Positions & Compensation

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Thank you for your interest in working at Mountain Camp Woodside. Descriptions of the camp job can be found below. The compensation is at the bottom of this page. Depending on the hiring process, these positions may or may not be open. The titles below are the “positions” that you will need to choose when you complete the online application. Please email Mike at [email protected] if you have any questions. Scroll to the bottom for information on compensation.


New Counselor

If you have never worked at Mountain Camp Woodside before, this is for you! Counselors are responsible for the care and supervision of the campers in all aspects of the program. Depending on the period of the day, counselors lead their dorm/day group, lead activities, or execute special parts of the program. They build positive relationships with campers and serve as role models and authority figures.
Day Counselor – Day counselors work from 8:30-5:30 pm Monday-Friday. They need to be able to commute to work each day.
Cub Counselors – We hire a number of Day Counselors to specifically work in our Cub Program, working with our 5-6-year-olds. Find information about the Cub Camp program here.
Resident Counselor – Resident Counselors sleep overnight in the dorms and work Sunday-Saturday.

Returning Counselor

Returning Counselors have the same job description as new counselors and have the opportunity to apply for more responsibilities by seeking either a Program Director, Head Counselor, or Specialist role.

Lead Counselor

(Must be a returning counselor) The Lead Counselors are the primary support system for counselors and are responsible for providing supervision, guidance, structure, and support as needed. They are the primary contact for counselors concerning issues with campers/dorms (i.e. homesickness, bullying, etc.), coworker dynamics, or personal needs. They generally oversee their respective part of camp and ensure that counselors are able to excel at their jobs. Lead Counselors communicate with Program Directors regarding issues with counselors and campers.

Age Group Program Directors

The Age Group Program Directors are in charge of their respective age group (Cubs, Blazers, Trackers, Alpiners). Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to: activity schedules, Wednesday schedules, kid groups, counselor groups, all camp activities, counselor evaluations, making sure supplies are ready, changeovers, gizmo/lunch, shoutouts, morning meetings, checking activities, checking group times, clean-up, and weekly meetings with the Program Director. In addition, the Age Group Program Directors will take on another smaller role, such as making weekend schedules.


Specialists have a wide variety of responsibilities and tasks that assist the program in crucial areas. In addition to the major roles listed below, they will help with other small tasks that keep camp clean, safe, and running smoothly. The daily and weekly schedules of the Specialists can differ from counselors.

Please read the descriptions below for more information. When applying, please refer to the specific role(s) you are interested in.

Evening Program Specialist(EP)

The EP Director will work with the Program Director to plan the Evening Programs throughout the summer. This includes, but is not limited to: set-up, finding new ideas, helping announce at dinner, ordering supplies, posting sheets in the dorms, sometimes leading/MC’ing, clean-up, and communicating with counselors on what their role is.

Camp Store Specialist

The Store Manager’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to: schedule for kids to come to the camp store, talking with parents about the store at check-in, keeping track of inventory, Monday t-shirt distribution, and setting up the store for Friday Parents’ Nights. This person will report to the Admin Director.

CIT Specialist

The CIT specialist oversees and implements the CIT Program. Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to, spending the morning with the CITs doing projects, CIT training (during camp) creating activities for CITs to do together, creating CIT schedules, and coming up with ways CITs can help make camp better.

Photo/Slideshow Specialist

This position is in charge of taking all group photos, ordering photos, organizing photos from summer for marketing, and putting together the weekly slideshow.

Social Media Specialist

The specialist’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, uploading videos from movie making and Parent’s Night, and creating fun videos and stories to help with camps outreach and branding.

Pool Specialist

The pool specialist is in charge of training lifeguards during staff training and training for swim lessons throughout the summer.

AM/PM Care Specialist

This Day Staff person is responsible for planning of AM Care and PM care. They will print name tags, sit with kids, and interact with parents during drop-off and pick-up at the dining hall.

Mountain Bike Specialist

The responsibilities include, but are not limited to, cleaning, repairing, and maintaining all bikes, organizing the bike area, learning and being knowledgeable about existing mountain bike trails and looking for new trails, implementing a safe bike test, and ordering supplies with Program Director. There is one mountain bike specialist for each age group.

Other Support Positions

Operations Specialist

The operations specialist is part of the office staff. They must be 21 years old and have a clean driving record. The job is mostly behind-the-scenes work, setting up and organizing camp for the enjoyment of the campers. This Specialist will also assist directors and counselors by making sure the staff have supplies they need and assist them in making sure that campers’ needs are taken care of. While this job is demanding and sometimes under-appreciated, it is essential to the success of the camp. It is an opportunity to learn about what goes into making a business run and gain valuable experience in an office setting. More information can be found here:  Camp Operations Specialist

Office Specialist

The camp office specialist is part of the camp admin staff. The job will be mostly behind-the-scenes work, helping with camper paperwork, interacting with parents, lunch duty, and managing camper mail. This Specialist will also assist directors and counselors by making sure that the campers’ needs are taken care of. While this job is demanding and sometimes under-appreciated, it is essential to the success of the camp. It is an opportunity to learn about what goes into making a business run and gain valuable experience in an office setting. More information can be found here: Camp Office Specialist

Camp Nurse

The camp will hire 2-4 RN’s for the summer. They can either live on-site or commute. Information about being a camp nurse can be found here:  Camp Nurse


The following is an outline of our pay scale for summer staff. The pay scale is our way of making salaries consistent for the entire staff. However, if you have unique qualifications not stated in the outline, please contact our office to discuss your situation.

Title Base Salary Per Week Minimum Qualification
Overnight Camp Counselor $350 19 years old or at least one year of university completed or equivalent
Day Camp Counselor/Junior Counselor $580 16 years old
Overnight Lead Counselor $380 21 years old, returning staff member
Day Lead Counselor $610
Age Group
Program Director

Additions to base salary (per week) are made for the following situations:

Add-Ons- $130 max  Added Per Week
High School Graduate $20.00
Completed Year of University (per year, i.e. if you finished sophomore year, you would get $60) $30.00
Returning Counselor (per summer, minimum 6 weeks prior summers) $30.00
Bonuses-  Added Per Week
Lifeguard- Redcross or equivalent ($30 if you are certified before camp/$20 if you complete certification during staff training) $30.00/$20.00
Specialist $25.00
Swim Lessons- per swim session (up to 4 possible sessions) $20.00
Swim Director $120.00

**ALL staff MUST be 1st Aid and CPR Certified. We will provide a chance to take a course during the week of staff training.

We look forward to reading your application and will contact you if you are selected for an interview. In the interim, if you should have any questions or require additional information please contact Mike, [email protected].