Cabin Counselor/Dietetics

JOB TITLE: Cabin Counselor/Dietetics
DEPARTMENT: Recreation Therapy
REPORTS TO: Cabin Head/Dietetics Program Staff

Description of Position

The Cabin Counselor/ Dietetics position involves working hands-on with children and adults with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. The Cabin Counselor/ Dietetics position will live in the cabins with participants and will be responsible for assisting participants, to whatever degree necessary, with their activities of daily living (showering, dressing, bathing, eating, and so forth).The Cabin Counselor/Dietetics position will assist the Dietetics Program Staff in designing and implementing specific dietary meals. Meals should be developed around camper needs, interests, and goals. Meals should also be based around the theme of the main meal. Any time the Dietetics Program Staff cannot be at Check-In days, the Cabin Counselor/Dietetics position will collect specific dietary needs from campers and families to be used in the kitchen’s production. The Cabin Counselor/Dietetics position will assist with preparing and distributing pack-out meals during Challenge Day and Campouts, and if applicable to specific camps, organize cooking activities during activity periods. The Cabin Counselor/Dietetics position will also complete various tasks that will supplement his/her experience and benefit the campers; these tasks include but are not limited to calorie counts, nutritional data on various meals, etc. When not in the kitchen, the Cabin Counselor/Dietetics position will be working with the campers from his/her cabin.

All counselors must be 18 years of age by the first day of camp.

Essential Functions

  • Ability and desire to work with individuals with disabilities in an outdoor setting where the "Campers First" philosophy is foundational.
  • Ability and desire to work with persons of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds in a dynamic outdoor environment which values growth and change of self and others.
  • Ability to learn and grow in the position by receiving and accepting constructive feedback from supervisors and parents.
  • Ability to follow health code regulations.
  • Ability to properly and accurately document HACCP procedures.
  • Ability and desire to follow standardized recipes.
  • Ability and desire to plan and implement meals for campers of varying ability levels and ages
  • Ability to organize & know all camper special diets and food allergies.
  • Ability and desire to perform, all aspects of personal care; this includes but is not limited to transferring, showering, dressing, feeding, and other Activities of Daily Living.
  • Willingness to learn, understand, and model the Mission, Vision, and Values of Bradford Woods.
  • Excellent communication, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to interact with and work as a team player with other staff, participants, Cabin Support Staff, and participant’s families/care-givers.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, which can be both physically and emotionally demanding.
  • Ability to complete accurate documentation forms on participants as required on a regular basis.
  • Ability to perform additional duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • College experience in a Dietetics/Nutrition or related field
  • ServSafe Certification highly preferable
  • Willingness to learn
  • Flexibility
  • Patience

Cognitive Requirements

  • Ability to assess needs of participants and staff
  • Ability to solve problems in a fast paced, dynamic setting
  • Ability to make judgment decisions in a setting where variables can change quickly and often without notice (such as weather conditions)
  • Ability to easily, effectively, and proficiently communicate needs, feedback, and questions
  • Ability to understand and remember considerable amounts of information relative to teaching and facilitating in the fields of environmental and challenge education
  • Ability to demonstrate responsibility, maturity, and self-accountability (i.e. professionalism)
  • Ability to fill out detailed camper documentation
  • Ability to follow directions
  • All positions involve assisting with personal/direct care, therefore fluency and proficiency of the English language is essential – both written as well as oral

Physical Requirements

  • This is a physically active position requiring mobility
  • Lifting and pushing as needed (i.e. transfers, equipment)
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs
  • Stamina to endure long hours in a position that is both physically and emotionally demanding; again, nights will be part of the duties and responsibilities due to our residential capacity
  • Ability to follow through with judgment decisions in a setting where variables can change quickly and often without notice (such as weather conditions)
  • Ability to provide a safe, fun environment for all


  • Attend mandatory Full Staff training sessions prior to and/or during camp
  • Preferably acquire CPR and First Aid certification before camp

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy, which includes contact information.