Employment opportunities are available for the summer season, and also before and after the summer season in supporting outdoor education, team-building, and weekend programs. If you are interested in a position, please complete and submit the
2013 Camp Staff Application Packet
(Note: This application packet is NOT for the Counselor in Training program. Click HERE to register for CIT.)
Outdoor Educator (Looking for staff to start in April 2013)
Job Description: Facilitate classes in adventure education, team building, high ropes, climbing tower, environmental education, orienteering, sailing and outdoor recreation to school, adult, and retreat groups.
Qualifications: Desire to work outside with all age groups; interest, degree, or experience in education, science, or outdoor recreation; impeccable references; flexibility, willingness to learn, fun-loving; certifications in Red Cross First Aid or Wilderness First Aid and CPR preferred, Lifeguarding a plus.
Salary and Benefits: Daily wage ranging from $50-$70 based on experience; private or semi-private housing; meals provided with vegetarian options, free internet access, voice mail, training in leading outdoor education classes, high ropes, and climbing tower; endless miles of hiking trails from the property. Two- to seven month positions and internships are also available.
To Apply for Outdoor Educator:
Send cover letter, resume, application and three references with their phone numbers to:
Heather Siegel-Sawma – Groups Director, 1872 Pilot Knob Rd., Kattskill Bay, NY 12844
Teen Adventure Trips
Adventure Trip Leader
Job Description: Chingachgook offers a variety of adventure trips that provide kids, aged 11 – 17, the opportunity to backpack, rock climb, kayak, canoe, white-water raft, sail, and bicycle in the Adirondacks, New England, and the southeast. Adventure trip leaders help plan, coordinate and facilitate multiple one- to four-week trips.
Qualifications: Previous experience leading or teaching in the outdoors. Must have camping and group facilitation skills and experience working with teens. Must have valid driver's license; demonstrated sound judgment; excellent human relation, organizational, and communication skills. We require certifications in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and American Red Cross or YMCA Lifeguard (certification training available at camp before position start).
Salary: $2,000 - $2,600 depending on experience
To Apply for Adventure Trip Leader:
Send cover letter, resume, application and three references with their phone numbers to:
Dan Poole-Adventure Coordinator, 1872 Pilot Knob Rd., Kattskill Bay, NY 12844
All counselors must hold current certifications in both lifeguarding and wilderness first aid.
Chingachgook offers both trainings prior to start of summer.
Supervise, teach, guide, and evaluate counselors, assistant counselors, CITs, and campers. Assist with all phases of camp program. Must be experienced in camp programming and supervision; and organized, dependable, and flexible. $2,500 – $3,000
Two groups of counselors-in-training come to camp for four weeks each. CITs are graduate campers who are ready for additional responsibilities through additional training. There are two CIT directors, one male and one female. Assist with all phases of camp program. Must be experienced in camp programming and supervision, as well as organized, dependable, and flexible. $2,500 – $3,000
Oversee assigned campers; provide leadership to all phases of camp program including teaching skill classes and leading three-day hikes. Must be experienced in teaching, leading children, and experienced and/or strong interest in hiking and canoeing. Must be 18 years old. $1,300 – $2,000
Assist counselors in overseeing assigned campers, assist with all phases of camp program: classes, three-day hikes, special events and trail maintenance, campsite construction, and/or habitat improvement projects. $800 – $1,200
Day Camp Director
Supervise, teach, guide, and evaluate counselors, assistant counselors, and campers. Assist with all phases of camp program. Must be experienced in camp programming and supervision as well as organized, dependable, and flexible. Campers are 5 - 10 years old. Childcare experience is necessary. $2,500 – $3,000
Day Camp Counselor
Care for children 5 - 10 years old. Ensure their safety and well-being while engaging them in camp activities tailored to their age. Must have experience in early childhood care. $1,300 – $2,000
Each two-week session all campers and counseling staff participate in three-day wilderness excursions, including backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, or mountain biking. The hike coordinator oversees the training of hike leaders and planning of each trip including destination selection, transportation coordination and food/gear acquisition. Must be highly competent in leading trips, as well as flexible, organized, and eager to work with a diverse population. $2,500 – $3,000
Special Events Coordinator
Plan, organize, and facilitate themes, special events and evening programs; direct, supervise, and evaluate program staff; support the program director in all aspects of camp programming. Must be personable,organized, and experienced in camp programming and group facilitation. $2,000 – $3,000
Skill Class Coordinator
Oversee the skill class, organized recreation and free swim scheduling of campers and staff. Direct, supervise, and evaluate program staff. Oversee all skill classes and their curriculum and maintain all equipment and class activity areas. Work closely with and assist the program director with all aspects of camp programming. Address parent and camper needs before their arrival at Camp. Must be responsible, organized, flexible, and dependable. $2,000 – $3,000
Organize and maintain Camp headquarters, including mail, care packages, phones, lost and found, filing, and announcements. Coordinate staff events on and off camp property. Assist the program office. Must be responsible, dependable, organized, and personable. $1,750 – $2,250
Arts Program Specialist
Supervise the art specialty area, including arts and crafts, woodworking and dark room photography. Train staff; teach and supervise specialty classes throughout the day. Contribute to the overall program team in delivering evening programs and skill classes. Must be flexible, organized, and eager to work with a diversity of people. Must have previous experience in management and/or specialty area. $2,000 – $2,250
Yearbook / Communications Specialist
Produce high-quality unit photos for each camper group; shoot approximately 750 candid’s per session, covering different age groups and activities. Must reliably meet deadlines, pay close attention to detail, and be creative, flexible, and enthusiastic. Upload photos and update social media sites daily. Please submit portfolio with your application. $2,000 – $2,500
Performing Arts Specialist
Supervise guitar lessons, improv and theater classes, dance instruction and yoga classes. Train staff; teach and supervise staff in classes. Must be organized, flexible, eager to work with diverse camper population and ages. Previous performing arts / musical experience is required. $2,000 - $2,250
Shooting Sports Specialist
Supervise shooting sports and fishing areas. Train staff; teach and supervise riflery and archery classes throughout the day. Contribute to the overall program team in delivering evening programs and skill classes. Must be flexible, organized, and eager to work with a diversity of people. Must have previous management and certifications in the prospective field. $2,000 – $2,250
Supervise the sports specialty areas of camp including tennis, soccer, softball and junior sports zone activities. Train staff; teach and supervise sports classes throughout the day. Must be flexible, organized, and eager to work with a diverse population. Contribute to the overall program team in delivering evening programs and skill classes. Must have previous management and certifications in the prospective field. $2,000 – $2,250
Supervise high-ropes and rock-climbing program. Train staff; teach and supervise high-ropes classes. Must be flexible, organized, eager to work with diverse campers and staff and have previous climbing experience; certification preferred. Position contributes to the program team in delivering evening programs and skill classes. $2,000 – $2,250
Supervise the camp farm and garden, including goats, pigs, rabbits and chickens. Care for animals and tend garden. Teach counselors and campers the proper care of both animals and plants. Must be willing to work varying hours due to animal needs. Must be organized and eager to teach children. Previous animal and garden experience is required. $2,000 - $2,250
Nature and Outdoor Living Skills Specialist
Supervise nature and outdoor living skills (OLS) program. Train staff and teach and supervise nature, OLS, and outdoor cooking classes. Must be flexible, organized, and eager to work with a diverse population and have previous outdoor teaching experience, training and /or certification. Contribute to the overall program team in delivering evening programs and skill classes. $2,000 – $2,250
Supervise all waterfront operations including swimming, sailing, canoeing, boating, waterskiing, and special programs. Provide leadership and supervision to a team of waterfront staff and counselor lifeguards. Maintain high level of safety. Adhere to DOH and ACA guidelines and proactively manage all risk at the waterfront. Familiar with motorboat operation and be able to address routine waterfront maintenance. Must have at least three season's experience working on a waterfront or at a pool. Must be at least 21 years old and certified in WSI and lifeguarding. $4,000 – $5,000
Supervise the sailing program and assist the waterfront director in managing all sailboats. Train and supervise sailing instructors for the summer sailing program. Support other waterfront staff. $2,250 – $2,500
Teach, train, and supervise campers and staff in swimming and safety. Coordinate lifeguards during free swims and special events. Support other waterfront staff. Must be 21 years old and certified in WSI and Lifeguarding. $2,250 – $2,500
Support waterfront staff and child care staff in all phases of program. Must be certified lifeguard and experienced in boating and teaching. $2,000 – $2,250
Supervise and schedule medical staff, ensure adherence to regulations of NYS Dept of Health, American Camp Association, and YMCA regulations. Oversee health and safety of campers and staff; manage routine care; respond to emergencies; dispense medications, communicate injuries/illness to parents. Must be New York State Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, or EMT. $8,000 – $10,000
Nurse (Day and Evening Shifts Available)
Oversee health and safety of campers and staff. Manage routine care; respond to emergencies. Operate infirmary; dispense medications. Must be New York State Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse or EMT. $ per diem – $5,000