Camp Counsellor - Theatre March Break Camps

Date Posted: Jan 14, 2020
Application Deadline: Jan 30, 2020
Start Date: Mar 16, 2020

Hourly From: $15/hr To $15/hr
Province: Ontario
Region: York Region
City: Markham
Employee Benefits: Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
Check Additional Info section for more Employee Benefits
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative
Job Type: Contract
Career Level: Entry level/ intern

Organization Description

City of Markham

We're looking for people to work for the City of Markham! We love diversity and we make sure that everyone feels welcome. We have around 1,000 full time staff across 20 business units. Depending on the season, between 1,300 and 1,800 part-time staff work here. Our jobs include:

  • Development planning
  • Parks and road maintenance
  • Engineering
  • Administrative and building inspections
  • Firefighters
  • Technologists
  • Financial Analysts
  • By-law enforcement staff
  • Recreation and Culture programming staff

Your skills should reflect our six core competencies, which include:

  • Service Excellence
  • Change & Innovation
  • Teamwork & Relationship Building
  • Communication
  • Accountable & Results Oriented
  • Management & Leadership

For leaders, in addition to the six core competencies, we look for:

  • Strategic thinking and planning

Job Description

Applications are now being accepted for the Camp Counsellor - Theatre March Break Camp position in the Economic Growth, Culture and Entrepreneurship Services Department.

Location: Flato Markham Theatre  

Dates: Contract period is from March 16, 2020 - March 20, 2020   

  • Full time hours (min 35-44 hours/week) with some training hours required the week prior.   

Job Summary  

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, enable 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.   

Key Duties and Responsibilities   

  • Facilitates daily camp activities such as, games, dance, mime, 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 Coordinator and 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 Artistic Directors.   
  • 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 Artistic 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   
  • Currently enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution. Courses related to performing arts are an asset.   
  • 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.   
  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ required; HIGH FIVE Healthy Child Development is required; Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) is an asset,  
  • All required certificates must be in good standing by the end of September 2020.   
  • 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 behavior and accountability, aligns with City values, and abides by relevant policies and legislation.  
  • Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example.   

Additional Info:

Flato Markham Theatre operates six camps which run concurrently. Kinder Theatre Camp for ages 4-5, Junior Stars Camp for ages 6-7, Rising Stars for ages 8-9, Drama camp for ages 10-11, Actor’s Workshop for ages 12-16 and Performing Arts Camp at Cornerstone Centre for ages 6-13.  

The Junior Stars, Rising Stars and Drama Camp programs work both individually and in cooperation to rehearse and perform a musical 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 during camp hours at the Flato Markham Theatre.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter on-line through the City of Markham website at Once you are on the Employment page, scroll down to the bottom and click on Current Opportunities, then "Apply Now". From there find and click on the 'NEW - Camp Counsellor - Theatre March Break Camps' posting and apply. All applications must be submitted by January 30, 2020.

The City of Markham is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. We thank all those applicants who have applied however on those applications selected for an interview will be contacted.   

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