Senior Counselor 2022

Age required: 18 years and older 

Positions available: 1 of 1 positions

Reports to: Camp Leadership

Dates: June/July 


Short Day Time Job Overview: 

Camp counselors lead program activities as well as live in and supervise their assigned group of Overnight campers. During activity periods, counselors are responsible for their activity areas, the junior counselor, CIT and for the group of campers assigned for that hour. 


The Senior Counselors are responsible to ensure the organization of the camp groups and overall communication of the group between the group and the Camp Leadership/Trainers as needed. The Senior Counselors are to ensure that the campers and remaining team arrive at their areas and all meals on time, communicate any issues with team/campers as needed, assist to solve camper conflicts/situations and help ensure overall safety not only around the horses but everywhere around camp.


A camper spends more time with the counselors than with any other adult on camp campus, and can be most impacted by her for that reason. We want to create friendships, foster growth and independence, and make sure our campers have the best summer experience possible.


The job of a counselor is very intensive and requires much physical stamina and emotional maturity, so please understand the schedule and requirements beforehand.


Note - Admin has the right to change or alter this job description as they see fit at their discretion.


Overall Job Functions: 

  • Work cooperatively with co-senior counselor and Camp leadership to prepare and implement weekly activity plans for camp group to achieve the best camper experience possible
  • Supervising, mentoring, and leading together with co-senior counselor and junior counselors the campers assigned to you
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, and leading activities as assigned.
  • Assist in teaching lessons to beginner riders
  • Help ensure a safe but fun learning environment for campers aound the horses
  • Create and maintain a safe and stimulating environment.
  • Organize space and supplies for each day’s activities
  • Support campers in all of their daily activities
  • Develop relationships with each camper, providing guidance and leadership in friendship building skills.  
  • Set, by example, a positive and fun tone for camp.
  • Work as part of counselor team during all-camp activities.
  • Accurately maintain daily attendance.
  • Communicate with parents about children’s progress and experiences in camp.
  • Other duties as assigned and as needed by Equestrian Director/Admin Team


Dorm Job Functions:  


The dorm is the very base of life at Camp; Overnight campers live in their dorm with other campers  and it is where most bonding occurs. Senior counselors will be assigned to our Overnight dorm with 16-24 campers that stay overnight

  • You will be working with one more senior counselor and 4 junior counselors at the Overnight dorm.
  • Be more than a supervisor or babysitter; create bonds with your campers, mentor and inspire them, and handle minor issues that arise. 


Job Requirements:

  • Must be CPR/First Aid Certified (PGC will reimburse for cost, if applicant starts working with our camp )
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Desire to work with and inspire children in a summer camp environment.
  • Minimum of 3 years horse experience 
  • Groom and tack horses independently
  • Experience in teaching riding lessons preferred but not required
  • Horse camp (any summer camp acceptable) experience a plus but not required 
  • Some weekends (not all) may be required for limited horse care
  • Must have appropriate shoes on at all times to be in the barn/farm area and around a variety of animals. Paddock boots, work boots or muck boots are accepted. Sneakers, sandals, flip flops or crocs are not allowed at any time in the barn area
  • Physical endurance to be on one’s feet walking, crouching, bending, twisting, reaching above head, and be physically active for a prolonged period of time
  • Follow all Pony Gang Camp policies and procedures at all times
  • Attend all staff training (provided by Camp) 


Salary and Benefits 

  • $1,450/ Season (6-weeks)
  • Room and board - Senior Counselors share living quarters 
  • Weekly laundry service 
  • Camp appereal - 12 T-shirts, 5 shorts, 1 Sweatshirt & 1 Sweatpants (Value $500) 
  • Team members are eligible for performance bonuses on the end of the season 
  • Senior Counselors receive 1-hour off each day after lunch 
  • If not on Cabin duty senior counselors are off after 10 pm all other days ( Cabin Duty 1 day a week)
  • Senior Counselors are off in rotation Saturday 1pm - 7 pm or Sunday 8am - 2pm 
  • Senior Counselors are off Saturday, July 2 at 1pm - Sunday, July 9 at 1pm