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  • Temporary
  • Whitefish

Website City of Whitefish Parks & Recreation

General Purpose

The City of Whitefish, Montana is actively recruiting for the Summer Camp Counselor position for our Parks & Recreation Department.  We welcome your inquiries and encourage you to apply!
One of the fastest growing cities in Montana, Whitefish is consistently rated one of the best small towns in America and was named one of the top 25 ski towns in the world by National Geographic. It is located on the shores of Whitefish Lake and the base of Big Mountain – home to Whitefish Mountain Resort. Whitefish also boasts over 36 miles of natural surface single-track mountain biking and hiking trails with 10 trailheads, golfing, world class dining, two professional live theater companies, and is only thirty minutes from Glacier National Park.  
This position will remain open until filled.

This position will be filled on a “seasonal” “temporary” or “short-term” basis dependent upon the applicant’s availability and timeframe worked, past and present.  This position will be filled to work for the approximate time period of June 2024 – August 2024. 
For assistance with online application process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 406-863-2464 or email


Implement and supervise day camp activities for youth.   Participate in activities such as art, athletics, games, and teambuilding events to support youth development. Maintain safety of assigned group. Demonstrate positive, professional, engaged demeanor with youth and parents/guardians.


Job Duties


Provides direct, active supervision of children at all times.
Creates a safe, inclusive environment for all participants. 
Performs general camp facility cleaning duties as assigned. Duties may include, but are not limited to, trash pickup, mopping, sweeping, and bathroom disinfection.  
Responds to public inquires or complaints and provides that information to Camp Director. 
Maintains active CPR and 1st Aid Certification for duration of employment.  Responds to and documents circumstances requiring CPR or 1st Aid.  Follows the City of Whitefish Emergency Action Plan diligently as well as the Parks and Recreation Department Accident/Incident protocols.

Exhibits behavior consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the City of Whitefish.  
Furthers the mission, vision, and values of the City through excellent customer service, creative problem solving, decision making and stewardship of City resources.
Demonstrates emotional intelligence in day-to-day work, employee and youth behavior correction and public interactions.
Demonstrates genuine concern for the learning and development of children.
Demonstrates a commitment to providing excellent customer service.
Utilizes youth behavior management techniques to ensure safety of participants.

Communicates effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing, with supervisors, the Department Director, all City employees, vendors and volunteers, and the public.
Works cooperatively with all City employees toward the common goal of providing high quality services to the public by exhibiting excellent customer service to all age groups, employees, and participants regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, physical or mental abilities, nationality, or first language.
Communicates with parents/guardians regularly in a positive, professional manner regarding activities, behavior, and concerns for their children.
Communicates daily with other Counselors and the Camp Director regarding pertinent participant information, facility maintenance information, etc.

Performs all job duties in compliance with the regulations of the City of Whitefish.  
Demonstrates accountability for work assignments in the absence of a department supervisor; provides timely feedback to supervisors on progress of work activities.

Works under the direct supervision of the Camp Director.   Works under the indirect supervision of the Recreation Programmer and Recreation Coordinator who reports to the Department Director.


Supervises camp participants.


Desired Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

High maturity level and proven record of responsibility.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Must have the ability to treat all camp participants, guests, and City representatives with respect regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, physical or mental abilities, nationality, or first language.
Must have the initiative to complete work assignments independently and on time.
Must have the ability to follow instructions, verbal and written, in English.
Must have the ability to supervise camp participants.
Must have the ability to remain professional during emergencies and/or emotionally escalated situations.
Must have ability to demonstrate enthusiastic/positive demeanor in all camp settings.
Must have the ability to manage the individual participant behavior and group dynamics.
Must be able to work cooperatively and demonstrate flexibility for unforeseen circumstances.
Must demonstrate genuine concern for the learning and development of children.
Must have the fortitude to abide by and enforce rules, policies and procedures.
Must have the ability to accept constructive criticism from supervisors and apply suggested changes to instructional methodology, behavior management, program management, and similar.
Documented certification in CPR and 1st Aid, or ability to become certified.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other agencies, participants, community leaders, parents/guardians and the public.

1st Aid and CPR certification or ability to obtain certification before first day of employment.  Must not appear on any State or National sex offender registry.  Must be able to pass a State and Federal criminal background check.  

Lifeguard Certification (ISLA, Red Cross, ALA, YMCA) is preferred, but not necessary.


Supplemental Information


Personal computer, tablet, including word processing software; calculator; copy and fax machine; telephone; cellular phone; hand-held radio; bicycle; variety of recreation equipment; semi-skilled or unskilled labor tools such as hammer, level, screwdriver, Allen wrench. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. 

The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, run, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. 


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

While performing the duties of this job, the employee works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals, direct sunlight, cold and/or wind, dust, pollen and other allergens. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office or classrooms and loud when at the camp center or on field trips. 


Formal application; rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required. 

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. 

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. 

In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the Human Resources Director.  The City of Whitefish does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices.  The City of Whitefish is an equal opportunity employer.

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