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Summer Positions

Since our founding in 1960, Paran Recreations (Lake Paran) offers safe, healthy outdoor recreation and environmental education for our entire community. Summer’s are bustling with activity. We provide summer swimming, boats for rent, fishing on the shore of Lake Paran and operate a concessions stand for our guests and campers.

By being a team member of Lake Paran’s summer staff, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of Southern Vermont and carry forward our mission of providing accessible recreation for all!

We are open weekends from Memorial Day until schools end when we are open 7 days a week from 11-6pm through Labor Day.

 

1. Summer Lifeguard

 

The Lifeguard is responsible for guarding swimmers at the roped in areas and/or aquatic activities at Lake Paran to secure the safety of members and program participants. Lifeguards will be supervised by our Summer Supervisor and will: 

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise swimming activities at Lake Paran and ensure that policies, guidelines, and safety procedures are followed.
  • Supervise and assist in cleaning around lake property and related facilities and equipment
  • Check in Lake Paran members when not on stand
  • Instruct swim lessons as needed

Experience, and Licensing Requirements:

  • 16 yrs or older
  • Certified Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate, or equivalent
  • American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer, or equivalent
  • American Red Cross Standard First Aid, or equivalent
  • **American Red Cross Basic Swim Instructor (BSI) or Water Safety Instructor (WSI) preferred but not required

Hours: Full-time or part-time, 11am-6pm, Monday-Sunday

We pay $16.50/hour

Benefits: Free family membership to Lake Paran, 1 concessions meal per shift

 

To apply, fill out the online job application.

2. Concessions Associate

 

The Concessions Associate will assist in the snack bar this summer. These staff will be supervised by the Summer Coordinator.

Responsibilities:

  • Preps food for daily operation and ensures safe food practices. 
  • Set and clean the kitchen at the start and end of each shift including the cleaning of dishes, utensils, and cooking tools.
  • Responsible for selling food and beverages, cash handling and operation of Point of Sale system.
  • Counting drawer and reporting net sales at the end of shift.
  • Welcome and check-in members/guests at the window
  • Answer the phone and address inquiries
  • Report to on site supervisor

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Able to lift at least 40 lbs
  • Previous restaurant or customer service experience – Preferred
  • Must be able to count U.S. currency
  • Must be friendly and courteous with guests at all times 
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays.

Hours: Full-time/Part-time, Monday-Sunday, 10:30am-6pm 

We pay $15.00/hour

Benefits: Free family membership to Lake Paran, 1 concessions meal per shift

 

To apply, fill out the online job application.

3. Summer Coordinator

 

The Summer Coordinator will supervise and manage the concessions stand and it’s employees. They will be the main coordinator for our summer season. This person will be supervised by the Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise lifeguards and concessions staff including scheduling and ensuring proper documentation/ payroll 
  • Ensure kitchen/snack bar is run in compliance with VT Department of Health health and safety regulations
  • Address health and safety issues
  • Have flexibility in their work schedule
  • Proficient in posting on social media
  • Promote and manage facility rentals 
  • Run the cash register including counting drawer and reporting net sales at the end of shift
  • Able to work with guests and other staff in a cooperative manner
  • Other duties as needed

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Love the outdoors
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Able to lift at least 40lbs
  • Enjoy working with people and our community
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays.
  • Previous supervisory/ restaurant/ customer services experience preferred

Hours: Full-time/Part-time, Monday-Sunday, 10:30am-6pm

Benefits: Free family membership to Lake Paran, 1 concessions meal per shift

 

We offer a competitive salary of at least $17/hr or depending on qualifications. We provide a supportive and relaxed work environment.

 

To apply, fill out the online job application.

Summer Camp Positions

3. Lead Place-based Educator

 

The position is for a full-time, 8-week (June 24-August 16) term at “Our Village Camp.” It will support the effective delivery of outdoor educational lessons and activities for children ages 5-12 during week-long summer camp programs. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Development and delivery of environmental education programs and curriculum for up to 18 summer day camp participants
  • Supervise campers, ensuring their safety and well-being
  • Assist in set-up and breakdown of activities
  • Maintain excellent rapport and constant communication with parents of camp participants
  • Develop and maintain excellent communication with the fellow Environmental Educator, Junior camp counselors, partner organizations, and Lake Paran employees 

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have previous experience overseeing groups of children
  • Self-motivated and willing to work as a team
  • Willing to work outdoors in various weather conditions
  • Passionate about conservation and environmental education
  • Ability to exercise cultural competence and best practices in inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working towards a degree in conservation biology/forestry/ environmental science or have 2+ years of experience in outdoor education
  • Previous leadership experience in childcare/camp settings
  • First Aid and CPR (child and adult) certification (training provided upon hire, if needed).

Other requirements:

  • Must successfully complete a Background Check 
  • Completion of a SEL and other relevant childcare professional development courses prior to the start of camp

We pay $17.50 per hour.

Benefits: FREE Lake Paran Family membership, Reimbursed CPR/First Aid registration, relevant job training from Vermont Afterschool.

Hours: Full-time Seasonal Position, 35-40 hours per week, Camp runs for 6 weeks, M-F, 9am-3pm

To apply, fill out the online job application.

4. Summer Place-based Camp Counselor

The position is for a full/part-time (20-35 hours/week) , 7 -week (July 1-August 16th) term at “Our Village Camp.” It will support the supervision and leadership of activities for children ages 5-12 during week-long summer camp programs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supervise campers, ensuring their safety and well-being
  • Assist in set-up and breakdown of activities

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Self-motivated and willing to work as a team
  • Willing to work outdoors in various weather conditions
  • Interest in environmental education/nature 
  • Enthusiasm about sharing your knowledge with people of all backgrounds
  • Willing to follow Covid-19 precautions including mandatory vaccination status

We pay $15/hour

Benefits: Reimbursed CPR/First Aid registration, Free individual summer membership to Lake Paran. Networking and professional development seminars and experience for outdoor education, child care, horticulture, forestry, etc

To apply, fill out the online job application.

Volunteer

Join a Committee at Lake Paran: We are actively seeking volunteers to join one of three committees at Lake Paran.

  • Events Committee:
    • Meetings: 1 hr in person every month or so
    • Responsibilities: Plan events at Lake Paran and volunteer for organized events. Your input is valued, and meeting notes are promptly shared.
  • Facilities Committee:
    • Meetings: Quarterly or as needed
    • Responsibilities: Maintenance tasks on Lake Paran grounds/facilities. Tasks include building and removing the fishing dock twice per year, setting up ropes for the summer, painting the ADA hand railing to name a few. Ideal for those who are handy, strong, and enjoy a hands-on, low-key environment.
  • Programs Committee:
    • Responsibilities: Planning outdoor education programs for schools and groups. If you have experience in outdoor education, naturalism, or curriculum building, we invite you to contribute to program planning and, eventually, facilitate outdoor education for local groups.

Email Camille at camille@lakeparanvt.org if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

 

 

 

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