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 off two other evenings per week, which begin 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 which are 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.

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 Skype, 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

Year round positions at Camp Treetops and North Country School

Teaching positions at North Country School

North Country School is a junior boarding/day school for grades 4-9 located on a 220-acre campus in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park in Lake Placid, New York. North Country School gives children a humanistic education rooted in respect and responsibility for self and others. Central to our academic program is a hands-on, place-based approach founded on the progressive tradition of John Dewey.

North Country School is seeking a dynamic and highly collaborative middle school mathematics teacher and houseparent for the fall of 2022. The ideal candidate will have the ability to teach middle school mathematics as well as Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.

This teacher will be responsible for teaching up to three sections of mathematics courses as well as living in a house and serving as a houseparent. The successful candidate must be able to transfer an enthusiasm for and a deep understanding of mathematics to students using multiple modalities and authentic applications in order to make learning relevant and meaningful for students. Differentiation, such that students are appropriately challenged within their developmental level, and a meaningful approach to homework are expected instructional strategies. Experience with technology integration and implementation of innovative learning strategies is highly desired. A candidate must also demonstrate excellent communication and collaboration skills, creativity, and a high degree of self-direction and flexibility.

Major Responsibilities

1) Student Relationships

  • Creating an inclusive, welcoming, learning-motivated classroom environment where student voices are celebrated.
  • Be attuned to the specific learning needs and social and emotional development of each student.
  • Serve as a houseparent in a house of 8-12 students.
  • Provide academic support for students outside of class time (answering homework questions, providing extra writing help, etc.), as needed.

2) Learning

  • Facilitate age-appropriate exploratory, investigative, and challenging instruction.
  • Plan instruction that inspires enthusiasm, confidence, and a deep understanding of mathematics.
  • Create learning experiences by incorporating a range of instruction modalities.
  • Assess understanding using a variety of formative and summative assessments.
  • Utilize assessment feedback to adjust instruction and continuously improve student learning.
  • Use technology creatively and effectively in a one-to-one laptop environment.
  • Attend and collaborate in the organization of annual overnight educational trips.
  • Actively pursue student-centered professional learning opportunities aligned with school goals and initiatives.

3) Community

  • Active collaboration with other middle school teachers, educators, and specialist teachers to develop curriculum, plan trips, interdisciplinary learning opportunities, and special projects.
  • Communicate regularly with families regarding curriculum, student progress, and course placements.
  • Be a positive and contributing member of the school community.
  • Supervise students in other roles such as recess, lunch, field trips, etc.
  • Participate actively in department, grade-level team, and faculty meetings as scheduled.
  • Pursue relevant opportunities for professional growth and development.

Requirements and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • previous experience teaching math at the elementary, middle school, or high school level
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or a closely-related field (Master’s degree is preferred)
  • a passion for interacting with middle level students in and outside of the classroom
  • the desire for a highly collaborative work environment that values innovation and creativity
  • a sense of humor and a pitch-in, can-do, “yes…and” attitude
  • the ability to use technology to enhance the classroom experience
  • the desire to use a range of resources that represent diverse cultures, experiences and viewpoints
  • partake in community work with students and engage with students in outdoor trips like rock-climbing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, overnight hiking and camping, and many other activities that support our co-curricular focus on experiential learning.
  • satisfactorily completed a nationwide criminal background check.

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references to . Interviews including demonstration lessons will take place until the position is filled.

North Country School is a junior boarding/day school for grades 4-9 located on a 220-acre campus in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park in Lake Placid, New York. North Country School gives children a humanistic education rooted in respect and responsibility for self and others. Central to our academic program is a hands-on, place-based approach founded on the progressive tradition of John Dewey.

North Country School is seeking a dynamic and highly collaborative seventh grade Science Teacher for the fall of 2022. Seventh grade science focuses on matter, energy, and the transfer of both. The ideal candidate would teach two sections of seventh grade science and one section of seventh grade math.

This teacher will be responsible for teaching two sections of middle school science and one section of middle school math as well as living in a house and serving as a houseparent. The successful candidate must be able to transfer an enthusiasm for and a deep understanding of science to students using multiple modalities and authentic applications in order to make learning relevant and meaningful for students. Differentiation, such that students are appropriately challenged within their developmental level, and a meaningful approach to homework are expected instructional strategies. Experience with technology integration and implementation of innovative learning strategies is highly desired. A candidate must also demonstrate excellent communication and collaboration skills, creativity, and a high degree of self-direction and flexibility.

Major Responsibilities

1) Student Relationships

  • Creating an inclusive, welcoming, learning-motivated classroom environment where student voices are celebrated.
  • Be attuned to the specific learning needs and social and emotional development of each student.
  • Serve as a houseparent in a house of 8-12 students.
  • Provide academic support for students outside of class time (answering homework questions, providing extra help, etc.), as needed.

2) Learning

  • Facilitate age-appropriate exploratory, investigative, and challenging instruction.
  • Plan instruction that inspires enthusiasm, confidence, and a deep understanding of science.
  • Create learning experiences by incorporating a range of instruction modalities.
  • Assess understanding using a variety of formative and summative assessments.
  • Utilize assessment feedback to adjust instruction and continuously improve student learning.
  • Use technology creatively and effectively in a one-to-one laptop environment.
  • Attend and collaborate in the organization of annual overnight educational trips.
  • Actively pursue student-centered professional learning opportunities aligned with school goals and initiatives.

2) Community

  • Active collaboration with other middle school teachers, educators, and specialist teachers to develop curriculum, plan trips, interdisciplinary learning opportunities, and special projects.
  • Communicate regularly with families regarding curriculum, student progress, and course placements.
  • Be a positive and contributing member of the school community.
  • Supervise students in other roles such as recess, lunch, field trips, etc.
  • Participate actively in department, grade-level team, and faculty meetings as scheduled.
  • Pursue relevant opportunities for professional growth and development.

Requirements and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • previous experience teaching math at the elementary, middle school, or high school level
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or a closely-related field (Master’s degree is preferred)
  • a passion for interacting with middle level students in and outside of the classroom
  • the desire for a highly collaborative work environment that values innovation and creativity
  • a sense of humor and a pitch-in, can-do, “yes…and” attitude
  • the ability to use technology to enhance the classroom experience
  • the desire to use a range of resources that represent diverse cultures, experiences and viewpoints
  • partake in community work with students and engage with students in outdoor trips like rock-climbing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, overnight hiking and camping, and many other activities that support our co-curricular focus on experiential learning.
  • satisfactorily completed a nationwide criminal background check.

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references to ">. Interviews including demonstration lessons will take place until the position is filled.

North Country School is offering up to three one-year academic internships. The goal of the internship is to introduce aspiring teachers to North Country School’s unique teaching pedagogy and for individuals to develop the craft of teaching in a wide variety of areas in a supportive atmosphere.

Academic interns are actively involved in all parts of the North Country School program. Within the classroom, internships may be designed to support individual grade levels or various courses within a department. An academic intern will also have the opportunity to serve in the role of a chore supervisor, table head, out-time facilitator, tutor, and weekend trip leader. Interns will also work toward teaching an elective class, supporting in the teaching of an Edible Schoolyard class, and will assist in houseparenting.

An intern should expect to:

  • Plan and deliver lessons
  • Develop curriculum
  • Reflect on teaching and learning
  • Develop classroom management techniques
  • Develop skills to support differentiated instruction
  • Refine outdoor leadership skills
  • Meet weekly with mentor teacher and Director of Teaching & Learning
  • Develop a teaching portfolio

Internships at North Country School include a monthly stipend, health benefits, housing, and meals. Internship positions are filled on a rolling basis. If interested in being considered for an internship, please send a cover letter, resume and references to Matthew P. Smith, Director of School, at .

North Country School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and colleague programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

North Country School is a junior boarding/day school for grades 4-9 located on a 220-acre campus in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park in Lake Placid, New York. North Country School gives children a humanistic education rooted in respect and responsibility for self and others. Central to our academic program is a hands-on, place-based approach founded on the progressive tradition of John Dewey. Math students learn measurement and computer skills by tracking the weights of newborn lambs. Science students study anatomy by reassembling chicken skeletons from birds they harvest. English students write persuasive letters to elected officials about environmental issues they research. Arts students restore rowboats, knit scarves from wool from our own sheep, and create sculptures and murals that decorate our campus.

North Country School is 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 North Country School 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 North Country School.

A. Non-Discrimination

North Country School 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.

B. Harassment

North Country School 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 North Country School.

Impermissible harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Making an individual’s terms or conditions of the provision of their services to North Country School 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 North Country School 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.