Deerkill is not just a wonderful place for children. It has also been the summer home for our counselors, many of whom return year after year to the sense of community they find here. When you become a Deerkill counselor, you join a special group of people who have chosen to spend their summers teaching and laughing with our campers. Candidates undergo a very selective recruiting process to be considered to join our staff – we are looking for committed individuals whose enthusiasm for working with children is apparent through their work experience and interview.
“My time spent with the group of 5-year old boys gave me a fresh direction. Returning to Deerkill each summer only furthered my desire to become a teacher…the years have accumulated and I still sit here today, as a tenured veteran teacher, anticipating my 17th summer as a Group Leader.” ~ Mike
At Deerkill, each staff member plays a pivotal role in shaping our summer community and each counselor’s contributions are valued. Our doors are always open and we welcome new ideas for how we can improve our campers’ and counselors’ experience here at camp. We offer a very competitive salary, door to door transportation on air conditioned buses and, of course, the opportunity to expand your horizons while working in the outdoors with a great group of people.
We have listed the available staff positions here at camp below. Applicants must be 16 by the start of camp to be eligible. If you are interested in joining us this summer and are available all 8 weeks, please complete our online STAFF APPLICATION and we will be in contact with you shortly. Please also visit the “Staff” section of our Photo Gallery to see photos of our staff in action and learn the true secret of why our staff return year after year (hint: they’re all smiling!).
Our Group Leaders are all college graduates. Most are teachers, some are parents and some do whatever they have to do the other 10 months of the year just so they can return to camp each summer. Group Leaders are ultimately responsible for a group of roughly 18 children of similar age and gender. Many of our Group Leaders have been with us for years. Full Group Leader Job Description (PDF)
“Aside from the clear commitment you make to the children’s safety, development, and overall well being, I wanted to highlight your incredible dedication to the staff. I have worked a few camp jobs, and many others not at a camp, and what I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt, is that Deerkill has been the only one to do as much for their staff, or show such appreciation in an unconditional way.” ~ Anthony
Senior Group Counselors are mostly college students who serve as second in a group and who assist the Group Leaders in making sure our campers are safe and having the best summer of their lives! They play a critical role in the summers of our campers and gain great experience for the future. Full Senior Group Counselor Job Description (PDF)
Counselors entering their Junior or Senior years of high school are either Specialty Assistants or Junior Group Counselors. Many of these counselors are former campers finally getting a peek behind the curtain, however many are also new counselors looking for their first work experience. Full Junior Group Counselor Job Description (PDF)
Counselors who have a particular skill or are professionals in their field may find a home at Deerkill as a Specialty Head. We have 16 specialties at camp, each of which is led by a counselor who has a wealth of knowledge and a breadth of experience with instruction. Many of our Specialty Heads are parents or teachers however we also have quite a few young professionals. Full Specialty Head Job Description (PDF)
Our Waterfront counselors are responsible for the safety of our campers in the pool while ensuring that each child makes progress throughout the summer. Swim instruction is at the core of our program and our counselors are held to the highest standard. Of course, there’s also plenty time for fun and the waterfront is the place to cool off on hot days. Full Waterfront Job Description (PDF)
“I’ve literally been thinking about Deerkill ever since the last day of camp. I honestly never thought I’d
have so much fun spending every day of my summer working at a camp.” ~ Stephanie
Our Nurse is ultimately responsible for the health of all of our campers. We prefer our Nurses be Registered Nurses with experience in pediatrics such as schools or camps. Full Nurse Job Description (PDF)
Thank you for your interest!