Summer Access Worker – Children

SMD Services Posted: June 11th, 2019
Expires: June 18th, 2019


Summer Access Worker – Children

Competition #: 19-19

Department/Location: Community Inclusion & Support Services (Brandon)

Reports To: Supervisor, Children’s Leisure & Recreation

Category: Casual

The Position:

Summer Access staff report directly to the Supervisor of Children’s Leisure and Recreation and or receive direction from Recreation Facilitator. Summer Access staff will provide support in areas of social integration and personal care at Residential Camp, SMD Day Camp, Community Day Camp and Independence for Youth Program to assigned campers. Summer Access staff is responsible for the general welfare; safety, health and well-being of assigned consumer(s) and will assist with various areas of program delivery when required.

Primary Accountabilities:

  • Consistently responsible for direct (“hands on”) support and or verbal encouragement to consumers while participating in summer leisure, recreation and life-skill programs. Direct hands approach will include, daily hand over hand assistance during activities, physically pushing/maneuvering manual wheelchairs during an activity, regularly walking with consumer or pushing/maneuvering a manual wheelchair to and from different program sites, regularly participating with consumer during program activities to ensure complete program integration, perform 1-2 person lifts and transfers to and from a wheelchair throughout various activities which include but are not limited to (horse back riding, canoe, trampoline, swimming pool, water slides etc, regularly performing 1-2 person lifts and transfers from wheelchair to bed, from wheelchair to shower chair or from wheelchair to other destination. Verbal encouragement will include using an Augmentative Communication Device, ASL or voice to motivate consumers, keep individual on track with activity, and explain camp/game rules/expectations, provide support through positive feedback and general conversation.
  • Regularly responsible for providing direct hands on and or verbal support to consumer with varying degrees of complexity in activities of daily living. Direct hands on support will include pivot from wheelchair to toilet, wiping the individual after a bowel movement or urination, assisting consumer with personal hygiene (gender specific as required), regularly assist with all aspects of undressing/dressing, directly changing or assisting person change from soiled clothing to cleaned clothing on a regular basis, utilize equipment such as a Hoyer-lift, bath chair, and other adapted equipment for  personal care usage. On a required basis, performs hands on approved and taught stretches to consumer, physically assist individual shower/bath while attending Overnight Camp/Independence for Youth, directly provide hands on support on a regular basis with all aspects of tube/oral feeding; this will include receiving URIS training for tube feeding procedures, setting up meals, cutting food, and directly feeding. On a regular basis physically assist with personal hygiene which includes but is not limited to brushing teeth, washing face and hands, and brushing hair. On a daily basis lift/transfer consumer, on a regular basis provide night-time assistance; this will include turning consumer at night, providing support for home-sickness or other emotional stress. Verbal support will include using Augmentative Communication Devices, ASL or voice to provide regular reminders, encouragement, direction, and information.
  • Consistently responsible to provide direct supervision to consumer while attending overnight/day camp/Independence for Youth. Direct supervision includes the physical presence and participation of staff in all areas of a summer camp program or IFY to ensure the safety and well being of the consumer; this will include receiving URIS training for Seizure Disorder, Tube Feeding and Life Threatening Allergies, oversee/provide minimal assistance to consumer while taking oral medication; minimal assistance refers to pulling out medication from consumer’s personal belongings i.e. knap-sack, lunch bag etc, and or placing the medication on consumers hand and physically lifting the hand to mouth, on a regular basis implement strategies/techniques such as Non-Violent Crisis Intervention/WEVAS, redirection, timeouts, removal from program and/or discussions to offset or reduce high levels of inappropriate behaviour. High inappropriate behaviour includes but is not limited to, prolonged outbursts that occur on a regular basis (lasting more than 40 seconds) such as yelling/crying, threatening physical abuse towards staff, other camp member or oneself, verbally abusive towards other campers and staff, regularly shows a high disregard toward personal space and items of other campers, consistently interrupts leaders and others at inappropriate times, teasing/bugging or bullying other campers.

General Accountabilities:

  • Establish a respectful relationship with consumer (s).
  • Assist camper to engage in cooperative group play and activities.
  • Assess environment and camper to determine consumer’s level of independence.
  • Provides specialized training to participants (interpreter/life-skills).
  • Provide Supervisor with a summary report of ongoing activities and progress.
  • Communicate with families regarding needs and or behaviors of your assigned consumer(s).
  • Must be adherent to and compliant to confidential information, including privacy legislation and all other policies and procedures of governing bodies.
  • Establish professional working relationships with camp employees, associated programs and organizations.
  • Document all incidents/accidents that occur and report them immediately to the direct supervisor.
  • Adhere to the guidelines of Leisure and Recreation, as well as the policies and procedures of SMD.
  • Assist the Recreation Facilitator with various areas of program delivery when required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • University degree in social science, nursing, education or relevant field, including or a combination of 1-4 years of directly related experience and education
  • Experience with and willing to assist consumer with activities of daily living (dressing, feeding, mobility, transferring, washroom)
  • Experience and knowledge working with individuals with disabilities
  • Experience working with children/youth and young adults
  • Residential Camp/Day Camp experience preferably in the role of camp counselor/integration coordinator
  • Strong leadership and communication skills with sensitivity and empathy to diversity
  • Ability to work individually or as part of a team
  • Have flexibility to work varied hours including, overnights, weekends, evenings and days
  • Current standing in Basic First Aid and CPR required
  • Non-violent Crisis intervention or WEVAS an asset
  • Valid Drivers License and access to own vehicle
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of ASL, Deaf culture and French an asset

Closing date for this position is Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

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We thank all applicants, however, only those considered for interviews will be contacted.