Camp Raanana Lifeguard & Waterfront Staff

At Camp Raanana, we look for bright, fun, enthusiastic, and hard-working staff who have a passion for working with kids and a love of the outdoors. We are a Jewish day camp operated out of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor.  Thanks to our Cedar Lake site, Camp Raanana has all the overnight feel, with the flexibility and accessibility of a day camp!  Activities range from athletics, archery, nature, art, music, swimming and so much more!



  • Current and valid lifeguard certification (preference given to waterfront certification)
  • Desire and attitude to work with children in both small and large group setting
  • ability to assists in teaching activities and running programs
  • Willingness and ability to take full responsibility for safety and security of campers
  • Ability to communicate with, relate to, and serve as an example to all campers
  • Proven management, communication, and organizational skills, the ability to be creative and take direction/ instruction
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • WSI Certification and experience as a swim instructor a plus with options of increased compensation

Lifeguard Responsibilities

  • Possess a current lifeguard certification (including First Aid/CPR certification for the professional rescuer)
  • Safety minded
  • Experience and or desire to work with youth
  • Willingness to follow/give directions as a team member
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Willingness to ask for assistance when needed or desired
  • Ability to interact with all age levels
  • Capability to relate to youth and adults in a positive manner
  • Supervise others of varying ages and abilities


General Responsibilities

  • Assist during other parts of the camp day
  • Be flexible in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities and assignments throughout the camp day
  • Listen to, respect, follow the decisions of, and report any emergencies or any inappropriate behavior to the Waterfront Director and the Camp Director
  • Listen to, and respect opinions of other staff including Ozrim (Counselor’s-In-Training), lifeguards, and counselors
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment for all campers and staff
  • Abide by all camp rules/policies and assist to the best of your abilities in any emergencies
  • Respect and encourage the wellbeing of campers of all Gender Identities and Cultural Backgrounds
  • Be a responsible and dedicated model to campers
  • Provide organized, punctual, and intentional leadership, creativity, direction and supervision during activities, and excursions in and around camp
  • Work with other staff members to provide a quality experience for all members of the camp community


Physical Demands

  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards
  • Ability to enforce safety regulations and execute appropriate emergency procedure
  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, injury) and possess strength and endurance require to maintain constant supervision of campers
  • Activities may include / require:
    • Prolonged standing, walking
    • Hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate equipment
    • The need to lift up to 50 lbs
    • Prolonged exposure to outdoor elements (sun, wind, rain, etc.) and animals or insects (bugs, etc.)



Staff training will be held prior to camp beginning.  Applicant must be able to attend staff training.


Equivalent of $16-$20 an hour Based on Qualifications, experience and skills as a swim instructor (Absences unpaid)

Camp Locations and Hours

The Camp Day begins at 8am at the JCC

(Staff  are asked to arrive at 7:50 to be ready for drop-off)

Busses are taken to the Chelsea location at 8:30 where most of the camp day occurs, before returning to the JCC for pickup at 4pm

JCC Address: 2935 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor Michigan, 48108

Cedar Lake Address: 2500 Pierce Road, Chelsea Michigan, 48118

Post Care: Post Care for additional pay (4:20-6:00 PM)


To apply Please email [email protected] to request an application and submit a resume

For all questions, contact Marlowe Susselman, Camp and Youth Director, directly at (734) 971-0990 ext. 341 or e-mail [email protected]

*This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive, but is intended to be a generalized guide of the job duties. Management may change the job responsibilities and expectations based on business requirements.  This position is intended to comply with all known State and Federal regulations.*