A real job?
Some people may wonder: Is working at camp a “real job” and “serious” enough for a career-minded student eager to prepare for a professional future? Absolutely! 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 them 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 beings 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 we do throughout the summer – and in a broad range of challenging environments, from the waterfront to the equestrian arena to wilderness tripping.
Learn and grow with us as a camp professional at Camp Nicolet for Girls!
The majority of our summer staff consists of college students between the ages of 18 and 25. We work with many colleges to arrange internships for our staff within majors that include Education, Communication, Social Media, Psychology, Outdoor & Experiential Education, Recreation, and Physical Education & Sports. Please contact the camp office to discuss your interest in an internship with us, or include your interest in an internship within your application for any of the positions below. We will be happy to work with you and your college to help make it happen!
Camp Nicolet hires capable, enthusiastic individuals with strong backgrounds; 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 available positions.
As you begin the application process, there are a few things you should consider:
- Staff must be at least 18 for most positions.
- 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 & IENA as our J1 Visa sponsoring agencies.
- A background check is required of all Camp Nicolet Staff.
- All staff must have, or be willing to obtain, CPR and First Aid certification (at their own expense).
- Additional certifications may be required, based on your position (Waterfront Lifeguarding, USA Water Ski Level 1 Instructor, Wilderness First Aid). These are obtained at the expense of the employee.
- Working at camp is a full-time summer commitment – most staff live on-site 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 e-mail Jeremy Starz, Director of Operations, at email@example.com.
Available Positions – Summer 2021
The Camp Nurse is responsible for the care and comfort of all Camp Nicolet campers and staff. 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 have a working relationship with a local physician that is a phone call away if needed. The Camp Nurse is responsible for verifying receipt of all required medical forms, helping 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 current Wisconsin RN or LPN license is preferred, although we are flexible on that requirement, and will honor an EMT, PA, MD, and other certifications / degrees. Nursing school graduates and mature students are welcomed and encouraged to apply.
Salary is negotiable taking into account education and experience, and includes room and board and Worker’s Compensation Insurance. Child care or “tuition trades” at camp are also be available on a case-by-case basis. Short-term assignments are a possibility as well for the right nurse. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information, details, and to apply.
Female Applicants Only / Activity Instructors
Cabin Counselors live with groups of 8-12 girls and a co-counselor in a cabin, 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 skiing / wakeboarding, horseback riding, swimming, smallcraft (canoe, kayak, stand-up-paddle, windsurf), sailing, tennis, sports, arts & crafts, theatre, and wilderness tripping. Those interested in working in any area on the waterfront are American Red Cross lifeguard certified with waterfront designation. This course is offered at camp during staff training at the expense of the employee.
Applicants seeking employment in the water skiing / wakeboarding 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, water skiing / wake boarding, tennis, and theatre. 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.
Kitchen Team – Cook
Responsible for the timely preparation of entrees, baked goods, and salad bar items using appropriate safety and sanitation methods. Responsibilities include cooking items from a kid-friendly menu, buffet set up and food serving, and assisting with the cleanliness of the Dining Hall and Kitchen. The Cook will work independently, but has assistance from Kitchen Assistants who can help with salad bar set up, dishwashing, and cleaning tasks. The Cook must also be willing to wash dishes and clean up after meals, as Kitchen Assistants may not always be available for these tasks.
The Cook also works with the Kitchen Manager in planning menus, completing routine inventories of product, and meets with the Director of Operations to discuss departmental considerations & concerns.
Salary is based on experience and education; serious inquiries e-mail email@example.com for more information and to schedule an interview. Applicants must be 21 years or older. All 2021 applicants must be willing to live on-site for a minimum of eight weeks.
Job postings updated 02/15/2021