Thank you for your interest in Camp Hillard.
We are currently in the process of putting together our staff for this summer. The creation of a highly motivated and capable staff has been one of the most important reasons for our success for 88 years. As such, our recruiting process is done very carefully in order to ensure a team that is working together to provide children with the best possible summer experience. If you feel you are mature, enjoy working with children, and feel you can contribute to their summer experience, please fill out our employment application.
Being a camp counselor is a job that you will never forget. To have the opportunity to work with children and make a difference in their lives is very special. While working with children is demanding and hard work, it is very satisfying and provides relevant experience for many things you will do in later years. Being a camp counselor is also fun. At Camp Hillard we have over 350 staff members. After camp hours, our large staff is involved in various social activities such as counselor softball games and other events.
Here are a few facts about the job:
- The camp season consists of 3 all-staff orientation days (June 10, 21, and 24); a transportation orientation for those hired as bus counselors (June 13 for Westchester/CT routes, or June 15 for NYC routes); and 38 days of camp (June 26 to August 18, Monday thru Friday, not including Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4). As this is a day camp, your summer residence should be in the New York Metropolitan area. Transportation will be provided if you live in or can get to Manhattan.
- Camp Overview
- Camp Hillard, established in 1929, is well known throughout the New York Metropolitan area.
- Lunch is served daily.
- Program includes swimming in 7 heated pools, all sports, creative and performing arts, specialty activities, and special events.
- Salary in all cases is based upon position, qualifications, and year in school. Additional salary is offered for bus counselors (supervising campers daily on camp bus to and from camp), as well as in some cases for counselors who have valid certification in American Red Cross RTE, First Aid, CPR, Lifeguard Training, and Water Safety Instructor. Additional salary is also offered for staff involved in certain extra camp duties.
- Positions are available as General Counselor as well as in specialty areas. These areas include Swim Instructors and Lifeguards, Sports Specialists, Group Leaders, Tennis, Gymnastics, Horseback, Arts & Crafts, Music, Theater, Nature, Archery, Golf, Maintenance, Kitchen, Zip Line, Nurses and Nurse's Aides, and Office. Experience in specialty areas is required.
- Every General Counselor must know how to swim. You will be actively involved in the teaching of swimming each day and will be expected to be in the water with the children. You will also be expected to participate in sports and other activities with your campers. Every counselor will be involved in a physically active day.
- A Medical Form supplied by the camp is given to each employee. This form is to be filled out by both the employee and the employee's physician. The completed form must be returned to camp before the first Orientation day. A physical examination completed within 12 months of the opening day of camp is required. Also, please note that Camp Hillard is a smoke-free environment.
- If you are applying for Swim Staff, you must hold a valid ARC or equivalent certificates in Life Guard Training and CPRPRO (CPRPRO must have been issued within a year of the Camp season). In addition, certification as a WSI or equivalent is preferred and provides additional salary. We offer courses just prior to camp in all of these areas for those wishing to become certified or needing to get re-certified. These courses are offered free of charge to our employees and provide additional salary as noted above.
- Please be advised that a criminal and identity background report may be obtained from an independent reporting agency for the purpose of evaluating you for employment. Furthermore, all new staff members must meet the criteria of the I-9 Form, Employment Eligibility Verification, issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
- As you are a role model to young children, you are expected to be neat and appropriate in your appearance. In addition, for safety reasons, no long fingernails or piercings other than small studs are allowed.