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Program Aide #2311-1013-01

Seasonal Employment

Date Opened
Thursday, November 09, 2023 12:01 AM
Close Date
Youth and Recreation
  • $18.00 - $22.00 per hour
Employment Type
  • Seasonal


Apply NOW for Summer 2024 employment!

Ideal for college students, responsible high school students, and other community members seeking fun and rewarding employment.

New Haven offers exciting programs for all children, in age groups from birth-19, including young adults from 20-24. Come be a part of it!


The Program Aide is tasked with actively supporting, coordinating, and enhancing all aspects of recreation-related indoor and outdoor seasonal activities. As a pivotal member of the team, the Program Aide works in tandem with instructors, coaches, and officials to ensure the seamless execution of diverse programs, fostering a safe, engaging, and inclusive environment for participants of all age groups.

This is a responsible position for a mature individual who will assist the Program Specialist and Community Recreation Supervisor supervise and conduct classes, provide periods of instruction, keep accurate records and all other related duties. Assignments of the Program Aide may include:

  • Arts & Crafts Assistants
  • Camp Counselors*
  • Canoe/Kayaking Leaders
  • Locker Room Attendant
  • Program Assistants
Hours of work will vary with assignment. 
Summer Camp / Programming assignments will require availability Mon - Fri from June 24 - August 9.


  • Assists instructors, coaches, and officials in organizing various programs and activities for participants, including sports, camp, and recreational events.
  • Helps set up equipment and materials needed for each activity or program.
  • Supervises children during activities to ensure their safety and enjoyment.
  • Provides assistance and support to participants who may need extra help or guidance.
  • Encourages positive behavior and sense of fair play among participants.
  • Assists with administrative tasks such as registration, attendance tracking, and record-keeping.
  • Communicates effectively with program staff, parents, and participants.
  • Maintains cleanliness and orderliness of program areas and equipment.
  • Follows all safety guidelines and protocols established by the Department.
  • Performs related work as required.

*Camp Counselor assignment involves responsibility for the care of campers throughout the day.
  • Camp counselors will be assigned a group of 8 – 15 campers whom they will supervise throughout the camp day.
  • Counselors will be responsible for taking attendance of their campers at the beginning of the day, and every hour, in addition to frequent head counts. Counselors must know the names of all their children.
  • To understand their health and behavioral needs of individual campers, as well as the whole group, Counselors must know of any allergies or health conditions reported by parents on the roster or emergency contact sheet.
  • Plan activities for your camp team and be prepared with games to keep the attention of campers during transition times.
  • Will participate in all activities with campers. During activity periods led by specialists, counselors are responsible for the behavior management of their campers which is often best managed by enthusiastically participating in the planned activities of specialists.
  • Counselors will serve as role models to children in all aspects of daily camp life. Campers imitate counselors’ attitudes, way of dress, how they treat others, manners during meals, language, and participation.
  • Assist directors and specialists in the planning of camp-wide programs including morning and afternoon meetings.
  • Writes reports regarding incidents and accidents with the supervision of the administrative director.
  • Must be available June 24 - August 9, Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Recent high school graduate or a currently enrolled high school student at least 16 years of age with the ability and interest to assist instructors, coaches, and officials in a wide variety of supervised activities organized typically for children in grades K-12. Whether assisting in a camp setting, arts and crafts, or other program, the ideal candidate for Program Aide should have some relatable experience in their designated area. Basic First Aid skills, including CPR, Heimlich Maneuver, treatment of allergic reactions, and concussion protocol is highly desirable.


  • Previous experience working with children preferred but not required.
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills to work with groups of all ages.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to work independently according to general or specific instructions.
  • Ability to learn of the diverse cultural backgrounds within the community, recognizing and respecting cultural differences.
  • Some knowledge of basic computer applications for record keeping.
  • Willingness to perform physical tasks outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • Effective planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to learn safety protocols and guidelines relevant to recreational activities, including emergency response protocols.
  • Ability to take direction and initiative.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, as programming may include evening and weekend schedules.


  • Ability to work in various weather conditions, including rain, snow, or extreme temperatures may be required, depending on programming.
  • Agility and physical fitness to be mobile and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Summer Camp / Programming assignments will require availability Mon-Fri from June 24 - August 9


This"Non Tested" position may be General or Special Funds.

This Seasonal position is not eligible to receive medical benefits, vacation pay, sick pay, union membership, or union contractual benefits. Any period of Seasonal employment will not be construed in any way to mean probationary employment. Persons may not be employed in two concurrent positions with the City and/or the Board of Education at the same time.

Seasonal employment not to exceed 120 calendar days.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of: (1) a pre-employment background check,and  (2) a pre-employment drug screening in accordance with the City’s Drug Free Workplace Policy*. Instructions and information on this pre-employment process are included in Conditional Offer of Employment.

Pursuant to the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, The City of New Haven has a adopted a Drug Free Workplace Policy. The City of New Haven requires a pre-employment drug test, which includes screening for marijuana.

Selection Plan

Applications will be reviewed by the Department of Human Resources and the hiring department in an ongoing basis.

It is critical that you complete the application thoroughly, as the information you provide will be used to ascertain if you are eligible to move forward in the selection process.

Returning Seasonal Employees must apply via this portal; paper applications are no longer accepted.

Those persons interested in other YARD Seasonal employment (Lifeguard, Program Specialist) must also apply for those positions via the corresponding JobAps portal.


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