Dressing up at farmfest

Each summer Camp Treetops looks for seasonal staff to fill positions as counselors, registered nurses, cooks, kitchen assistants, and farm interns.

Occasionally, year-round positions, which serve both Camp Treetops and North Country School, become open. Year-round positions can be found here.

Apply To Work At Treetops

What We Look For

Treetops looks for applicants who are emotionally mature and able to live and work in a fast-paced, intense, rewarding camp community where they will serve as positive role models for children. We are especially interested in individuals who:
have a genuine respect for children

  • experience working with children
  • a love for the outdoors
  • a sense of adventure
  • flexibility
  • patience
  • a sense of humor
  • lots of energy.

Compensation & Benefits

Compensation is dependent upon experience and job responsibilities.

Benefits include:

  • room and board
  • laundry facilities
  • opportunity to live, work, and play in a beautiful setting
  • computer and Internet access.

Of course the greatest benefit comes with the meaningful relationships and friendships developed with children and peers, the opportunity to help children have transformative experiences, and becoming a contributing member of the Treetops community.

Employment Dates & Time Off

The employment period extends from mid-June through mid-August. Staff arrive two weeks before campers for orientation (see below) and remain three days after campers depart in August.

All staff members will have at least six days off during the seven-week camper season, to be arranged as duties permit. In addition to a day off, staff members usually have two other evenings off per week, which begins after dinner.

Staff Orientation

All staff attend our comprehensive staff training before the arrival of our campers. A fun and educational time, Staff Orientation provides time for staff to get to know each other and to acquaint (or reacquaint) themselves with our program. Staff participate in a combination of group work periods to set up the Camp activity areas and living quarters and training sessions that cover a range of topics — from Treetops philosophy to how the program works, health and safety concerns, and sessions on working effectively with children.

Staff also have the opportunity for certification in courses such as Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguard Training.

Accommodations

With our commitment to simple living, our staff are housed in rustic cabins or wooden platform tents designed for two to four people. Staff accommodations are separate from but nearby those of the children.

Seasonal Employment

Each summer Camp Treetops hires approximately:

  • 75 counselors
  • 2 to 3 registered nurses
  • 2 to 3 cooks
  • 10 kitchen assistants
  • 2 to 3 farm interns

When to Apply

We begin accepting applications in early September and start the interview process in early December. Interviews continue until all staff positions are filled — typically around mid-March.

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How to Apply

1. Read through the description of the position(s) you’re interested in and the qualifications to ensure that you meet all requirements.

2. You can save your application and continue to work on it later. However, if you plan on completing it in one sitting, please allow at least 15 to 30 minutes.

3. Gather necessary information needed to complete the application in one sitting:

  • contact information for three references
  • employment information for the past two years (including summer): employer name, email, location, start, and end dates
  • certification information for CPR/AED, EMT, Lifeguard Training, Nursing License, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, WSI.

4. Apply using our online application. Click here for the online application.

Interviews & Hiring

We must receive all three reference forms before we contact applicants to schedule an interview.

Interviews are conducted in person, by phone, or via Zoom, based on your location and availability.

Hiring decisions are generally made two to four weeks after the interview.

Year-round positions at Camp Treetops and North Country School:

Seasonal positions Camp Treetops

Counselor

Counselors must be at least 18 years old and out of high school for at least one year. We want our counselors to have experience working with children, understand our philosophy, and be able to offer activities in several areas.

About North Country School / Camp Treetops

Located in Lake Placid, NY, North Country School is a junior boarding and day school for
students in grades 4-9. The school educates and nurtures children today in such a way that they
develop the resourcefulness and skills they need for tomorrow. For over 75 years, North Country School has achieved this by placing daily and equal emphasis on arts and outdoor education and by upholding values, such as our commitment to the environment and the
importance of working as a community. Learn more about North Country School here.

Camp Treetops is an overnight summer camp for children ages 8-14 years old, which nurtures
an inclusive community with an emphasis on values that remain vital to this day – child-
centered education, the fostering of self-reliance and self-confidence, living in harmony with
nature, and preserving a child’s world through a summer unplugged.

EOE Statement

WE ARE AN EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Applicants and employees are
considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race,
color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status,
sexual orientation, marital status, or any other protected Federal, State/Province, or Local status
unrelated to the performance of the work involved.

Nurse

Must be a licensed Registered Nurse in New York State with nursing experience, preferably with children. They should have the desire to work and live in a camp community and the ability to work as a member of a team.

About North Country School / Camp Treetops

Located in Lake Placid, NY, North Country School is a junior boarding and day school for
students in grades 4-9. The school educates and nurtures children today in such a way that they
develop the resourcefulness and skills they need for tomorrow. For over 75 years, North Country School has achieved this by placing daily and equal emphasis on arts and outdoor education and by upholding values, such as our commitment to the environment and the
importance of working as a community. Learn more about North Country School here.

Camp Treetops is an overnight summer camp for children ages 8-14 years old, which nurtures
an inclusive community with an emphasis on values that remain vital to this day – child-
centered education, the fostering of self-reliance and self-confidence, living in harmony with
nature, and preserving a child’s world through a summer unplugged.

EOE Statement

WE ARE AN EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Applicants and employees are
considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race,
color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status,
sexual orientation, marital status, or any other protected Federal, State/Province, or Local status
unrelated to the performance of the work involved.

Cook

Cooks must be at least 20 years old with culinary experience, either from employment or culinary school. They should have experience cooking for large groups (>50) using natural foods, the ability to supervise kitchen assistants, and the skill to interact positively with children.

About North Country School / Camp Treetops

Located in Lake Placid, NY, North Country School is a junior boarding and day school for
students in grades 4-9. The school educates and nurtures children today in such a way that they
develop the resourcefulness and skills they need for tomorrow. For over 75 years, North Country School has achieved this by placing daily and equal emphasis on arts and outdoor education and by upholding values, such as our commitment to the environment and the
importance of working as a community. Learn more about North Country School here.

Camp Treetops is an overnight summer camp for children ages 8-14 years old, which nurtures
an inclusive community with an emphasis on values that remain vital to this day – child-
centered education, the fostering of self-reliance and self-confidence, living in harmony with
nature, and preserving a child’s world through a summer unplugged.

EOE Statement

WE ARE AN EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Applicants and employees are
considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race,
color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status,
sexual orientation, marital status, or any other protected Federal, State/Province, or Local status
unrelated to the performance of the work involved.

Kitchen Assistant

Kitchen Assistants must be at least 18 years old. They should have an interest in preparing food and working in a camp kitchen, the skill to interact positively with children, and the ability to accept supervision in occasionally fast-paced situations.

About North Country School / Camp Treetops

Located in Lake Placid, NY, North Country School is a junior boarding and day school for
students in grades 4-9. The school educates and nurtures children today in such a way that they
develop the resourcefulness and skills they need for tomorrow. For over 75 years, North Country School has achieved this by placing daily and equal emphasis on arts and outdoor education and by upholding values, such as our commitment to the environment and the
importance of working as a community. Learn more about North Country School here.

Camp Treetops is an overnight summer camp for children ages 8-14 years old, which nurtures
an inclusive community with an emphasis on values that remain vital to this day – child-
centered education, the fostering of self-reliance and self-confidence, living in harmony with
nature, and preserving a child’s world through a summer unplugged.

EOE Statement

WE ARE AN EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Applicants and employees are
considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race,
color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status,
sexual orientation, marital status, or any other protected Federal, State/Province, or Local status
unrelated to the performance of the work involved.

Year round positions at Camp Treetops and North Country School

Communications Associate

North Country School and Camp Treetops (NCT) seek a full-time Communications Associate to support the institution’s communications department.

The Communications Associate is responsible for producing written communications, social media management, website updates and assist in print communications to help broaden the North Country School and Camp Treetops admissions and advancement funnel. This full-time staff position will engage families, donors, and staff to help support many of the functions related to communications for the institution. The Communications Associate will also support outreach initiatives that broaden and enhance the visibility and public perception of the institution.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

As a critical member of the Communications Team, this candidate should demonstrate the following:

  1. Manage and regularly update the institution’s social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, and Instagram, etc.) and listings on third-party referral sites; produce social video content. etc.
  1. Write, edit, and manage additional electronic communications on brand for NCT including parent, alumni, and constituent emails, updates, and newsletters, and other regular electronic correspondences from communications.
  2. Produce original content as assigned for NCT publications and event materials in support of development, admissions, and administration. This will include fundraising appeals, invitations and other specific program publications.
  3. Provide writing, proofreading and editing support to NCT’s administration.
  4. Assist in the production of Organic Roots, a twice-yearly alumni magazine.
  5. Assist in the coordination of content to the institution’s websites including writing, developing new content, creating new webpages as necessary, and uploading and embedding photos and video.
  6. Represent communications department through active engagement with faculty, staff, and students.
  7. Other duties as assigned within the realm of this job classification.

Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree and experience in communications preferred.
  1. Demonstrate excellent writing, proofreading, editing, and verbal communication skills.
  2. Demonstrated experience producing and posting content for social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn).
  3. Video and photography experience including video/photo editing skills for social media.
  4. Be a self-starter, thorough and organized, and able to work independently.
  5. Must be comfortable working on multiple simultaneous projects under deadlines.
  6. Must be able to work collaboratively.
  7. Computer (Mac) proficiency; worked with online applications and familiarity with Google suites
  8. Experience in graphic design and understanding of graphic design principles including experience using Adobe Creative Suite. InDesign and Photoshop experience preferred.
  9. Experience working in WordPress or any website content management system.
  10. Previous work in independent schools, especially in marketing, development, or admissions preferred.
  11. Must be available to work full-time, on-campus, and have the flexibility to work during events, which may occur at night or on weekends.

We offer a wide variety of benefits including health insurance from day one, a retirement plan with TIAA, personal time off, paid family leave as well as other benefits from employment.

To apply, or for more information, send an email to: , or send a request via U.S. mail to: Attention: Communications Associate Search Committee, North Country School and Camp Treetops, 4382 Cascade Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946. Cover letter and resume required.

EOE Statement:

WE ARE AN EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other protected Federal, State/Province or Local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.

About North Country School and Camp Treetops:

North Country School (NCS), an independent boarding and day school for grades 4-9, and Camp Treetops, a seven-week, overnight summer camp, share a spectacular 200-acre campus in the Adirondack High Peaks region of upstate New York.  North Country School and Camp Treetops serves children from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and countries and provides a humanistic education rooted in respect and responsibility for self and others. At NCS, children are known well by the dedicated, multi-talented adults who teach and care for them. NCS’s unique programming includes an engaging traditional core curriculum at school and hands-on projects alongside signature programs in the arts, farm and garden, outdoors, and community life for both school and camp. With extensive offerings in studio and performing arts, outdoor activities from horseback riding to ice climbing, and barn and garden experiences like watching lambs give birth or harvesting vegetables, NCS provides a variety of venues in which every child can find success.

Kitchen Cook

Now hiring a full-time/year-round cook for North Country School/Camp Treetops.

Starting pay is commensurate with experience. We provide amazing benefits including health insurance from day 1. We cook with produce that has been grown in our gardens or locally procured. Our pork and lamb have been raised on site and cared for by our farm staff and our students and campers. We buy other meats locally, sustaining our local economy. We also raise our own chickens and turkeys for both meat and eggs.

Our cooks have the opportunity to cook using their individual skills. We prepare meals from scratch every day and provide family-style meals to our students and staff (with exceptions due to managing during the pandemic). We bake our own bread and are creative in providing desserts.

This is a full-time position with 2 days off each week and a schedule that allows you to be home at a reasonable time each night. If you are interested, please contact us with a resume with job experience.

EOE Statement:

WE ARE AN EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or any other protected Federal, State/Province or Local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.

About North Country School and Camp Treetops:

North Country School (NCS), an independent boarding and day school for grades 4-9, and Camp Treetops, a seven-week, overnight summer camp, share a spectacular 200-acre campus in the Adirondack High Peaks region of upstate New York.  North Country School and Camp Treetops serves children from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and countries and provides a humanistic education rooted in respect and responsibility for self and others. At NCS, children are known well by the dedicated, multi-talented adults who teach and care for them. NCS’s unique programming includes an engaging traditional core curriculum at school and hands-on projects alongside signature programs in the arts, farm and garden, outdoors, and community life for both school and camp. With extensive offerings in studio and performing arts, outdoor activities from horseback riding to ice climbing, and barn and garden experiences like watching lambs give birth or harvesting vegetables, NCS provides a variety of venues in which every child can find success.