Top 10 Summer Camp Job Opportunities
Summer camp job opportunities are terrific part-time paying jobs that can offer you extra summer income and a list of credentials for your resume. To qualify for most camp jobs, you will need to clear a background and drug test and for higher paying camps you will need a year or more of college under your belt and prior experience working with children.
- Camp Counselor – the camp counselor usually takes somewhat of a parental role over children attending the camp. Counselors help to ensure that all children stay on schedule and are all accounted for; counselors may also provide guidance to help kids adjust to life at camp.
- Camp Food Service/Cook – summer camp job opportunities for food service employment include kitchen staff, cooks and cooking aides. Kitchen staff distributes food and cares for the dining area while cooks and cook aides prepare food and ensure all food safety rules are followed.
- Art Instructor – the camp art instructor will create fun activities for kids and supervise children during art time. Art instructors may also help out with camp entertainments such as drama plays, music and singing.
- Sport Coach – the sport coach will organize and direct camp sporting events, teach children how to play sports and supervise all sporting activities.
- Camp Supervisor/Director – as one of the highest paying summer camp job opportunities, the camp supervisor/director will oversee the entire camp experience for the kids plus supervise the business aspect of the camp too such as camp enrollment, maintaining camp supplies, and managing camp finances.
- Camp Entertainment Director – the camp entertainment director will work with the entire camp staff to create a balanced entertainment schedule that will keep kids active without wearing them out.
- Camp Medical Staff – most camps employ a camp nurse and camp nurse assistant, and many camps even employ a camp doctor. If you are eligible to work in these fields, a camp experience may be a nice break from a traditional job.
- Camp Maintenance – from yard maintenance to fixing camp vehicles, the camp maintenance employee will address all maintenance issues to keep the camp running in tip top shape.
- Trail Guide – the trail guide will be in charge of nature walks, but a trail guide may also be in charge of teaching the camp kids healthy hiking techniques and how to identify local flora in the area.
- Lifeguard – kids spend a majority of their time at camp in the water, and camp lifeguards are one of those summer camp job opportunities that are always high in demand. As with any other lifeguard job, you will need to pass a swimming test and obtain current CPR certification.