If you are interested in youth development and making a difference in your community, please feel free to apply for a seasonal summer day camp position with our South Mountain YMCA. Many seasonal positions may become year-round full or part time employment with our organization. The application process is lengthy, so please apply early. Most camp positions are filled before mid-May with interviews starting shortly for some positions.
Employment Application Process
- Applicant submits application. CAMP APPLICATION LINK
- Applications are reviewed for the proper and matching camp/position.
- Directors call eligible applicants for a phone screening.
- Directors arrange in-person interviews with selected top candidates.
- Background and reference checks are performed.
Please understand that we interview several hundred candidates for our seasonal camp positions and are not able to inform all applicants of the status of their application or post interviews. We will only contact you if your responses match the needs of our many camp programs.
All applications must be filled out completely with personal and professional references. Professional references for young adults or teens may include teachers, coaches or volunteer managers. Incomplete applications will not be considered for review. Complete applications should be sent to:
Attn: Camp Hiring Manager
C/o South Mountain YMCA
13 Jefferson Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
The Y’s camp season runs from June 26 - August 25th. All hired staff will need to attend a minimum of 30 hours of pre-camp trainings on some evenings and most Saturdays in June. Higher level camp positions also require pre-camp planning as part of the position requirements.
All open camp positions for the 2017 season are listed below. Many of these positions are available at any of our 16-day camps with daily hours ranging from 7am to 7pm for both full and part time positions.To learn more about our camp offerings, please click here: CAMP INFORMATION
PT/FT Specialist - (18 yrs. and older)
Camp Specialist are responsible for planning activities around themes for each week of camp already chosen, leading these activities with camper groups, and overseeing other camp staff while in their classes. Applicant must have prior experience in providing excellent customer service for parents, campers and leadership of staff. We are in need of program leaders that have knowledge of and passion to teach: science, music, art, tennis, sports, world life, cooking, drama, games, or create your own and really impress us!!
FT Senior Counselors (18 yrs. and older)
Senior Counselors are responsible for supervising Junior Counselors and camper groups, implementing day-to-day activities, assist in the planning of special events and camp activities, leading daily swim lessons, engaging children in activities, and communicating concerns and issues to parents and directors. Applicant must have prior experience in providing excellent customer service for parents, campers, and staff leadership. Must be willing and able to get into the water to assist in swim lessons daily after being trained by YMCA aquatic staff.
PT/FT Junior Counselors (16-18 yrs. - maybe 15 with CIT experience)
Junior Counselors are responsible for assisting Senior Counselors and Program Specialists to provide positive leadership for campers. Applicant must have good customer service skills and interested in learning how to provide excellent customer service for parents and campers. Volunteer or work experience with children required. Must be willing and able to get into the water to assist in swim lessons daily, after being trained by YMCA aquatic staff. Starting hourly wage rate is $5.50 for first time hires that are under age 18, per youth minimum wage compliance.
PT Swim Instructors (15-17 yrs.)
Swim Instructors are responsible for assisting camper groups with swim lessons in the early part of the camp day. Our YMCA Lifeguards train and assist our staff in leading swim lessons. Applicant must have good customer service skills and be interested in learning how to provide excellent customer service for parents and campers. Applicants must be able to encourage campers to be comfortable in the water and learn how to swim. Our campers are swim-tested and placed into appropriate levels to ensure their progression. Starting hourly wage rate is $5.50 for first time hires that are under age 18, per youth minimum wage compliance.
Extended Care Counselor (16 years or older)
After Camp Counselors are responsible for providing positive leadership for campers and organize activities of campers’ choice in the afternoon hours. Applicant must have good customer service skills and be interested in learning how to provide excellent customer service for parents and campers. Volunteer or work experience with children preferred. Starting hourly wage rate is $5.50 for first time hires that are under age 18, per youth minimum wage compliance.
For further information please contact:
Eric Stoddard, Associate Executive Director - South Mountain YMCA