Employment Opportunity: Summer Playground Counselor


Summer Playground Counselor


Director Parks & Recreation, and Program Supervisor     


$10.00 - $13.25 per hour, based on experience 


Age – 16 and older

Certifications—CPR, and Basic First Aid certification 

NH parental/school permission form (working papers, if 16)


The Playground Counselor’s main duty is to facilitate a fun and positive camp atmosphere while promoting camper engagement and safety. They will be in charge of handling the day-to-day activities of the campers, monitoring participant behavior, and cleaning and disinfecting the facility. Successful playground counselors will be proactive in reading situations and interactions and will intervene to prevent problems from occurring and will be able to handle stressful situations. If problems do arise, the counselor will handle them professionally and positively.


  1. Maintains effective relationships with other staff, participants, and supervisors.

  2. Able to communicate with participants and parents in a professional manner.

  3. Able to direct, design, and lead group games or activities in order to maintain the interest of the group.

  4. Able to create rapport with participants (learning their names, interests, behaviors, etc.)

  5. Able to handle difficult situations that may arise throughout the day.

  6. Knows and reviews all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with Parks and Recreation policies and procedures. Completes related reports as required.

  7. Knows, understands, and consistency applies safety rules, policies, and guidelines for the playground program.

  8. Report to work on time and follow appropriate leadership behaviors throughout the day.

  9. Attends all staff meetings, trainings, and special functions as required.

  10. Be dressed in appropriate attire and wear closed toe shoes (sneakers).

  11. Preform any duty required by the program supervisor.


The physical demands described here 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 essential functions.

  1. Must be able to remain alert.

  2. Must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time.

  3. Must be able to lift heavy objects 45lbs or greater.

  4. Must be able to move quickly with twisting and bending movement.

  5. Adequate ability to hear noises and distinguish distress signals.

  6. Ability to perform strenuous physical tasks necessary in childcare environment.

  7. Ability to communicate verbally, including projecting voice across distance in normal and loud situations.

  8. Ability to be in the outdoor elements for long periods of time.

A safe and positive environment is top priority for our summer playground program. Those who apply understand the responsibilities that will asked of them and will uphold them to the best of their abilities.


  • To apply, submit a completed job application to Parks and Recreation, 16 Main Street, Goffstown, NH 03045, or email Erin Trnka, Program Supervisor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Rick Wilhelmi, Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Employment application and full job description are available online at https://www.goffstown.com/jobs.

  • Review of applications shall begin April 14th at 8:00 AM. Interviews will be announced after applications are reviewed. Application window will remain open until filled.