Employment FAQ

Why work at camp?

Being a staff member at camp is one of the most fun, challenging, and rewarding jobs you will experience. Throughout the summer, you will learn and/or further skills related to childcare, communication, program planning, among many other skills. Above all, you will be a role model to children. You have the ability to change each child’s’ life for the better. Are you up for the challenge?

Where is camp located and how will I get there?

New Country Day Camp is located in the greenbelt in Staten Island on 75 acres of hiking trails, swimming pools, sports fields, and more! All campers and staff will travel to and from camp on school buses that pick up at various stops in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

What positions can I apply for?

There are many options! Check out available jobs here!

Am I a good fit for to work at camp?

We are interested in hiring those who have a lot of energy, are role models, responsible, and have an interest in working with children in the outdoors. If that sounds like you, then you should apply!

Who works at camp?

New Country Day Camp has over 170 staff members from different locations, religions, and interests. Our staff is dynamic, enthusiastic, and supportive. You do not need to be Jewish to work at camp.

Do I have to be able to work for the entire summer to be considered for a position?

We do require staff to commit to the entire summer if they would like to work at camp. This helps with consistency in our staff community and for our campers who will expect to see your smiling face every day. Exceptions are made for graduations, family emergencies, etc. The earlier you communicate conflicting dates, the better!

What hours will I be working during the week?

Monday to Thursday the day runs from 8:00 am-5:00 pm (can be slightly longer or shorter depending on bus stop). On Friday, we end an hour early for the Jewish practice of Shabbat.

Is there orientation before camp?

Yes! All staff are required to attend all days of orientation that take place in June. You will receive these dates and times upon being hired. During the week, orientation is held in the evening. There are also some Sunday trainings during orientation so we can physically prepare camp.

Are there any other time commitments outside of camp and orientation?

Yes. 2-3 times throughout the summer, there will be after camp meetings for the staff community to meet, plan, and spend time with each other.

What options do I have for lunch?

Camp provides lunch every day that you are welcome to eat! You can also bring your own lunch; we just ask that it is nut-free.

How and when will I be paid?

You will receive a paper check or direct deposit (depending on what you choose) every two weeks. Your salary depends on the grade you are entering in the Fall or your level of work experience, depending on your role at camp.

What can I expect in the application process?

Applications open in the winter. If you would like to be notified when applications, fill out the employee interest form. After you apply, a member of our team will be in touch regarding an interview if we believe it is a good fit. This can be a group interview or an individual interview depending on the position you are applying for. It will take place in-person. Video calls can be used for applicants out of the area.

What are the other benefits of working at camp?

Besides being able to spend your summer in the outdoors, working with children, and making new friends, you will receive a free gym membership to the 14 Street Y for the summer, receive endless opportunities for professional/personal development and growth, as well as be on a team of professionals who will go above & beyond in supporting you now as well in future endeavors (i.e. references, recommendation letters, job searches and placement, etc.) Check out our year-round team here.