Seasonal Positions

So, you want to work at camp? Welcome to our summer employment page! Yes, every position listed below is a paid summer position. Can you believe it, paid? I guess that goes with the whole job thing, but you will get much more than just a paycheck when you work at North Star Reach. Don’t just take our word for it — see the terrific articles published by the American Camp Association below.

  • Working at Camp is a Real Job (view PDF)
  • Skills Cultivated by Camp Employment (view PDF)
  • Translating Camp Employment to Your Resume (view PDF)

Before you apply to start your online application (link at the bottom of this page), please be sure to: 1) see our 2022 summer camp schedule, read about COVID-19 precaution requirements and how programs will be adapted to ensure a safe and fun camp experience for everyone on our Program Volunteer Page, 2) read all about the seasonal positions (including specific roles).

2022 North Star Reach Seasonal Staff

We’re looking for applicants who respond with a wildly enthusiastic “YES!” to the statements below:

  • You are looking for a summer job that focuses on creating intentional experiences and involves teamwork, community building, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, leadership, and communication.
  • You want to gain experience or enjoy working with children ages 7–15.
  • You like to spend lots of time outdoors doing awesome activities.
  • You can focus on safety, empathy, and empowerment of others.
  • You want to be part of an incredible camp leadership team.
  • You want free room and board.
  • You have been known to dress as pirates, mermaids, build forts, make s’mores and even tell knock-knock jokes all in a single day.
  • You want to do some thing different that makes a difference

North Star Reach Seasonal Summer Staff

Position Overview: The role of a Seasonal Activity Specialist (SAS) is to provide leadership and support fun, engaging, challenging and safe programming that promotes the overall mission of North Star Reach. Seasonal Summer Staff will work both independently and collaboratively and must demonstrate strengths in leadership, communication, positive youth development, integrity, adaptability, time management and enthusiasm.

General Responsibilities: 

  • Live at camp June 13 through July 26 (about 7 weeks with time off between sessions)
  • Be and active member of creating and sustaining a positive, nurturing, and respectful culture for campers, volunteers, and staff
  • Have a “to do what needs to get done” attitude
  • Design, implement, and adapt age/physically, mentally, emotionally, socially appropriate outcome-based programming and provide necessary instruction/support.
  • Be responsible for the safety, well-being, and supervision of campers.
  • Know and adhere to camp policies and procedures to ensure physical, social, and psychological safety of all campers, volunteers, and staff
  • Actively participate in and help facilitate programs as requested by the Program Director, Volunteer Director and/or Program Assistant
  • Maintain accurate inventory, care, and organize program supplies and equipment
  • Be adaptable, creative, and flexible
  • Know and be well rehearsed in camp emergency procedures and take on situational leadership as assigned or directed
  • Play and active role in the camp community, support volunteers and provide positive role modeling
  • Attend staff meetings and preform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Program Director or other camp leadership staff

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 19 years of age
  • Desire and ability to work with children and adults outdoors
  • Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce camp policies, apply applicable behavior management techniques
  • Strong communication, leadership, and support skills
  • Ability to manage conflict and create positive results
  • Capacity to understand and enact emergency procedures
  • Willingness to accept guidance and supervision
  • Good character, integrity, flexibility and ability to adapt in a camp setting
  • Ability to work independently and succeed while exercising good judgement, decision making and problem solving in a face paced environment
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control
  • Must like moose (OK, not really, but it will help)
  • Availability to live on-site from June 1 – July 10 (housing/laundry/meals(during programming) provided)
  • Ability to lift, carry, push and/or pull up to 50 lbs. as well as physical mobility and endurance to tolerate standing or sitting for long periods of time based on job requirements
  • Compliance with camp COVID guidelines and requirements
  • Completion of acceptable state/federal criminal background check

Leadership Roles

Seasonal Unit Director (2 positions)

Position Overview: 
The role of a Seasonal Unit Director (SUD) is to provide support and supervision for the Volunteer Cabin Leaders, Seasonal Cabin Specialists and Campers within a unit of four cabins. You will also work in partnership with our Seasonal Activity Specialists. Seasonal Unit Directors will work both independently and collaboratively and must demonstrate strengths in leadership, communication, supervision, coaching, positive youth development, integrity, adaptability, time management and enthusiasm.

Reports to: Volunteer Director, Mike “Coach” Parker

General Responsibilities:

  • Living at camp from June to August (time off between camp sessions)
  • Responsible for the safety and supervision of campers and staff in cabins, activity areas, dining hall, and evening programming by enforcing rules and regulations
  • Provide daily and nightly support and care to cabin staff and campers within your unit.
  • Assist program team in executing evening program activities
  • Are responsible for the general safety and well-being of campers with a focus on our intentional camp outcomes
  • Assist in providing constructive feedback and evaluation of Volunteer Cabin Staff, as well as the Seasonal Cabin Specialists
  • Participate in staff development and training, pre-session planning, post-session debriefing, and staff meetings
  • Know and be well rehearsed in camp emergency procedure and take on situational leadership as assigned and directed

Seasonal Program Assistant (1 position)

Position Purpose: Assist the Program Director in the management of camp programming and activities.

Reports to: Program Director, Colleen Triezenberg

Essential Job Functions:

  • Work in the organization and delivery of program activities
    – Assist with ensuring lesson plans are prepared and implemented that meet camp outcomes and the abilities of the campers
  • Able to conduct Seasonal Activity Specialist Evaluations
  • Coordinate and implement cabin and unit nights with support directors and volunteers
  • Assist in the delivery of special events and all camp programs including but not limited to:
    – Evening Activities, Opening Campfire, Closing Campfire
  • Assist with coordinating the acknowledgement of staff and camper birthdays
  • Assist in opening and closing day activities including but not limited to:
    – Opening and closing day welcome to parents or bus assistance
    – Arranging dining hall for check-in, camper lanyards and water bottles
  • Assist in the preparation of schedules and documents needed for efficient camp operations
  • Conduct weekly program shopping for program supplies
  • Attend and represent program director at evening volunteer meetings
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, providing support and guidance to volunteers and campers
  • Ensure campers and staff follow safety procedures in all program area
  • Assist in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in all program areas
  • Assist in daily checks of area and equipment for safety, cleanliness and good repair
  • Ensure that program areas are kept free of hazards and debris
  • Organization, stocking and cleanup of activity areas
  • Support volunteers, cabin & activity specialists

Behavioral Support Specialist (1 position)

Position Purpose:
To support daily camp operations while promoting, modeling and implementing behavior management strategies and psychosocial/emotional support. Note: This position could qualify as an Internship for Therapeutic Recreation (as well as a few other areas of academic study).

Reports to: Family Liaison & Outreach Specialist, Jessica Doletzky

Essential Job Functions: 

  • Review portions of camper applications to obtain pertinent information then systematically manage and communicate info with appropriate staff
  • Work with Behavior Specialist/Child Life Specialist/Recreational Therapist to develop individualized plan for campers who may require additional support to be successful at camp
  • Assist with pre-camp staff training prior to each session
  • Attend daily Medical/Program Leadership meetings during camp sessions
  • Support Cabin Leaders in camper interactions and behavioral interventions
  • Implement a range of positive strategies that promote positive behavior and a growth mindset
  • Provide direct therapeutic support and behavioral interventions as needed to promote a safe, fun and inclusive environment.
  • Document and maintain psychosocial progress notes
  • Serve as a leader and role model for the camp community
  • Oversee the completion of camper reports as well as collect and document additional behavior information at the end of each session
  • Cross train in other areas in order to provide support of general camp operations
  • Support fellow Seasonal Staff as a valued member of the team and promote an atmosphere for developing good moral and well-being amongst teammates.

Additional Required Skills, Qualifications & Experience:

  • Must have a firm understanding of child development
  • Experience working with children of various ages and developmental abilities
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality and professionalism in all communication and adhere to policies (HIPPA).

The Behavior Support position could qualify as an Internship for Therapeutic Recreation (as well as a few other areas of academic study). Please email Jessica Doletzky, CCLS, CTRS with questions at jessica@northstarreach.org.

Seasonal Aquatics Supervisor (1 position)

Position Purpose: 
Plan, train, and support the delivery of activities at the waterfront and swimming that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities. Provide leadership to waterfront/lifeguarding staff and management of the physical operation of the pool, waterfront facilities and equipment.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Plan, direct and supervise a safe and fun waterfront/swimming program
  • Supervise aquatic staff to provide a safe and high-quality program
  • Set up waterfront and pool area prior to camper activities
  • Evaluate aquatics abilities of campers and staff
  • Delivery of creative swim program activities
  • Manage the physical facilities and equipment in the waterfront program area
  • Lead, observe and assist in training staff and swim checks
  • Teach and monitor proper use of equipment
  • Conduct initial and end-of-season inventory, and store equipment for safety
  • Conduct daily check of equipment for safety, cleanliness and good repair
  • Submit orders for equipment and supplies when needed, ensuring timely arrival of materials
  • Survey waterfront area daily and keep free of hazards and debris
  • Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid Certified (Certification offered)
  • Organization, stocking and cleanup of activity areas
  • Support volunteer activity leaders assigned to specific activities

Seasonal Roles: Seasonal Activity Specialists

Seasonal Activity Specialists Report to: Program Director, Colleen Triezenberg

Archery Specialist

Position Purpose:
Plan, train, and support the delivery of archery activities that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Level 1 Archery Certification (will provide opportunities for training)
  • Establish and maintain safe operational procedures on the archery range
  • Plan archery programming appropriate to campers’ age and abilities

Arts & Crafts Specialist

Position Purpose:
Plan, train, and support the delivery of activities in the Arts & Crafts area that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Establish and maintain safe operational procedures in both the arts & craft area
  • Plan arts & crafts programming appropriate to campers’ age, abilities
  • Ensure inventory, cleanliness and organization of equipment and supplies

Fishing Specialist

Position Purpose:
Plan, train, and support the delivery of fishing activities that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Establish and maintain safe procedures for fishing area
  • Plan fishing programming appropriate to campers’ age and abilities
  • Ensure inventory, cleanliness and organization of equipment and supplies

Lifeguard and Boating Specialist

Position Purpose:
Plan, train, and support the delivery of activities at the waterfront and pool that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities.

Reports to: Seasonal Aquatics Supervisor

Essential Job Functions:

  • 1 Boating Specialist and 3 Lifeguard Specialists positions available
  • Supervise a safe and fun waterfront and pool program
  • Evaluate aquatics abilities of campers and staff
  • Observe and assist in training staff and swim checks
  • Conduct appropriate buddy checks
  • Provide leadership in emergency situations
  • Set up waterfront and pool area prior to camper activities
  • Monitor proper use of equipment
  • Assist in the initial and end-of-season inventory, and equipment storage
  • Assist in daily check of equipment for safety, cleanliness and good repair
  • Survey waterfront area daily and keep free of hazards and debris
  • Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid Certified

Music and Drama Specialist

Position Purpose:
To further the mission of the camp through the planning, training and delivery of activities at the Music and Drama area that are appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Develop and implement specific programs and activities in the areas of Music and Drama
  • Provide leadership and support for the oldest camper cabins to produce and lead the closing campfire
  • Ensure inventory, cleanliness, and organization of equipment and supplies

*Photo Credit: Eric Bronson / Michigan Photography

Nature Specialist

Position Purpose:
Plan, train, and support the delivery of nature activities that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Develop and implement specific programs and activities in the areas of nature and outdoor education
  • Manage the resources and equipment within your activity area
  • Desire to work in an outdoor environment, including woods, wetlands and fields; with the ability to walk trails and participate in all activities with campers

Sports and Games Specialist

Position Purpose: 
Plan, train, and support the delivery of sports and games activities that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities.

Essential Job Functions: 

  • Establish and maintain safe procedures
  • Plan sports & games programming appropriate to campers’ age and abilities
  • Ensure inventory, cleanliness and organization of equipment and supplies

Story Studio Specialist and Camp Photographer

Position Purpose: 
Plan, train, and support the delivery of Story Studio programs that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities. As a Story Studio leader, you must be able to engage campers in various creative expressions (audio, writing, reading, etc.). Plan and capture camp moments as the camp photographer. In this position, you will produce an end-of-session photo slideshow.

Essential Job Functions: 

    • Provide opportunities for creative, individual self-expression
    • Build confidence and storytelling skills through performance and sharing of creative works
    • Build a supportive community through listening of fellow campers’ stories
    • Deepen camp experience by exploring real and imagined stories about camp
    • Encourage imaginative risk taking
    • Understand that at story studio, every camper is an author, important, a leader, a thinker, a creator, an explorer, loved and most importantly, the reason we are here
    • Record and edit campers’ audio stories using GarageBand
    • Celebrate camper stories with audio, print and slideshow publications
    • Ability to use DSL Camera
    • Oversee the camper end-of-the week slideshow

To Apply

Click here or the button above to begin the online application process (on Ultra Camp). Have additional questions? Please email Program Director, Colleen Triezenberg (colleen@northstarreach.org).

Seasonal Cabin Specialist

Position Overview: 
The role of a Seasonal Cabin Specialist (SCS) is to provide support for the Volunteer Cabin Leaders and to work in partnership with our Seasonal Activity Specialist. Seasonal Cabin Specialists will work both independently and collaboratively and must demonstrate strengths in leadership, communication, positive youth development, integrity, adaptability, time management and enthusiasm.

Reports to: Unit Director

General Responsibilities:  

  • Responsible for the safety and supervision of campers and staff in cabins, activity areas, dining hall, and evening programming by enforcing rules and regulations
  • Provide daily and nightly support and care to a cabin of six to ten campers of a similar age, typically with one to three other adults
  • Responsible for the general safety and well-being, both physically and emotionally, of campers with a focus on our intentional camp outcomes
  • Live in a cabin with a group of campers (along with Co-Staff) and travel to cabin activities with them, assisting in program implementation, all while fostering a family-like atmosphere for campers in the cabin group
  • Participate in staff development and training, pre-session planning, post-session debriefing, and staff meetings
  • Know and be well rehearsed in camp emergency procedure and take on situational leadership as assigned and directed

To Apply:

To apply, please click here to begin your online application process. Have any questions? Email Mike “Coach,” our Volunteer Director (mike@northstarreach.org).