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Summer Camp Jobs FAQ

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR CAMP POSITIONS

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to many common questions are outlined below. If your question remains unanswered, don’t hesitate to contact HR@farmandwilderness.org.

 

Which camp is right for me?

The first step is to review our camp’s age and gender requirements for staff. A note about gender: this information uses gender binary terms. However, we welcome applications from people of any gender, including trans or gender nonconforming. Everyone is strongly encouraged you to apply.

Barn Day Camp:
Mixed gender 16 years and older. Staff must be at least 18 years old to live onsite.

IB:
Female and Gender Non-Binary 18 years and older.

Red Spruce Grove:
Female and Gender Non-Binary 18 years and older.

Timberlake:
Male and Gender Non-Binary 18 years and older ( 17 year old applicants are accepted for Junior Counselors); Female and Gender Non-Binary 18 years and older (for non-Counselor positions).

Flying Cloud:
Male and Gender Non-Binary 18 years and older.

Saltash Mountain Camp:
Mixed Gender 21 years and older.

Questers:
Mixed Gender 21 years and older.

Tamarack Farm
Mixed Gender 21 years and older.

 

When and how can I apply?

We start accepting online applications in November. To apply for one of 230+ summer staff positions, please complete our application which can be found on the website. Interviews begin in February and continue on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled. Interviews are conducted over the phone or through video chat. Camp Directors or other Farm & Wilderness staff will contact you to discuss your interest and specific roles at Farm & Wilderness.

Is there a deadline for submitting my application?

We accept applications on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled. Ideally your application would be submitted in January or February, no later than April or May. Applications are generally considered “first come,” based on skills and qualifications. We do our best to keep our website up-to-date, especially if we are no longer accepting applications or looking to fill specific positions.

Is housing provided?

If you are 18 years or older, you can live on Farm & Wilderness campus. In fact, nearly all our staff are required to live on campus. At the heart of each of the Farm & Wilderness camps are a main lodge building and program buildings, surrounded by rustic open-air cabins. Staff and campers live in open-air cabins, most of which were partly built by campers of summers past. There is no electricity in the cabin areas, except at the shower houses. (Note: many Barn Day Camp staff live locally, off campus).

Are meals provided? Are dietary restrictions and preferences accommodated?

Yes, meals are provided by our amazing kitchen staff.  They use local ingredients, including from our own farm and are shared with staff and campers in one of our camp lodges. Most dietary restrictions, such as gluten-free, dairy-free and preferences such as vegetarian, vegan can be accommodated. If hired, please make your hiring director is aware of any restrictions and/or preferences and upon your arrival, please tell your camp’s Head Cook.

Will I get paid?

Yes! Our summer employment opportunities are paid positions. Staff receive a summer salary, plus room and board. There is a range of salaries by positions set each year. The salary for a first year counselor with no certifications and minimal experience is $2,300+ with salary increases depending on position, length of employment, certifications and other variables.

When will I get paid?

Your salary is the total amount listed in your employment agreement. You will be paid bi weekly through direct deposit.  If you do not have a bank account, we can help you open one at People’s Bank in Ludlow, VT branch.  If you have any questions about how to get paid, you can always contact hr@farmandwilderness.org.

Do I get time off?

Yes. While our summers are intense and full of hard, fun and rewarding work, our staff get a full 24 hours off each week.

What are the dates?

The full summer employment dates are June 18th through August 17th.

Are there any required qualifications?

Generally speaking, we are looking for conscientious, responsible and community-minded people who value and enjoy working with children. The primary focus of all camp staff is to create an experience for our campers that is both magical and transformative. Each position group has a different set of requirements or desired skills.  For example, to be a “Water Front Head” you must have extensive lifeguarding experience, strong swimming skills, experience leading or managing others and meet the minimum age of 21.

Is training provided?

Yes. We spend approximately 2 weeks working together before campers arrive. This may include certificated training such as Lifeguarding, CPR, Wilderness First Aid and other activity related training for trips, outdoor living skills, farming and other program areas. We also have child development workshops and training for leadership, boundaries, ages, stages and more.

Is social justice a part of training at Farm & Wilderness?

Yes. Our goal is to build an inclusive community, where everyone has a sense of belonging. We also require our staff to participate in Inclusivity and Equity workshops and discussions throughout the summer.

I don't have any certificates, is that okay?

Yes. We do offer some certificated training during staff training. If you do have a certificate, great! Often, we are able to offer a modest increase in salary for certificate holders. Once hired, we will need a copy of your valid certificates.

What will I need?

Wondering what you might need to pack for your summer at camp? Check out the summer staff Info page.  There you will find the staff packing list. If you have additional questions, please contact your camp director or hiring manager. If hired, please be prepared to get dirty, take on barn chores, work projects, or something new like making a mud pie! Join in with the kids, don’t just observe. We encourage you to participate!

Can I bring my dog (or cat or other pet)?

While we do allow some dogs to live in our camps, it is very limited and only for full time staff. We have policies in place for the health, safety and comfort of our campers, staff and our livestock that limit the number of dogs allowed on campus at any given time.

I am a parent. Can my kids come to camp with me?

Yes, as campers!  We offer a qualified tuition reduction plan, also known as “staff discount.“ The tuition for the children, campers enrolled in our programs, is significantly reduced.  All children on campus during the months of June, July and August, should either be participating as an enrolled camper in the program or in the direct care of a non-working parent while on campus. Employees with children who are not enrolled in the program are expected to find alternative care at their own cost for their children during the employee’s working hours. You can discuss details of this more with your hiring manager.

I submitted an application and now I have questions. Who can I talk to?

First, spend some time on our website. As you click through, you will find we have a lot of great information available. But generally, questions and inquiries should go to hr@farmandwilderness.org or to the Camp Director for the camp that you have applied for.

How and when will I know if I will get hired?

  • To even be considered for a position, you must submit an application.
  • Interviews begin in February and continue on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled. Interviews are conducted over the phone or video chat. Camp Directors or other Farm & Wilderness staff will contact you to discuss your interest and specific roles at Farm & Wilderness.
  • Filling approximately 200 positions at 5 camps is a very complicated process and can take some time. Once received, your application will get passed on to the Camp Director of your first choice camp. They will review your application and balance your skills with the needs of the camp and the other applicants to build a comprehensive team with a variety of skills. So it can take days, weeks, even months to identify the best mix of staff. Plus, certain positions are contingent on camper enrollment—meaning we can’t hire some staff until enrollment hits a specific benchmark.

I had an interview and want to know if a decision has been made.

Contact the Camp Director or Hiring Manager that interviewed you directly through email during the hiring season.

I was told over the phone that I have been hired. Now what?

We send out employment agreements & employment paperwork in batches beginning in April. This is done primarily via email. If you have questions about this process, send an email to hr@farmandwilderness.org