Responsible for the supervision of children, previously diagnosed as having special needs and / or experiencing problems participating in mainstream camps, to ensure a safe and positive experience for participants and staff.
This includes program adaptation, intervention, recording information and instructing / mentoring camp staff to ensure inclusion and a supportive recreation environment for pre-school / children and youth with special needs (including behavioural and medical needs) registered in a City of Ottawa day camp.
This job may provide ongoing integration to ensure participants have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Education & Experience
Post Secondary Student, minimum completion of second year College or university, in a related child development field (Developmental Service Worker, Youth and Childcare Worker, Child Development Studies, Autism Studies, Psychology and / or Mental Health Related field, Therapeutic Recreation and / or Adapted Recreation)
Minimum of eight (8) months of related experience, working with preschoolers, school age children and / youth is required
600 hours of working with children and youth with special needs, camp counselor, leader or senior camp counselor, recreation and / or special needs programming, client care, program adaptation.
Experience and formal training combined with demonstrated performance and ability may substitute for stipulated academic requirements.
Language, Certificates & Licenses
Current Standard First Aid / CPR "C" certification
Current Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D.) certification
AODA Accessibility Training
The successful candidate will be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check to the City of Ottawa’s satisfaction. Candidates under the age of 18 will require a Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check instead of a Vulnerable Sector Check.
English oral, reading, writing required.
French oral, reading, writing may be required for some positions.
Candidates must meet language requirement for position upon hire.
Knowledge of special needs population
Understanding the development and recreational needs of children.
Legislation protecting rights of special needs client, populations
Services which may include practice guidelines and standards of client care
Physical Accessibility audit
Risk Management practises
City of Ottawa Core Training
Applicable Ottawa Recreation & Recreation policies and procedures.
Knowledge of applicable health and safety legislation, including the rights and duties of workers.
Competencies & Skills
Training in feeding and other personal care requirements
Programming skills in crafts, sports, games, creative play, stories and music.
Ability to operate and required tools / equipment / assistive devices
Ability to accompany and supervise participants in a variety of environments including aquatic.
Lift and transfers procedures (as instructed and trained) to avoid participant or self injury
Ability to follow verbal and / or written directions / procedures.
Ability to promote teamwork and to work independently when appropriate
Excellent interpersonal, communication, facilitation, leadership and programming planning skills
Documentation and sound written skills
Physically fit and able to participate in active recreation activities
Maintain a fun and safe environment