Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Boating Director - Camp Quinebaug

Developmental Services Worker 1 (35 Hour Entry Level)

Recruitment #190412-5661HM-003


Camp Quinebaug provides a unique summer day camp experience for approximately 100 school aged children with developmental disabilities in northeastern Connecticut. Children with intellectual disabilities and autism are the primary population served at this camp. The camp is located on Wauregan Reservoir in Killingly on 11 acres and its waterfront is the only beach on this beautiful waterway. Arts, Crafts, sports and nature activities, music, swimming, boating and fishing are some of the highlights of the busy camp schedule.

This is a CT Licensed Youth Camp that is operated by the State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS).

DDS has one (1) current seasonal job opening for a Developmental Services Worker 1 - Boating Director position at Camp Quinebaug who works under the general direction of the Camp and Waterfront Directors. The Boating Director monitors activities in boating/swimming areas to prevent accidents and provide assistance to campers and staff engaged in aquatic activities.

This Waterfront Director position will be accountable for acting as part of a team in an intensive programming effort designed for the care, guidance, supervision and training of individuals who attend the camp. This position will assist the Camp Director in organizing, planning and managing a comprehensive summer boating program and related activities.

Hours of Work: This is a full-time seasonal position from June 7, 2019 to August 10, 2019; Monday through Friday 7:30am – 2:30pm. The first 2-3 weeks are on part-time status and may involve availability up until 8:30pm. The last day of work includes a Saturday to close camp.

Pay rate is $20.29 per hour.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application.

Please Note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.

Selection Plan

• Must be at least 20 years old as of June 7, 2019 and,
• Applicants must be able to work for the full season and must complete all required DDS training.
• Must be certified in the American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, American Red Cross CPR/AED for Lifeguards, American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Provider or American Safety Health Institute CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer and,
• Must satisfy one of the following:
          1. Certified in the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, ARC trained lifeguard must also have ARC Waterfront Lifeguard Module for oversight of open waters such as ponds, lakes, streams, rivers and oceans, OR
          2. Certified in YMCA Lifeguard, OR
          3. Certified Boy Scouts of America Lifeguard, OR
          4. National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification (NPLQ) Royal Life Saving Society (UK), OR
          5. Certified in NLS Pool Lifeguard or NLS Waterfront Lifeguard (Canada), OR
         6. Ellis & Associates course completion or license for ILTP (for special facilities), OR
         7. Certified in Lifeguard-Pro- Waterfront, Youth Camp, Swimming Pool or Deep Pool.
• Must have or be willing to complete one of the following courses prior to the start of camp in the type of small craft for which they are responsible:
          1. American Red Cross Fundamentals of Canoeing Course; A.R.C. Basic Sailing Course,Start Sailing Right); A.R.C. Basic Rowing course; A.R.C. Basic River Canoeing (for river/white water); A.R.C. Fundamentals of Kayaking; A.R.C. Small Craft safety for Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Rowing and Moving Water; ARC Basic River Kayaking, OR
          2. Boy Scouts Aquatic Instructor Certification (for rowing/river canoeing/flat water Canoeing/sailing/motor boating) Essentials of River Canoeing (for river/white water), Essentials of Canoe Touring for flat water), Essentials of Kayak Touring (for flat water), OR
          3. Environmental Learning Centers of CT-Basic level or Instructor level- Basic Kayaking flat water), Basic River Kayaking (river/white water), (Basic River Canoeing (river/white water),  Basic Canoeing (flat water)
• Selected candidates must possess and maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (work outside in inclement weather, work outside for extended periods), and work well with other staff and campers. Must be able to lift and transfer boats and individuals.

If selected for further consideration, applicants may be required to provide 2 letters of reference.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Naisha Roman at or 203-294-5030. 


In the Department of Developmental Services this class is accountable for acting as part of a team in an intensive programming effort designed for the care, guidance, supervision and training of individuals.


Works with individuals with various intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities; ensures equipment safety and maintenance; Assists in setting up waterfront and boating area for the season;  maintains small craft at camp and lifesaving equipment and vests; teaches campers and staff in acceptable procedures in operation of row boats, paddle boats and canoes; lifts disabled campers as necessary; Adapts program for each camper; ensures safety of all boating activities, camper and staff welfare in and around the water; supervises lifeguards, volunteers or other summer workers at camp; participates in physical and rescue training; monitors activities in swimming, boating and fishing areas to prevent accidents and provide assistance to campers and staff; cautions participants regarding unsafe areas; rescues participants in danger of drowning and administers first aid and/or cardiopulmonary resuscitation as required; instructs participants and trains staff in water safety, related health standards and camp protocols; may give swimming instructions; may provide direct camper care and supervision; participates in social or recreational activities; provides assistance and instruction to individuals in activities of daily living; reinforces appropriate behavior through modification techniques; participates in other camp related duties and responsibilities.


Considerable interpersonal skills; ability to develop a positive relationship with individuals; ability to train individuals in self care habits, personal hygiene and proper social conduct; ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.


Experience and/or training that could be expected to provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.


Applicants must demonstrate competence in basic life-saving techniques and boating safety, as well as the ability to keep campers and staff safe while participating in aquatic activities. Previous licensed experience in lifeguarding and boating; Experience working with or volunteering with children and young adults with intellectual disabilities, autism or physical disabilities ; Previous experience working or volunteering in camp or other recreational settings with children; strong verbal and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills.


  1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and maintain their Medication Certification as   defined by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing Declaratory Ruling – Delegation by Licensed Nurses to Unlicensed Assistive Personnel,; when working in a location that does not have 24 hour nursing care.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's license, Public Passenger Endorsement or Commercial Driver's license for designated positions.
  4. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class must possess physical and emotional health for efficient performance of duties; a physical examination may be required.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain individuals; may have significant exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive/abusive individuals; may be exposed to strongly disagreeable conditions.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.  If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Renee LaBarge, DDS EEO Director at 860.418.6022 or   

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.