Camp Counsellor - Theatre March Break Camp

Date Posted: Jan 08, 2019
Application Deadline: Jan 18, 2019

Salary: $14.00 / Hour
Province: Ontario
Region: York Region
City: Markham
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative
Job Type: Paid Internship
Career Level: Entry level/ intern

Organization Description

City of Markham
The City of Markham is a dynamic and change-oriented leader among Canadian municipalities. The recipient of multiple environmental awards, we are recognized for our innovative sustainability and urban planning initiatives as much as for our fiscal accountability. More than 320,000 residents call Markham home and benefit from our rich heritage, culturally diverse environment, vibrant local economy and focus on quality of life.

Job Description

Applications are now being accepted for the Camp Counsellor - Theatre March Break Camps position in the Economic Growth, Culture and Entrepreneurship Services Department, Development Services Commission. To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume at by January 18, 2019.

The contract period is from March 11, 2019 - March 15, 2019, with one additional evening of training the week prior.

Job Summary:
Flato Markham Theatre operates four camps which run concurrently. Junior Stars Camp for ages 6-9, Drama Camp for ages 9-13, Kinder Theatre Camp for ages 4-5, and Performing Arts Camps at Cornerstone Centre for ages 6-13.

The Junior Stars and Drama Camp programs work individually and in cooperation to rehearse and perform a play that is specifically written for children. The session is one week and culminates with a performance on Thursday evening. Kinder Theatre Camp has a performance on Friday afternoon, during regular camp hours. Performing Arts Camp happens at Cornerstone Centre and has a performance on Friday afternoon.

Job Description:
Supervises a group of campers in one of the Markham Theatre’s March Break Camps with responsibilities including facilitating activity plans, program delivery and administration.

Through effective leadership and programming, enables children and youth to develop skills, make friends, socialize and build self-esteem. Accountable for the well-being of a group of campers under the guidance of the Camp Coordinator, Artistic Director, Director team, and Supervisors, ensuring camp activities are safe, educational, inclusive, high quality and meet the Theatre overall goals and standards.


Job Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Facilitates daily camp activities such as, games, dance, mime, clown, improvisation, theatrical themed activities.
  • Helps to ensure programming is adapted to camper needs with regards to safety, hygiene, weather, breaks etc.
  • Promptly reports absences to the Artistic Director, maintains ratios and completes headcounts according to City Camp Policies and Procedures.
  • Delivers activity plans as written and approved by the Discovery Program Coordinator and Camp Artistic Director.
  • Ensures lessons have been reviewed and ready to be presented to the campers prior to the program delivery.
  • Participates in the delivery of the before and after care program.
  • Prioritizes child well-being, safety and protection throughout the camp. Evaluates situations for potential risks to the safety, protection and well-being of campers and staff, proactively taking mitigating actions to address such risks.
  • Serves as a liaison with parents of campers, reinforcing City of Markham customer service, diversity and inclusion (special needs, ethno-cultural, English as second language, socio-economic).
  • Prepares and organizes program equipment and supplies, reporting any inventory shortages to the Program Director.
  • Demonstrates the confidence and ability to make decisions independently of peers and in the best interests of the campers. Resolves problems and conflicts effectively as they arise.
  • Ensures all participants are aware of upcoming events and schedule changes.
  • Organizes and assists with set-up and clean-up of camp events, activities and programs.
  • Follows City of Markham policies and procedures in program activities.
  • Maintains positive, constructive relationships with camp staff and volunteers with the goal of meeting camper needs. Works with inclusion staff as needed to ensure all campers are able to participate.
  • Coaches and mentors volunteers and campers.
  • Provides regular updates and feedback to the Program Director.
  • Participates in orientation and training sessions, supporting the Artistic Director and Discovery Coordinator where necessary.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings.
  • Other duties as required.
  • Minimum Age: 16.
  • Education: Currently enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution. Courses related to performing arts are an asset.
  • Experience: Experience working with children; knowledge of child development; previous experience in a live performance setting is an asset; experience in a leadership capacity is an asset i.e. Student council member, leadership role on youth council, previous experience as a camp counsellor is an asset; completion of a counsellor-in-training/leader-in-training program would be an asset.
  • Licenses/Certifications: Current Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ required; HIGH FIVE Healthy Child Development is required; Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) is an asset.
  • Service Excellence: Meets or exceeds service standards when interacting with customers in the community and in the organization.
  • Change & Innovation: Responds positively and professionally to change and helps others through change.
  • Teamwork & Relationship Building: Interacts with others in an inclusive, collaborative and respectful way that creates effective working relationships.
  • Communication: Communicates in a clear, professional and respectful way; demonstrates active listening.
  • Accountable & Results Oriented: Demonstrates ethical behaviour and accountability, aligns with City values, and abides by relevant policies and legislation.
  • Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example.
* All required certificates must be in good standing by the end of January 2019.

Additional Info:

The City of Markham is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact the HR Department with your requirements.

We thank all those applicants who have applied; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by email.

All offers of employment for this position will be conditional on satisfactory reference checks and vulnerable sector checks as required for the City of Markham.

How to Apply:

Applications are now being accepted for the Camp Counsellor - Theatre March Break Camps position in the Economic Growth, Culture and Entrepreneurship Services Department, Development Services Commission. To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume at by January 18, 2019.