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CNIB Lake Joe
in Muskoka, Ontario (4 Joe Finley Way, MacTier)
invites applications for the position of
Lifeguard & Assistant Lifeguard / Camp Counsellors

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Job Description

Founded in 1918, CNIB is one of Canada’s oldest charities. For more than 60 years, CNIB Lake Joe has been providing exciting, safe, and accessible camp experiences for Canadians with sight loss. CNIB Lake Joe is looking for Senior Lifeguard / Camp Counsellor AND Lifeguard / Camp Counsellors to help us bring the magic of summer camp to life for ‘kids of all ages’ with sight loss, and their families!

Note that this position will reside at CNIB Lake Joe during the operational season from May to August and will share accommodations with other staff members.

Your Impact at CNIB Lake Joe

  • Senior Lifeguard will provide leadership to the waterfront team, through mentorship and act as a liaison between the waterfront team and the coordinator team/program head.
  • Senior Lifeguard organizes swim tests, including making an in/out document for tracking campers in and out of the waterfront. Lifeguards facilitate swim tests on the first day of each session and assess the guests’ swimming skills in order to assign appropriate swim bracelets.
  • Lifeguards safely support the lifeguarding of our waterfront and boating programs, including active supervision of their assigned area. Ensure guest safety by adhering to CNIB Lake Joe waterfront procedures, and the standards of the Lifesaving Society, Ontario Camping Association and Public Health.
  • Lifeguards energetically and inclusively facilitate and support waterfront and non-waterfront programming, as assigned, and adapt programs so that they are accessible for all participants.
  • Assist guests by taking an active role in all dining room duties, including serving meals, meal set up and clean up.
  • Provide support, guidance and leadership to volunteers, guests, and visitors.
  • Set up the assigned program area and ensure that all required equipment and materials are available. Clean up the program after the program is completed. Report any low materials or issues with equipment to the appropriate program head.
  • On a rotational basis, be part of the emergency response team, which includes being on call, present on site and available to respond to emergencies.
  • Maintain documentation of any accidents or incidents and provide this documentation to the appropriate leadership member.

Required Qualifications

A combination of relevant education and experience will be considered.

  • Current (within 6 months of start date) Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check.
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR-C.
  • Current National Lifeguard certification required (Waterfront National Lifeguard an asset).
  • PCO (Pleasure Craft Operator) card, or willingness to obtain.
  • Senior Lifeguards will have experience and knowledge of teambuilding, initiative tasks and leadership skill programming and be willing to be cross-discipline trained on facilitating active living/adventure programs.
  • All lifeguards will have strong interpersonal skills, including patience, empathy, and communication.
  • Experience in camp or other recreation programs.
  • Ability to work flexible hours in a changing and busy environment and work outside for extended periods of time.
  • Accommodations are available on site – must be willing to share accommodations with other staff members and have shared washrooms.
  • Personal or professional experience relating to blindness and sight loss is considered an asset.
  • Personal or professional experience working with assistive technology and/or accessible environments is considered an asset.
  • Contact Information

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    Special Instructions

    Be Part of Our Mission

    If this sounds like the role for you, please visit to submit an online application for the Lifeguard / Camp Counsellor role or the Assistant Lifeguard / Camp Counsellor role. Be sure to include a resume, cover letter, and mention how you heard about this opportunity.

    Closing date: until position is filled

    Please note that while we invite applications from all interested and qualified applicants, we are unable to follow-up with every applicant.

    Working Together for Change

    Our diversity is our strength – we take pride in our inclusive workplace. We are committed to recruiting and selecting candidates through fair, transparent, and accessible practices. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including but not limited to Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, people who are blind, partially sighted, or Deafblind, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

    CNIB is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities and will work with applicants requesting accommodations at any stage of the hiring process.

    Learn more about our mission here.