Teaching Staff/Bunk Counselors

Appel Farm needs summer staff from all backgrounds to run smoothly! We are seeking artists and arts teachers, and non-teaching staff such as lifeguards, facilities, or administrative roles! Don’t let a lack of arts background keep you from joining us!

Role Descriptions

Most of our staff will have two positions during the summer- their In or Out of Bunk Role (overnight) and their Daytime Role. Your application should indicate which of the overnight/bunk positions you’re interested in and/or which of the daytime/teaching/admin roles that you’re interested in. Health & Wellness, Guest Artists, and Kitchen Staff are roles that will not have an overnight component.

In or Out of Bunk Roles:

Bunk Coordinator

Leadership role. Supervise and support the Bunk Heads in their training and supervision of their staff. Manage mid-to-high level emotional and behavioral concerns. Frequent contact with families/guardians of campers. Provide coverage for Bunk Heads when necessary. Serve on the Emergency Response Team. Previous camp experience or experience in Residence Life a plus. 4+ years experience working with youth in a counseling-adjacent capacity, plus 2+ years of supervisory experience. Evidence of an anti bias approach to youth care in previous work.

Bunk Head

Leadership role. Create and maintain a safe, inclusive, and fun bunk community for each age group. Bunk Heads train and supervise a group of bunk counselors living and working in their areas, as well as manage the overall bunk experience for campers. Conflict resolution and mediation, supporting skillbuilding in campers and staff, scheduling, communication with families and guardians. Serve on the Emergency Response Team. Previous camp experience or experience in Residence Life a plus. 4+ years experience working with youth in a counseling-adjacent capacity, plus previous supervisory experience. Evidence of an anti bias approach to youth care in previous work.

Lead Counselor

Live In-Bunk as a third adult. Provide support to Bunk Head and In Bunk Counselors in the daily operation of the Bunk area. Assist with training Counselors, mediating conflict, planning activities, developing schedules. Operate as the Bunk Head on their days off, including Emergency Response Team duties. Communicate and liaise with families and caregivers. Previous camp experience or experience in Residence Life a plus. 2+ years experience working with youth in a counseling-adjacent capacity, experience with conflict mediation. Evidence of an anti bias approach to youth care in previous work.

In-Bunk Counselor

Partnered with another Bunk Counselor, live with and care for a group of 8-14 campers. Manage daily routines, provide social-emotional learning and support, mediate conflict, facilitate development of independent living skills. Previous camp experience or experience in Residence Life a plus. 19+ years old, 1-2 years of experience working with a variety of youth ages 7 to 17. Strong interpersonal relationship building and communication skills.

Out of Bunk Counselor

Out of Bunk staff provide scheduled or emergency temporary in-bunk coverage and support, while sharing a permanent living space with other adult staff. These staff may be assigned supervision duties during afternoon and evening periods, provide support for events and activities, or have additional duties assigned during the out-of-class periods of the day. Any staff person who is not Leadership, an In-Bunk counselor, Health & Wellness, or Kitchen Staff is by default an Out of Bunk counselor.

Little Appels Counselor

Little Appels are the youngest folks on camp- the children of staff who are not yet camp-aged. Little Appels range from 0-6 years old. Little Appels Counselors plan and implement engaging, developmentally-appropriate activities for these age ranges, as well as provide age- and skill-level appropriate care (diaper changes, hygiene, naps, assisting with meals). The Little Appels counselor schedule is dictated largely by the schedule of the working parents, so the specific duties will be determined between the Little Appels counselors, the North Lead Counselor, and the working parents. 3+ years of experience with ages 1-6 years old, experience with early childhood education.

Daytime Roles:

Curriculum Coordinator

Leadership role. Supervise and support the Department Heads in their training and supervision of their staff. Manage mid-to-high level classroom relationship issues, supervise implementation of curriculum, perform observations of teaching staff. Provide coverage for Department Heads when necessary. Serve on the Emergency Response Team. Previous camp experience or experience in Residence Life a plus. 4+ years experience teaching or developing curriculum, plus 2+ years of supervisory experience. Evidence of an anti bias approach to youth care in previous work.

Department Head

Leadership role. Department Heads will create and maintain a safe, inclusive, and fun classroom environment for each subject area; train, manage, and support staff and classes; Plan curriculum, trips and showcases; support skillbuilding in campers and staff, manage scheduling, communication with families and guardians. DHs will train staff in classroom management, conflict resolution and mediation, and curriculum planning. Serve on the Emergency Response Team. 4+ years of teaching ages 7–17, a degree or equivalent work experience in your particular subject area, and previous supervisory experience required. Evidence of anti bias approach to youth care in previous work.

Lead Instructor

Provide support to Department Heads and Arts Instructors in the daily operation of the classroom. Assist with training Instructors, building curriculum, lesson planning. Operate as the Department Head on their days off, including Emergency Response Team duties. Communicate and liaise with families and caregivers. Previous camp experience or experience in Residence Life is a plus. 2+ years experience teaching ages 7-17. Evidence of an anti bias approach to youth care in previous work.

Instructor

Plan and deliver lessons on subject matter curriculum in one of our departments: Visual Art, Theater Performance, Technical Theater, Creative Writing, Digital Media, Photography (analog), Dance, Music (classical or contemporary), Environmental Arts, or Sports & Swim. Classroom management, differentiated lesson planning, and inventory/supply management. 2+ years of tertiary education or have equivalent relevant work experience.

Lifeguard

Lifeguard during Early Bird Swim, morning and afternoon classes, and occasional special activities in the evenings. 19+ years old, current lifeguarding certificate, 2+ years experience lifeguarding for ages 7-17.

Camp Life Coordinator

Leadership role. Manage Out of Bunk counselor schedules and coverage assignments. Manage budgets and committees for all-camp concerts, events, activities, and staff morale. Supervise committee chairs and the Camp department. 2+ years of supervisory experience, budget management, and event planning. Experience in nonprofit management, outdoor education, or recreation.

Administrative Support

Support the year-round organizational staff with answering phone and email inquiries, handling of mail and packages, paperwork and file organization, and general office management. Must be a licensed driver with a clean record. 19+ years old, interest in office management, nonprofit management, arts administration.

Concerts and Performances

Manage the schedules, setlists and equipment for concerts and performances. Coordinate with the Technical Theater department for indoor shows, and Photo/Video Documentarians for recording performances. 19+ years old. Experience managing or coordinating performances and/or venue spaces. 1+ years of knowledge/experience working with or mixing live sound. Must be able to lift and carry 45lbs.

Events and Activities

Plan and execute all-camp evening activities (games, carnival, block party, campfires, workshops, guest artists, etc). Collaborate with departments and bunks on various smaller events/projects. Plan and execute the all-staff end-of-summer banquet. Manage events and activities budgets, supplies, and schedules. Experience in Residence Life or Student Affairs is a plus. 19+ years old. experience planning, budgeting for, and implementing large group events, games, and/or activities.

Camp Documentarians

Photographer: document and publish photos and videos of camp and campers. Utilize camp software (CampMinder and Campanion) to build daily galleries for camp families. Work with year-round Marketing and Development teams to support year-round image/content needs. May occasionally support the analog Photography department if skills align. Strong interpersonal and independent work skills. Must provide their own DSLR & shooting equipment. Edit on your own computer or a camp-provided one. 2+ years event photography experience.

Videographer: set up and manage livestreams and recordings of camper performances, shows, and galleries. Edit and store recordings for families and camp archives. Work with year-round Marketing and Development teams to support year-round video/content needs. Provide occasional coverage and support for Media Arts classes. Strong independent work skills. Must provide their own camera & shooting equipment. Edit on your own computer or a camp-provided one. 2+ years documentary video experience.

Facilities/Operations Support

Afternoon, Evening, or Overnight Supervision. Supporting our Facilities Caretaker and Camp Operations Coordinator with various daily operational tasks that may include: power washing, trash pickup, light carpentry, light electrical or plumbing work, light vehicle maintenance, laundry, housekeeping, and groundskeeping. Must be a licensed driver with a clean record. 19+, general experience with any of the above listed work.