Counsellor in Training

Are you a high school student looking to complete your community service hours?  Do you enjoy working with children and have a passion for animals?  This may be the position for you!

Duration: 1-week commitment required

Kitchener/Waterloo:  250 Riverbend Drive, Kitchener

July 4-7, July 10-14, July 17- 21, July 24- 28,

July 31-Aug. 4, Aug. 8-11, Aug. 14-18, Aug. 21-25

Stratford/Perth: 125 Griffith Rd., Stratford

July 17- 21, July 24- 28, July 31-Aug. 4, Aug. 8-11, Aug. 14-18, Aug. 21-25

Position Summary

The purpose of this role is to assist our Camp Staff with maintaining a welcoming and controlled camp environment for our campers ages 6-12 years old. This position will contribute to 40 hours worth of community involvement required for secondary school graduation.


  • Assist Camp Staff with the morning set up and end of day cleaning
  • Responsible for supervising camp group when counselor is not present
  • Reporting to Humane Education Coordinator about health or behavioural problems with campers
  • Responsible for assisting camp staff with maintaining a positive, energetic environment for all of the campers
  • Take part in games and activities, including setup/take down
  • Ensure safety measures and KWSPHS policies are implemented at all times

Weekly commitment: 40 hours a week, Mon- Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Previous camp experience in a leadership role is an asset
  • Must be able to follow direction
  • Possess an outgoing and positive attitude
  • Comfortable interacting with children and ensuring they are all treated equally
  • Comfortable supervising your camp group on your own periodically
  • Comfortable handling all types of animals

Working Conditions:

  • Work will sometimes occur outside with varying temperature conditions
  • Some working requires the use of cleaning supplies/chemicals
  • Work will sometimes occur in areas with strong odors and high noise levels in regards to barking and other animal related noises
  • Exposure to dust and pet hair/dander
  • Required to expend physical effort for a period of time, standing, bending, walking, running outdoors during games


The volunteers must demonstrate ability to work effectively with others by sharing ideas in a constructive and positive manner; listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others, keeping commitments, and addressing problems and issues constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical solutions.

In addition to the duties listed above, the Centre expects the following of each volunteer:  adhere to KWSPHS volunteer policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; acts as a role model within and outside the Centre; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; consistently reports for volunteer role on time prepared to perform duties of the position; participates in camp events as needed or required; and, completes other duties as assigned.

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