Lifeguard/ Driver

Job Description

Want to apply? Here is the OUB Staff Application 2017

Summary

This position serves as a Lifeguard and Driver for a summer camp in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for children and youth who are blind or who have low vision.  The main goal of the camp is to provide a fun, safe and educational setting which promotes independence and quality of life for children and adults who are blind or have low vision.  As Lilfeguard and Driver, this position is responsible, under the direction of the Camp Director, for supervision of campers and staff in all waterfront situations at the camp and off-site, including pools, lakes and rivers, insuring the safety of all camp clientele and staff.  The Lifeguard enforces waterfront rules and performs rescues as per established protocol.  As Driver, this position is responsible for operating camp vehicles responsibly and assisting with all transportation needs.  This position may be part-time or combined with other positions into a full-time seasonal position.  This position reports to the Camp Director.

Specific Responsibilities

OUB has a recreational agreement with a neighboring camp for use of their indoor pool and waterfront.  The Lifeguard is responsible for communication with the host camp staff to assure that all protocols are well-defined and followed, including emergency procedures and who to contact for clean-up of bodily fluids, etc.

OUB also, from time to time, may utilize a public beach or waterfront.  The lifeguard is responsible to maintain a professional presence in protecting our campers and staff in a public waterfront setting.

Follow instructions from the Camp Director and Program Director regarding the camp schedule for swimming and other waterfront activities, and make sure the waterfront area involved is properly prepared for safe water activities.

Train sighted waterfront observers.

Follow guidelines in place to assure safe water activities for campers and staff.

Perform water rescues and follow emergency procedures as per established protocol.

Enlists the aid of other staff members to properly watch the waterfront for safety concerns and to monitor camper behavior.  Use acceptable forms of youth development principles to insure that all campers and staff adhere to safe practices in the waterfront area.

Report rescues and emergencies to the Camp Health Officer on duty immediately.

Report rescues and emergencies to the Camp Director immediately.

Report any problems with equipment to the Camp Director as soon as possible.

Report any problems with behavior to the Camp Director as soon as possible.

Ensure that waterfront area is left in a clean and neat condition after use.  Survey locker rooms, boats and beachfront areas for lost possessions.  Campers are responsible for cleaning their area. Assist other camp staff with properly assuring the area is clean.

Ask for help when unsure of process to clean an area appropriately.

As Driver, follow all traffic rules, ensuring the safety of all in the vehicle. 

Must be at least 21 years old with a good driving record to drive vehicles with campers.

Apply basic youth development principles in working with campers through positive communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.

Be aware of and implement safety guidelines; follow camp rules. Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.  Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures.

Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care, and maintenance is adhered to; report repairs needed promptly to Camp Director.

Be a role model to campers and staff in your attitude and behavior.

Set a good example to campers and others in regard to general camp procedures and practices including sanitation, schedule, and sportsmanship.

At the end of each camp session, make sure facilities and vehicles are cleaned and prepared for the next session

At the end of the season, submit an end-of-camp evaluation with recommendations for improvement.

At the end of camp season, make sure the facilities and vehicles are clean, equipment is inventoried and stored, and other duties as assigned to close camp.

Learn and follow through with safety regulations and emergency procedures

NO SMOKING, USE OF ALCOHOL, or ILLEGAL DRUGS is permitted during summer employment with Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind

Submit all required paperwork on time.

Qualifications

This position requires a highly motivated person who is passionate about improving the quality of life for persons who are blind or have low vision.  Comfort with culture change and social change is a must for the person in this position.  Advocacy skills, excellent inter-personal skills, excellent communication skills, creativity, initiative and the ability to motivate others are important.

This position requires the following:

Must be at least 18 years of age

Must hold current Lifeguard or Life Saving certification or believe that they can obtain certification (OUB provides Lifeguard classes through a third party.)

Must hold a valid driver’s license and provide proof of a good driving record (available through the Secretary of State)

Perferred: at least 1 season experience in an organized camp setting

In a physical condition that permits active participation in camp activities side-by-side with campers and staff, and able to physically respond in an emergency situation

Mature, capable person who willingly accepts guidance and supervision from supervisor

Work well with others

Willingness to live and work in an outdoor/camp setting

Ability to work independently

Ability to carry out established roles in enforcing camp safety regulations

Time Commitment

This is a 24-7 on-call position while camp is in session from June 11 – July 24.  See camp schedule.  This position may be part-time or full-time when combined with another position.

This job description may not list all the duties and responsibilities of the position. The employee will answer to the OUB Camp Director, and may be asked to perform other duties. OUB reserves the right to revise this job description at any time. The employee will be evaluated, in part, based upon the performance of the tasks listed in this job description.

This job description is not a contract for employment.