The 2017 STAFF APPLICATION is up!
Meet our Staff!
Our Executive Director
David Hamparian will begin his fourth summer as the Executive Director of Camp Haiastan. David is well acquainted with Camp Haiastan having been a camper for seven years, and the Summer Director in 1990. He was an active member of both the Watertown “Gaidzag” and Boston “Siamanto” AYF Chapters, and Boston Homenetmen. David lives in Belmont, MA with his wife Tamar who assists with camp nursing, and two boys Kevork and Daron who have spent most of their lives as campers or staff members in the summer months. He is an active member of the Boston AYF Alumni and a member of St. Stephen’s Armenian Church. David looks forward to continuing to advance the camping program, and to uphold the traditions and values that make Camp Haiastan a unique experience for the Armenian youth.
Peter Jelalian has returned to Camp Haiastan for his 17th year as a director of Camp Haiastan. In addition to his years as a camper, lifeguard, counselor and summer director, Peter has become a Board Member, bringing his 26 years of Camp Haiastan experience and knowledge to another level. If there is a hat to be worn at Camp, Peter has worn it.When Baron Pete is not busy spending his summers at 722 Summer Street, he has been busy raising his daughter Theresa (a long time camper and now a staff member) along with his wife Christine. While teaching in the NY school systems for 36 years, Mr. Jelalian found the time to coach soccer and basketball both in the school system and in the A.Y.F.Welcome back Baron Pete!
Our Resident Caretaker
John Miller returns for his tenth year on staff as Camp Haiastan’s caretaker. He maintains the grounds throughout the summer and the off-season. John is an Eagle Scout, and has lifeguard and aquatic director certifications — he’s an all-around seasoned outdoorsman.
Our Board of Directors
Camp Haiastan’s rich tradition and high standard of quality experience is upheld by our Board of Directors. These individually have dedicated much of their lives to the well-being of the camp and many began as campers themselves! Below is our list of current board members:
|Levon Attarian, Chairman||Massachusetts|
|Steve Mesrobian, Treasurer||Massachusetts|
|Adam Boyajian, Secretary/Clerk||New Jersey|
|Paul Haroian||Rhode Island|
|Peter Jelalian||New Jersey|
|MaryAnne Bonjuklian||BOD ARS Liaison|
|Garo Tashian||BOD AYF Liaison|
For all inquiries or to contact any of the board members or executive director, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the individual’s name in the subject line whom you would like to contact.
|Alexander Aftandilian||Staff In Training|
|Armen Alashaian||Cabin Counselor|
|Sara Anoushian||Staff In Training|
|Shant Arzoumanian||Cabin Counselor|
|Ana Bandazian||Cabin Counselor|
|Lucille Barberian||Cabin Counselor|
|Moushegh Bedhoian||Summer Director|
|Nayiri Bekiarian||Cabin Counselor|
|Ani Changelian||Day Camp Director|
|Alexis Cormier||Staff In Training|
|Susana DerKosrofian||Armenian School Teacher|
|Taline Dilanian||Head Counselor|
|Arev Dinkjian||Summer Director Intern|
|Taleen Donoyan||Staff In Training|
|Anoush Gigarjian||Staff In Training|
|Taline Guzelian||Staff In Training|
|Edward Hovanissian||Cabin Counselor|
|Peter Jelalian||Summer Director|
|Theresa Jelalian||Aquatics Director|
|Antranig Kechejian||Cabin Counselor|
|Arakel Khaligian||Cabin Counselor|
|Chris Kourtjian||Cabin Counselor|
|Diana Krmzian||Staff In Training|
|Michael Mahlebjian||Cabin Counselor|
|Raffi Markarian||Cabin Counselor|
|Chris McGinnis||Staff In Training|
|Haig Megerdichian||Junior Staff In Training|
|Ani Minassian||Cabin Counselor|
|Nicolas Minassian||Staff In Training|
|Richard Minassian||Junior Staff In Training|
|Lori Mouradian||Staff In Training|
|Sydney Orason||Cabin Counselor|
|Natalie Ounjian||Cabin Counselor|
|Eric Papazian||Staff In Training|
|Kohar Sanikian||Junior Staff In Training|
|Sevag Sanikian||Cabin Counselor|
|Garen Soukiasian||Staff In Training|
|Aleena Surenian||Staff In Training|
|Alek Surenian||Cabin Counselor|
|Knar Topouzian||Cabin Counselor|
|Dzovig Varjabedian||Head Counselor|
|Nareh Vartanian||Cabin Counselor|
|Noah Yedigarian||Staff In Training|
|Sevan Yedigarian||Armenian School Teacher|
Staff FAQ’sCamp jobs offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training and enrichment opportunities found nowhere else. We look for candidates who love working in the outdoors, being Armenian, and are physically active and great with kids.
The Camp Director is in charge of the summer operation of Camp Haiastan. He or she assists the Executive Director in recruiting, hiring, training and evaluating the summer staff. Staff and camper supervision, assignments and schedules, as well as program and activity supervision and schedules are important Camp Director duties. The Camp Director must coordinate the Support Staff, Counselors and Program Staff to ensure a smooth, seamless operation. In a broad sense, the Camp Director must make sure that the camp operation is true to our mission of offering a high standard of safe, healthy and enjoyable camping with an emphasis on the appreciation of, and preservation of our Armenian culture and heritage for all campers and staff. The Camp Director is also responsible for helping protect the investment in property, reputation and assets of Camp Haiastan. The Camp Director reports directly to the Executive Director.
Qualifications: At least 25 years of age, Bachelor’s Degree with professional employment experience in education, and/or physical education and recreation, and/or organized residential camp administration. Previous experience as an Assistant Camp Director, Program Director or Head Counselor is preferable. Computer skills and detailed record keeping is required.
For a full job description, click here.
The Aquatic Director will oversee the instructional and recreational activities at the swimming pool and Uncas Pond waterfront. This includes the instruction of non-swimmer and beginning-swimmer lessons for ages 5 – 16, and beginning to intermediate level instruction of canoeing, kayaking and Sunfish sailing. In addition the Aquatics Director will direct, supervise and evaluate lifeguards and instructors assigned to the program and teach along side them as well as responsibility for the basic maintenance and operation of the swimming pool and camp’s small craft at the pond. The Aquatics Director reports directly to the Summer Director.
Mandatory Qualifications: At least 21 years of age. Valid possession of: Water Safety Instructor or Aquatic Director, Life Saving, CPR/First Aid, and Small Craft Certifications through the Red Cross, YMCA, Boy/Girl Scouts, or other nationally or internationally recognized organization. Demonstrated ability to direct, supervise and evaluate subordinates. Computer skills, record keeping and maintenance are required.
Preferred Qualifications: Valid possession of Certified Pool/Spa Operator, and recent previous experience as Water Safety Inst., Head Lifeguard, and swimming and small craft instructor in a camp environment equipped with both swimming pool and pond or lake waterfront.
Head Boys & Girls Counselors
Two positions, one for a man and one for a women to work and live directly with campers and counselors. The Head Counselor will assist the Camp Director in supervising and scheduling of the Cabin Counselors in all aspects of the Counselor’s functions. Head Counselors can be responsible for performing the duties of Cabin Counselor. Head Counselors report directly to the Director.
Mandatory Qualifications: At least 19 years of age, minimum 1 year of college with employment experience in education, and/or physical education and recreation programming, and administration and/or organized residential camp counseling. Previous experience as a Head Counselor and/or Cabin Counselor is preferable. Demonstrated ability to direct, supervise and schedule subordinates. Computer skills, record keeping and maintenance are required.
Positions for men and women to work and live directly with campers within a cabin group teaching, guiding and mentoring the skills of daily small group living away from home. In essence the Cabin Counselor is the surrogate parent for campers assigned to them for two-week sessions. Cabin Counselors are responsible for no more than eight campers. Cabin Counselors are accountable for their campers at all times and will mentor them in aspects of camp life including but not limited to: Activity participation, daily personal hygiene, dining, all-camp activities, free-time and quiet time. Counselors, where qualified will teach within the program areas of the camp, but all counselors assist with all programs and activities of the camp. Computer skills, record keeping and maintenance are required. Cabin Counselors report directly to the Head Counselors, and Camp Director.
Preferred Qualifications: At least 18 years of age. Previous experience as a paid or volunteer camp counselor, Staff-In-Training, youth leader, recreation leader, teacher’s assistant and/or Camp Haiastan camper.
Activity Instructors & Teachers
Specialists and instructors work with and supervise campers in various program and activity areas of camp. These areas include: Waterfront/small craft, swimming pool, Armenian culture, archery, outdoor living skills, arts & crafts, multimedia, ROPES challenge course, sports & games and many more.
Preferred Qualifications: Are the same as Cabin Counselors. Specialists and instructors must have proficiency skill as well teaching/participation experience. Computer skills, record keeping and maintenance are required.
Mandatory Qualifications: By law, valid certification is required for many Instructor positions: Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard, Small Craft and Archery.
Exclusively for young men and women who turn 17 by the first day of staff training week.
This is a great opportunity for 17 year olds to make the transition from camper to staff and get paid! SIT’s have responsibilities and assignments each week and are held accountable as any other staff person.
SIT’s will work under supervision in three areas of the camp on a rotating schedule: Counselor-In-Training, Kitchen and Maintenance in order to become prepared and trained to work as future 18 year olds in any of these areas of camp.
Computer skills, record keeping and maintenance are required.
SIT’s report directly to the Camp Director (and caretaker, at times).
These positions provide support for overall camp operation: Health Center, kitchen, maintenance and summer office. Computer skills, record keeping and maintenance is required.
Age and/or certification requirements:
Camp Nurse: Must be licensed RN or LPN and experienced in residential camp environment. Reports directly to the Camp Director. Click here for a full job description.
Nurse’s Assistant: Must be enrolled in RN degree program with CPR, AED, and First Aid Certifications. Reports directly to the Camp Nurse.
Secretary: Must be 18 years of age, computer savvy, photography skills preferred. Must have good organizational skills.
To prospective staff candidates: We expect that all staff members display a high level of personal and professional responsibility. Camp living is in “tight quarters” and works best when each person is caring, respectful, responsible and supportive of each other. Camp Haiastan has high standards for the behavior and conduct of its staff. Work at camp is very demanding, yet is also extremely fulfilling.