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Recreation Day Camp Aide Summer Season

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City Of La Mesa

La Mesa, CA

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Position Summary Benefits Supplemental Questions

The City of La Mesa has several openings for energetic and enthusiastic Day Camp Aides for the Summer Day Camp Program (June 18, 2018 to August 10, 2018, an 8 week obligation). Our Summer Day Camp Program is operated through La Mesa Community Services. Camp La Mesa offers children ages 5 to 13 years a fun-filled summer. Activities include field trips, crafts, cooking, singing, organized games, swimming, and more. Day Camp meets Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with extended care available 6:30 a.m. through 6:00 p.m.

This is a part-time, temporary position working approximately 22 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Hours will vary pending the shift. Examples of shifts are 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Each shift includes a 1/2 hour unpaid lunch/break.

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

To provide general assistance and support to assigned recreation program and activities; to set up and issue equipment for recreational activities; to assist in providing on-site supervision of recreation program and activity participants; and to perform a variety of general and routine administrative tasks in support of recreation programs.

IF WORKING AS AN INCLUSION AIDE: La Mesa Day Camp occasionally has campers with special needs and/or difficulty adjusting to the camp setting. In these instances an Inclusion Aide would be assigned to work one-on-one with the camper to assure a positive camp experience to the fullest extend possible. In the event a one-on-one assignment is not needed, the Inclusion Aide would work in the capacity as a traditional aide as described in the job posting.

Key Responsibilities:

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Assist Day Camp Leaders with arts and crafts projects, organized games and sports.

  • Assist with watching over campers during lunch time.

  • Assist campers in pool on a daily basis (afternoon shift only)

  • Assist on filed trips and outings (both shifts)

  • Interface daily with campers, general public and other city colleagues.

  • Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment.

  • Perform basic custodial duties as assigned.

Inclusion Aide Responsibilities:

  • Along with Camp Coordinator, will meet with the camper and parent prior to the week of attendance to discuss the special needs, helpful information, and ways to communicate the events of the day.

  • Will be responsible for assisting the camper's participation in various activities throughout the day. This may mean offering alternative behaviors and better understanding among campers.

  • Will work with Camp Coordinator and camp staff to share ideas and suggestions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Formal or informal education or training which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance.


Some experience as a participant in recreational leadership activities with large groups of elementary-age children is desirable.

If Hired as an Inclusion Aide:

Some experience as an Inclusion Aide or training/classes in the area of special needs children between the ages of 5 - 13 years old.

License or Certificate:

  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older at time of appointment. If applicant is still in high school, must provide California Worker's Permit.

  • Possession of a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (Infant, Child & Adult) required by June 9, 2018.

  • Possession of an AED Certificate required by June 9, 2018.

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid Certificate required by June 9, 2018.

  • California ID / Driver License, or sufficient proof of identification required for fingerprinting purposes.


  • Ability to get in front of 60 campers and perform in a group setting

  • Ability to professionally assist with organizing and participating in all camp activities.

  • Knowledge of organized games and ability to lead them.

  • Ability to maintain a high level of enthusiasm and represent a positive role model to the children at Camp La Mesa.

  • Ability to work in a team setting.

  • Ability to take direction from Day Camp Leader, Camp Directors or Recreation Supervisor.

  • Ability to attend orientation/training on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical exam is required (physical demands and working conditions will be provided upon request).

Examination Process:Interested applicants must submit an online application and supplemental questionnaire by the application deadline of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018. All required certificates and/or licenses must be submitted by date of hire. Only those candidates whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the City will be invited to participate in the interview process. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of April 23, 2018 in the afternoon. Submission of an application does not guarantee participation in the testing process.

NOTE: Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment medical evaluation, and background investigation.

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