General Employment Points for Summer Camps
- Hiring for the Camps season begins in November
- Room and board are provided to all staff members
- Employment at camp begins in mid-June and ends mid-August
- All Camp Program Staff (including directors, counselors, and aides), due to the nature of working at a residential summer camp, are overtime ineligible and can earn a maximum of 40 hours of hourly pay at the rate for their position.
DEC seeks male and female staff for four residential Environmental Education Camps. All four camps cater to campers in two age groups: 11-13 years old or 14-17 years old. There are four camps around the state: Camp Colby near Saranac Lake and Pack Forest near Warrensburg both located in the Adirondacks, Camp DeBruce in the Catskill Mountains and Camp Rushford in Allegany County in western New York. Campers arrive on Sunday afternoon and leave on Friday at 4:30 PM.
How to Apply
If you are interested in one of these positions, please submit a resume, unofficial college transcript, and cover letter to [email protected]. Email is preferred, but you may mail your application to
DEC Camps Employment
C/O Camps Administrator
625 Broadway; 3rd Floor
Albany, NY 12233-5256
New York State is an equal opportunity employer.
If you do not meet the qualifications for your desired position you may be eligible for an unpaid internship with the camps program. For more information on the internships please request information from [email protected].
Specific requirements for each camps position are listed in Requirements for Summer Camp Positions (PDF), including Camp Director, Camp Assistant Director, Health Director, Waterfront Director, Camp Counselor, Cook, Camp Aide 2, and Camp Aide 1.
Must live on-site for all positions (except cook) as this is part of a 24-hour Sunday to Friday residential camp program.
Camp Director, Assistant Director, Health Director, Waterfront Director, & Camp Counselors conduct and supervise campers on a 24-hour basis and are required to have certifications in first aid and CPR/AED that meet New York State Department of Health (DOH) requirements for children's camps. View the NYS DOH list of approved First Aid classes, and the list of approved CPR/AED classes. You must take a class listed on the top of the table under Residential Camp programs!
Camp Aide 2 and 1 positions are required to have certification in CPR/AED that meets New York State Department of Health (DOH) requirements for children's camps. View the list of DOH approved CPR/AED classes. You must take a class listed on the top of the table under Residential Camp programs!
Please read the job descriptions in the Position Summaries section for the available positions. It is best to apply early. Interviews of qualified candidates will begin in the fall and continue until all positions are filled. Applicants possessing a valid drivers license, waterfront life guarding, WSI, EMT, and similar certifications are preferred.