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YMCA Summer Camp Inclusion Support Lead

Position Status: Summer Employment (June 17-August 23, 2024)
Deadline: April 30, 2024
Starting date: June 2024
Salary: $17.00 per hour for 40 hrs per week
Location: Sydney NS

Do you love working with kids and creating opportunities for them to have fun, make friends, and learn new things? Are you searching for a fun, rewarding opportunity where you can grow? Are you known for bringing energy and creativity to the team? Be the spark that ignites the potential in people!

The YMCA of Cape Breton is looking for a dynamic individual to join our Child and Youth Team. We are hiring for summer positions to support our summer day camp based out of our Charlotte Street and Eltuek Arts Center locations.

The Opportunity

The YMCA of Cape Breton is one of the largest charities in Nova Scotia and a member of one of the most recognized organizations in the world. Our mission is to connect and ignite the potential in people, helping them grow and give back to our communities. Through building connections with people at all ages and stages of their lives – as well as the broader community – the YMCA of Cape Breton serves over 35 000 people annually.

Programs and services focus on empowering people of all ages and life stages to overcome barriers and rise to their full potential. These include: health, fitness and aquatics; licensed childcare; employment programs (Nova Scotia Works); youth programming and related community services. The YMCA occupies 14 program sites across Cape Breton Island.

The YMCA of Cape Breton offers a great workplace culture achieved through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, values differences, celebrates achievements and supports full participation by all employees. We believe that everyone belongs! The YCB provides 200+ employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of those within our communities.

Responsibilities & Duties

YMCA Child and Youth staff are responsible for providing a safe, positive, inclusive environment for kids. Specifically, you will:

  • Assist with in-take interviews with participants and their families/guardians.
  • Support campers that require extra support and an individualized plan to support inclusive participation.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation in relation to providing inclusion support.
  • Assist Youth Coordinator in developing individual inclusion plans based on specific needs, abilities, and interests with all staff.
  • Ensure that all strategies, which are implemented, are compatible with all YMCA programs/polices.
  • Assists to ensure a safe and secure program environment for all.
  • Support Youth Coordinator to provide effective first response during incidents/emergencies; activate secondary, tertiary emergency response in a timely manner. Ensure the provision of therapeutic intervention during times of crisis utilizing appropriate crisis prevention intervention and/or therapeutic intervention techniques


  • Student entering or continuing full time post secondary studies.
  • Preferred qualification of enrolment in an undergraduate university degree or college diploma in a relevant field of study such as Therapeutic Recreation, Child and Youth Studies, Psychology, Education, Social Work, School of Communication Disorders, Kinesiology- and/or equivalent level of training working with children and youth with a disability.
  • Minimum 1-2 years related experience working with individuals of various ages and disabilities
  • Previous training and/or experience in implementing behavior management strategies considered an asset.
  • Have demonstrated interest and knowledge of working with individuals with special needs who require support.
  • Be able to effectively provide support to those people who have special needs and have a good knowledge of inclusion strategies, adapting activities, behavior management and community resources.
  • Have the ability to develop and access a variety of resources and a working knowledge of recreation program planning to meet the needs of all program participants.

Reports to: Youth Coordinator

Note: Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Record Check/ Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Abuse Registry Check. They will also be required to attend YMCA Child Protection Training, as well as successfully complete First Aid and CPR training.

The YMCA of Cape Breton is an equal opportunity employer that values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

How To Apply

Be the welcoming face.
Be that reassuring smile.
Be the helping hand.
Be the spark that helps everyone Shine On. 

Please email your cover letter and resume in one document to by 4:30 pm on Tuesday April 30, 2024, referencing CAMPONE2024

We look forward to hearing from you! Please note only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.