Our staff is our biggest asset. They are trained to provide excellent care for campers, create and participate in programs, and establish the safe, welcoming feeling of the camp. We select staff based on their application, references, and in depth interview. We are selective when hiring to ensure that each member of the staff will strengthen and contribute to the team. During summer our typical staff on site may include people studying or going into the fields of education, medicine, occupational and physical therapies, among others. However, this is not a requirement. To do this job successfully, applicants must want to be a part of a team, work directly in a caring capacity with campers over a two month period, be honest and able to put others’ needs before their own.
For one full week, our staff undergoes rigorous training that includes, but is not limited to, mock fire drills, C.P.R./First Aid training, Crisis Intervention Training, missing camper drills, lifting techniques, seizure procedures, dressing, feeding, role-playing, sign language classes and hours of disability awareness activities. We set high standards for our employees. We also have random drug testing and criminal background checks. During the summer on site, we have the following staff members: Executive Director, Assistant Director, Registered Nurse, LPN or EMT, Program Director, Assistant Program Director, 4 Lead Counselors, 20 Counselors, 4 Kitchen Staff, and a Resident Manager. All staff lives on site from the last week of May until the last week of July.
The job is not easy, but it is very rewarding. The demands and hours are great and it takes a unique person to be able to do this. Those are the individuals we seek out and maintain. Our return rate for staff continues to be between 85-95 percent every year. If you are interested in working with individuals with special needs, gaining skills and experience, working hard, and having the time of your life, then please contact us or download an application and send it to us today.
- We do accept volunteers for spring work weekends (see schedule) and for the Annual Tatiyee Festival of Lights. During these times, campers are not onsite, and we are performing repairs to the site, fireproofing the camp, or fundraising. Contact us if you are interested! Don’t forget your sleeping bag if you plan to spend the night. We’ll feed you!
- On occasion, we accept certified and/or experienced educators to teach programs. Call to inquire.
- Each summer we may need volunteers to work in our camp store. Call to inquire.
- When camp is in session, we only accept volunteers who have previously worked at Lions Camp Tatiyee and have been trained through us.