Some people may wonder: Is working at camp a “real job” and “serious” enough for a career-minded young person eager to prepare for a professional future? Absolutely! Yes, camp is a fun experience for campers and staff members alike AND it’s also an outstanding training ground for future professionals. Camp Nicolet trains young staff members in communication skills, customer service, teamwork, and sound decision-making — all critical foundations for professional work — and then trusts staff members with a great deal of responsibility. Camp Nicolet staff members not only learn good professional skills, they put them to work immediately in hands-on settings!
Working at camp, with other people’s children, is a serious task. Parents send their most precious people to us expecting them to be well-cared for by intelligent, responsible, mature, enthusiastic, engaging adults. Each of us on staff works hard, and works together, to put the needs of the campers ahead of our own in everything that we do throughout the summer camp season, and in a broad range of challenging environments, from the waterfront to the equestrian arena to wilderness tripping.
Come learn and grow with us as a camp professional at Camp Nicolet for Girls!
In order to ensure that we are up to this immense responsibility, Camp Nicolet hires capable, enthusiastic individuals with strong records — people who are looking to lead by example while serving youth and providing them with a positive experience filled with opportunities for personal growth and development. If this sounds like you, and you meet the following requirements, please see below for a list of our open positions.
As you begin the application process, there are a few things you should consider:
- Staff must be at least 19 years old and must have completed one year of college.
- Positions that require a particularly high level of skill and judgment may have additional age requirements. Please be sure to read the entire listing below for this information.
- We welcome international applicants and use CCUSA as our visa sponsoring agency.
- A background check is required of all Camp Nicolet staff.
- All staff must have, or be willing to obtain, CPR and First Aid certification.
- Additional certifications may be required, based on your position (Waterfront Lifeguarding, USA Water Ski Level 1 Instructor, Wilderness First Aid).
- Working at camp is a full-time summer commitment – most staff live on-site in cabins for the entire season.
- Our minimum contract period is in most cases 10 weeks, beginning early June and ending mid-August.
- Staff must attend staff training, which is built into your compensated contract period.
- All staff work six days each week and have one 24-hour period off.
- If you are in college, often internship credit can be gained from your work at camp. Please contact the camp office for more information.
Please be sure you meet these requirements and are able to make these commitments prior to applying. If you have additional questions about working at Camp Nicolet, please contact the camp office.
The Nurse is responsible for the care and comfort of all Camp Nicolet campers and staff. He/she must reside on-site in “Patches” and must be independent and comfortable making on-the-spot decisions without the direct oversight of a physician. We do have an existing relationship with a local physician that is only a phone call away if needed. The Nurse will be responsible for verifying receipt of all required medical forms, helping to run the check in/out process, providing wound and sick care, transporting campers and staff to medical facilities as needed, communicating with parents, keeping accurate records and documentation, and conducting daily cabin inspections (“Capers”).
A Wisconsin RN license is preferred, and new grads are welcomed and encouraged to apply. Salary for the Nurse is negotiable and includes room and board and worker’s compensation insurance. Child care or tuition remission at camp may also be available, depending upon specific circumstances. Short-term assignments are a possibility as well for the right nurse.
Female Applicants Only / Activity Instructors
Cabin Counselors will live with groups of 8-12 girls and up to two co-counselors and are responsible for the supervision, safety, and care of their assigned group at all times. Cabin Counselors will also act as activity instructors, participate on staff committees, and assist with all-camp activities.
Camp Nicolet seeks Cabin Counselors/Activity Instructors with experience in the following areas: water ski/wakeboard, horseback riding (English), swim, smallcraft (canoe, kayak, stand-up-paddle, windsurf), sailing, tennis, sports, arts and crafts, drama, and camping/tripping. Those interested in working in any area on the waterfront must be lifeguard certified with waterfront designation. This course is offered at camp during staff training.
Applicants seeking employment in the water ski/wakeboard area must have USA Waterski Level 1 Instructor Certification. This course has both written and practical application portions and is the financial responsibility of the applicant. The written portion is online and must be completed prior to arrival at camp. The practical portion is completed at camp during staff training.
Salary for Cabin Counselors/Activity Instructors starts at $210 per week. Room and board and worker’s compensation insurance are included. Applicants must be 18 years or older.
Camp Nicolet seeks Area Directors for the following specialties: horseback riding (FILLED), waterski (FILLED), swimming (FILLED), smallcraft (FILLED), tennis/sports, arts and crafts (FILLED), and drama. Area Directors are responsible for the oversight of their assigned area, including risk management, lesson planning, paperwork, and employee supervision.
Salary for Area Directors starts at $230 per week. Room and board and worker’s compensation insurance are included. Applicants must be 21 years or older and have demonstrated experience in the chosen specialty area.
Riding Instructors work with the Riding Director to teach riding lessons to campers at a variety of ability/experience levels, care for the horses, and keep the stable area clean. Applicants for this position must have an interest in teaching, experience riding and working in a barn/stable, and knowledge of horse care. This position may be combined with a Cabin Counselor position or may be a commuting position focused solely on riding instruction and horse care/stable maintenance.
The Facilities Assistant will help with general groundskeeping duties, including, but not limited to mowing, trash collection, and firewood distribution.
Salary for the Facilities Assistant is $10.00 per hour. Applicants must be 18 years or older.
The Driver will assist with the driving of campers and staff on out-of-camp trips and airport shuttles. This is an “as-needed” position. A summer schedule will be determined prior to the start of the camp season. The Driver will be added to our insurance policy, must have a clean driving record, and must be comfortable driving a 15-passenger van.
Salary for the Driver is $8.00 per hour. Applicants must be 25 years or older.
Job postings updated 02/20/2020