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.
Cabin Counselors work on our Main Camp program. They live in cabins with a co-counselor and 8-10 campers. Staff are responsible for the physical, psychological, and emotional well-being of their campers. 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 or two of our activity areas.
Adventure Counselor and Trip Leader
Adventure Counselors work in our Mountainside or Riverside programs. They 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, Hiking, Canoeing (flat water & whitewater), Kayaking (whitewater) Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, High Ropes Course & Initiatives.
In our Mountainside and Riverside programs we work to build a strong sense of community through adventure activities. We offer programming in backpacking, mountain biking, climbing, white water canoeing, pioneering skills and other activities. We are looking for staff who enjoy working with 12 to 15 year olds, have a passion for teaching, and have experience in leading outdoor pursuits.
As a Program Leader you will work primarily within our Main Camp program and oversee ONE of the following activity areas at camp: Waterfront, Kayaking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Camping Skills + Nature, Sports + Archery, Horseback Riding, Farm, Grist Mill, Performing Arts, Crafts (Shady Grove / Fiber Arts, Messy Crafts), Pottery, Blacksmithing. 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, evening program, special events, occasional cabin sitting, etc.
Each area of camp (Main Camp, Mountainside, Riverside, Young Leaders, etc.) has a Head Counselor. 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.
Your daily responsibility is capturing, uploading, and organizing images and video footage of campers participating in activities, as well as daily life at Gwynn Valley. Photograper will be responsible for taking photos and uploading to the camp website for parents and families to view throughout the day. The photography team will also participate in camp activities during the evening including community chores, evening program, special events, occasional cabin sitting, etc. Videographer will take representative footage of the session and assemble a ‘session highlights’ video by closing day of each session throughout the summer.
Responsible for all tasks related to the care of the children of the year round or leadership staff. The nanny will serve as a loving, nurturing, and trustworthy companion to the child/children. Nannies may also participate in camp activities during the evening including community chores, evening program, special events, occasional cabin sitting, etc.
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.
One doctor and two nurses manage the Health Hut to include camper medication management and treatment as well as management of any illnesses. These staff members typically work at camp for one session (not the whole summer), which range from 1 week to 3 weeks.
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 more weeks – and placements are based on established 3 week intervals. Interns may work as part of 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 2024, you may apply to the INTERN program. Priority is given to former campers and SITs, and we cannot guarantee space availability to those who were not campers.
Staff in Training (SIT) Program
Staff in Training (SIT) are typically former campers who are finishing their junior (11th grade) year of high school. The SIT position is designed to provide exposure to a wide variety of areas at camp for mature teens who are interested in future employment at a summer camp. SITs assist in the cabin, in two program areas (stables, plus another program of their choice), on the dishline and in the dining room. These staff members work at camp for three weeks at a time – not the whole summer.
SIT: If you will have completed 11th grade and will be at least 16 years old by June, you may apply to the Staff-In-Training (SIT) program. Priority is given to former campers, and we cannot guarantee space availability to non-campers.
The Staff Application will open to SITs around October 1, 2023 for the 2024 summer. We leave the application open until a sufficient number of applications have been received. Historically we have closed the application on or near November 1, after a month of applications. Decisions about SIT placement are typically made in December as we make every effort to let applicants know about placement before the end of the year.
“I am grateful for the awesome people I work with who inspire me every day to be the best version of myself, without fear of judgment.”