Working at Harbor Haven

Groups never start out as a team.  Usually, they simply begin as a set of individuals milling around, trying to sniff one another out.  You can’t rush the process of team development.  Yet, members of effective teams feel a particularly strong sense of belonging, importance, and empowerment. Your team will consist of everyone at Harbor Haven.  It is not always easy working with other people, especially people that you don’t know.  But we all find a way to learn from each other, accomplish our goals, and offer the best summer any one of our campers could ask for.

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to work at Harbor Haven again this summer. I am honored to be a part of the mission of your camp and to have a chance to help our campers believe in themselves. I hope I have the privilege of working with you again in the future!“

Working at Harbor Haven is a truly enriching and empowering employment opportunity. We look forward to another amazing summer!

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Job Descriptions

General Counselor: general counselors stay with their assigned camp group for the duration of the camp season. Counselors participate in all activities with their group, eat lunch with their group, assist their campers with varying needs throughout the camp day, and model appropriate behavior and attitude. Each group has a lead counselor and assistant counselors. Counselors are undergraduate college students and college graduates. 

1-to-1 Counselor: also known as Shadow Counselors, 1-to-1 counselors are paired with an individual camper to assist with their focus and redirection. 1-to-1 counselors are a part of their assigned camp group but their main focus is to work directly with their specified camper within that group. 1-to-1 counselors are undergraduate college students and college graduates. 

Supervisor: each age division at camp has its own supervisor. Supervisors work closely with group counselors, specialists, academic teachers, therapists, and the nurse to make sure all of their campers' goals are met. Supervisors also speak with their camper's parents to answer any questions or concerns and to provide updates about the camper's experiences and progress. Supervisors need to hold a degree in special education or a related field and have experience working with children who have special needs. 

Specialist: specialists develop, plan and lead activities in their specialty area - arts and crafts, athletics, tennis, bikes, performing arts, social skills, nature and science, cooking, photography, and yoga. Specialists are college graduates or graduate students with knowledge and skills in their specialty area. Social Skills specialists must be social workers, psychologists or mental health counselors. 

Therapist: group occupational therapy and group speech therapy are built into the daily schedule for campers ages 3-9, and individual OT and speech therapy are available for campers of any age. Occupational and speech therapists need to have appropriate degrees with proper licensure and certifications.

Lifeguard: lifeguards implement an age-appropriate American Red Cross swim curriculum for our camp groups and guard during the recreational swim portion of each swim period. Lifeguards must be 18+ years old with proper certification. 

Maintenance: maintenance staff should take pride in the appearance, overall cleanliness and good repair of the camp facilities. Maintenance staff responsibilities include but are not limited to the general upkeep of the camp facilities, keeping hydration stations full, set-up/clean-up of lunch area, and making sure all camp areas are properly sanitized after use. Maintenance staff must be 18+ years old.