Career Opportunity – SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR (Temp)

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Department:  Education

Reports to:   Education and Outreach Coordinator

Status: Non-exempt – Temporary

Revised: January 2021

Pay Range: $12.50 – $14.90

Hiring appointments are made at the start of the range. Multilingual employees of WHS may receive a pay differential. All qualified and interested individuals including BIPOC, disabled, LGBTQ+, Veterans, 50+ applicants are encouraged to apply. 


The Camp Counselor is responsible for overseeing and teaching group lessons and activities, handling a variety of animals, and assisting with the day-to-day management and planning of summer camps at Willamette Humane Society. 

Willamette Humane Society will be offering eight weeks of a variety of hybrid summer day camps for youth grades 1st-11th. Youth learn about pet care, animal welfare issues and being animal ambassadors through games, crafts and activities, guest speakers, and hand-on time spent with the animals. Our camp programs foster a sense of responsibility and respect for animals, the earth and other humans through inquiry and experience-based learning. 

The ideal candidate for this position is an articulate person who loves teaching, animals, and feels confident managing students in a classroom setting with strong communication skills and a passion for working with youth. They ideally also have experience (professional or lived) working with underserved or diverse communities, may be multilingual, and can adapt well to a changing work environment. 


  • Assume responsibility for leading and assisting with activities as assigned and work to achieve learning goals and objectives established by the Community Education and Outreach Coordinator. 
  • Provide a positive, well supervised atmosphere for campers. Model for children empathy, compassion, and respect for everyone and everything. Help to positively motivate campers to respect and listen to each other.
  • Teach lessons as assigned. Typical lessons are in animal care, animal welfare, environmental responsibility and ecology. 
  • Create a safe, effective, and fun learning environment through excellent classroom management skills. 
  • Attend to the health and safety of campers at all times. Respond to children’s disruptive behaviors with positive redirection and support group management.  
  • Prepare supplies, camp activities, set-up and clean-up, and any other tasks necessary for daily camp activities.
  • Create opportunities for all campers to have a positive social experience, such as seeking out and helping shy children to find a comfortable peer group. 
  • Consistently project a positive, professional and friendly attitude to all campers, volunteers, parents, and staff.  
  • Intervene and problem-solve when conflicts occur between campers.
  • Ability to communicate with a multitude of diverse individuals or groups with varying backgrounds and present information on a variety of animal welfare topics.


  • Ensure the safety, wellbeing, and positive learning experience for camp participants and volunteers.


The Camp Counselor receives supervision from the Community Education and Outreach Coordinator, and works closely with the CE-DEV Department and the Operations Department. 


  • Will work with young people ages 6 to 17 and around shelter pets.
  • Interacts and co-exists with animals in the work environment, exposure to animal dander. Dexterity and comfort with animals required to hold, harness, leash, carry and care for a variety of animals. 
  • Work takes place both indoors and outdoors. 


  • Frequently stands, walks, kneels, crouches, and sits on the floor when conducting lessons and activities.
  • Able to arrive to and from work on time as part of a designated schedule. Please note WHS is not on a bus line.


  • Flexibility, adaptability and creativity, as our environment and available animals/resources fluctuates regularly and our camp program is always evolving
  • Must be able to communicate with children in a positive, enthusiastic, and educational manner.  
  • Demonstrated ability or strong interest to work and interact effectively with diverse audiences, including those with a differing histories and experiences.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively to parents or guardians of campers about the rules of camp and any concerns or conflicts that occur due to a camper. 
  • Must be able to work cooperatively with other people and independently within a team.   
  • Must be able to maintain a compassion for individual animals while working within the structure of the shelter environment. 
  • Must be able to manage up to 20 children and maintain a safe environment when working with animals and groups of children. 
  • Required to talk and speak clearly and loudly to groups inside, outside, and in small and large spaces.


  • High school graduate or educational equivalent. Desire teaching experience or experience working with children. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Experience teaching in an educational setting, such as schools, youth camps, after-school programs for youth, or youth clubs.
  • Experience working with children is required
  • PREFERRED: Animal handling experience and passion for the animal welfare industry.
  • PREFERRED: Experience working as a camp counselor
  • PREFERRED: First aid and CPR certification 
  • PREFERRED: Ability to speak and/or write in multiple languages, especially Russian or Spanish.

Additional Requirements: 

  • Must be able to attend staff training prior to camp sessions beginning.
  • Must be able to work all eight camp sessions. Camp sessions are held from June 28th to August 18th. Regular hours for the full day camps will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Regular hours for the half day camp days will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m..
  • Must be able to assist with additional educational and community engagement programming throughout the summer as requested. 
  • Must have a demonstrated enthusiasm and passion for the mission of Willamette Humane Society. 
  • Must pass a background investigation for working with children

Note: Under the provisions of the Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986, the successful candidate will be required to provide evidence of identity and eligibility. WHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, national origin, marital status, disability or any class protected by law.