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Resident Camp Summer Specialist - Behaviorial Specialists

Camp Carter, Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America Req #42
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth Employment Application

Are you a medical professional that longs to work in the outdoors? Do you secretly miss the old camp days? Are you looking to gain additional work experience? Do you want to positively impact the lives of children and staff within a fun, safe, and mission driven YMCA camp environment?  Well do we have the job for you!


YMCA Camp Carter is a 360 acre outdoor adventure camp and conference center that facilitates programs for various groups of youth throughout the summer.  Our behavioral specialists will help support the work we do at the Y, by helping create a positive, nurturing environment for all campers and staff.  They will also help each camper reach their fullest potential and deepen their connections as part of their overall camp experience.  Provide and oversee the emotional well-being for campers and staff by assisting individuals to eliminate or replace ineffective or negative behaviors with appropriate and positive actions.


Camp Carter is the ultimate camp experience, providing high quality programs including canoeing, archery, challenge course, horseback riding, rifles and so much more!  So are you ready to take the challenge and join us as we make a difference this summer!



  • BA in Social Work or a third or fourth year student majoring in Social Work or Psychology and have previous experience of working with children. Experience working with young adult’s a plus.

  • Working knowledge of working with children and youth with special emotional, behavioral, cognitive, communicative & or physical challenges.

  • Ability to reach remote locations of camp property quickly, lift/assist campers, if necessary.

  • Ability to originate, update and/or monitor well-being, maintain records and implement plan.

  • Ability to accept guidance and supervision.

  • Ability to make decisions and act wisely and calmly in emergencies.

  • Physical demands and work environment regularly requires the employee to walk, hike, and work outdoors in wooded areas and on uneven natural paths.

  • Comfort and ability to live, sleep, and work in a rustic outdoor environment with irregular hours.

  • Have fun!


Essential Functions

  • Participate in mandatory staff training and develop a thorough understanding of the behavioral challenges and expectations of the staff and campers.

  • Identify individual needs of campers and discuss behavioral plans with camp counselors prior to the campers’ arrival.

  • Observe and interact with campers and staff to promote a positive experience at camp.

  • Work one-on-one with campers who are experiencing difficulty participating in the program.

  • Intervene if campers are experiencing significant behavioral challenges.

  • Help campers and staff resolve conflicts appropriately.

  • Provide support and guidance to staff as they deal with camper’s behavior problems.

  • Be available to step in situations that may arise during the camp and provide necessary assistance to the camper prior to allowing the camper to return to activities.

  • Consult and guide staff to monitor the overall emotional and social wellbeing of the community

  • Provide emotional support to staff as they deal with personal challenges.

  • Provide assistance in mediating staff conflicts and monitor staff morale.

  • Work as liaison with parents referencing camp behavior policy in communicating problem behaviors

  • Be available to contact parents with camp Director to address observed problem behaviors and/or camper’s failure to adapt to camp setting.

  • Assist in communicating to parents along with camp Director regarding potential camp dismissal.

  • Keep Director and appropriate supervisory staff informed of all situations and issues as they arise.

  • Provide daily updates through informal conversation and formal documentation to Director, supervisory, and health staff.

  • Be proactive and keep the Camp Director informed regarding any potential issue that might question our ability to have a participant remain at camp.

  • Make recommendations to the Camp Director in making sure that any necessary follow-up with families occur.



    Room and Board provided: Yes

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive. It is understood that the employee will also perform other reasonable association duties and will be responsible for implementation of the policies, procedures and standards established by the Metropolitan Board, the branch Board of Managers and the Association Leadership. Job descriptions are reviewed periodically and may be revised at the discretion of management. This job description is not a written or implied contract.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $250.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $350.00
  • Job Start Date Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Camp Carter, Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America