Oversee safe operation of the Silver Lake waterfront (swimming and boating). Train staff on lifeguarding skills and safe boating operation. Work with volunteer Deans to create waterfront programming that enhances the experience and supports the growth of our conferees (campers).

– Oversee safe operation of the waterfront
 Become familiar with waterfront manuals
 Train staff in lifeguarding skills and conduct regular inservice training, including practicing lost bather drills and
deep water backboarding
 Become familiar with, train staff in, and enforce current best
practices around Covid-19 mitigation
 Perform regular inspection of all equipment and keep
updated logs
 Regularly evaluate program space and address or report any
issues found, with a focus on safety and cleanliness
 Enforce the rules of the waterfront

– Supervise lifeguards
 Plan and implement regular training with all staff members
 Assess staff skills and create plans for improvement
 Schedule staff as needed to meet required program ratios
 Perform and document a mid-summer evaluation and an
end-of-summer evaluation with each team member
 Serve as a role model and mentor to team, other staff, and

– Create waterfront programming that enhances camper experience
 With Program Director and volunteer Deans, design
sessions that will support each conference’s goals
 Develop fun and safe water carnival and boating programs
 Schedule waterfront and boating sessions for each
 Nurture a culture of challenge by choice
 Celebrate participant successes

– Serve as a member of the Coordinator Team
 Represent Waterfront needs and concerns at daily
Coordinator Meeting
 Monitor and contribute to well-being of the staff community
as a member of the Community Life Team
 Support other Coordinators in their work
 Report any staff or program concerns to Program Director

Tagged as: Camp Staff, Support Staff, Water Skills


Age 21 or older
- American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification
- American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification
- American Red Cross Waterfront Module certification
- Certification in a CT state approved watercraft safety course or ability to
obtain such
- Supervisory experience
- Valid US Driver’s License
- Satisfactory driving record
- Must submit health history record and examination form prior to first day
of work
- Satisfactory background check

Required Skills:

- Ability to work for long periods of time without sitting
- Ability to work outside in variable weather conditions
- Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce
appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply
appropriate behavior-management techniques
- Ability to work while exposed to sun or wind for long periods of time
- Ability to lift 50 pounds
- Ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be
able to assist campers in an emer

About Silver Lake Camp and Retreat Center

Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center, a year round outdoor ministry of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ, is called to covenant with God and with the churches and people of the conference in the work of forming life-sustaining leaders for the church and the world, by offering:

Experiences of inclusive and nurturing Christian community
Opportunities to grow and participate as Christ’s disciples
A model of sustainable environmental stewardship of God’s world.

We worship, learn, play, serve, and work together, respecting the right of private judgement. We seek to provide a safe environment of acceptance regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, reflecting our unity in Christ and respecting the faith journeys of all of God’s children.

Application Instructions

Term of Service: This is a seasonal position to serve Silver Lake’s summer program (June-August). Dates of service will be defined in a written letter of agreement and will include the pre-summer Staff Development Program. Compensation: Salary begins at $3,600 and is based on experience. Room and board is provided. Interested candidates should apply here: https://www.silverlakect.org/summeremployment