The Senior Program Leader directs and coordinates the activities and functions of the seasonal direct care staff, assists in coordinating events as assigned by the Camp Director, and assists in supervision of group leaders.

The Senior Program Leader works closely with the Camp Director and Director of Camping Services to ensure that each of the programs offered within the area of Camping Services will run in a smooth, functioning manner to be in the best interest of the youth, school/organization, personnel, and the agency.

The Senior Program Leader is expected to work within the philosophy, goals, aims, and operating procedures of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches to ensure the best interest of the youth who attend any camping services programs.

The Senior Program Leader is directly responsible to the Camp Director. 

This position is exempt from overtime pay.


The following duties and responsibilities are the various types of work performed in this position. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned.

  1. Assists in the development of the plan of work and operation of the facility including assisting the maintenance team with upkeep of infrastructure.
  2. Demonstrates initiative in the development of curriculum and scheduling of activities for camp programs.
  3. Assists the Camp Director in planning the day-to-day operations of summer resident camp.
  4. Provides supervision of Summer Resident Camp staff involved in camp programs.
  • Helps to resolve conflict between youth and/or staff before being brought to the attention of the Camp Director.
  • Demonstrates persuasiveness in the selection, orientation, and training of Camping Services staff.
  • Serves as a member of the recruiting team for summer staff.
  1. Provides necessary documentation for all aspects of Summer Camp operation including but not limited to incident reporting, census, business reporting, etc.
  2. Maintains standards set forth by Youth Ranches policies and procedures, ACA and COA standards and State statutes.
  3. Demonstrates resourcefulness, thriftiness, and wise stewardship of the agency’s resources at all times including materials, supplies, and assets.


A minimum of a two-year AA Degree in either the educational or human services field is required.  A bachelor’s degree in the educational field or a closely related human services field is preferred.  Individuals who possess a high school degree with at least three years’ experience in a camping environment will be considered.

Ropes Course certification from an ACCT provider must be attained within six months.


  1. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each area of responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.
  2. Must possess a thorough knowledge of the camping process, including group work theory and practices.
  3. Must possess a general knowledge in such areas as challenge course activities, pool safety, ropes course facilitation, basic canoe instruction, nature programs, and theories of conflict resolution, cultural diversity and peer mediation.
  4. Must possess the ability to remain in control during crisis situations, along with demonstrated understanding and the ability to tolerate and deal with various behavior levels exhibited by youth and staff.
  5. Must have the ability to recognize problems, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions (i.e., the ability to interpret an extensive variety of instructions and deal with problems involving a variety of situations).
  6. Must be able to work in an outdoor environment and supervise while participating in group activities.
  7. Must be willing to remain flexible in the work schedule, as weekend duty will be required.
  8. Must have a valid Florida Driver License and be able to maintain a safe driving record consistent with agency policy as it relates to driving an agency assigned vehicle.


The physical requirements described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, talk, hear, and reach with hands and arms. The employee will occasionally be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Specific vision requirements include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


Employee is required to travel to meetings and some overnight travel will be a necessity.  Work is generally performed in a combination office and outdoor environment.  Must be willing to live in a camp setting, work irregular hours (including occasional weekends and holidays), and have exposure to sun, heat, animals and bugs. Some exposure to adverse weather conditions can be expected.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is moderately loud.


$35,360 Annually




For more information, please contact:

Austin Hatten, Camp Director, Camp Sorensen, 1-800-765-3797, 

Job Category: Senior Program Leader
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Camp Sorensen - Hilliard - FL

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