Summer Camp Counselor

Job Title: Summer Camp Counselor 

Position Type: Seasonal Full-time (May-August), Non-exempt

Schedule: 30-40 hours per week, some weekend, evening, and overnight work is required

Pay: base rate for day rates is 130; base rate for overnight rate is 160; subject to hourly rate based on scheduling


National Ability Center

1000 Ability Way Park City

UT 84060

Supervisor(s): Camps & Community Program Supervisor & Summer Camps Assistant Supervisor

*Affordable housing options available      


Share your love for the outdoors with your interest in assisting individuals with disabilities as a Summer Camp Counselor at the National Ability Center. As a leader in adaptive recreation and outdoor adventures, we rally around the belief that our differences make us stronger and that recreating together can change our world. Nestled on our 26-acre campus in Park City, UT you’ll find an amazing opportunity to lead individuals who have disabilities in a variety of outdoor recreation activities. Are you ready to take your first step? Then apply now!

Job Summary

The National Ability Center (NAC) offers adaptive outdoor recreation summer camps for children and adults (6+). Summer Camp Counselors work as a team to provide a safe and structured environment for campers with varying developmental and physical abilities and help them achieve goals in socialization, independence, and personal skills all while engaging in adaptive recreation and adventure programming. A primary function of this and every other job at the National Ability Center is to ensure that each participant, volunteer, guest, and visitor of the National Ability Center receives the highest caliber of service.


Major Tasks and Responsibilities

• Role-model and teach skills related to appropriate socialization, emotional regulation, self-advocacy, independence, hygiene, etc.

• Work as part of a team to plan, organize, and facilitate adaptive camp activities that are appropriate to the environment and participants’ ages and abilities

• Assist 5-12 campers at a time in reaching success when participating in all aspects of each program while encouraging independence

• Manage behaviors (emotional and physical) and conflict utilizing the Mandt system

• Support recreation staff by encouraging campers to remain engaged and participate in adaptive recreation programming 

• May perform tasks related to personal care as identified in advance from caregiver for All Access Day Camps

• Manage participant medication delivery and schedules

• Enforce program policies and safety practices

• Report all accidents, incidents, and disciplinary concerns to supervisors

• Work with co-staff to manage the schedule of the camp day, keeping track of program start and end times, transitions, and camper needs

• Communicate clearly with participants, guardians, co-staff, supervisors, interns, and volunteers of varying abilities

• Delegate camp duties to individuals with varying abilities including interns, volunteers, and co-staff

• Supervise campers for the duration of their attendance in camp. Day camp shifts are 8 hours a day 4-5 days per week. Overnight camps require 24/7 supervision of campers and may require sleeping at the same site as campers.

• Document participant experiences via progress notes, daily “report cards”, incident reports, behavior plans etc.

• Operate the fleet of National Ability Center vehicles (15-passenger buses with wheel-chair lift systems) based on ability and comfort

• Adapt to and problem-solve unexpected changes

• Assist with overseeing proper use of facility, equipment, and supplies

• Assist with preparing/cleaning site, equipment, and vehicles for activities

• Attend and engage in all required training(s)

• Participate fully as a member of the National Ability Center

• Perform additional duties as identified


 Required Knowledge and Qualifications

• Availability for full camp season including required pre-season training (May – August) *Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Camp Supervisor and must be agreed upon prior to start of employment.

Education and Experience

• Valid Driver’s License

• Current CPR and First Aid certification (or higher)

• Current Utah Food Handlers License

• Pass a Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) physical and gain approval for driving the National Ability Center’s fleet of accessible vehicles (15-passenger buses with wheelchair lift systems)

• Display basic computer processing skills including MS Office

• Current Lifeguard with waterfront skills certification or higher preferred

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

• Ability to be flexible, creative, and positive in a variety of hectic situations

• Ability to work effectively with children and adults who have disabilities ages 6+

• Demonstrate commitment to a positive, fun, and team-oriented work environment while working for extended periods in the elements

• Give and receive feedback in a positive, constructive, and solution-oriented manner

Physical Requirements

• 18 years or older

• Comfort with outdoor activities (archery, cycling, water sports, rock climbing, etc.) preferred

• Ability to lift adaptive equipment up to 50lbs preferred


• Access to industry pro deals, community fitness center discounts, scholarship funds for continuing education and certification and other benefits for part-time/seasonal staff as outlined in the employee manual

• End of season incentive based on performance

How to Apply

• Visit and select the “Summer Camp Counselor” job posting

• Reach out to Avery at with any further questions, comments, or concerns regarding the position.

Salary Description
$20 per hour