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Waterfront Director

Camp Marshall

Job Type

Seasonal Full Time / Position Filled

About the Position

Waterfront Director Job Description Summary:
Camp Marshall’s Waterfront Director is responsible for planning and implementing and overseeing Camp Marshall’s waterfront programs, including swimming, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, sailing, boating, and fishing. *Some of these programs are considered specialized and will require documentation of experience and or instructor rated certification (or other acceptable license) for watercraft activities being taught. Camp Marshall will work with the Waterfront Director to obtain certification(s) pre-season if it is possible.

Part of the job is cultivating and understanding of the ability of both campers and staff related to interacting with God’s creation of water. Make time to learn what skills / interests people bring to camp and look for ways to encourage both camper/staff to try new things and expand their experiences on the water.

Planning & Preparation:
1. Become familiar with the goals and objectives of Camp Marshall, the Camp Commission and program
design. * This can be found on the website and in conversations with the Executive Director.
2. Become familiar with American Camp Association (ACA) standards as they pertain to program design
on the camps waterfront. Work with the Executive Director on identifying training needs both for
yourself and summer staff specific to the waterfront activities made available.
3. Become familiar with the summer program weeks and program design. Each week will be different,
so it is important to understand the programs and the schedule well before arriving at camp.
4. Begin developing a vision for the waterfront program that is age appropriate and allows for
participants to participate at different activities and skill levels. *Over the course of the summer we
will be working with children and families. Group sizes may range from 12 – 50 persons. (other adult
staff will be working with you)
5. Become familiar with the Camp Marshall’s web platform. The ability to create content, write blogs,
post social posts to share great waterfront images and stories.

Staff Training
1. Inventory skills of other staff: Spend time with all of the staff and learn what waterfront skills they
2. Inventory: Become familiar with inventory for the waterfront, develop a list of needed items for
purchases. It is important to have orders completed by the end of week one of staff training. Orders
will be coordinated by the Executive Director or his designee.
3. Successful completion of staff training: This includes non-waterfront areas of the camp such as;
characteristics of different age groups, challenge course, faith formation etc.
4. Lifeguard Training: Must participate in help with lifeguard training at camp.
5. The Waterfront Director will participate/lead training for summer staff in all aspects of the waterfront
program. Empowering staff and volunteers to run the waterfront, explain and enforce waterfront rules,
assign shifts to lifeguards, instruct campers on use of watercraft, supervise health and safety at the
waterfront, and maintain all waterfront equipment safely and effectively.
4. Training Peers: During the second week of staff training teach counseling/program staff what you will
be doing at the waterfront with an eye towards how staff are to work in the area during program
delivery to include, but not limited to: supporting a safe waterfront environment, feedback to
campers, how to clean up the waterfront area at the end of every session.

Specific Responsibilities during program weeks:
1. Prepare swimming area for shallow and deep end boundaries.
2. Participate in all waterfront orientation with staff/volunteers who may arrive each week.
3. Lead weekly swim tests and boating tests for campers; provide campers with appropriate swimming
and boating boundaries.
4. Responsible for the appearance and cleanliness of all waterfront areas and equipment.
5. Accountable for maintenance, security, and inventory of all boating equipment, lifeguarding
equipment, and waterfront supplies, and Stand-Up Paddle boards.
6. Must keep accurate records in the daily logs for all activities and for condition of all equipment.
7. the Waterfront Director will work with the Summer Program Director or his/her designee to plan
waterfront activities (including trips to Wild Horse Island when appropriate, waterfront night, etc.).
8. Activate and lead the appropriate emergency action plan when necessary.
9. The Waterfront Director will be available to support and substitute for counselors from time to time
throughout the summer.
10. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Skills:
1. Currently certified as a Lifeguard with the American Red Cross.
2. Desire and ability to work with children outdoors, enthusiasm, patience, and self-control.
3. Comfortable working in the out of doors in an open waterfront setting.
4. Willing and able to live within a close camp community.
5. Willing to consistently encourage physical, emotional, and spiritual growth and positive character
development in staff and campers.
6. Good character, integrity, maturity, and adaptability.
7. Ability to explain and enforce waterfront rules.
8. Willingness to plan, carry out, and evaluate programs.
9. Current certification in Challenge Course or willingness to obtain during staff training.
10. Food Handlers Permit and Safe Church training or willingness to obtain during staff training.


Responsible to:  Camp Director or his/her designee

Department: Camp Marshall

Immediate Supervisor: Camp Director or his/her designee

Salary Information: $450 - $500 DOE plus Room and board, DOE

Exempt Status: FLSA Exempt

Position Status: Seasonal Full Time Employee

Dates of Employment: June 10 – August 18th, 2024

*Training/Certifications “Pre-Season” Course Fees re-imbursement (partial or full) may be available for certifications recognized by the American Camping Association prior to the summer season beginning.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


This includes but is not limited to; (See camp policies for complete list on the web page).

a. A complete job application with references.

b. Signed contract or “letter of agreement”

c. A complete criminal background sex offender registry check

d. Be fully vaccinated for COVID 19 prior to arriving at Camp.


1. Encourage spiritual development in people of all ages; lead staff and campers in forming a community of faith and worship especially with an eye on expression through the media of arts and or crafts.

2. Communicate professionally and effectively with guests, staff, and members of the diocese, orally and in writing.



1) At least 21 years of age or two years experience as a lifeguard.

2) Current certification as a lifeguard from a nationally recognized certifying body such as the American Red Cross.

a) Significant experience as a lifeguard

3) Preferred:

a) Watercraft Documentation/Certification and experience with sailboats, kayaks, and paddleboards that meet American Camping Association Standards. Some examples include:

i) Power Boat: Montana State Boater Education Card

ii) Sailboat / Dagger Board Certification (for sunfish/laser style boats) or American Sailing Association 101 keel boat certification.

iii) Stand Up Paddleboard / Sit on Top Kayak; Certification (for flat water) for either or equivalent experience that has been documented.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

1. Manage time and prioritize goals without regular supervision.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The person hired for this position must be able to:

1. Physically walk around the 27-acre site of Camp Marshall. Physical aspects of the job include the ability to hear, see, and respond to emergencies as they arise on the camp site.

2. Be able to demonstrate swimming/kayaking and stand-up paddleboard skills to staff and guests.

3. Be able to perform rescue skills consistent with training by the American Red Cross and American Sailing Association.

2. Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours delivering camp programs in a rustic facility, operate with daily exposure to varying weather conditions.

3. Willingness to work with rental groups at the end of summer season.


1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and substantial sun exposure consistent with working on a dock or boat at all times.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

2. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, functions of this job.

3. While this job description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job, work schedule, and or to require that other different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g., emergencies, changes in personnel, workloads, equipment break downs, are a few examples).

4. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

About Camp Marshall

Mission of Camp Marshall:  We are a vital part of the body of Christ, a Church which is loving, growing, vibrant, relevant, and effective.  We extend the love of Christ through the sacraments, relationships, and our communities. 

Camp Marshall is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Montana. Reflecting the basic principles of the Christian Faith. Camp Marshall supplies quality programs and facilities that promote positive character development and supply opportunities to meet God. All people in the employment of the camp are expected to be familiar with and supportive of the basic polity and practice of The Episcopal Church. Further employment privileges and responsibilities are found in the policy and procedures manual provided for each employee.  

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