Camp Quinebaug- Summer Worker (Counselor)

Office/ On-Site

Recruitment #230413-5704VR-001


Are you looking for a seasonal opportunity where you are able to make a difference? 
If so, join our team!

The State of Connecticut, the Department of  Developmental Services (DDS)-Camp Quinebaug, is currently accepting applications for five (5) positions of Summer Worker (Counselor).

*Salary Note: Minimum wage will be increasing to $15.00 on June 1, 2023.

Comprehensive Benefit Offerings: 
  • There are no benefits with this position.
Position Highlights:
  • Work under the general direction of the Camp and Assistant Camp Directors.
  • Monday through Friday, from 7:45 am to 2:45 pm. 
  • The first two (2) weeks are part-time hours and may involve availability up until 8:30 pm. 
  • Must be flexible in order to meet the needs of the agency.
  • End no later than August 5, 2023; the last day of work includes a Saturday to close camp.
      The Role:
      • Job duties include, but are not limited to:
      • Coordinate daily activities for a small group of campers and provide leadership for support staff assigned to campers.
      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 position is seasonal and DDS permanent employees will not be considered.

          Selection Plan

          These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. Applications to this recruitment will be used to meet collective bargaining requirements. Once any collective bargaining requirements have been met, all other applicants may be considered.

          To Apply:
          • This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization.
          • If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Jennifer Borenski, EEO Specialist 2 at (860) 418-6143 or
          • Must be at least 18 years old as of June 2, 2023.
          • 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.
          • Must be available to work for the full season which is expected to be June 2, 2023 and end no later than August 5, 2023; the last day of work includes a Saturday to close camp.
          • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred qualifications, so please ensure that your application is complete and details your experience as outlined in this job posting. Please note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.
          • For assistance in applying, please visit our Applicant Tips on How to Apply page.
          • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
          • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
          • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
            Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
            • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
            • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
            • At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
            • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
            • Due to the large volume of applications received, the Department of Administrative Services is unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.
            Connect With Us:
            • If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Anamaria Giangarra at and reference the recruitment number. 
            • Follow the State of Connecticut on LinkedIn.


            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
            Maximum Hourly
             General  $14.00  $17.00
             Patient Care Service  $14.00  $17.00
             Maintenance  $14.00  $17.00
             Laboratory Assistant  $14.00  $17.00
             Recreational Aide  $14.00  $17.00
             Transportation Services (Bus Driver)  $14.00  $17.00
             Tourist Information Clerk  $14.00  $17.00
             Specialized Recreational Services  $14.00  $17.00
             Tourist Information Coordinator  $14.00  $17.00
             Information Technology System Analysis  $19.00  $22.00
             Professional Engineering  $19.00  $22.00
             Legal  $19.00  $22.00

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

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


            • 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.

            • Undergraduate or graduate 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; 
              • operation of equipment, materials and activities of assigned specialty; 
            • Knowledge to degree necessary for dealing with and understanding an individual’s behavior; 
            • Skills
              • interpersonal skills; 
              • techniques of assigned specialty skills; 
            • Ability to
              • assist individuals in self-care habits, personal hygiene and proper social conduct where applicable; 
              • 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.


            • Experience working with, or volunteering with children and young adults with intellectual disabilities, autism or physical disabilities is preferred. 
            • Previous experience working or volunteering in schools, camps or other recreational settings with children.
            • Previous experience working as enhanced staff to a student with disabilities.
            • Experience coordinating daily activities for a small group of campers and providing leadership for support staff assigned to campers. 


            • 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.
            • 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.
            • 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.


            As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.