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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - STAFF
Frequently Asked Questions:
This page provides answers to some of the most common questions about working with SFU Camps. For any other information, please direct inquiries to Alexa Kaweski, Camps Programmer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: November 28, 2023
What are the benefits of being a staff member at SFU Camps?
- Gain practical experience working with children and youth in a fun, safe, welcoming and educational environment
- Acquire leadership and mentorship skills
- Attend Professional and Personal Development Workshops
- Experience developing and implementing age appropriate and creative lesson plans
- Practice problem solving and critical thinking
- Receive feedback and guidance from our Programming team
Am I required to have Standard First Aid and CPR-C?
Yes! You must have, or be willing to obtain your Standard First Aid and CPR-C prior to the first day of camps. If successfully hired, we will provide you with further instructions on how to register and complete your course.
Do I have to obtain a criminal record check?
Yes you do! We require all staff to submit a completed Criminal Record Check to us. If successfully hired, we will provide you with specific instructions on how to complete a Criminal Record Check. We will not accept Criminal Record Checks obtained from other employeers or prior volunteer experiences. It is required to be SFU Camps specific.
For all new successfully hired staff, we recommend that you complete your Criminal Record Check as soon as possible!
Returning staff will be required to fill in a Crimial Record Affidavit form or will have to submit a new Criminal Record Check if the one on file is older than 3 years.
Is there parking available?
Yes, there is pay parking available for staff in the Visitor Parkade.
What is the timeline you follow for hiring?
Below is our general timeline from the 2023 season. These dates are subject to change.
|Application System Open||January 16th, 2023|
|HI application deadline||January 30th, 2023|
|I application deadline||February 27th, 2023|
|Virtual HI Interviews||Expected February 13th - 24th|
|Virtual I Interviews||Expected March 6th - 10th|
|HI Training||June 19th - 23rd|
|HI and I Training||June 26th - June 30th|
|First day of Camps||July 4th, 2023
*Application deadlines are contingent to change
Can I request a reference from SFU Camps?
Absolutely! We are more than happy to provide you with any form of reference that you need. Please read below for additional information on requesting a reference.
Please note: the reference will be completed by the current Head Programmer of Human Resources, based on the evaluations and notes in your file.
Criteria for Receiving a Letter of Reference:
- The letter must be requested a minimum of 3 weeks in advance.
- Staff must be in good standing with SFU Camps*
*References for staff more than 5 years post employment with SFU Camps will be accepted on a case-by-case basis, due to time lapsed and validity of reference
How do I request a reference?
Please send an email to email@example.com with the subject line "Reference Letter - Your Name".
In the body of the email, please provide:
Your full name
Year(s) you worked and Total # of hours if known
Purpose of the letter (e.g. scholarship, job application, university application)
Name of scholarship, employer, university, etc.
Copy of scholarship requirements, job posting, application or program requirements, etc.
Date of when you need the letter / reference
- Where to send or submit the letter (e.g. email address, mailing address) or how we may be contacted to provide the reference (e.g. email, phone, online)
- 2-3 examples of skills used and/or experiences gained while with SFU Camps (e.g. problem solving interpersonal conflicts by managing camper conflict)
- 1-2 examples of how you applied your Camps experience to other aspects of your professional life
When will applications open for Summer 2024?
Applications typically open middle of January for Head Instructor and Instructor positions. Please continue to check our opportunities page.
How do I apply?
Please fill out the application form, found on our Employment Opportunities page, for the position you are interested in.
If I want to apply for more than one camp, do I need to fill out multiple applications?
No you do not, there will be a field on the application where you can rank your top 3 camp preferences and provide additional camp considerations.
TIP: Candidates that select a higher number of camp preferences will have their application reviewed for all preferences listed and thus boost their application.
If I am interested in both the Head Instructor and Instructor positions, should I apply for both?
No, that is not necessary. If you would like to be in contention for both positions, please start by applying for the Head Instructor role. We will review that application and dependent on how you perform in the interview stage we will take into consideration both roles and positions.
How old do I have to be to apply for a staff postition with SFU Camps?
You must be at least 16 years of age by June 17th, 2024.
Can I apply for a position if I can only work part-time?
We only hire full-time applicants for both our Head Instructor and Instructor positions. However, part-time applicants can feel more than free to apply for an on-call placement. On-call instructors step in and help with camps in the absence of the instructor. Their availability and schedules are usually more flexible, and as a result, they are exposed to a wider variety of our summer programming.
On the application form, select "on-call" for your three camp preferences if you plan on only working part-time. Previous SFU Camps experience is significant asset due to nature of position.
Are you able to extend the deadline for me?
Due to the large amount of applicants we receive, we are unable to extend our application deadline. However, our application deadline is contingent to change, so keep any eye out on the employment oppurtunity page for any updates!
How does the interview process work?
Head Instructor interviews will be a virtual process this year. All applicants will be undergo an initial phone screening and succcessful canditates will proceed to a video interview.
Instructor interviews will be in-person* group interviews this year. All applicants will undergo an initial phone screening and successful candidates will proceed to group interivew.
The phone screening for both positions will be approximately 20 minutes and consist of general interview questions. The video interview will be approximately 1 hour and consist of general interview questions, scenarios, and other opportunities to demostrate what you can bring to our team. The in-person interview will be approximately 2 hours and will be a combination of group challenges, 1-1 interivew station, and individual tasks.
*Subject to change to virtual dependent on facility availability. All applicants will be notified if this changes.
What do you look for in the interviews?
During the interview the administrative team will be looking at varying qualities depending on the position and specific camp you are applying for. In general, some main qualities we look for in a staff member are: passion, adaptability, communication, mentorship, and general professionalism. Head Instructor applicants should also demostrate strong teaching and decision making skills.
We want to make sure that we can trust you to work closely with campers, parents, and staff. Please remember to avoid the use of inappropriate language and make sure to wear appropriate clothing!
Do I need to be available Monday - Friday throughout the duration of the camps session?
Yes, unless you are applying for an on call position, you must be available Monday to Friday for all weeks your camp is in session.
Am I able to request time off during the summer?
Yes. It will be at the discretion of the administration team and reviewed on a case by case basis.
Is there staff training?
Yes, there is mandatory staff training for all staff. This year, there will be required in-person training in June.
If selected, you will be contacted with specific dates closer to the Summer.
I am a returning staff member. Do I still need to attend staff training?
Yes! All new and returning staff members are required to attend our mandatory training sessions.
What can I expect at training?
Staff training is intended to prepare you with the skills, knowledge, and confidence that you need for a successful and fun summer with us. Content will be delivered in various formats, such as in-person group discussions, presentations, and scenarios.
Topics in previous years have included:
- Confllict Resolution workshops
- Receiving and providing feedback
- Leading Rec time
- Accessibility and inclusivity
- Adapting lesson plans
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We aim to provide a response to all inquiries within 2 business days.