This page is the complete description and details for the summer camp assistant monitor position including job responsibilities, dates, wage, etc. At the bottom of the page you can apply online.
Job Title: Assistant Monitor
Reports to: Camp Monitor partner and Activity Coordinator and TEFL Coordinator.
Responsible for: around 12 campers, most of the time with the Camp Monitor but at times individually responsible.
As a summer camp assistant monitor you are, just like a monitor is, a role model, friend, instructor and hero to campers aged from 6-18 years (depending on what camp you work at). The main role of an assistant monitor is to assist the main monitor. They must be a surrogate parent for a group of approximately 12 campers and be responsible for supervising your campers, and ensuring their well being and safety whilst they are enjoying the fun and rewarding experience Summer Camp is. As an assistant monitor you will be with your campers most of the day running and supervising various parts of the day including meal times, afternoon sports activities, crafts and projects, evening entertainment activities, and waking up/putting to bed (assistant monitors sleep in the same room as the kids).
The difference between this position and a monitor position is that it is NOT a salaried position (TECS will give a contribution to the cost of applicant’s flights – see “written particulars” at the end of this job profile). This position is designed for applicants who are under 19 (min. age 16) at the start of the summer camp and offers them the opportunity to gain work experience on a camp and working with children, and gain a reference from a reputed summer camp organisation, proving their suitability to work with children in future work.
TECS camp operates this position to maximize its staff to camper ratios and also to allow the camp to have a ready replacement for a monitor who fails to turn up on camp or fails to accomplish all their responsibilities. In the said case, if the monitor assistant has shown them self-responsible enough, they may be upgraded to the monitor post with all pay conditions of this post, starting from the date of the upgrade.
Assistant monitors need to be young individuals who full of imagination and energy in order to meet the extraordinary demands of camp work.
Job Responsibilities + Tasks
The following outlines the responsibilities for an Assistant Monitor which are different to that of normal monitors. All applicants for this post must also read the Camp Monitor profile for greater overall information on general monitor responsibilities.
Assistant Monitors act as leader partner of full monitors and most of the time will not be independently responsible for the campers but instead be in a supportive role to Camp Monitors. However at some moments of the day, they could be independently responsible for the kids, these times could include:
- The Sports Sessions: Assistant Monitors may either help monitors in running these events or may at times be individually responsible for a group of campers.
- Leader Group responsibility on one of the Excursions at the weekend.
- Some putting to bed and getting up routine.
- Showering time.
- Any time their Camp Monitor partner is ill.
- On Arrivals and Departures days all staff members are assigned to camp site set up duties before and after these days. These are hectic days were staff pull together to complete the various jobs that need to be done. These jobs may include litter picks, posting or taking down signs, helping with camp setup or rearranging of materials, orientating parents and campers, or helping with the final tidy up and maintenance/cleaning jobs.
HOURS OF WORK:
Although Assistant Monitors do not have the full conditions of Camp Monitors they will have the same working hours as them (but as mentioned, mainly in a supportive role) therefore this is a reality of the job that any applicant must understand and fully accept. Camp work is very demanding and all candidates should recognise that this job is anything but 9-5 living, with long hours needing to be put in by all camp staff. Depending on the assigned age group, time off during the day will be between 3 and 4 hours. Each Assistant Monitor will also have one week evening (from end of evening entertainment) and the morning after off and one full day off at the weekend. Also at times, extra bonus time off will be assigned to those staff working hard and maintaining positive attitudes.
EX-CREW MEMBERS/SPANISH SPEAKERS
In general, the majority of our camp staff are native English speakers so as to create a complete Immersion English environment. However, we do accept some Spanish speakers who have been campers with us before and worked with us as crew members. These assistant monitors may be needed to other tasks that would not be asked of other assistant monitors such as:
- Asked to speak Spanish for communicating with parents, the outside world, etc.
- Needed to go to hospital with a child or staff member.
- Needed to help with office administration tasks.
- Going to the shops to buy materials.
Benefits of Working on a TECS Summer Camp
- Ambience of summer camp environment- team work and spirit!
- Fulfilment of working with kids and of managing people in that environment.
- Professional and personal development
- Friends from around the world.
- Sun and fun!
- Staff uniform- enough so you won’t have to rewash them yourself!
- Staff events- weekend trips, sport and game competitions during camp.
- Staff final meal – these are big things and for many staff the highlight of the summer so DON’T LEAVE CAMP UNTIL THE DAY AFTER WORK FINISHES.
- Knowledgeable year round central office management. The top management were ALL once staff members and mid-management themselves at one point.
- Supportive management structure.
- Guiding hand on the rewarding path to professional development and personal development.
Job Review and Performance Management
For all assistant monitor positions, regular feedback will be provided from the Activity Coordinator and TEFL Coordinator about job performance and objectives. Also the Activity Coordinator and/or the TEFL Coordinator will be available at any time to discuss concerns or problems that may occur, or to offer support in situations when help is deemed necessary. One to one meetings can also be arranged with the Camp Director at any time.
What we’re looking for: Requirements + Knowledge/Skills
- Preferred experience of working with children in previous employment.
- Preferred summer camp experience, but not essential.
- Preferred background in sports or activities.
- A Level or Higher qualifications or another nation’s equivalent will be looked upon favourably.
- Applicants with special: Arts and Crafts, Music or Sporting qualifications will be looked upon favourably.
- Any assistant Monitor must be between 16-18 years of age before the starting date of contract (applicants 19 or over should apply to the Monitor post).
- High energy levels and a young but responsible mature outlook on life and work.
- A positive attitude and ability to put yourself in other’s shoes, in order to work effectively as a key part of a large diverse team.
- Adaptability and ability to think on the spot in what can be at times a highly unpredictable and spontaneous environment.
*** Spanish is NOT a requirement to work on TECS Summer Camps as staff are not allowed to speak Spanish in front of the kids***
STATEMENT OF WRITTEN PARTICULARS
- Arrive on Tuesday 23rd June 2020 from 15:00.
- Staff Training Week: 24th June – 27th June.
- Camp Work Start Date: 28th June (camper’s arrival)*.
Wage + Work Dates
We employ staff for between 1-4 fortnights, with the vast majority being for fortnights 1, 2 and 3 . Below you can see the stated contract length (excluding training week). All figures shown below are NET (after tax):
Magic/Little Village + TECS Gredos (Fortnight 1+2)
- Dates (inc. training): 24th June – 25th July 2020
- Net Pay: €400
TECS Puerto (Fortnight 1-3)
- Dates (inc. training): 24th June – 8th August 2020
- Net Pay: €600
TECS Puerto (Fortnight 1-4)
- Dates (inc. training): 24th June – 22nd August 2020
- Net Pay: €800
Other Conditions + Notes:
- Accommodation and food are included in the conditions.
- TECS believes in professional development and for that reason extensive training is given to all our staff who will be as well trained as is possible for the taking on of all their responsibilities.
- All as stated above in “benefits of the job”.
- There will be a special end of camp dinner and party for staff in TECS Camp Gredos and Magic/Little Village camps on the last night of the 2nd fortnight, and in TECS Camp Puerto on the last night of the 3rd fortnight. Staff are permitted to sleep on-site the night of their end of camp dinner and party but must leave before 12 noon on the Sunday.
- Although it is unusual, we may have a mini camp running during our training week. This means that some staff, usually managers or returnee staff, will be needed to work on them
- RECRUITMENT PERIOD
For summer positions TECS accepts applicants all year round but below is a guideline for what is the normal application date period for this position.
- Recommended reapply date: December.
- Main interview period: January-March.
- New Applicants:
- Recommended date to apply: February/March.
- Main interview period: March-April.
- Ireland Interview Dates (TBC): 27th April – 1st May
- Date by which all posts for this position are normally filled: May.