Day Camp Lead Hand

Calgary, AB Seasonal $17.50/hour

Department: Programming & Experience - Education

Position Type: Seasonal

Hourly Rate: $17.50               

Contract Start Date: June 3, 2024

Contracts End Date: August 30, 2024

Hours: Various shifts available from Monday to Friday

What we offer:

  • Flexible work arrangements where no one day is similar
  • Working in a beautiful park setting
  • Free entrance to the Park, including to our many public special events
  • Employee discounts on food and retail items and free parking

Who We Are:

Heritage Park is Canada's largest living history museum and offers visitors a chance to experience life in Western Canada from the 1860s to the early 1950s. The Park features historical buildings, costumed interpreters, working antiques, and various exhibits that provide insight into the region's past.

Job Overview:

Under the direction of the Education Program Specialist, the Day Camp Lead Hand assists with the preparation, implementation and evaluation of the Prairie Explorers (ages 6-11) day camp program. 


Camp Program

  • Assists in developing and implementing camp programming and activities in collaboration with the Education Program Specialist
  • Helps to modify and adapt activities to ensure successful participation by all campers
  • Assists with the day-to-day operations of camp including check in, check out, supporting leaders with campers and activities as necessary as well as prepping materials and delivering supplies to camps
  • Conducts scheduled rounds throughout the park to ensure the well-being of campers, offering assistance to camp leaders in managing camper behavior or addressing special needs.
  • Cultivates positive relationships among all participants in day camps, with a focus on fostering connections and support for children requiring additional assistance
  • Supports children with disabilities and creates opportunities for them to be actively involved in the camp activities
  • Maintains regular contact with parents/ guardians of participants with disabilities or special needs
  • Assists with the training, orientation, and mentoring of camp leaders to ensure they are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide a fulfilling camp experience for participants
  • Supports the education department by assisting with administrative duties such as phoning parents, filling out forms, scheduling, etc. as needed.
  • Participates in leading camp clean-up, conducts debrief sessions, and assists in preparing an end-of-season report to reflect on camp experiences
  • Acts as a substitute leader in day camp during emergency situations, providing support and supervision as needed (e.g., in case of illness or unforeseen circumstances)
  • Perform other duties as required

Organizational Excellence and Wellbeing

  • Contribute to inspiring and immersive experiences at the Park through your roles and responsibilities by engaging in Heritage Park initiatives that align with the overall mission and vision of the Park
  • Demonstrate commitment to workplace health and safety by complying with Heritage Park's Health, Safety and Environment Management System (HSEMS), following safe work practices, reporting work-related incidents, injuries and hazards, participating in employer training, and adhering policies including the Code of Conduct and the Workplace Violence and Harassment Policy
  • Actively support a positive work environment by creating an atmosphere of inclusion, engagement and fulfillment in line with Heritage Park values
  • Demonstrate responsible stewardship of our people, collections and financial assets by ensuring that they are handled with integrity, sustainability, and a focus on long-term benefits for the organization and its stakeholders

Required Qualifications:

  • Completion of secondary education is required. Post-secondary education in related areas (Western Canadian History, Education, etc) is considered an asset. 
  • Prior experience working with children in a camp setting is required
  • Experience working with children with special needs is considered an asset
  • Standard First Aid and CPR certification is required; preference is given to those already certified, but training is provided by the Park
  • Must be enthusiastic and enjoy working with in a camp setting
  • Demonstrate responsible leadership skills as well as organizational skills
  • Adaptability and flexibility to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills in a client-faced setting   
  • All successful candidates must be over the age of 18 and will be required to go through a Police Information Check as a condition of employment. 

Special Clothing and Equipment:

  • Appropriate costuming and safety equipment will be provided by Heritage Park; 
  • Footwear, as designated by the Heritage Park Costume Department, will be provided by the employee.

 Special Working Conditions:

  • The position will be exposed to weather extremes and will work both indoors and outdoors;
  • This position is physically demanding, and the incumbent must be able to lift heavy items, stand for long periods, and walk throughout the Park for extended periods.

Hours of Work:

  • Hours will vary depending on camp schedules;
  • The schedule will generally be five consecutive days per week (Monday to Friday)

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