Why Work at Camp?

  • “Hands on” care of and work with children provides invaluable insight for the future
  • Real life job experience in a community environment of supportive, caring, adult supervisors and peer co-workers.
  • Healthy life style of hard work, healthy eating, lots of exercise, fresh air, and community support.
  • Live and work with a diverse mix of people, each bringing her/his own life experience to share. Celebrating both difference and sameness with others.
  • Intrinsic joy of service/ministry among children and adults. The gift of sharing one’s own story with others in the camp community setting is like few other experiences in life.
  • Financially it makes sense, you will be able to save your entire paychecks from the summer – there is little need to spend money while at camp.

I have been truly blessed that my years working at Camp Bishopswood have provided me with coping and behavior management skills that have made my transition from student to educator much easier for me than some of my classmates.

Staff member & first year teacher

Summer POOP Positions (Leadership Staff)

Program Directors: Salary Range: $1,750 – $4,500

Directly responsible to: Assistant Director.

The Program Director is responsible for all camp events (planning and implementing), program schedules, and any other chores which affect the program of camp. The Program Director is responsible for assuring that the camp philosophy is being implemented in all instances. The Program Director will also make certain that all camp policies and procedures are maintained.

General Camp Responsibilities:

  • In the absence of the Camp Director and Assistant Director, will represent the Director’s interpretation of policy in making decisions during these intervals.
  • Have daily contact with Activity Area Heads to check on progress.
  • Meet individually with Activity Area Heads for conferences throughout the summer for evaluation purposes.
  • Hold weekly meetings with Activity Area Heads and counselors to discuss past and upcoming weeks.
  • Help Cabin Groups with cookout meals.
  • See that a reverent grace is led and appropriate announcements are made at meal times in absence of Camp Director or Assistant Director.
  • Get to know all campers.
  • Help with activities.
  • Lead ACGN when appropriate.
  • Communicate with parents when appropriate.
  • Office duty.
  • Will be called upon for driving assignments for hospital, doctor visits, and shopping for camp supplies.
  • Will be especially helpful by performing many of the behind-the-scenes tasks necessary to provide support for the program, i.e. working schedules for staff assignments, schedules, weekend activities, themes of the week and ACA programs.
  • Accept other duties as assigned.

Waterfront Director: Salary Range: $2,500 – $3,500

Directly responsible to: Assistant Director

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for safety and emergency procedures on the entire waterfront.
  • Organize LGT orientation at the beginning of the summer.
  • Keep accurate records and copies of all certifications of all staff.
  • Responsible to the American Red Cross for implementing a swimming program according to their standards of safety and skill development.
  • Create a meaningful program within the general goals of the camp for their particular department. An outline for this program should be submitted to Camp by POOP Week.
  • Effectively train a staff to carry out this program.
  • Consult with the Camp Director on matters concerning the department (i.e. staff, facilities, program, and purchases).
  • Support Program Directors in the implementation of ACA programs.
  • Insuring that proper care is used concerning the department facilities and equipment.
  • Participate in a two minute orientation program to introduce campers to your department’s activity period program on Sundays.
  • Consult with the Director in ordering supplies before the season begins.
  • When supplies are received: Inventory against packing slip and give to Director immediately.
  • Prepare a written evaluation of department at the end of the season which includes an inventory and suggestions for future purchases.
  • Personally teach some classes each week — as a role model for counselors and as a means of maintaining contact with campers.
  • Work with CIT trainers to provide supervision and evaluation of CITs assigned to work in their department.
  • Conduct a performance review conference with each counselor at least twice during the summer.
  • Plan and announce free time activities.
  • Lead ACGN when appropriate.
  • Ring the bell.
  • Keep department very clean.
  • Waterfront installation and proper storage at the end of the season.
  • Responsible for the safety and well-being of the campers when they are boating, according to procedures of the American Red Cross.

2 Unit Leaders & Department Heads: Salary Range: $2,000 – $3,500

Directly responsible to: Assistant Director

A Unit Leader is responsible for the smooth running of her or his unit. A Unit consists of a group of girls’ cabins and a group of boys’ cabins. A Unit Leader builds this group of counselors into a team who support each other in their work. The Unit Leader makes sure that counselors form their campers into an effective group. The Unit Leader also helps counselors to understand the details of their jobs and see that they perform them. The Unit Leader helps them evaluate their performance and makes suggestions for improvements. The Unit Leader is sensitive to the needs of counselors, and is available for counselors to talk to as concerns arise.

Unit Leaders prepare for their job during POOP Week. During Staff Week they are responsible for planning and leading numerous unit meetings. The Unit Leader is also responsible for weekly unit meetings throughout the summer. Unit Leaders meet on a weekly basis with the Camp Director and/or Assistant Director.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Help Cabin Groups with cookout meals.
  • Support counselors and help them plan meaningful morning and evening devotions.
  • Plan Unit Times which includes games, songs, and fun.
  • Have daily contact with counselors in the unit to check on progress.
  • Meet individually with counselors throughout the summer for evaluation purposes.
  • Enforces rules, policies, and values of Bishopswood.
  • Ready, willing, and able to accept other assignments.
  • Support in the planning implementation of ACA programs and camp wide games.
  • Hold weekly meetings with unit to discuss past and upcoming weeks.
  • Accept responsibility for driving camp passenger and service vehicles as assigned.
  • Get to know all campers.
  • Lead ACGN when appropriate.
  • Communicate with parents when appropriate.
  • Office duty.
  • Responsible for positive experience of all campers and counselors in their unit while at Bishopswood.

Program Specialists: Salary Range: $1,700 – $2,500

Directly responsible to: Assistant Director

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Photography/Videography – take pictures/videos each week of various activities. Edit, organize and make available somewhere online for campers and parents. Create the weekly Friday night movie.
  • Lead at least 1 activity a day.
  • Oversee the OEC
  • Oversee the Camper Kitchen.
  • Mow the lawn and trim when needed.
  • Make sure Chapel is set up on Fridays and properly cleaned up.
  • Greet and host the Chaplin.
  • Help with transporting the Recyclables to the transfer station.
  • Potentially live in a cabin during the peak enrollment of camp if needed.
  • Assist Program Directors with all camp activities.
  • Assist where the director sees fit.
  • Help with morning activities.

CIT Trainer: Salary Range: $1,500 – $2,500

Directly responsible to: Assistant Director

CIT Trainer will help plan and implement a complete CIT program. They will work closely with the Camp Director and Program Directors in preparation and evaluation of the program, as well as during the actual implementation.

The primary goal of the program is to train future camp leaders and counselors.

The program includes exposure to all major facets of the counselor’s job:

  • Live with group of campers and help each camper adjust and grow in relation to other campers and camp life, and monitor daily care and hygiene of cabin group and living space.
  • Communicate effectively with children and staff in all areas of the camp operation. To write lesson plans for activities, evaluations, reports, and requisitions as necessary.
  • Work cooperatively as necessary with all other staff members in planning, implementation, and evaluation of the program.
  • Help with morning activities.
  • Lead/teach activities appropriate to each particular group in specific program areas, such as swimming, arts and crafts, outdoor living, sports and games, etc., based on camper skills and program needs. Prepare activity plans for activities to be led.
  • Assist with all camp program activities and other camp-wide activities as assigned.
  • Act as host at tables during meals and assist with transition activities before meals.
  • Lead cabin group in a devotional/calming time at bedtime daily.
  • Set an overall good example for campers.
  • Prepare written evaluation at the end of the summer following the guidelines provided by the Director.

Summer Staff Counseling Positions

Cabin Counselor / Activity Leader Salary Range: $1,600-$2,500

Salary Range: $1,600-$2,500. With LGT &/or WSI, add $100-$300.
Requirements: (College age & +)
Responsibilities: Live in cabin with campers, lead activities in one or more activity areas.

Directly responsible to: Program Directors, and Camp Director.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Live with group of campers and help each camper adjust and grow in relation to other campers and camp
    life, and monitor daily care and hygiene of cabin group and living space.
  • Communicate effectively with children and staff in all areas of the camp operation. Write lesson plans for
    activities, evaluations, reports, and requisitions as necessary.
  • Work cooperatively as necessary with all other staff members in planning, implementation, and evaluation
    of the program.
  • Interpret rules, regulations, and expectations of the camp, with special emphasis on safety, health, and
    mutual respect.
  • Guide each individual camper in participation in their group and all camp activities. Assist campers in
    choosing and scheduling his/her “choice” activities.
  • Lead/teach activities appropriate to each particular group in specific program areas, such as swimming,
    arts and crafts, outdoor living, sports and games, etc., based on camper skills and program needs. Prepare
    activity plans for activities to be led.
  • Assist with all camp program activities and other camp-wide activities as assigned.
  • Act as host at tables during meals and assist with transition activities before meals.
  • Lead cabin group in a devotional/calming time at bedtime daily.
  • Attend staff meetings regularly and relay information to other staff not present. Contribute as necessary.
  • Set an overall good example for all other staff, CITs, and campers.
  • Assist with kitchen, housekeeping, and assorted maintenance work as assigned.
  • Prepare written evaluation at the end of the summer following the guidelines provided by the Director

Junior Counselor / Activity Leader Salary Range: $1400- $1600

Salary Range: $1400- $1600. With LGT &/or WSI, add $100-$300.
Responsibilities: Assist with all areas of cabin life and activities with other staff.

Directly responsible to: Unit Leaders, Program Directors, and Camp Director.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • See Cabin Counselor/Activity Leader.

Department Heads Salary Range: An additional $250-$750 in addition to your counselor salary.

Sports and Games, Arts & Crafts, Camp Craft, Performing Arts, TYCS, Swimming, Sailing, Adventure

Directly responsible to: Program Director

Department Heads are responsible for initiating and implementing a program within a particular area.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Create a meaningful program within the general goals of the camp for their particular department. An
    outline for this program should be submitted to Camp by POOP Week.
  • Effectively train a staff to carry out this program.
  • Consult with the Camp Director on matters concerning the department (i.e. staff, facilities, program, and
    purchases).
  • Support Program Director in the implementation of ACA programs.
  • Insuring that proper care is used concerning the department facilities and equipment.
  • Participate in a two minute orientation program to introduce campers to your department’s activity period
    program on Sundays.
  • Consult with the Director in ordering supplies before the season begins.
  • When supplies are received: Inventory against packing slip and give to Director immediately.
  • Prepare a written evaluation of department at the end of the season which includes an inventory and
    suggestions for future purchases.
  • Personally teach some classes each week — as a role model for counselors and as a means of maintaining
    contact with campers.
  • Enforce rules, policies, and values of Bishopswood.
  • Work with CIT trainers to provide supervision and evaluation of CITs assigned to work in their department.
  • Conduct a performance review conference with each counselor at least twice during the summer.
  • Plan and announce free time activities.
  • Ring the bell.
  • Keep department very clean.

Groundskeeper/Camp Grandparent Salary Range: Volunteer

Responsibilities: Routine upkeep of Great Hall, Bathhouse, etc. (common spaces). Mowing, yard work and
other duties as assigned.

Resident Nurse Salary Range: Negotiable

Requirements: R.N. preferred, First Aid, CPR, & Maine License required.

Responsibilities: Plan and implement all aspects of wellness and safety at camp following MD’s protocol.
Administer medical care and first aid to all camp community members as needed. Salary is negotiable.
(Barter for tuition is an option.) Nurses may be hired for specific weeks. A full summer commitment is not
required.

Health Care Assistant/Student Nurse Salary Range: $3000-$4000, Room and Board or Tuition Exchange

Reports to: Health Care Manager and/or weekly RN

Position Purpose:  The Health Care Assistant is responsible for assisting in providing health and safety services to campers and
staff.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Under the direction of the Health Care Manager and/or the weekly RN, assist in providing health care
    and first aid services to meet the needs of camp staff and campers.
  • Assist with daily medication management.
  • Help supervise and care for people admitted to the Health Center for care.
  • Provide CPR and First Aid coverage as needed at designated times and locations.
  • Provide direct care to staff within the scope of their skills, the camp’s health care manual, and
    treatment procedures.
  • Monitor and assist in maintaining health and safety practices while working in other areas throughout
    camp.
  • Prepare athletic areas and waterfront with adequate water, sunscreen, and other prevention
    materials.
  • Assist in ensuring campers wash before entering the dining area.
  • Work with other staff to minimize/eliminate health and safety risks.
  • May accompany campers off-site for clinic visits.

Qualifications: (Minimum Education and Experience)

  • Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)
  • Current first aid certification.
  • Current CPR certification.
  • Experience in first aid and emergency management services.

Summer Kitchen Positions

Food Service Director: Salary Range: $12.50- $22.50 an hour based on experience or a weekly salary if living on camp

Directly responsible to: Camp Director

Position Purpose:  The Food Service Director (FSD) manages the overall food service operation at Camp Bishopswood, including
menu planning, purchasing, preparation, nutrition, safety, service, sanitation, record keeping, and
sustainability initiatives. This non-profit organization serves 3 meals to approximately 140 people a day during
the summer. The food service department will become an integral part of the overall camp program and
community under the leadership of this position. This is a cooking position.
Essential Job Functions:

  • Manage the daily operations of the camp food and dining service, including coordinating activities
    between the kitchen and the operation of camp.
  • Oversee the planning and preparation of nutritionally balanced camp meals, snacks, and outdoor
    program food.
  • Ensure safe and efficient preparation and serving of camp meals.
  • Oversee the inventory and ordering of food, equipment, and supplies and arrange for the routine
    maintenance, sanitation, and upkeep of the camp kitchen, its equipment, and facilities while keeping
    safety regulations in mind.
  • Promote practices that seek to reduce waste, reuse items, and recycle/compost as much as possible.
  • Partner with vendors to receive optimum values including rebates.
  • Partner with local farmers and vendors to provide the freshest, best-tasting, and most nutritional food
    available.
  • Monitor employee performance and training to OSHA food service standards.

Qualifications: 

  • Experience in institutional or large food service setting.
  • Knowledge of and experience in food service: ordering, inventory, budgeting, food preparation, family-style serving, buffet serving, cleaning, and institutional kitchen equipment.
  • Ability to work within a budget and purchase supplies efficiently.
  • Experience in supervising effectively.
  • Experience at a summer camp or residential program a plus.
  • Must possess similar values and ideals to Camp Bishopswood’s philosophy and mission.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of current ME State Department of Health code and safety laws and practices is preferred.
  • Knowledge of and experience in preparation of special dietary foods.
  • Ability to work well with others in a team setting is a must.
  • Valid foodservice certifications, i.e. ServeSafe certificate.
  • Physical Aspects of the Job:
  • Physical ability to lift and carry 50 pounds minimum.
  • Physical mobility and endurance to perform tasks while standing/walking for long periods of time (60
    minutes or more).
  • Ability to effectively communicate with parents of campers regarding dietary needs and restrictions.

Camp Chef: Salary Range: $10- $20 an hour based on experience or a weekly salary if living on camp

Directly responsible to: Food Service Director during the summer, Executive Director Spring & Fall.

Position Purpose:  To assist with essential food service during the spring, summer, and fall to ensure it occurs properly and
efficiently for all campers, staff, and guests. This non-profit organization serves 3 healthy meals to approximately
140 people a day during the summer. The food service department will become an integral part of the overall camp
program and community.
Essential Job Functions:

  • Prepare, cook and serve in accordance to proper Food Safety Regulations all required meals
    as instructed by the Camp cook.
  • Prepare, cook and serve alternative meals when necessary or requested.
  • Supervise and mange support staff.
  • Attend any necessary training as needed to maintain high quality food service.
  • Ensure the kitchen and dining area is safe, secure and organized.
  • Evaluate current season and make recommendations for following seasons.
  • In seasonal operation, clean and prepare food service areas for use. Close kitchen down for off-season.
  • Clean all used cooking dishes, utensils, surfaces and equipment.
  • Help clean guest dishes, utensils and tables when needed.
  • Complete all food service laundry from start to finish when needed.
  • Remove all food service trash to outside container.
  • Responsible for Recycling.
  • Clean guest dining and food serving area.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in institutional or large food service setting.
  • Experience in supervising effectively.
  • Experience at a summer camp or residential program a plus.
  • Must possess similar values and ideals to Camp Bishopswood’s philosophy and mission.

Summer Baker: Salary Range: $10- $20 an hour based on experience or a weekly salary if living on camp

Directly responsible to: Food Service Director during the summer.

Position Purpose: Responsible for daily desserts and baked goods (everything from breads, cakes, and muffins to pizza dough, baguettes, and more). This non-profit organization serves 3 healthy meals to approximately 140 people a day during the summer. The food service department will become an integral part of the overall camp program and community.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Prepare, cook and serve in accordance to proper Food Safety Regulations all required meals
    as instructed by the Camp cook.
  • Attend any necessary training as needed to maintain high quality food service.
  • Ensure the kitchen and dining area is safe, secure and organized.
  • Evaluate current season and make recommendations for following seasons.
  • In seasonal operation, clean and prepare food service areas for use. Close kitchen down for off-season.
  • Clean all used cooking dishes, utensils, surfaces and equipment.
  • Remove all food service trash to outside container.
  • Responsible for Recycling.
  • Clean guest dining and food serving area.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in institutional or large food service setting.
  • Experience in supervising effectively.
  • Experience at a summer camp or residential program a plus.
  • Must possess similar values and ideals to Camp Bishopswood’s philosophy and mission.

Kitchen Assistant: Salary Range: $1,500 – $2,500

Responsibilities: Assist with all areas of food service and kitchen maintenance under direction of the Food
Service Manager.

Maintenance Position

Maintenance Assistants: Salary Range: $10.00- $17.50 an hour based on experience or a weekly salary if living on camp

Position Purpose:   To maintain the integrity and safety of all the grounds and facilities of camp.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Maintain grounds and facilities
  • Contact outside contractors as needed
  • Prepare any facility needing outside contract work for easy accessibility by contractors
  • Help open and close camp
  • Paint
  • Tree cutting
  • Trash runs
  • Duties assigned by Camp Director or Summer Maintenance Director