Summer Jobs at a Summer Camp
If you’ve never worked at summer camp before - first of all - YOU’RE MISSING OUT! But really, a summer job at a summer camp is quite possibly one of the most rewarding and enriching ways to spend your summer. Cub Creek is unlike any other summer camp out there: we are able to offer a summer camp experience that combines a love for animals, adventure, science and kids all in one amazing summer. Everyone should work at a summer camp once in their lives, even if they don't get to experience a summer camp like Cub Creek Science Camp.
What do YOU get out of Camp?
The skills gained over a summer at camp will be incredible resume’ builders. Employers are looking for communicators, problem solvers, and those who are able to work well with others. Those core 21st century skills, and many more, are ones that we build right here at camp. Teaching a camper how to make a friendship bracelet sharpens your ability to give clear directions and roasting marshmallows with 16 kids with only 4 skewers certainly creates great problem solving skills. And those wanting a future with animals, children, science, and recreation, your time at summer camp with us will boost your experience!
Aside from the skills, you get some awesome benefits from working at camp with us. All of our summer staff are paid employees. We also provide housing, meals, a $200 credit in our camp store. Read more about what you gain from camp HERE
We are seeking to hire individuals described as enthusiastic, outgoing, positive, creative, bright, friendly, and caring. You should have good communication skills being able to effectively communicate ideas, thoughts, opinions, and instructions in a constructive manner; Be self-motivated having the ability to work on tasks and reach assigned goals; Be willing to learn new concepts and skills; Have the ability to work in a team being able to both give and take direction from others; And have a passion for science and animals and the childhoood development.
You must be 18 years of age with a High School Diploma, or the equivalent.
You must be able to pass a background check.
It takes a village to operate a summer camp. Introverts, Extroverts, Thinkers, Feelers, Early Risers, Night Owls - we appreciate all different qualities in all different people. But there is one thing everyone who is working for us this summer should understand: Camp Is For the Campers.
Our summer camp staff should:
- Be selfless and care about others’ needs. We and parents are trusting that campers’ health, safety, and happiness is a priority while they are here at camp.
- Show enthusiasm. Spoiler alert: you will be singing camp songs. Camp is fun and we expect that to be shown by our camp staff.
- Adhere and uphold camp’s code of conduct and rules. This seems obvious...but working at camp is a job. We expect our staff to take this responsibility seriously and that includes adhering to policies that we have put in place to keep you and our campers safe; respecting the facility and your co-workers; and being a role model to campers.
- Walk/travel several miles each day. Looking for a reason to get in more steps? This is the place! We expect staff to be able to handle the activity that camp requires. While you won’t be extreme hiking every day, you will be walking several miles a day around camp doing day-to-day things.
- Enjoy and handle “being outside”. You will be both in and outdoors while at camp, but many of the activities of camp are outside. You should be able to work with sun exposure, temperature fluctuations, bugs, campfires, etc.
- Love and appreciate animals of all kinds. You’re looking to work at an ANIMAL CAMP! While we do not expect staff to be comfortable with handling all of camp’s animals , we expect staff to show interest and appreciation with all animal species. Animals are a huge part of our program, all team members should know that even if they aren't working with animals.
Internships are often a requirement for a student to graduate from college. We are happy to work with our camp staff to aid them in meeting an internship requirement if possible. We offer a great deal of variety for majors in science, education, parks and recreation, business administration and more. To read more about making a summer with us an internship, click here .
Cub Creek Job Specifics
Each camp has different "specifics" when working with them. Below are some of our specifics in relation to summer pay and time off.
We pay all our summer camp staff a starting base pay of $2,500 for a full summer, with the ability to make more based on specific job assignments (Pay range $2500 - $5000). If that seems like a lot to you - awesome! If it doesn’t, think about it this way: You can work somewhere else (not have as much fun) and make a bit more. But at this “other place”, you’ll need to drive to work (gas $$), you’ll have to buy groceres because you need to eat ( food $$), you’ll be paying rent to live somewhere (rent $$), and when you get off work you’ll obviously want to hang out with friends (entertainment $$). At the end of it all, you probably haven’t made all that much more. At camp you’re saving that money and you can actually use it when you go back to school in the Fall.
Depending on your years at camp, general camp experience, and add-on jobs, you can add to your summer salary significantly! We add additional $$$ to your base salary for staff who ensure that their cabin log books (paperwork) is completed each day, to those who work with the campers on a stay over weekends, or to those who help with airport transportation.* Pay will be outlined in individual contracts and is based on a staff member honoring the terms in their contract.
Hours On & Time Off
Each member of the team has one scheduled day off every week and an additional 1/2 day off on the weekend between sessions. You will also have two, one-hour breaks each day to relax and escape the heat and sounds of camp. Your time off is important to us. We want staff to have a chance to rest and recharge to help make the most of their experience at camp.
This is a good place to reiterate that if “how many hours you will be working” and “time off” ranks high on your list of important questions, perhaps camp is not for you. Remember that Camp is for Campers and that your main focus here is the health, safety, and happiness of the campers who spend their summer with us. That means that getting up with your campers to be on time for breakfast is a part of your job along with taking them to the Nurse if needed in the middle of the night, taking them to a fun early bird that starts at 7 am or a night dance party at 9 pm, or even staying up late to decorate the cabin for a campers birthday.
Below is our available summer positions. At Cub Creek, our summer camp counselors are also instructors, ropes course facilitators, lifeguards, and assist in areas around camp. When you apply, you will find a space in the application to mark areas of interest to you. Please know that positions like Animal Specialist, Photographers, ASIT Leaders, Village Leaders, etc are positions typically reserved and offered to returning staff members. To read the full descriptions for these positions, please visit Current Openings.
Cabin Counselor Positions
At Cub Creek, we want all of our camp staff team to have an understanding of "cabin life". No one understands that more than a counselor. That is why most staff in their first year of camp work as a cabin counselor. Cabin counselors are housed in one of our 15 camper cabins. Our cabins are divided into two villages (the southern village and the western village). Campers and staff are divided into cabin groups based on their biological sex. Cabin groups are further divided by age and cabin requests. Girls are housed in the western village and boys in the southern village. Our greatest need is for staff who want to work directly with our campers, being a mentor, role model, teacher and friend.
Should work cooperatively with fellow Cabin Counselors to provide a healthy, safe and enjoyable camp environment and experience for all campers. Responsible for ensuring that your campers are on time to activities, that your cabin is kept clean, camp rules are followed, and that your campers are kept informed of the camp schedule and choices that are available. Should be prepared to provide guidance and emotional support for campers as needed. Responsible for completing weekly paperwork documenting camper interactions and camp involvement. Each counselor is also an Instructor for camp activities. To see our full list of possible instruction positions, see Activity Periods. Depending on skill level, a counselor/instructor can possibly teach up to 4 periods each day. All our instructors are trained at camp during staff training and require no previous experience. In-cabin position, anyone can apply.
This position is exclusively for recent highschool graduates who have not yet attended college. Their schedule is tailored to provide a grandual incline towards working for us as a full-time Counselor. To read more on this position, click here .Like Cabin Counselors, they must be able to work cooperatively and collaborately with fellow team members to provide a healthy, safe and enjoyable camp environment and experience for all our campers. Responsible for ensuring that your campers are on time to activities, that your cabin is kept clean, camp rules are followed, and that your campers are kept informed of the camp schedule and choices that are available. In-cabin position, only open for those graduating highschool by the summmer and have not attended college.
Responsible for the health, safety and growth of camp's ASITs. The ASIT Leaders are the cabin counselors for our camp's leadership campers, the ASITs. They are responsible for the training, leading, and growth of our ASITs including: joining them during their required animal area morning rounds; scheduling them to help in camp activities in alignment with both their preferences and camp's needs; guiding them in assiting with their assigned "adopted cabins"; and modeling proper behavior as it aligns with camp's conduct expectations. They are also responsible for completing weekly paperwork documenting ASIT interactions, involvement, and success. ASIT Leaders are also Instructors for camp activities in conjunction with being supervisors for their ASITs while they assist in activities. ASIT Leaders work in a close team of 3 and ASITs have a schedule that works independently of the general campers' schedule. ASITs require counselors whose focus is aligned with the direction of their personal growth as an individual and leader. ASIT Leaders are not required to be returning staff, but it is preferred as this role requires an understanding of Cub Creek and the ASIT Program. Read more about the ASIT Program HERE . In-cabin position, returning staff preffered, but anyone can apply.
Kitchen / Support Staff
Lead Animal Specialist
First Time Camper Coordinator
Adventure Programs Coordinator
Camp Store Manager
Health Lodge Assistant
Camp Store Assistant
Health Lodge Lead
Resume & Work Experience
People who have never worked at camp may not understand the 21st century skills acquired at camp. They struggle to see the tremendous impact and learning opportunity that a camp job provides. But in truth, some CEOs of large companies state that when they see “summer camp” on an applicant's resume’ they rise to the top of the applicant group! We want for all our employees to both have an amazing experience and be able to walk away from camp with practical skills as well.
Beneath all the fun that we have at camp, our staff work hard to keep camp running. From counselors to camp management, each person at camp is critical to the opertation of a smooth and safe summer. At camp, you have to show up on-time, fill out required paperwork, manage your time off, communicate information to your co-workers, and be responsible for your own tasks- just like any other job.
Our cabin staff are Camp Counselors. However at Cub Creek, we help our summer staff better articulate their job and the specific skills gained from their time at camp. For some, Camp Counselor says it all! But for others, Chemistry or Ceramics Instructor, Teen Counselor, Outdoor Educator, or Ropes Course Facilitator is a better description of the job skills they wish to highlight.
Here are some ideas of what you could use to further describe your summer with us:
- Camp Counselor
- Teen Counselor
- Elementary Education
- Child Care Specialist
- Leadership Development
Working with Children
- Outdoor Educator
- STEM Instructor
- Pottery Instructor
- Photography Instructor
- Riflery/Archery Coach
- Ropes Course Facilitator
- Animal Care Instructor
- Animal Care Specialist
- Veterinarian Medicine Instructor
- Animal Science Instructor
- Wildlife Biologist
Working With Animals
- Field Biologist
- Survivor Skills Specialist
Various Job Titles
Studies show a strong connection between four key 21st century skills and an individual’s success in the workforce. These four “Most Important Skills” are: Professionalism, Teamwork, Oral Communication, and Ethical/Social Responsibility. All of these are taught, learned, and practiced at summer camp.
Simply put, camp counselors really have an incredible edge in the professional world.
We are focused on growing your experience in:
Collaboration and Teamwork
Adaptability & Flexibility
Why Spend A Summer Working At Camp?
Summer Camp is hard work, but at the end of the day, you're being paid to hang out with kids! You’re camping out, making friendship bracelets, spending time with animals, having lip sync battles, dressing up as a dinosaur, dancing, laughing, and singing songs all summer long. C’mon. Where else can you do that?! Your first priority is your job, but the people you are doing this job alongside will become some of your closest friends. The memories from “the night you guys stayed up until (insert hour here) AM decorating the cabin for (insert camper's name here)'s 13th birthday" may just be the start of a speech at your camp friend’s wedding.
The value and impact that summer camp leaves on the lives of our campers is hard to explain. But trust us: You will for 10-weeks be influential in the life of child and for no other reason than you being you.
So why not? Why not gain experience and skill in your areas of interest, and also have an incredible, memoriable, and unique summer at the same time?