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Cabin Counselor and Wilderness Trip Leader

Summer Camp Counselors

Fun & Adventure in the Wilderness

Our Cabin Counselors and Wilderness Trip Leaders are a dynamic group that thrives on adventure and guiding our youth.

They have one of the most eclectic job descriptions, including everything involved with getting campers through the day-to-day routine of camp. On any given day you could be a song leader, a bedtime story teller, a shoulder to cry on, a mediator, or a lawn game player.

Timberlake and IB counselors live in three-sided cabins, creating a sense of community with a small group of campers. They also work in a specific activity area, planning, with help from the Activity Area Head and leading adventurous, experiential and often silly activities.

Most counselors also are able to go out on a wilderness or service trip during the summer. Saltash Mountain camp’s schedule is entirely based on trips and counselors spend most of their summer out on wilderness adventures.

Barn Day Camp counselors spend their days working at the farm and live as “villagers” in one of the larger camps. Applicants need to be responsible, able to balance being a friend and an adult, be a good listener and love the idea of spending a summer in the woods hanging out with kids.

Saltash Mountain Camp is a seven-week small residential camp for mixed gender campers ages 11-14 with a focus on wilderness adventure, arts, and fostering a close community. The Saltash Mountain community comprises 40 campers and about 22 staff.  Saltash Mountain Camp’s schedule is entirely based on trips and counselors spend most of their summer out on wilderness adventures.

Counselor staff must be 21 years or older and have some backpacking and trip experience. We offer a variety of trips every summer including canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, and more! Counselors at Saltash Mountain Camp split their responsibilities between in camp time and activities and preparing for and leading trips. We prefer several years of experience working with children.

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Position Responsibilities Include

  • Establish a friendly environment that facilitates growth for campers
  • Respect each camper and create a respectful, loving atmosphere in the cabin
  • Help plan and lead a variety of in-camp activities and special events for campers and staff
  • Work with co-leader and the support staff to plan and lead four or five multi-day trips and one day trip
  • Facilitate resolution of conflicts that involve your campers
  • Oversee packing and other preparation for campers assigned to your trip group
  • Provide safe, fun, and challenging experiences for campers on the trail, respectful of their abilities and interests, and mindful of creating a strong group experience


  • Applicants need to be 21 years of age or older
Additional Desired Qualifications
  • Experience working with 11-14 year-olds
  • Wilderness trip-leading experience
  • Involvement and experience in some of the following: music, creative arts, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, trail service, social justice work, teaching, environmental education, gardening, or similar activities

Employment Dates: June 8th -August 15th

Life at Farm & Wilderness

Nestled in a beautiful, verdant valley near the village of Plymouth in central Vermont, Farm & Wilderness is located next to Woodward Reservoir. A pristine, clear and cool lake provides the perfect backdrop for swimming and boating. With 4,000 secluded acres surrounding the camps, campers and staff enjoy rock climbing adventures, wilderness travel by foot and canoe are an integral part of the F&W experience.

Staff and campers live together in simple, wooden open-air cabins and canvas structures with majestic views, tucked in the woods or on the lakeshore. There is no electricity or running water in the cabins. There are no movies, television, computers or recorded music at the camps. Staff and campers will create their own entertainment, growing part of their own food and even build their own outhouses.

In choosing to live simply, we build a participatory community that works, plays and sings together. The property also serves as a working farm with a state certified milk processing facility. Every summer, campers tend to the various farms.

Perks & Rewards

Our compensation includes a modest salary, room and board and significant staff discounts for your children to attend camp. Working at Farm & Wilderness comes with countless benefits beyond monetary compensation. You will be joining a diverse group of people who take pride in learning, sharing ideas, and serving each other and the community.

Farm & Wilderness is looking for individuals who have the aspiration to work at a summer camp. The qualities we are looking for in our candidates: conscientious, responsible, mature and calm under pressure. It also requires your willingness to put in odd and long hours, to be well organized, have good problem solving skills, clear communication and most of all, be passionate about working with children. Strong candidates are committed to the community and willing to be a role model.

Your First Move

Fill out the online application! Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled with the best-fit candidates.

Need More Info?

If you have any questions or want to check on your application status please contact Julie Sanderson at julie@farmandwilderness.org.

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