Counselor Nick and campers at the pottery wheels.

Apply To Work At Camp Treetops

Located in Lake Placid, NY, 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.

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.

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.

Seasonal positions at Camp Treetops

Dates of Employment: June 20 – August 20, 2024

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. The starting pay range for counselors is $2,900-$3,400.

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. The starting pay range for nurses is $7,000-$8,000.

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. The starting pay range for kitchen assistants is $2,700-$2,800.

Summer Farm Interns

Camp Treetops seeks 3-4 summer farm interns for the 2024 season from June 2024 through August 2024. Summer farm interns will take part in all aspects of the farm; both in the gardens and at the barn, and within the camp program. 

You will lead twice daily chores at the barn, garden, and compost. You will offer weekly farm based activities for campers, and prepare and lead a weekly garden lunch. Activities can be whimsical and connected to our garden and animal spaces. We take pride in being well organized.  We maintain beauty in the fields and the quality of what we produce and grow. We work alongside children and camp counselors connecting to the natural world. 

In the gardens you will be a part of everything from seeding, transplanting, harvesting and working with our farm to table kitchen. You will spend a lot of time preparing fields and planting, as well as tending tomatoes in our 100 ft greenhouse. During the summer months the focus will be on the production gardens and perennial gardens. We typically grow over 30 varieties of annual flowers, and over 25 different annual vegetables and herbs.

In the barnyard you will work at our barn caring for and learning about chickens, turkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, and horses. This work will include consistent hay deliveries, mucking, fence repair, mowing, weed whacking, and some machinery work. We harvest our birds on site with the help of a caring community of adults and children. You will lead campers and counselors in daily barn chores to care for the animals and their living spaces. 

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • 21+
  • A strong work ethic, timeliness, and eye for detail and efficiency
  • Upbeat, able to find joy in simple moments, willingness to laugh and have fun. We work closely together and camaraderie is part of the joy of farmwork. Communication is vital for understanding instructions and maintaining a comfortable work environment
  • Proactive and forward thinking, both in daily farm tasks and your own education. Even if there is no explicit instruction happening, there are always opportunities to learn
  • Summer farm interns must be able to lift 50 lbs, kneel for long periods, and be comfortable with repetitive tasks. There are often long days spent doing physical work in a range of weather
  • Night and weekend work
  • A driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Prior farming experience is a plus but not necessary. You will learn as you go as our campers and students do in our hands-on experiential learning model.

Compensation

Summer farm interns are paid a stipend of $400 twice a month paid on the 15th and last day of the month. Summer interns will live in shared housing and meals.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about growing food for your community and farm education. We’d like to be your guides in that journey! 

How to Apply

To apply please send the following to

  1. Tell us about yourself; your interests, your longer term plans, why you want to work on an educational farm
  2. What do you hope to learn?
  3. Do you have any previous related work experiences on a farm or in a school?
  4. What is your learning style?

Please include a resume and provide 3 references from a previous work experience.

Year round positions at Camp Treetops and North Country School

Experienced Kitchen Cook

North Country School & Camp Treetops seeks a full-time/year-round cook. We work in several kitchens and provide farm to fork meals to our students/campers and staff.

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 our farm and have been cared for by our staff and students. We buy other meats locally, sustaining our community. 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. The menu is constantly changing and individual creativity is encouraged.

This is a full-time position with 2 days off together each week and a schedule that allows you to be home at a reasonable time each night. We encourage all interested to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Minimum of 1 year of professional experience in a school kitchen or restaurant
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong attention to details and ability to follow instructions and recipes
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Able to work in a team environment and help in all aspects as needed
  • Experience working in an environment with children; provide supervisory guidance in providing direction to students/campers who work on various kitchen tasks
  • Strong knowledge of food handling and safety procedures
  • Strong passion for cooking and/or baking and creating dishes from various cultures
  • Have experience in preparing for various dietary needs; being conscious of allergens in food and providing options to serve various food requirements
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs and able to climb stairs

Interested candidates can submit a resume to .

Pay: $17.00 – $19.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • 401(k) matching
  • Disability insurance
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off

Year Round Garden Systems Intern

Camp Treetops & North Country School seeks a year-round garden systems intern for the 2024-2025 season from June 2024 through the end of May 2025.

In the garden spaces, you will be a part of everything from seeding, to transplanting, to tractor work, to harvest and working with our farm to table kitchen. You will help manage our rotating drum compost facility along with our garden manager. You will spend a lot of time preparing fields and planting, as well as working to tend tomatoes in our 100 ft greenhouse. From May to October, the focus will be on the production gardens and perennial gardens. In the winter and spring, we will create a crop plan, furthering our farming knowledge, and prepare for and lead the community in maple sugaring in our 11 acre sugar bush. We typically grow over 30 varieties of annual flowers, and over 25 different annual vegetables and herbs. You will support the barn during all school events on the farm, barn chores, and lambing season.

During Camp, you will help lead twice daily chores in the gardens with campers and counselors. Each week, you will offer 1-2 hour long activities with campers in the camp you are working in (Junior 8-11 or Senior 12-14). These activities are focused on farming and the natural environment here in the Adirondacks. These activities can be whimsical and based on your personal interests and connecting the farm to our campers experience. You will participate in and lead weekly community mornings during the summer in each camp, where a large farm related job takes place. You will also help cook a lunch on Sunday’s for the campers on the garden harvest job that week. Again, the creativity is up to you!

Each week during the school year, you will support an Edible Schoolyard (ESY) class. Here, you will be able to share connections from our farm to the classroom. You will help incorporate the farm into core classes throughout the year. Each week you will offer a few “out times”. These are outside and active activities at the end of the school day that bring students to the farm and the outdoors. The farm works together to head tables during family style meals. The school year is a balance between working on the farm and supporting the school program. Your day will be a mix of both farm work and working within the school community.

You will be a part of weekend programming working both on the farm and with students. Being a part of the school community includes going to all school events where we can come together and share our work with one another.

We take pride in being well organized, and maintaining beauty in the fields and the quality of what we produce and grow.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • 21+
  • One season of garden related experience is helpful, but not required
  • A strong work ethic, timeliness, and an eye for detail and efficiency
  • Upbeat, able to find joy in simple moments, willingness to laugh and have fun. We work closely together and camaraderie is part of the joy of farmwork. Communication is vital for understanding instructions and maintaining a comfortable work environment
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and part of a team
  • Proactive and forward thinking, both in daily farm tasks and your own education. Even if there is no explicit instruction happening, there are always opportunities to learn
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs, kneel for long periods, and be comfortable with repetitive tasks. There are often long days spent doing physical work in a range of weather
  • Night and weekend work
  • Willingness to learn how to operate farm equipment
  • A driver’s license and clean driving record

Compensation

Year round farm interns receive a monthly stipend of $1,600 plus housing, all regular meals, and paid time off. Additionally, year round interns can elect to sign up for health insurance.

Ultimately, this year round internship can be your stepping stone. This is a great opportunity to learn more about growing food for your community and farm education. We’d like to be your guides in that journey!

How to Apply

To apply please send the following to 

  1. Tell us about yourself; your interests, your longer term plans, why you want to work on an educational farm
  2. What do you hope to learn?
  3. What is your previous work experience on a farm or in a school?
  4. What is your learning style?

Please include a resume and 3 references from previous work experience.

Year Round Livestock Intern

Camp Treetops & North Country School seeks a year round livestock intern for the 2024-2025 season from the start of June 2024 through the end of May 2025.

As a year round livestock intern, you will work at the barn caring for and learning about chickens, turkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, and horses. Throughout the year, you will lead children through daily barn chores, caring for the animals as they grow and change with the seasons, each of which brings its own lessons – to both the farmers and the classrooms. Together our community will harvest chickens and turkeys, monitor ewes for signs of labor, and work together to stack hay in the barns for winter. You will support the garden spaces during all school events on the farm, and during maple sugaring. As a farm intern you will experience a space where physical labor meets academic instruction and you’ll be an integral part of sharing that with campers and students over the course of the days, weeks, and months.

During Camp, you will lead twice daily chores with campers and counselors at the barn, and in the pasture on a weekly rotation. Each week, you will offer 1-2 hour long activities with campers in the camp you are working in (Junior 8-11 or Senior 12-14). These activities are focused on farming and the natural environment here in the Adirondacks. These activities can be whimsical and based on your personal interests and connecting the farm to our campers experience.  You will participate in and lead weekly community mornings during the summer in each camp, where a large farm related job takes place.

Each week during the school year, you will support an Edible Schoolyard (ESY) class. Here, you will share connections from our farm to the classroom. There is an expectation that you will help incorporate the farm into core classes throughout the year. Each week you will offer a few “out times”. These are outside and active activities at the end of the school day that bring students to the farm and the outdoors. The farm works together to head tables during family style meals. The school year is a balance between working on the farm and supporting the school program. Your day will be a mix of both farm work and working within the school community. You will be a part of weekend programming working both on the farm and with students. Being a part of the school community includes going to all school events where we can come together and share our work with one another.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • 21+
  • One year of animal care experience
  • A strong work ethic, timeliness, and an eye for detail and efficiency
  • Upbeat, able to find joy in simple moments, willingness to laugh and have fun. We work closely together and camaraderie is part of the joy of farm work.
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and part of a team
  • Proactive and forward thinking, both in daily farm tasks and your own education. Even if there is no explicit instruction happening, there are always opportunities to learn
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs, kneel for long periods, and be comfortable with repetitive tasks. There are often long days spent doing physical work in a range of weather
  • Night and weekend work
  • A driver’s license and clean driving record

Compensation

Year round farm interns receive a monthly stipend of $1,600 a month plus housing, all regular meals, and paid time off.  Additionally, year round interns can elect to sign up for health insurance.

Ultimately, this year round farm internship can be your stepping stone. This is a great opportunity to learn more about growing food for your community and farm education. We’d like to be your guides in that journey!

How to Apply

To apply please send the following to

  1. Tell us about yourself; your interests, your longer term plans, why you want to work on an educational farm
  2. What do you hope to learn?
  3. What is your previous work experience on a farm or in a school?
  4. What is your learning style?

Please include a resume and provide 3 references from a previous work experience.

North Country School is located in the heart of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, of which two million acres are forest preserve. Our 220-acre campus includes extensive vegetable and flower gardens, a working farm, a maple sugaring operation, a six-trail ski hill, a thirty-six-route rock climbing crag, two riding rings, and over 3 miles of recreational trails. North Country School has long practiced a progressive, hands-on, and place-based education, taking full advantage of its campus, the High Peaks region, and the cultural and recreational opportunities offered in nearby Lake Placid.

More Information about working at Camp Treetops

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

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.

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.

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.

Compensation and 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 and 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.

Policies on Equal Employment Opportunity & Harassment

Camp Treetops is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working and living environment that fosters mutual respect and relationships free of discrimination based on a protected characteristic, and to complying with the spirit and letter of applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to equal employment opportunity. For purposes of subsection A and B below, protected characteristics at Camp Treetops are an individual’s race, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition to the guidance set forth below, a full explanation of equal employment opportunity and harassment prevention requirements, as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is available in the business office of Camp Treetops.

Camp Treetops is committed to:

  • Administering all personnel actions, including but not limited to recruitment, employment, promotion, demotion, work assignments, classification, discipline, termination, compensation, benefits, training, education, tuition assistance and social and recreational programs, without regard to any protected characteristic;
  • Administering all human resources policies, processes, and/or procedures without regard to any protected characteristic; and
  • Making required reasonable accommodation for the physical and/or mental disabilities of qualified employees and job applicants.

Camp Treetops is committed to providing a harassment-free work environment, which includes time an employee spends interacting with co-workers in work-related settings such as during business-related travel, as well as meetings, conferences, training sessions and social events sponsored by Camp Treetops.

Impermissible harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Making an individual’s terms or conditions of the provision of their services to Camp Treetops contingent on rendering sexual favors,
  • Insinuating or conducting oneself in a manner that suggests that the submission to or rejection of sexual favors by any individual covered by this policy will in any way influence decisions concerning the employment or contractual relationship between Camp Treetops and the individual; or
  • A comment, material, gesture or any other communication or conduct, which is unwelcome and offensive, demeaning, or derogatory towards any person or group of persons, based on a protected characteristic.