Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Summer Worker (Counselor)

Recruitment #210607-5704VR-001


Are you a passionate individual looking for a rewarding seasonal opportunity? 
If so, we encourage you to discover our team! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) - North Region is currently recruiting to fill four (4) Summer Worker positions as Camp Counselors. In this position, you will work under the general direction of the Camp and Assistant Camp Directors at Camp Quinebaug. 

Camp Quinebaug is a CT Licensed Youth Camp that is operated by DDS that provides an outstanding 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. 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!

Job Details:
  • Hours of Work: Monday - Friday 35 hours per week. 
  • Duration: This is a full-time seasonal position running from June 4, 2021, to August 26, 2021.The last day of work includes a Saturday to close the camp. 
  • Work Schedule: The specific schedule is to be determined, but flexibility is needed to meet the demands of the role, including training. The first 2 weeks may be on part-time status and may involve availability up until 8:30 pm.
  • Salary: $12.00 - $14.00 per hour depending upon education and relevant experience. There are no benefits with this position.
We hope you take this opportunity to join us and have a wonderful summer experience with us at Camp Q! 

Selection Plan

Applicants to this recruitment must be able to fulfill the following:
  • Must be at least 18 years old as of June 4, 2021.
  • Applicants must be able to work for the full season and must complete all required DDS training.
  • Required to engage in aquatic activities with campers in and around the 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 campers and light equipment.
  • Incumbents must successfully pass a pre-employment physical exam. 
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. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. Failure to reply by the deadline indicated on the notification may result in you being disqualified from consideration. 

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

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment please contact Ethan Ives at


In various agencies as a summer employee performs one or more tasks and assigned duties of a seasonal nature in providing a variety of services to clients or the public in one of several areas. This class may also be used during the winter college intersession for a period not to exceed six weeks.

Work areas covered by this class shall include the assignments and hourly rates as listed below:

Assignment                  Minimum
Hourly Rates     
Hourly Rates
General  $12.00 $12.00 
Patient Care Services  $12.00 $12.00 
Maintenance  $12.00 $12.00 
Laboratory Assistant  $12.00 $12.00 
Recreational Aide  $12.00 $12.00 
Transportation Services (Bus Driver)      $12.00 $12.00 
Tourist Information Clerk  $12.00 $12.00 
Specialized Recreational Services  $12.00 $14.00 
Tourist Information Coordinator  $12.00 $14.00 
Information Technology System Analysis  $12.00 $14.00 
Professional Engineering  $12.00  $15.00 


Minimum and maximum hourly rates will be subject to the following criteria:

1. Returning Summer Workers may receive $.50 an hour additional compensation for each season of service up to the maximum hourly rate.


2. Experienced workers in the specific functional area with another employer may be credited with such time on an equivalent basis to seasons worked and granted the same additional compensation up to the maximum hourly rate.

3. College students may be granted additional compensation of up to $.50 more per hour (up to the maximum hourly rate) for each full year of completed education on the basis of 30 semester hours equaling one (1) year.
Determination of hourly rate is based on the above criteria. Additional compensation is based on only one criteria. It is not intended for individuals to receive additional compensation through application of the multiple criteria listed above.


See attached Addendum


Knowledge of principles, practices and procedures of assigned specialty; knowledge in operation of equipment, materials and activities of assigned specialty; knowledge to degree necessary for dealing with and understanding client behavior; interpersonal skills; skill in techniques of assigned specialty; ability to assist clients in self-care habits, personal hygiene and proper social conduct where applicable; ability to understand and carry out written orders and oral instructions; adequate physical strength and stamina to perform duties; some positions may require supervisory and/or leadership abilities.


Any experience and training that could reasonably be expected to provide the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following: 
  • Experience working with, or volunteering with children and young adults with intellectual disabilities, autism or physical disabilities
  • Experience working or volunteering in schools, camps or other recreational settings with children is preferred
  • Experience coordinating daily activities for a small group of campers and providing leadership for support staff assigned to campers
  • Experience working as enhanced staff to a student with disabilities 


1. Incumbents in this class assigned to recreational activities must be able to perform emergency first aid as needed and certain positions will require a current Standard First Aid Certificate.
2. Incumbents in this class assigned as bus drivers or operate a motor vehicle must possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator License to drive a bus and/or a Motor Vehicle Operators License as necessary.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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