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Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$39457 - 64168
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Health - Specialty Fields
Health - Other Therapy
Nursing - Education/Training
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 2342501 / Latpro-3664865 
Date posted: Feb-08-2019
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



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Arlington, VA

Job Type

Summer Employment


Department of Parks and Recreation

Job Number




Position Information

Employment Opportunities- Summer 2019
Please read this entire announcement before submitting your application. This application is specific to the program area described in the following paragraph.  If you are interested in other camp program areas, you must apply for that position as well.
Therapeutic Recreation Camp Counselors are needed for exciting summer positions with Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation. Opportunities for temporary summer employment with the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation include work as Camp Directors, Assistant Directors, and support staff in camp programs throughout the County.

Several positions available ranging up to 40 hours/week providing camp programs for individuals with disabilities. Staff must commit from June 24 - August 16, 2019 (core camp dates). Additional weeks August 19 - August 30 2019 may also be available. Training starts at the beginning of June and includes some Saturday and evening sessions.

Areas include:

Inclusion Support - Provide assistance to campers with disabilities, ages 3-15, in general recreation camps or designated site camps. Work with participants to develop skills, manage challenging behaviors, provide personal care, and foster independent participation. Work with camp staff to create a positive, inclusive environment for all campers. This may be to provide 1:1 support or as part of lowering ratio at various general recreation camps. This position is up to 40 hrs/wk and is dependent upon assignment needs. Access to reliable transportation required - must be able to get to different sites around the County independently. Hours vary.  (Positions Available: RAI, RAII)

Camp Discovery (elementary ages) - Assist campers with disabilities, ages 6-11, in an adapted camp setting. Hours can vary between 8am-6pm and are dependent on week or shift. Most shifts take place between 11:15 am-5:45pm M-F. (Positions Available: SAI/II, RAI, RAII, RAIII, RAIV)

Adventure Quest (teen and young adult ages) - Assist campers with disabilities, ages 12-21, in an adapted camp setting.  Hours can vary between 8:30am-6:15pm and are dependent on week or shift. Most shifts take place between 11:30am-6:15pm M-F. Hours for week 8 of camp will vary, if assigned to another camp or inclusion role after Adventure Quest ends. (Positions Available: SAI/II, RAI, RAII, RAIII, RAIV)

Project FIVE (teen, young adult ages) - Assist campers with and without disabilities, ages 13 - 21, as they work together to complete service projects and foster peer friendships in an inclusive setting.  Staff hours for this program are typically M-F, 8:30-4:30pm. Hours for week 8 of camp will vary, if assigned to another camp or inclusion role after Project FIVE ends.  (Positions Available: RAII, RAIII, RAIV)

Substitute Support - This is for an applicant who is not looking for or not able to maintain 20-40 hours a week.  Responsibilities may include: providing inclusion support for participants in evening and weekend general recreation classes and fill in as needed as inclusion support in general recreation camps or in our Therapeutic Recreation adapted recreation camps. Flexibility is required and on-call status is preferred. (Positions Available: RAI, RAII)
We are currently hiring for:

STUDENT ASSISTANT I/II - $7.33-$8.89/Hour
Responsible for assisting all leaders in the summer camp or program activities and operations. These individuals are either non-high school graduates (SA I) or high school graduates enrolled in post-high school level education programs who have not accumulated at least 3 months of relevant experience (SA II). Applicants must be at least 16 years old to be hired for licensed preschool camp, all other camps require the applicant be at least 15 years old. Applications for Student Assistant positions will only be considered from individuals who have previously volunteered in one or more of our summer camps.
Responsible for assisting with the leading of recreation activities and behavior management of participants for a summer camp. Assist in camp or program operations. Minimum requirements: Completion of requirements for graduation from high school or GED equivalent, plus three months experience in administering recreational programs. CPR and First Aid Certification is desirable for applicants hired at this level. 

Responsible for assisting in the planning, leading, and conducting of recreation activities for a camp, behavior management of participants, and assisting in the evaluations of the activities and the participants. Minimum requirements: Completion of requirements for graduation from high school or GED equivalent, plus six months experience in administering recreational programs or facility monitoring. Certification in CPR and First Aid is required for all applicants hired at this level. 

Responsible for planning, leading, and conducting recreation activities for a summer camp. Responsible for completing participant and program evaluations. Performs related supervisory and administrative duties. Minimum requirements: Completion of requirements for graduation from high school or GED equivalent, plus one-year experience (equivalent of 4 summers) in administering recreation programs. Certification in CPR and First Aid is required for all applicants hired at this level. 

Responsible for directing a summer camp with responsibility for all rooms in that program. Performs supervisory and administrative duties. Minimum requirements: Completion of the requirements for graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in leisure or recreational studies, special education or a related field, plus one-year experience (equivalent of 4 summers) in administrating recreation programs. Certification in CPR and First Aid is required for all applicants hired at this level. If you are hired as a Preschool Camp Director, you must be 21 years old at time of employment.

Selection Criteria

Please review the minimum requirements listed above.

Applicants may attach a resume in addition to completing the online application. Attaching a resume without completion of the application will be considered "an incomplete application".

The successful candidate will have good character and integrity, positive communication skills, reliable transportation, the ability to complete tasks as assigned, take the initiative when needed, and the ability to work successfully in a team environment. Staff may be asked to work with individuals with disabilities.


  • Ability, experience and/or willingness to work with individuals with disabilities.

Special Requirements

If selected, all summer staff will be required to:

  • Agree to a criminal background check.
  • Candidates will be asked to provide two letters of reference from related work/school experience prior to an offer of employment.  Letters of reference may be attached to this application.
  • Provide negative TB results or submit to a TB screening.
  • Attend all required trainings.
  • Some positions require a valid motorized vehicle operator's license and driving history record check.
  • Some positions require First Aid/CPR certification.
  • Be open to provide personal care as needed to campers (training provided).

Additional Information

Applications for any of the positions below will be accepted online only.  Applications are reviewed as they are received, until July 1, 2019, so interested applicants should apply as soon as possible.  We hope to have all camp jobs filled by  May 11, 2019

Applications received after that date will be considered only if there is need to consider other applicants.  Please note that interviews will be conducted, and positions will be filled on a continuous basis, therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Written notification will be sent to those applicants who applied but were not hired, once all positions are filled.  Generally, these letters are sent out in mid-July.

Interview process: If selected for an interview, applicants will participate in a30-45 minute in person interview.

For further information about the selection process or specific camp job duties: Email Therapeutic Recreation (TR) at (see application details)

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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