Day Camp - Specialist

Amherst, NY, USA ● Buffalo, NY, USA ● Kenmore, NY 14217, USA ● Lancaster, NY, USA ● Lockport, NY 14094, USA ● West Seneca, NY, USA ● Youngstown, NY 14174, USA Req #11649
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

YMCA Buffalo Niagara operates Day Camp Programs at YMCA facilities and at elementary schools throughout Western NY.


When applying for this job, you will be directed to select the location(s) you are able to work at:

  • City of Buffalo:  Delaware YMCA, William-Emslie YMCA
  • Amherst:  Independent Health YMCA
  • Kenmore:  Ken-Ton YMCA & Hamilton Elementary
  • West Seneca:  Southtowns YMCA
  • Lancaster:  William Street School
  • Lockport:  Lockport YMCA
  • Youngstown:  Lewiston-Porter Primary

YMCA Buffalo Niagara is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.


The Specialist plans and implements a specialized program segment within the day camp program design. Experience in STEM, Sports, Rock Wall, and/or Arts programs is required.



Camp employees are scheduled to work Monday – Friday, up to 40 hours per week.  Must be available to work between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.



Complimentary YMCA Buffalo Niagara Family Membership, discounted program fees, paid sick leave, training and leadership development opportunities, and a fun work environment.



  1. Develops a daily schedule of activities relating to the specialty program allowing for flexibility and progression.
  2. Provides supervisor with weekly program plans, materials list, and objectives to be accomplished.
  3. Assists in camp training to demonstrate program activities in relation to camp themes.
  4. Ensures effective communication with staff and parents of campers.
  5. Develops and maintains positive, open communication between campers and camp staff.
  6. Responsible for the setup and breakdown of the specialty area, and for the maintenance and control of supplies and equipment.
  7. Follows and enforces department protocol to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces. Enforces PPE compliance.
  8. Maintains the cleanliness and organization of program/work areas.
  9. Submits a complete report at the end of summer which includes an inventory of equipment, a program narrative, staffing evaluation, and recommendations for program improvement.
  10. Assists with the implementation of the overall camp program. Attends staff meetings, training sessions, overnights, and field trips as scheduled.
  11. Maintains work rules and regulations as required by YMCA Buffalo Niagara, the NYS Department of Health, and other regulatory agencies.
  12. Implements ongoing safety checks to ensure a healthy and safe camp environment. Implements emergency procedures when necessary.
  13. Completes additional duties as assigned.



  1. Must have one or more years of experience in camping, group work, recreation, or a related field.
  2. Must have experience and meet all the necessary requirements related to the specialty program.
  3. Must be able to successfully plan and lead activities for children in a camp environment.
  4. Must be at least 18 years of age or a high school graduate.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Hiring Rate $15.50
  • Job Start Date Monday, June 3, 2024