FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - SUMMER 2021

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 Aaron Patel, Camps Programmer, at admin_camps@sfu.ca

General Questions

What are the benefits of being a staff member at SFU Camps?

  • Gain practical experience working with children and youth in a fun, safe, and welcoming 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 CRC to us. If successfully hired, we will provide you with specific instructions on how to complete a CRC. We not accept CRC obtained for other employment or volunteering. 

We recommend that you complete your CRC as soon as possible after we hire you. 

Returning staff only have to submit a new CRC 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?

This is the estimated timeline of 2022 Hiring. More specific dates will be posted as they become available. 

Application System Open   Mid January, 2022
HI application deadline Mid March, 2022
GI application deadline Late March, 2022
HI Interviews End of March, 2022
GI Interviews Early April, 2022
Training Late June, 2022
First day of Camps July 4th, 2022

 

Applications

How do I apply?

Please fill out the application form, found on our Employment Opportunities page, for the position you are interested in. You will need to upload a cover letter and resume as well. 

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 choices and provide additional camp considerations.  

How old do I have to be to apply for a staff postition with SFU Camps?

At least 16 years of age by July 4th, 2022.

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. 

Interviews

How does the interview process work?

Staff 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. 

The phone screening will be approximately 30 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. 

What do you look for in the interviews?

During the interview the administrative team will be looking at different qualities depending on the position you are applying for. The main qualities we look for in a Head Instructor are leadership, professionalism, teaching ability, and adaptability. For instructors, the qualities are: decison making skills, communication, teamwork, and professionalism

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!

A last minute emergency has come up or I am running late for my interview, what should I do?

Immediately email us at admin_camps@sfu.ca and leave us a voicemail at (778) 782-4307. We will respond to you as soon as possible.

Availability 

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. 

Training

Is there staff training?

Yes, there is mandatory staff training for all staff. This year, there will be required online and 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 training.

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 online modules. 

Topics in previous years have included:

  • COVID-19 policies and regulations
  • Receiving and providing feedback 
  • Leading Rec time 
  • Accessibility and inclusivity 
  • Adapting lesson plans 

GOT QUESTIONS?

For all inquiries on jobs with SFU Camps, please contact:

Aaron Patel
Camps Programmer
 admin_camps@sfu.ca
(778) 782-4307

We aim to provide a response to all inquiries within 2 business days.