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Lifeguard/Summer Camp Counselor - Lake Okoboji

Job ID REQ-2024-3197 Milford, Iowa

Organizes and monitors the use, and safety, of water recreational activities at the Boys Town Camp. This position includes free room and board at Lake Okoboji.

$15.00/hour plus free room & board. Extra compensation available for boating experience. Completion bonus at the end of the summer based on performance and attendance.


Organizes, monitors, and promotes water recreational activities.

  • Organizes recreational activities and keeps all equipment ready for use. Makes minor repairs on equipment, and reports equipment damage to the Camp Director.

  • Manages recreational activities during camp schedule, such as swimming, boating, tubing, water basketball and volleyball, kayaking and other recreational activities. Ensures the proper use of all equipment.

  • Monitors the safety of all equipment, youth, and employees during all recreational activities.

  • Assists in maintaining the cleanliness and organization of the yard and interior of camp.

  • Follows the IA State Food Guidelines when assisting in meal preparations and serving food.

  • Provides basic First Aid as needed.

  • Drives Boys Town vehicle as needed to complete duties of the job.


  • Knowledge of water safety, boating, and principles of sailing and canoeing.

  • Ability to communicate in an articulate, professional manner while maintaining necessary degree of confidentiality.

  • Ability to quickly make decisions in sensitive and sometimes critical areas and to adapt responses to situations, while maintaining procedural and regulatory integrity.

  • Knowledge of Boys Town Model.

  • Ability to successfully lead youth in the completion of tasks and redirect inappropriate youth behaviors.


  • First Aid Certification required.

  • Lifeguard Certification required.

  • CPR Certification required.


  • Water Safety Instructor Certification preferred.

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Boys Town has been changing the way America cares for children and families since 1917. With over a century of service, our employees have helped us grow from a small boardinghouse in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, into one of the largest national child and family care organizations in the country. With the addition of Boys Town National Research Hospital in 1977, our services branched out into the health care and research fields, offering even more career opportunities to those looking to make a real difference.

Our employees are our #1 supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Town's mission, which is why we are proud of their commitment to making the world a better place for children, families, patients, and communities. Unique perks to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to Boys Town physicians and free prescriptions under the Boys Town Medical Plan, tuition assistance, parenting resources from our experts and professional development opportunities within the organization, just to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is a way of life.

This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-877-639-6003.

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