Do you love children? Do you love the high energy and excitement of summer camp? Do you encourage others and go the extra mile to make someone’s day special? We are looking for dedicated, caring, fun-loving people who will help make our summer medical camps a safe and magical experience for children with serious and chronic illnesses and disabilities. At Zajac Ranch for Children, we turn the impossible into possible!
All Zajac Ranch staff members must:
Wranglers are the Zajac Ranch for Children cabin counsellors. For each camp session you’ll be a part of a support team responsible for a small group of children with special medical needs. This rewarding position allows you to interact daily and develop a rapport with children with a wide variety of challenges. No two days will be the same and as a Wrangler you’ll be a key influence on a Zajac Ranch camper’s stay.
Rangers are the Zajac Ranch for Children activity leaders. Your job is to make sure that your activity area is run in a safe, fun and positive way. Your role is to ensure that all campers can participate to the best of their abilities. The aim of our activities is to provide all campers with a supportive environment while partaking in activities.
Ranger Positions Available:
With the directors, the Unit Leaders form the support staff at the Zajac Ranch for Children. Collectively the support staff ensures the safe and smooth running of all aspects of camp. Unit Leaders are available to assist with programs, behaviour management, inclusion and reporting. They have a high degree of experience working in the camp environment and understand the needs of youth living with special needs and/or chronic and debilitating illnesses. Our Unit Leaders have the skills and experience to jump into any situation at camp and are our go to problem solvers.
Unit Leader Responsibilities:
Every season, camp provides new learning opportunities and challenges for me to conquer. This camp season came and went in the blink of an eye, but once again I feel like a completely different person than the one who started the season.”
– Mike, Camp Counselor
Staff training starts mid-June and the summer season ends at the end of August. Your exact employment dates will be included in your offer letter.
Yes! Every year we have a number of Rangers, Wranglers, Kitchen Staff and Maintenance Staff who volunteer their time for anything from a few days to a few weeks. Contact us for more details and to discuss your availability.
You must be 18 or over to work or volunteer as a counsellor at the Zajac Ranch for Children. However, you can still apply to the Kitchen or Maintenance Staff. Sixteen and 17 year-olds interested in volunteering as counsellors should check out our Leadership in Training and Counsellor in Training programs, where you can develop your leadership skills and help our counsellors with camp activities like campfires.
In many ways, working at the Zajac Ranch for Children is like working at any summer camp; camp staff deal with homesickness, disputes between campers, minor cuts and bruises, and a lot of fun activities, however, there are extra things to be aware of when your campers have serious and chronic illnesses and disabilities. We provide over a week of staff training, covering emergency procedures, safety, and behaviour management.
Before each camp session, the Camp Director and Nursing Director will tell you all about the campers you’re about to meet. They’ll let you know the challenges the campers face, the most common issues with mobility, communication, or behaviour, and how to deal with them.
Best of all, you’re not alone! The Assistant Camp Director and Camp Director are there to help, with daily staff meetings to give you advice and support. Plus, for any medical issues, there’s a 24 hour on-site Medical Centre staffed by volunteer doctors and nurses. You don’t need to be an expert on special needs, just a empathetic, caring and patient person who loves kids and summer camp!