Youth Camp Counselor


Date Posted:
MB Summer Camp
San Diego
United States of America
Mission Bay Aquatic Center



Enrollment at SDSU is not required for this position

Under the supervision of the Youth Camp Supervisor, camp counselors will teach and supervise youth ages 6-17 in an aquatic environment. Counselors are responsible for all aspects of camp operations including, but not limited to: supervising and ensuring the safety of campers, teaching watersports, setting up and cleaning up equipment, and providing outstanding customer service. Activities occur both on land and on/in the water.


Primary Functions

  • Supervise and ensure the safety of campers and camp activities
  • Foster a welcoming and encouraging environment for all camp participants
  • Daily set-up and clean-up of necessary equipment
  • Maintain accurate roll cards and camper counts
  • Supervise equipment use during camp activities
  • Other duties as assigned

Customer Service and Collaboration

  • Provide outstanding customer service to create amazing camp experiences
  • Learn and understand your role in the MBAC Experience
  • Foster an age-appropriate learning environment, which promotes creativity and individuality in campers.


  • Ensures all operations are conducted with safety of staff and customers as first priority, and in accordance with the Injury and Illness Prevention Plan and other safety policies
  • Adheres to Associated Students’ Code of Safe Practices


Minimum Requirements




  • Must be 18 years of age or older and possess a high school diploma/GED
  • Priority given to current SDSU and UCSD students
  • One year of college coursework preferred


  • Experience working with children ages 6-17 preferred
  • Experience or expertise in wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakesurfing, surfing, stand up paddling, kayaking, sailing, marine science, or youth instruction required
  • Prior teaching or supervisory experience with youth ages 6-17 preferred
  • Bilingual, Spanish-speaking skills are highly desirable
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities highly desired

License & Certifications:

  • Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding (must be obtained within the first month of employment)
  • US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling (must be obtained within the first month of employment)
  • Must pass MBAC Sailing Qualification (must be obtained within the first month of employment)
  • FBI, DOJ, and LiveScan fingerprint clearance


  • Must prioritize the safety of MBAC participants and staff as well as other water users
  • Continually work toward improving technical skills and teaching abilities
  • Interact with campers with energy, enthusiasm, and professionalism
  • Maintain a positive and friendly attitude
  • Maintain a professional appearance
  • Encourage positive social skills and appropriate behavior by example
  • Maintain positive interaction with staff, participants, and the general public with professionalism
  • Perform as a member of a high quality team and promote teamwork and professionalism in all interactions
  • Able to interact effectively with a wide diversity of people and support San Diego State University Associated Students’ values and mission                      


  • Must have sincere interest in working with children 6-17 years of age
  • Must possess experience and skill in one of the following areas: wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakesurfing, surfing, kayaking, stand up paddling, sailing, marine science, or working with kids 6-17.
  • Must be able to follow oral and written directions and follow projects through to completion
  • Must have good interpersonal skills and a desire to provide excellent customer service


  • Applicants must be available to work June through August.
  • Flexibility and a willingness to work long days

WORK ENVIRONMENT   The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment will involve exposure to salt water, cold water, sun, wind, rain, weather, sand, seaweed, sea grass, ocean currents, sea creatures, breaking waves, and other outdoor elements.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS   The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical requirements include but are not limited to: swimming, swimming in rough and deep water, walking, running, walking or running over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying loads. Must be able to swim at least 550 yards, dive at least 10 feet deep, swim with a 10 pound object for at least 20 yards, and tread water for at least 2 minutes. Must be able to watch and supervise groups of students in the ocean while coaching technique and supervising safety. Must be able to recognize and respond to emergencies and prevent injuries or drowning.



Inside the Organization:

  • Reports to the Youth Programs and Events Supervisor and Camp Program Assistant
  • Works closely with the Camp Administrator, Camp Leads and fellow Camp Counselors

EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY: Part-Time, Range 1, Step 1 - Starting Rate: $12.00/hour

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with Associated Students. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current Associated Students employees who apply for the position.