Camp Monitor Job Profile

This page is the complete description and details for the summer camp monitor position (including lifeguard, music and dance, and tennis specialities) including job responsibilities, dates, wage, etc. At the bottom of the page you can apply online and download the complete pdf job profile.

Job Overview

Job Title: Camp Monitor (Activity Instructor and Group Leader)

Reports to: Activity Coordinator and TEFL Coordinator and at times Camp Director

Responsible for: Groups of around 12 children.

As a summer camp monitor you are 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 a camp monitor is to be a surrogate parent for a group of approximately 12 campers and be responsible for overall supervision of your campers, and ensuring their wellbeing and safety whilst they are enjoying the fun and rewarding experience Summer Camp is. As a summer camp 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 (monitors sleep in the same room as the kids). Each monitor will be assigned a specialization depending on their skillset: Multiactivity, Watersports, Horse Riding, Tennis, Football, Music and Dance, TEFL Monitor, and Nursing.

Camp monitors need to be young, or young at heart, individuals who full of imagination and energy in order to meet the extraordinary demands of camp work.

Job Responsibilities +  Tasks

  1. To ensure TECS campers have the best possible experience in all areas of camp life.
  2. To ensure the safety and welfare of the campers at all times.
  3. To represent the camp and TECS positively at all times.
  4. Motivate and inspire the campers to use and learn the most English on camp possible.

PROGRAMME

  1. Reading the camp manuals, and familiarising yourself with all areas of camp before arrival.
  2. Run the morning routine for the assigned leader group.
  3. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner with the assigned leader group, ensuring proper table control, manners and that each child eats sufficiently.
  4. Actively supervise campers during sand pit time, chill out time and zone time.
  5. Be in charge of planning and running Arts and Crafts or Project sessions, ensuring quality of activity and that children exercise respectful behaviour at all times.
  6. Plan and create lesson plans for all sports sessions in advance and have them in folder at all times.
  7. To run multi or extra activity as assigned.
  8. If a multi-activity monitor run the sports sessions in the assigned area.
  9. If an extra-activity monitor make sure to participate in activity and supervise the safety and English usage at offsite activities.
  10. Actively supervise showers as assigned.
  11. Actively supervise and participate in the evening activities as assigned.
  12. Run the putting to bed routine for the assigned leader group.
  13. On five out seven nights per week, sleep in the same sleeping area as the campers, ensuring behaviour control and welfare support as needed.
  14. On a rota basis, act as night watch guards, controlling children and being the on duty responsible in case of problems.

GENERAL LEADER REPSONSIBILITIES

  1. Ensure the effective supervision and safety of the campers.
  2. Monitor the behaviour and progress of the campers in the allocated group in the recreational activities and take action to resolve any problems and, where necessary, liaise with the Camp Coordinators and Welfare Coordinators on matters connected to discipline and/or welfare.
  3. Supervise and ensure the safety of the assigned leader group on one of the excursions held at the weekend.
  4. Ensure the campers respect all camp facilities and equipment and at all times be responsible for ensuring the campers uphold the camp rules and regulations.
  1. Uphold all areas of the staff code of conduct as outlined in the conditions of contract sheet and be an example to fellow staff of correct work conduct and attitude at all times.
  2. Carry out all tasks asked of you by the members of the TECS management team, professionally and thoroughly.
  3. Must wear uniform continuously, red TECS polo on arrivals, departures and excursions and blue or white TECS t-shirts at all other times.

OTHER REPSONSIBILITIES

  1. Familiarise yourself thoroughly with the physical environment and organisation of the camp.
  2. Participate in regular meetings held with the Coordinators and Directors before and during camp.
  3. At times, carryout assigned office/admin tasks.
  4. Carry out the assigned responsibilities on Arrivals and Departures days and carryout assigned camp site set up duties before and after these days.
  1. All monitors may have the responsibility on arrivals and departures days of accompanying children on their journey to or from camp.  This will usually involve going with the children on a bus to a nearby city, like Seville or Cordoba but may also involve going in a taxi to local stations.  This may affect your time off as usually these transfers are early in the morning, you will be given your free time but it may differ from the other monitors.
  1. As needed, assist with the tidy up of camp at the weekends. This would involve tasks like making beds and basic cleaning and general organisation of the camp facilities. 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:

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 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.


Differences in Activity Types/Specializations

On all TECS Summer Camps monitors run between 3-4 hours of activities in the afternoon. There are four different types of activities that a monitor may be assigned to:

  1. Multi Activity
  2. Off-Site Extra Activity (Water Sports + Horse Riding)
  3. On-Site Extra Activity (Music+Dance, Tennis)
  4. Lifeguard Monitor
  5. TEFL Monitor

Generally a monitor will be assigned before camp starts to what type of activity they will run depending to their experience, background, and staffing needs. In most cases staff will usually do the same activity type for their entire contract due to the fact that their training will be more focused on that activity, although monitors may need to change activities during the summer.

Multi-Activity

The vast majority of monitors on TECS Summer Camps are multi-activity monitors. Multi-activity monitors will be responsible for planning and running their sports activities on TECS camp groups each day as assigned. Usually a multi-activity monitor will run between 2-4 activities with their assigned group although some days this might be taken up with taking your group on a trip to the beach.

Off-Site Extra Activity (Water Sports and Horse Riding)

In some camps there are some children who sign up to do a specific activity off-site run by a collaborating company (e.g. Horse Riding, Water & Fun, etc.). Off-Site Extra Activity monitors are responsible for ensuring that all of the campers get to and from the activities safely, either by hired bus or being driven by one of our drivers, and to look after our campers and participate in the activity with them. Extra-Activity Monitors are not responsible for the running or instructing of the activity (although they must help out).

The off-site extra activity monitors that are listed below are required to go off site with campers and as a result they have all of the responsibilities of a normal monitor plus the following extra responsibilities that they have to follow:

  1. Recording the number of campers going to the activity.
  2. Controlling the sending off and coming back of all the campers, ensuring the safe and organised loading of buses.
  3. Participating in the activity and constantly speaking English to the campers to ensure their English exposure.
  4. As required running small parts of the activity.
  5. Quality control of the activity, giving regular feedback to your director about how you think the programme is being run by the contracted supplier.

All off-site extra activity monitors must have a keen interest in the specific activity and be able to participate competently.  However, no formal qualification in instruction is required as the main instruction is provided by the contracted company.

On-Site Extra Activity (Music + Dance and Tennis)

In some camps there are some children who sign up to do a specific activity on-site run by our TECS monitors (e.g. Tennis, Music + Dance,  etc.). On-Site Extra Activity monitors are responsible for planning and running a programme for their speciality that is to a high standard.

Music + Dance

During the sports sessions the Music and Dance monitor is responsible for running the ‘Top Musical Star’ program where campers of different ages can sign up to develop their performance skills instead of doing sports.  The responsibilities include:

  1. Planning a a 1 or 2 week program performance programme which they will do with a group of kids and come up with and practice a routine that they will then perform in front of the rest of the campers during the Awards Ceremony on the last day of camp.
  2. Setting up and packing away the equipment prior to/and after the sessions.
  3. Running all the sessions in a professional and imaginative way.
  4. Monitoring the progress of the participants and ensuring that improvement in the taught skills takes place.
  • Requirements: Qualifications or Experience

The Music Specialist must have a keen interest in Music and Dance.  They should have previous experience in undertaking these activities in a work or social situation.  They must be quality orientated as maintaining the standard of the classes is their principal responsibility.  They must also be imaginative with a desire to put their ideas into practice.

Tennis

The tennis specialist monitor is responsible for taking those campers who have signed up to do the tennis programme where campers of different ages can sign up to develop their tennis skills instead of doing a variety of different sports.  The responsibilities include:

  1. Planning a a 1 or 2 week program performance programme which they will do with a group of kids where they will practice a variety of tennis skills.
  2. Setting up and packing away the equipment prior to/and after the sessions.
  3. Running all the sessions in a professional and imaginative way.
  4. Monitoring the progress of the participants and ensuring that improvement in the taught skills takes place.
  • Requirements: Qualifications or Experience

The Tennis Specialist must have a keen interest in tennis.  They should have previous experience in playing tennis, preferably in a coaching manner. They must be quality orientated as maintaining the standard of the classes is their principal responsibility.  They must also be imaginative with a desire to put their ideas into practice.


Lifeguard Monitor

We have on lifeguard specialist monitor. During sports in the afternoon this person will always be based at the swimming pool during any sports sessions assigned there. When there are no pool sessions in the afternoon they will either help in camp office or join in sports with the other monitors. During the afternoon, the lifeguard monitor has the first aid kit with them at all times as this is the camp nurses time off.

We will usually have one lifeguard with more experience who will have some added training duties during staff training week. For this they will receive €50.

Their responsibilities will include:

  1. Plan and run all activities sessions in the swimming pool.
  2. Be based by the pool at all times whilst there are kids there.
  3. Report to Camp Directors, Camp Coordinators and Nurse on any issues-problems.

Requirements: Qualifications or Experience

For this position we are looking for someone who has a lifeguarding certificate and first aid experience.

TEFL Monitor

See here for more information about TEFL Monitors.

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!

TECS PROVIDES:

  • Staff uniform- enough so you won’t have to rewash them yourself!
  • Staff events- weekend trips, sport and game competitions during camp.
  • Management Bonding Meal at before camp starts and reward meal at end of summer.
  • 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 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.

POSSIBLE FUTURE EMPLOYMENT:

TECS runs a year round academy and has a year-round team, therefore for teachers who display the correct attitude and work performance level there will be the opportunity of year round employment with us.

What we’re looking for: Requirements + Knowledge/Skills

EXPERIENCE

  1. Experience of working with children in previous employment.
  2. Preferred summer camp experience, but not essential.
  3. Experience of organising activities for small groups of children and preferred experience of working with foreign language children.
  4. Experience of working in a fast moving environment where stress levels can at times be very high.
  5. Experience for Extra Activity Positions: as mentioned below the job profile notes above.

QUALIFICATIONS/ REQUIREMENTS

  1. A Level or Higher qualifications or another nation’s equivalent.  Applicants with special: Arts and Crafts, Music or Sporting qualifications will be looked upon favourably.
  2. Any Camp Monitor must be 19 years of age before the starting date of contract (applicants under 19 should apply to the Assistant Monitor post).

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS

  1. First class interpersonal skills with ability to control children in a motivational and fair way, which enables campers to integrate into the English environment smoothly and encourages them to speak English.
  2. The ability to manage continually conflicting priorities in a high pressured environment.
  3. High energy levels and a young but responsible mature outlook on life and work.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Starting Dates

  • Arrive on Monday 25th June 2018.
  • Staff Training Week: 26th June – 30th June.
  • Camp Work Start Date: 1st July (camper’s arrival)*.

Note: We do have some extra positions that can start a week or two previously to the dates mentioned above. If interested please indicate on application.

Wage + Work Dates

We employ staff for between 1-4 fortnights, with the vast majority being for fortnights 1+2 in July. Below you can see the stated contract length (excluding training week). All figures shown below are NET (after tax):

  • Fortnight 1 (1st July – 14th July 2018):
    • Net Pay: €275
    • Possible Performance Bonus: € 75 (Ex), € 45 (VG), € 20 (G)
    • Total Possible Pay: €275– €350
  • Fortnight 1-2 (1st July – 28th July 2018):
    • Net Pay: €550
    • Possible Performance Bonus: € 100 (Ex), € 60 (VG), € 30 (G)
    • Total Possible Pay: €550- €650
  • Fortnight 1-3 (1st July – 11th August 2018):
    • Net Pay: €825
    • Possible Performance Bonus: € 125 (Ex), € 75 (VG), € 40 (G)
    • Total Possible Pay: €825- €950
  • Fortnight 1-4 (1st July – 25th August 2018):
    • Net Pay: €1100
    • Possible Performance Bonus: € 150 (Ex), € 90 (VG), € 50 (G)
    • Total Possible Pay: €1100 – €1250

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 all camps on the last night of the 2nd 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. For those working in August there will be another end of camp dinner and party at the end of fortnight 4.
  • Performance Bonuses: This is a possible performance related bonus. TECS provides standard reference gradings (Exceptional (E), Very good (VG), Good (G), To Standard Required, Below Standard Required, Unsatisfactory) and believes in reward staff, with the bonuses stated above, should their performance be deemed to be above the minimum standard required (i.e. Good and above). These bonuses will be based on the reference grading as decided on by the camp director. An employee is NOT entitled to any bonus should they be deemed to have done a performance that is deemed to be “To Standard Required”, “Below Standard Required” or “Unsatisfactory”.

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* As this is start of camp, this is the start date which will appear on Spanish contracts.