
Can I take a bus to camp?
Yes (dependent on the camp), we have four bus stops and you may coordinate this with Laura Seymour, Director of Camping Services.
Can I use my cell phone at camp?
We understand that it is often difficult to contact staff on our facility without calling cell phones. However, we request that you not use your phone for personal matters during the day. Each camp director will go over specific expectations for the specific camp.
When do I get paid?
2019 Camp Pay Periods are as follows:
- June 11 – 28: July 15
- July 1 – 19: July 31
- July 22 – August 9: August 30