Children's Counselor: Seasonal until 3/31

Recreation New Paltz, New York


Leads and supervises Tykes, Children, and Teen activities. Promotes young guest participation in house activities and scheduled programs to maximize guest enjoyment during their visit to Mohonk and its environment.


  • Lead activities to ensure social interaction amongst the guests and to ensure a happy and safe environment.
  • Use a PC to process payment and implementation of data into a software program
  • Prepare materials and supplies for each activity.
  • Program and plan activities for any time of the year.
  • Leading hikes and rock scrambles.
  • Demonstrate patience with children (age 2-17) and adults.
  • Supervise up to 12 children per activity.
  • Lead Arts and Crafts classes.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of special events and holidays.
  • Run sport tournaments and games. (Softball, croquet, volleyball, putting & etc.)
  • Handle adversity, change and emergency situations calmly and with a level head.
  • Analyze problems and develop and implement action plans to address problems.
  • Rock scramble safely and negotiate and maneuver between tight spaces.
  • Speak clearly to groups of 1-30 people.
  • Speak, read and write the English language and communicate in a clear and congenial manner, with our guests, visitors and employees.  Hear verbal instructions, directions and warnings and give same warnings to others.
  • Identify safety hazards and inspect the work of others by sight, sound, and/or smell. Ensure hazards are corrected.
  • Manipulate personal floatation devices (PFDs) and Shepard’s crook.
  • Work in a manner that will not endanger self or others.
  • Manipulate sports equipment.
  • Memorize a history tour of the grounds, trails, and story of Mohonk and the Smiley Family.
  • Possess good disciplinary and interpersonal skills.
  • Work productively and efficiently with or without supervision when performing routine tasks.
  • Work in a manner that will not endanger self or others.
  • Work the areas of Activities on a regular basis, such as: Wheelworks Bike Shop, Boat Dock, Information Summerhouse, Tennis, Campfires, and special events. (See individual job descriptions)
  • Demonstrate comfortableness with lake ecology such as: inability to see the bottom of 60’ deep, snakes, frogs, turtles, and fish in size of approximately 11-20 inches.
  • Work flexible or changing days and hours; including days, nights, weekends, holidays, and occasionally up to 14 hours per shift.
  • Reach with hands and arms, bend, kneel, stoop, twist and flex arms, walk up and down stairs/inclines, sit, climb up/down ladders or stand for up to 5 hours at a time.
  • Lift up to 75 pounds from ground level to waist level and carry a distance of up to 75 feet with/ without assistance.  Walk up to 10 miles per day.
  • Maneuver carts or dollies safely with loads up to 100 pounds up and down stairs, elevators, through passageways or outdoors up to 100 feet.
  • See close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Present a neat, clean, and well-groomed appearance in accordance with the Mohonk Mountain House Dress and Grooming Standards.
  • Answer guest questions with accurate information and demonstrate a friendly and helpful personality by smiling, eye contact, initiating conversation and engaging with others.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of nature and the outdoors
  • Carry a two-way portable radio and earpiece to communicate and provide immediate response to emergency situations 

QUALIFICATIONS:Experience or potential in a people-oriented job or potential for success in a people-oriented job preferred.

  • At least 18 years old.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • CPR/First Aid certification strongly preferred.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.