Activity Specialist - Summer Youth Program

Job Type

Full Time Temporary




647 Columbus Avenue
New York
New York
United States


Intro/Program Description: Goddard Riverside Community Center Summer Day Camp at the Bernie Wohl Center provides programming to children ages 6-10 years. The program supports social-emotional growth through group activities and theme-based projects. Additional activities include art, chess, computer science, group games, percussion, stem activities, storytelling, music, swimming and field trips.

Purpose of Position: Activity Specialist are assigned to work with a group of co-ed children, divided into age groups, in the areas of their expertise (Art, Chess, Computer Science, Music, Storytelling, exposing them to various ways of expressing themselves creatively. Activity Specialists work in unison with Group Leader and other group staff to support the social-emotional growth of the children. Together and through Group Work practice, our staff works to provide a positive and creative environment for the social and intellectual development of all participants.


Position Start: Monday, June 25

End Date: Friday, August 17

Role, Responsibilities, and Essential Duties

  • Foster a learning environment that stimulates children’s creative growth and development
  • Demonstrate professionalism & leadership and collaborate with different groups of teams
  • Maintain sound supervision and ensuring the safety of program participants at all times
  • Incorporate the summer theme into various projects
  • Assist in delivering educational, recreational and cultural programs to develop community and explore the summer theme through games trips and a performance project.
  • Encourage program participation and social skills development
  • Teach and supervise activity in expertise
  • Fulfill administrative requirements (planning activities, schedules and special events, attendance records, incident report, & progress reports)
  • Enforce program rules, identify & respond to camper behavior issues and carry out corrective action when needed by identifying and seeking to resolve conflicts and behavioral problems.
  • Know and enforce ALL emergency procedures and follow all safety guidelines associated with all program areas. This includes but is not limited to being responsible for your campers’ safety and their whereabouts at all times.
  • Attend staff training, weekly, meetings and supervision meetings
  • Other duties as required and assigned by Program Director, ADED and/or DED

Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • Must be at least 20 years of age
  • At least two (2) years professional training or equivalent
  • At least two (2) years of experience working with children in groups
  • Some college preferred
  • Must be able to attend all staff training sessions

  • Must have ability to work collaboratively
  • Must have a sense of humor and a passion for youth development
  • Must be able to pass the Sex Offender Registry and be physically able to work with children (via a doctor’s signed consent including TB screening)
  • CPR/First Aid Certification a plus

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Create and able to implement plans for group participation
  • Effectively supervise children

Physical Requirements

  • Frequent bending, kneeling, walking

Work Environment:

  • Mostly Indoors/Some outdoors

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply