Updated 4/6/2021 – These are short job descriptions of the staff positions we hire each summer at Gwynn Valley. When completing a staff application, you can specify which position(s) are of interest to you.
Are you currently a high school student? 11th and 12th grade students are eligible to apply for Staff in Training (SIT) and Intern positions. Scroll down for more information about these two transitional staff programs.
Live in cabins with a co-counselor and 8-10 campers. Staff are responsible for the physical, psychological, and emotional safety of their children. Tasks in the cabin include waking children up and putting them to bed at night, monitoring personal hygiene of campers, consistent discipline, managing homesickness issues, as well as communication with your co-counselor. Staff teach daily in one of our program areas.
Adventure Counselor and Trip Leader
Adventure Counselors have the same responsibilities as Cabin Counselors with the addition of leading adventure activities and assisting with community building. Experience in one or more of the following areas is required: Backpacking, Outdoor Living Skills, Earth Skills, Hiking, Canoeing (flat water & whitewater), Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Low Ropes Course & Initiatives. Adventure Counselors work as part of our Mountainside or Riverside Program Areas.
In our Mountainside and Riverside programs we work to build a strong sense of community through adventure activities. We offer programming in backpacking, earth skills, mountain biking, climbing, white water canoeing, pioneering skills and other activities. We are looking for staff who enjoy working with 11 to 14 year olds, have a passion for teaching, and have experience in leading outdoor pursuits. For more information on the Mountainside and Riverside programs please refer to the Program information pages.
As a Program Leader you will oversee ONE of the following program areas at camp: Waterfront, Climbing, Sports, Horseback Riding. Program Leaders are responsible for planning, designing and teaching a creative, educational, and fun program. Staff will also maintain a safe program while supervising staff who assist with teaching in a specific program area. Program Leaders will also participate in camp activities during the evening including community chores, campfire, special events, occasional cabin sitting, etc.
Each area of camp (Main Camp, Mountainside, Riverside, Day Camp, Young Leaders, etc.) involves a leadership role. Leadership responsibilities vary across program areas but may include staff management, parent/family communication, program logistics and organization, coordination across program areas, and an overall commitment to doing whatever it takes to make camp run smoothly.
Kitchen staff work as a team to prepare and serve hot meals to 300+ people, for each of our 3 meals each day. Staff generally work as part of a morning or afternoon shift. Kitchen roles include sanitation, food preparation, baking, cooking, special foods, management etc. Kitchen staff may commute from town or live on site in side rooms of cabins that house campers, however will not have direct responsibility for campers.
Grounds Crew and Maintenance
Grounds Crew and Maintenance staff work as a team to keep camp functioning smoothly and looking beautiful. Grounds crew roles include mowing, weed eating, minor cabin repairs, splitting wood, managing trash, and recycling around camp, assisting at the farm, etc. Maintenance typically live on site, but may commute from town. If living on site, staff live in side rooms of cabins that house campers, however will not have direct responsibility for campers.
Housekeeping and Laundry
Housekeeping staff work as a team to keep camp clean and sanitary. Work for these staff include: laundry, cleaning buildings, bathhouses, and bathrooms, replenishing supplies at hand washing stations, and other cleaning duties as required. Housekeeping typically live on site, but may commute from town. If living on site, staff live in side rooms of cabins that house campers, however will not have direct responsibility for campers.
Interns are former campers who are finishing their senior year of high school (12th grade) AND must be 18 years old by the time they work at camp. Interns work at camp for 3 or 6 weeks – not the whole summer – and placements are based on established 3 week intervals. Interns may work as part of Day Camp, Main Camp, Mountainside, Kitchen, Farm, Stables, Crafts, Maintenance, Photography, or as a general support person to the overall operation of camp.
INTERN: If you will have completed 12th grade and will be 18 years old by June 2018, you may apply to the INTERN program. Priority is given to former campers and SITs, and we cannot guarantee space availability to non-campers. To learn more about the Intern Program, read through the 2018 Intern information document.
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