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YMCA Summer Camp Staff

Position Status: Summer Employment (June 24-August 23, 2024)
Deadline: April 30, 2024
Starting date: June 2024
Salary: $15.20 per hour
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:

  • Bring the fun-factor while providing confidence building opportunities for youth
  • Ensure quality, inclusive, meaningful programming for children and youth
  • Serve as role model and mentor for children/youth participants
  • Provide excellent customer service to participants and families
  • Complete necessary paperwork and safety-related tasks


As an energetic, creative programmer, you bring:

  • Demonstrated success in planning/organizing games, sports, arts, crafts, cultural activities, etc.
  • Experience working with children OR partial training and coursework in early childhood education or a field that qualifies a person to work with children and families.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural communication skills to work with youth, parents, and staff
  • Demonstrated ability to meet multiple, competing deadlines and priorities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation/workshop facilitation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • “High Five Principles of Healthy Child Development” training considered an asset

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 CAMPSTAFF2024

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