Job Descriptions

The following are abbreviated descriptions of positions at the JCC Ranch Camp. The number and description of positions is based upon projected enrollment and is subject to change. Please contact the Ranch Camp office at (303) 316-6384 for full position details.

* For all staff positions, current First Aid and CPR certifications are required. Ranch Camp will be offering certification courses during Staff Week for those who need it.

Rashim (Admin Staff) 

These positions are our available administrative position.  Rosh means “head” in Hebrew and these positions are all a part of our seasonal camp leadership team!  These positions require a full summer commitment including leadership staff training which takes place on-site on May 30 – 31, 2015.  All Rosh positions require previous supervisory experience and/or outstanding leadership skills.  As a part of the leadership team, Rashim staff will be housed either in private or semi-private accommodations at camp.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (Seasonal) – Responsibilities include assisting the directors in managing Ranch Camp staff, including informing and enforcing Ranch Camp policies and procedures, training staff, and managing camper disciplinary actions; providing primary contact to parents/guardians of campers; assisting Ranch Camp staff in the counseling of campers; and assisting with set-up and clean-up of the campgrounds. Must have supervisory and residential camp experience, as well as experience coordinating programs, schedules, and staff. (1 Position, $450 – 500/wk DOE)
Minimum age: 23

ROSH SPECIALISTS (Specialist Supervisor) – Responsibilities include the coaching, training, and supervision of specialist staff (ex. archery, pool, drama, dance, art, ropes course, etc.), participation in the recruitment of the Ranch Camp specialist staff, and activity scheduling for specialists and cabin groups. Prior supervisory experience required. (2 Positions, $300 – 350/wk DOE)
Minimum age: 21

ROSH OFFICE (Seasonal Office Manager) – Responsible for the organization and operation of the Ranch Camp summer office. Will work closely with the Ranch Camp year-round Assistant Director to ensure a smooth workflow over the course of the summer. Must have strong computer and organizational skills. Candidate must also be an outstanding communicator and a service- and detail- oriented individual. (1 Position, $200/wk, or more DOE)
Minimum age: 19

ROSH BANOT/BANIM/KTANOT (Unit Head) – Responsibilities include the training, coaching, and supervision of cabin counselors, resolving camper issues, and participation in the recruitment of the Ranch Camp counseling staff.  Must be willing and confident to communicate with parents, as needed, and partner with them in camper care and support.  Must have good follow through and strong relationship building skills.  Responsible for leading the camp community at meals, morning and closing circle, and village assemblies.  Responsible for tracking, documenting and communicating all relevant camper issues to Camp Director and Assistant Directors. Each Unit head will be responsible for portion of the village population, approximately 2-3 cabins per session. Prior supervisory experience required.
Minimum age: 21 (5 Positions, $300 – 350/wk DOE)

Rakazim (Area Management Staff)

RAKAZ TRIPS (Trip Camp Coordinator) – Responsible for the execution and facilitation of our robust trip camp programs.  Each summer we send out between 15 and 17 wilderness trips for 7th – 10th graders. Responsibilities include planning the itineraries and menus for all of the trips and maintaining an updated inventory of all wilderness equipment.   Responsible for helping to develop each trip groups emergency binder including exit strategies and emergency contact.  Must be able to teach and help lead our pre-summer Trips Training, teaching trip leaders and staff how to safely facilitate trips of the highest safety standards.  Prior wilderness trip leading experience required. Wilderness First Responder certification required. Must be available starting May 25, 2015. (1 Position, $300/wk or more DOE)
Minimum Age: 21

RAKAZ CORRAL (Corral Manager) – Responsible for the operation of riding programs, ensuring health and safety of all riders and horses, training and managing corral staff, communicating with veterinarian and horse owners as needed, submitting requests for ordering feed, tack, and other supplies as necessary. Responsible for the daily supervision and management of an equestrian staff of  nine.  Corral Manager will supervise both the Equestrian Program and the Ranch Program, alongside an assistant corral manager.  Will oversee the riding and assignment of horses to specific campers and programs throughout the summer.  Corral Manager is also a key instructor within the program, in addition to supervisory roles. Managing all corral supplies and equipment. Must be AAHS Basic Instructor (or equivalent) certified – certificate can be obtained on-site pre-summer. Must have substantial equestrian and supervisory experience.
Minimum age: 21 (1 Position, $300/wk or more DOE)

RAKAZ POOL (Pool Director) – Directs the operation of camp pool. Responsible for life guarding during swim times, swim testing, swim instruction, and staff supervision. Responsible for the proper proactive maintenance and upkeep of the pool to include all chemicals and equipment. Must be an excellent teacher and have the motivation to support and encourage staff as they work with the campers. Must also supervise the canoeing program and instructors (if applicable). Must have Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard certifications. Certified Pool Operators License (CPO) or Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) certification is a plus.
Minimum age: 21 (1 Position, $300/wk)

RAKAZ ROPES (Challenge Course Director)– Develop and implement a low and high ropes course and technical climbing education program for campers. Help campers learn to feel confident in working as a group. Help them experience the value of leading and following. Teach conflict resolution and decision-making skills. Must have prior experience in teaching these skills. Must have completed at least a 40-hour course on ropes course facilitation and safety. Responsible for training staff on operating the camp high ropes challenge course and zip line at the highest levels of safety.  Will train staff to facilitate excellent team building on our low ropes challenge course. Must have at least 6-weeks of experience in a management or supervisory role in a similar type of program.
Minimum age: 21 (1 Position, $300/wk)

ASSISTANT RAKAZ CORRAL (Assistant Corral Manager) – Responsible for assisting the Rakaz Corral in all of the duties and responsibilities of managing our equestrian programs and facility.  Will assist of supervising the corral staff team.  Will facilitate and direct one of the two main riding areas at Ranch Camp – either the Ranch Program or the Equestrian Program, supervising the operation of the program and the supervision of program staff.  Must have solid equestrian and supervisory experience.   Must be AAHS Basic Instructor (or equivalent) certified.
Minimum age: 21 (1 Position, $250/wk or more DOE)

CHIZUK FELLOW – Provides oversight and direction to the religious and spiritual aspects of camp life. Must develop and implement Judaic lesson plans for cabin groups. Prepare candle lighting, Kabalat Shabbat, Saturday morning, and Havdallah services with campers groups. Develop meaningful and fun lesson/activities for Shiur on Saturday morning. Work with Jewish and non-Jewish staff members to develop a feeling of understanding and inclusiveness. Coordinate visits from local Rabbis and educators. Must be able to lead services and write, follow, and modify lesson plans as needed.
Minimum age: 21 (1 Position, $500/wk)

RAKAZ I.T. (Staff in Training and Junior Staff Supervisor) – Responsible for the Staff-in-Training program. Duties include training, supervising, and mentoring participants (entering their Junior year of High School) who are training to be future counselors. Also responsible for the supervision of Junior Staff (entering their Senior year of High School). Must be able to development and execute curriculum. Prior supervisory experience required.
Minimum age: 20 (1 Position, $250/wk)

Trips Staff

*New*TRIP FIELD SUPERVISOR – Responsible for the supervision of trip camp teams in the field.  This position requires significant travel within Colorado while trip camps are out of camp. Will meet up with trip teams during their experiences and provide support, feedback on performance in real time, solicit feedback from campers and observe trip teams for safety and cohesiveness.   Field Supervisor must be in good physical condition and will spend much of their time backpacking and camping with trips in the field.  Will work with Rakaz Trips to provide evaluations of trip leaders and counselors. Must have strong supervisory skills and wilderness skills.  Must be Wilderness First Responder certified prior to the summer.  Previous leadership positions held on wilderness trips is preferred. Personal vehicle preferred with mileage and gas reimbursement. Minimum Age: 21 (1 Position, $250/wk)

TRIP LEADER – Responsible for the supervision of Trip Counselors and campers for out-of-camp trips lasting 4 to 21 days, ensuring camper safety, planning and assisting with programs, and incorporating and teaching outdoor education and wilderness skills. Must be skilled at backpacking, map reading, and tent camping. Must be Wilderness First Aid (or higher) certified. Water safety certification a plus.  Trips include 4-day 8th Grade backpacking trip, TASC 10-day 9th grade backpacking trip, Teen Village 21-day 10th grade backpacking trip and teen adventure tour, Pack N Ride 10-day horse pack tour (professionally guided) and Rock N Ride 10-day mountain biking and climbing trip.
Minimum age: 21 (6-7 Positions, $200/wk or more DOE)

TRIP COUNSELOR – Responsible for the supervision of campers for out-of-camp trips lasting 10 to 21 days, ensuring camper safety, planning and assisting with programs, and incorporating and teaching outdoor education and wilderness skills. Must be skilled at backpacking, map reading, and tent camping. Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, or Water safety certification a plus.
Minimum age: 18 (9-11 Positions, $150/wk or more DOE)

Madrichim (Counseling Staff)

MADRICH/MADRICHA (Bunk Counselor) – Responsible for supervision of 6-14 campers, ensuring camper safety, planning and leading camper programs, assisting with specialty activity areas and programming.  Will be a strong, positive role model to all campers with cabin and focus on faciliating relationships within the cabin to achieve a cohesive cabin unit.  Will work in tandem to accomplish these goals with Lead Madrich/Madricha. All madrichim live in cabins with campers.
Minimum age: 18 (12 Positions, $120/wk or more DOE)

Specialist Positions

Specialists are responsible for creating and implementing lessons to teach campers each of the areas listed below. Specialists are expected to be experts in their respective area with the ability to teach the skill, proper use of equipment, and implement an effective safety program. Specialists are housed in camper cabins and assist and participate in cabin and all-camp activities. When applying to be a specialist, please reference any certifications in your area(s) of expertise.

ARCHERY – Develop and execute lessons to help teach campers the sport of archery. Must be a certified archery instructor. Must adhere to the strictest safety standards, while still enabling the campers to have fun and develop love for the sport. Must be able to write, follow, and modify lesson plans as needed. Archery Instructor certification required.
Minimum age: 18(1 Position, $120/wk or more DOE)

ARTS & CRAFTS  – Implement and execute creative arts program for campers. Must be able to teach using a variety of mediums, including pottery, screen printing, drawing, painting, sketching and more. Must be able to write, follow, and modify lesson plans as needed.
Minimum age: 18 (1 Position, $120/wk or more DOE)

CANOEING – Develop and execute lessons to help teach campers the sport of canoeing. Must be a certified waterfront certified. Must adhere to the strictest safety standards, while still enabling the campers to have fun and develop a love for canoeing. Must be able to write, follow, and modify lesson plans as needed.
Minimum age: 18 (1 Position, $120/wk or more DOE)

CORRAL STAFF – Responsible for instruction and/or assistance of daily riding classes both mounted and ground lessons. Responsible for the daily care of horses including feeding, exercise, cleaning, health care, and general barn maintenance. Must have intermediate experience with Western and/or English riding and caring for horses.
Minimum age: 18 (6 Positions, $130/wk or more DOE)

DRAMA – Develop and implement the drama program. Must be experienced in directing, acting, stagecraft, and play production. Must be able to write, follow, and modify lesson plans as needed.  Will work with individual cabin groups on specific theater elements determined by age group.  Responsible for helping direct and produce three summer plays (one per session) during camp elective time.  Play will be performed at the end of each session for the camp community!
Minimum age: 18

SONGLEADER – Responsible for developing all aspects of music and singing as they relate to various camp programming. Must have ability to sing, proficiency in either guitar or piano, and must have strong teaching skills, motivational techniques, and ability to control large groups. Songleaders should be able to organize and lead a camp band, camp choir, camp song sessions, and camp-wide song-fest. Must have vast knowledge of Israeli, Jewish folk, and campfire songs. Will be responsible for leading and accompanying Judaics coordinator in Shabbat services. Music theory and ability to transpose is a plus.
Minimum Age: 18

RIKKUD – Responsible for the planning and implementation of the Israeli dance program. Must be experienced in teaching a variety of dance techniques and engage a wide variety of campers.
Minimum Age: 18

LIFEGUARD – Responsible for assisting the Aquatics Director in executing the swimming program, maintaining the swimming pool and surrounding facilities, and lifeguarding during recreational swims. Lifeguard certification required, Water Safety Instructor a plus.
Minimum age: 17

MOUNTAIN BIKING – Responsible for the planning and implementing of the in-camp mountain biking program. Ensures camper safety and maintains mountain biking equipment. Must be skilled at mountain biking and bicycle repair and maintenance.
Minimum age: 18

ROPES COURSE/CLIMBING INSTRUCTOR – Develop and implement a low and high ropes course and technical climbing education program for campers. Help campers learn to feel confident in working as a group. Help them experience the value of leading and following. Teach conflict resolution and decision-making skills. Must have prior experience in teaching these skills. Must have completed a course on ropes course facilitation and safety. Must complete ropes course facilitation and safety training classes at camp.
Minimum age: 17

SPORTS – Develop and implement an educational sports and fitness program for campers. Must have a background in sports education or relevant experience. Must have a desire to help campers be successful in finding sport a positive, life-long lifestyle choice.
Minimum age: 18

Mirpa’ah (Health Clinic) Staff

DOCTOR or NURSE – Oversee the camp clinic. Responsible for the medication disbursement training of trip camp leaders and management team, accountable for administering medication, providing emergency and routine first aid care, maintaining medical records, and communicating with parents. Living quarters are provided on-site. Must be a licensed physician or registered nurse.
Minimum age: 21

HEALTH CENTER ASSISTANT – Under the supervision of the Camp Doctor or Camp Nurse, this person is responsible for assisting in the keeping of records, administering medication, running errands, transporting campers to clinics and hospitals, and cleaning the Mirpa’ah.
Minimum age: 21

Support Staff

JUNIOR STAFF – Responsible for supporting our kitchen staff and mangers in providing a top notch eating experience for our campers in staff.  Will be assigned to support within the kitchen and the “front end” to help prepare meals, set up the Dining Hall, clean prep dishes, maintain and faciliate a clean dining hall at all times.  Junior Staff will work 2-3 shifts (1.5 – 2 hours each) in the kitchen each day.  Junior Staff are also a key part of cabin and specialty program teams.  During “off kitchen” hours, Junior staff join a specialty area of cabin group to support and assist.  (Ex. Assistant Sport Specialist, Assistant Art Specialist)  Also responsible for living and working alongside madrich/madricha staff and specialty staff  in cabin groups, supporting campers, planning programs, etc.  Junior Staff are an invaluable part of our camp team and are given extra supervisory support and additional hours off.  Minimum age: 17 (Positions: 10, $100/wk)

Any questions about the nature or responsibilities of positions should be directed to the JCC Ranch Camp office at (303) 316-6384 or ranchcamp@jccdenver.org.

Please note:

  • The JCC Ranch Camp has a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol.
  • The JCC Ranch Camp is a non-smoking facility.
  • All applicants are subject to background checks up to and including Colorado Bureau of Investigations or Federal Bureau of Investigations.
  • JCC Ranch Camp is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.