Summer Camp Counselor

Magical Camp Site in the middle of the Jemez Mountains in central New Mexico!
Job Description

Under the direction of the Director of Camping Services and in accordance with the purpose, policy and principles of the YMCA of Central New Mexico, this position supports the work of the YMCA, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Camp Counselor at the YMCA of New Mexico maintains a supportive, positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals, promotes the potential of all youth, and provides a quality experience to both youth and their families.

Residential Camp Counselors provide direct supervision and live with a small group of young people in a residential camp setting. Lead campers through daily activities with a primary focus on safety. Work with the larger team to accomplish the goals of Camp Shaver: accomplishment, belonging and character development.

Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger, beginning with you. 

  • Minimum age requirement of 18. 
  • CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications required; will be provided training if candidate does not have current certification.
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification preferred. 
  • Previous experience working with children and staff in a camp setting preferred. 
  • Previous experience working with diverse populations preferred. 
Essential Functions
  • Maintains constant surveillance of campers and always ensures their safety.
  • Knows and reviews all emergency procedures and responds appropriately to emergency situations. Completes related reports as required.
  • Plans and implements program activities that are culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and consistent with the YMCA core values.
  • Maintains positive relationships with members, participants, families and other staff.
  • Able to collaborate and communicate well with a team.
  • Must be a positive role model for campers and staff.
  • Possess good judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Desire to mentor youth and lead with positive reinforcement.
  • Attends and participates in all staff meetings and trainings.
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Achievement


Operational Effectiveness

Personal Growth

Program/Project Management

Required Certifications

CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications required; will be provided training if candidate does not have current certification