Employment

At Poly Summer, we carefully select the highly qualified and talented individuals who comprise our energetic and dedicated summer team. Teachers, coaches, counselors, and staff work collaboratively to deliver a safe, fun, and memorable summer to children. While each team member demonstrates a unique set of skills and expertise required to operate our wide range of programs, all Poly Summer team members bring forth patience, playfulness, passion, professionalism, and positivity.

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2020 Position Descriptions

We employ many professionals – teachers, coaches, and specialists in their fields. Additionally, we hire qualified college students and graduating high school students who once were campers themselves. Our team members count down with excitement to the start of each camp season.

  • Camp Nurse (June 29 – August 14)

    Join our summer team for a rewarding experience serving campers ranging in age from 3.5 through 15.
    Poly Summer seeks a State of New York Registered Nurse who will serve as one of two day camp nurses during this seven-week period. The candidates who fill each of these two available positions will be team players with a blend of medical and administrative experience. Each camp nurse reports to the Camp Health Director, and works in Poly Summer’s Camp Health Office, a clean and air-conditioned space, and attend to health situations as needed that span our 25-acre campus.
    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
    Click here for a more detailed description of essential duties and responsibilities.
    • Supervise the care of all cases of illness and accident to campers and staff
    • Operate the Camp Health Office and maintain supplies and equipment
    • Supervise the general health history and safety of campers and staff
    • Complete written reports
    • Contribute to the positive relationships between staff, campers, camp administrators, and camp families.
    Knowledge, Skill, and Ability:
    • Maintain standards of camp policies and procedures
    • Cope with emergencies with good judgment
    • Recognize potential health and safety hazards
    • Read prescriptions and health exams
    • Recognize common childhood illnesses
    • Awareness and experience with children ages 3.5 through 15 and young adults
    • Keep organized and accurate records
    • Communicate effectively with campers and staff
    • Provide necessary instruction and experiential learning opportunities to campers and staff
    • Communicate with parents and medical personnel on a daily basis.
    • Observe camper behavior and apply appropriate behavior management techniques
    • Get to remote locations on camp property quickly in the event of an emergent situation
    • Use the telephone, fax, computer, and camp software program
    • Observe and assess unsanitary or unhealthy conditions of camp
     Working Environment/Physical Demands
    • Poly Summer offers an upbeat, friendly, positive environment which staff view as a place where the “get to” spend their summer not “have to” spend their summer
    • Camp activity areas are spread over many acres.  Staff can expect to walk outdoors as needed throughout the camp day.
    • Lifting or carrying campers may be required
    • Must be willing to authorize a full criminal background investigation as well as a review by the NYS Sex Offender Registry in compliance with Article 13-B of the Public Health Law
    • Flexibility in schedule as an emergency situation may demand
    Qualifications:
    • State of New York Registered Nursing License, Active
    • Current Certification in CPR
    Experience:
    • Pediatric experience
    • Camp employment experience desirable
    • School employment experience desirable

    Nurses with children who are camp-aged are eligible for camperships within our program.

    Email resume to:  hiring+summer@polyprep.org

  • Camp Nurse (June 15 – June 26)

    Join our summer team for a rewarding experience serving campers ranging in age from 3.5 through 15.
    Poly Summer seeks a State of New York Registered Nurse who will serve as our day camp nurse during this two-week period. The candidate will be a team player with a blend of medical and administrative experience. Each camp nurse reports to the Camp Health Director, and works in Poly Summer’s Camp Health Office, a clean and air-conditioned space, and attend to health situations as needed that span our 25-acre campus.
    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
    Click here for a more detailed description of essential duties and responsibilities.
    • Supervise the care of all cases of illness and accident to campers and staff
    • Operate the Camp Health Office and maintain supplies and equipment
    • Supervise the general health history and safety of campers and staff
    • Complete written reports
    • Contribute to the positive relationships between staff, campers, camp administrators, and camp families.
    Knowledge, Skill, and Ability:
    • Maintain standards of camp policies and procedures
    • Cope with emergencies with good judgment
    • Recognize potential health and safety hazards
    • Read prescriptions and health exams
    • Recognize common childhood illnesses
    • Awareness and experience with children ages 3.5 through 15 and young adults
    • Keep organized and accurate records
    • Communicate effectively with campers and staff
    • Provide necessary instruction and experiential learning opportunities to campers and staff
    • Communicate with parents and medical personnel on a daily basis.
    • Observe camper behavior and apply appropriate behavior management techniques
    • Get to remote locations on camp property quickly in the event of an emergent situation
    • Use the telephone, fax, computer, and camp software program
    • Observe and assess unsanitary or unhealthy conditions of camp
     Working Environment/Physical Demands
    • Poly Summer offers an upbeat, friendly, positive environment which staff view as a place where the “get to” spend their summer not “have to” spend their summer
    • Camp activity areas are spread over many acres.  Staff can expect to walk outdoors as needed throughout the camp day.
    • Lifting or carrying campers may be required
    • Must be willing to authorize a full criminal background investigation as well as a review by the NYS Sex Offender Registry in compliance with Article 13-B of the Public Health Law
    • Flexibility in schedule as an emergency situation may demand
    Qualifications:
    • State of New York Registered Nursing License, Active
    • Current Certification in CPR
    Experience:
    • Pediatric experience
    • Camp employment experience desirable
    • School employment experience desirable

    Nurses with children who are camp-aged are eligible for camperships within our program.

    Email resume to:  hiring+summer@polyprep.org
    Email resume to:  hiring+summer@polyprep.org

  • Lifeguard and Swim Instructor (June 29 – August 7)

    Teach kids to swim this summer while keeping them safe and having fun!
    Qualifications:
    • Consistent availability between Monday, June 29 and Friday, August 7; required training sessions in June
    • Additional opportunities available weeks of 6/15, 6/22, 8/10
    • Must be at least 16 years old with current lifeguard certification
    • Additional certification in Water Safety Instruction (WSI) is preferred
    • Must submit physician record of physical examination with immunizations prior to June 1, 2020
    Position Overview:
    • Supervise and guard all aquatic activities
    • Instruct campers, ages 4 to 16, in swimming skills
    • Provide surveillance during aquatic activities to help prevent and to manage injuries
    • Rescue campers as needed
    • Utilize first aid and CPR and other emergency management services as needed
    • Enforce responsibly all pool rules and regulations
    • Assess each swimmer you teach and complete a progress report for each swimmer at the end of the program
    • Be a role model to campers and staff in attitude and behavior

  • Summer Experience Head Counselor (June 29 – August 7)

    Share your energy, enthusiasm, and experience while helping your campers create lasting memories and friendships at Poly Summer.
    Qualifications:
    • Consistent availability between Monday, June 29 and Friday, August 7; required training sessions in June
    • College graduate with demonstrated experience managing groups of children; professional experience preferred
    • Must be able to obtain or become certified in First Aid/CPR.
    • Must submit physician record of physical examination with immunizations prior to June 1, 2020
    Position Overview:
    • Responsible for the daily management of a single group of campers in a specific age range
    • Foster a safe, inclusive, and fun camp experience
    • Lead campers through their daily activities
    • Directly supervise a team of 3-5 counselors
    • Support activity specialists in leading camp activities
    • Help train 1-2 counselors-in-training (CITs) within group
    • Communicate with campers’ parents during dropoff and pickup
    • Be a role model to campers and staff in attitude and behavior

  • Summer Experience Group Counselor (June 29 – August 7)

    Help create a memorable and fun summer for campers while sharing your skills as an upbeat and engaging team-player.
    Qualifications:
    • Six-week commitment required
    • Consistent availability between Monday, June 29 and Friday, August 7; required training sessions in June
    • Senior group counselors must have completed their first year of college or equivalent and have demonstrated experience working with groups of children
    • Junior group counselors must be at least 16 years of age with demonstrated experience working with groups of children
    • Must submit physician record of physical examination with immunizations prior to June 1, 2020
    Position Overview:
    • Support head counselor in the management and supervision of a specific group of campers for six-weeks
    • Foster an environment of physical and emotional safety
    • Provide campers with a fun and positive camp experience
    • Support campers in making new friends and trying new things
    • Assist activity specialists in the full range of camp activities
    • Participate in camp events and spirit days
    • Be a role model to campers and staff in attitude and behavior
    • Many opportunities for responsibility and leadership

  • Summer Experience Activity Counselor (June 29 – August 7)

    Work in an activity area to help campers of all ages build skills and have fun!
    Qualifications:
    • Six-week commitment required
    • Consistent availability between Monday, June 29 and Friday, August 7; required training sessions in June
    • Activity counselors must have a demonstrated interest in their activity area (see below)
    • Must be at least 16 years of age with demonstrated experience working with groups of children
    • Must submit physician record of physical examination with immunizations prior to June 1, 2020
    Position Overview:
    • Support activity specialists in the management and delivery of their program
    • Activity areas include but are not limited to: tennis, arts and crafts, ceramics, group games and sports, dance, karate
    • Provide campers with a fun and positive camp experience
    • Support campers in making new friends and trying new things
    • Foster an environment of physical and emotional safety
    • Participate in camp events and spirit days
    • Be a role model to campers and staff in attitude and behavior
    • Many opportunities for responsibility and leadership

  • Elective Teacher/Specialist (June 29 – August 7)

    Would you like to share your skills and passion with campers through creative and well-planned lessons and activities?
    Our amazing team of elective teachers and specialists design and lead activity periods in their area(s) of expertise.  We seek talented specialists for Performing Arts Day Camp and skilled elective teachers for Summer Experience Day Camp.
    Within Summer Experience Day Camp, past elective programs have included puppetry, Ultimate, martial arts, magic, chess, watercolor painting, boot camp, jewelry design, drumming, digital photography, slime bonanza, and on, and on.  We always are open to great ideas!
    Qualifications:
    • At least two weeks of consistent availability between Monday, June 29 – Friday, August 7; required training sessions in June
    • Additional weeks as available
    • Lead specialists and elective teachers must be college graduates with demonstrated experience in teaching and classroom management in their specialty area(s)
    • Specialty areas may include visual arts, sports, performing arts, STEM, and beyond
    • Must submit physician record of physical examination with immunizations prior to June 1, 2020
    Position Overview:
    • Design five 45-minute sessions in each specialty area to deliver to 4th-8th grade campers
    • Teach five periods each day to various camp groups
    • Deliver programs that are engaging, appealing, exciting, and age-appropriate
    • Develop working relationship with group counselors
    • Assist in camp special events
    • Be a role model to campers and staff in attitude and behavior

  • Performing Arts Group Counselor (June 29 – August 7)

    Help our campers shine on stage this summer as your share your positive energy and skills in Poly’s Performing Arts Day Camp.
    Qualifications:
    • Six-week commitment required
    • Consistent availability between Monday, June 29 and Friday, August 7; required training sessions in June
    • Senior Counselors must have completed their first year of college or equivalent and have demonstrated experience working with groups of children
    • Junior Counselors must be at least 16 years of age with demonstrated experience working with groups of children
    • Demonstrated passion and experience with theater, music, dance, and other performing arts activities
    • Must submit physician record of physical examination with immunizations prior to June 1, 2020
    Position Overview:
    • Assist in the management of a specific group of campers
    • Create a meaningful and memorable experience
    • Provide campers with physical and emotional safety
    • Encourage campers in making friendships and building skills
    • Assist activity specialists in the full range of camp activities
    • Be a role model to campers and staff in attitude and behavior
    • Many opportunities for responsibility and leadership

  • Kitchen Assistant (June 29 – August 7)

    Want to help nourish our campers and staff under the guidance of an esteemed chef?
    Qualifications:
    • Consistent availability between Monday, June 29 and Friday, August 7; required training sessions in June
    • Must be at least 15 years old
    • Desire to work in the food service area
    • Must submit physician record of physical examination with immunizations prior to June 1, 2020
    Position Overview:
    • Assist in the preparation and service of nutritious lunches to campers
    • Assist in routine sanitation of the kitchen and related equipment
    • Assist in the packaging and distribution of food for use outside the camp dining hall
    • Be a role model to campers and staff in attitude and behavior

  • Camp Office Assistant (June 29 – August 7)

    Make a positive impact on children while sharing your skills in customer service, communication, and organization.
    Qualifications:
    • Consistent availability between Monday, June 29 and Friday, August 7; required training sessions in June
    • Must be at least 18 years of age
    • Minimum one year experience in administrative and/or customer service role
    • Desire to support camp administrators with daily organizational tasks and errands
    • Ability to communicate professionally via email, phone, and in person
    • Proficient in G-suite, Microsoft Office, Excel
    • Must submit physician record of physical examination with immunizations prior to June 1, 2020
    Position Overview:
    • Assist administrators in some of the following areas:  nurse’s office, special events office, attendance office, camp office
    • Help campers safely move around campus when not with their camp group
    • Run errands and deliver messages around campus as needed
    • Support camp groups with additional camper supervision as needed
    • Assist in the delivery of campwide special events
    • Be a role model to campers and staff in attitude and behavior

  • Counselor – Weeklong Camps (6/15, 6/22, 8/3, 8/10)

    Help create a memorable and fun summer for campers while sharing your skills as an upbeat and engaging team-player.

    Qualifications:

    • Consistent Monday through Friday availability for each week of employment;  required training sessions in June
    • Available one or more of the following weeks:  June 15, June 22, August 3, August 10
    • Counselors must be at least 16 years of age with demonstrated experience working with groups of children
    • Experience in Specialty Camp Program area (i.e., Sports, Tech, Science, Art)
    • Must submit physician record of physical examination with immunizations prior to June 1, 2020

    Position Overview:

    • Assist Camp Director and leadership team in managing a specific group of campers
    • Provide campers with physical and emotional safety and overall positive camp experience
    • Support instruction in specialty area
    • Assist with other required supervision or camp support
    • Be a role model to campers and staff in attitude and behavior
    • Many opportunities for responsibility and leadership



Hiring Process

We welcome qualified candidates to apply for positions at Poly Summer. Hiring happens on a rolling basis throughout the year until all positions are filled. We receive many applications for each position and, therefore, are highly selective.

Our hiring process includes:

  • Staff Application: Online applications will be available on February 4. We do not accept paper applications.
  • Personal Interview: If an applicant’s skills and experience match one of our job openings, we will invite the candidate to join us for an individual or group interview with a program director.
  • 2 Professional/Personal References: A combination of individuals from work and/or school who can attest to your skills and integrity is required.
  • Employment Verification: Confirmation of past employment experience will be conducted through our office.
  • State and National Criminal Background Checks: Before we allow hired applicants to work with children, we conduct both a NYS Sex Offender Inquiry and a National Criminal Background check.
  • We place great value on applicants who demonstrate initiative and maturity. Phone calls and emails from applicants’ parents are frowned upon in the hiring process.
Apply Now

The Poly Summer online staff application is now available.

We hire on a rolling basis until all positions are filled with qualified candidates.

Staff FAQs

  • Is working at a camp as valuable as getting a summer internship?

    Working at a camp is both an amazing experience and an amazing resume builder.  Behind all of its fun, camp is a serious business that cultivates a valuable skill set in its employees.  If you love to work hard, think outside the box, serve as a leader, and care for those around you, you may wish to choose the camp job over the summer internship.  Ultimately, you can translate your camp employment into an impressive resume for your future employer.

  • What considerations are important why applying to work at a camp?

    Successful camp counselors are compassionate, cooperative, and enthusiastic individuals. They look for opportunities to engage with others, and they find joy in helping kids make friends, face their fears, try new things, and feel safe. “Connection” is the key word at camp, and all camp staff are expected to make this the priority during employment.

  • How many staff work at Poly Summer?

    Each summer, we employ over 225 teachers, coaches, specialists, counselors, and staff. Staff ages range from 16 through “very experienced” adults. The average age of our summer staff is 25 years old.

  • What will my typical day be like at Poly Prep Summer?

    Our staff members set the tone for each camp day, and therefore arrive earlier than both campers and students. All staff members must arrive by 8:15 AM, and may leave after campers have departed, by approximately 4:00 PM each day. Staff members are involved in all camper activities including lunch, and they work across divisions to support camper engagement, happiness, and safety.  Weekly staff meetings are required at a time to be determined by each division head.

  • Will I need to bring a lunch?

    If you are a staff member for  any one of our full-day camp programs, your employment includes free access to a nutritious and delicious lunch including salads, fresh fruit, and barbecue days. Counselors serve and sit with their campers and are expected to supervise while at lunch.

  • What do staff wear?

    Your personal appearance is important. While we are happy that Poly Prep Summer is a social experience, we remind employees that they have been hired as professionals in our programs.  As such, all staff are required to wear their staff T-shirt on a daily basis.  Additionally, staff must wear sneakers as it models the expectation we place on our campers for safety.  Staff should wear casual or athletic shorts that are mid-thigh or longer.  Staff members that are not in uniform or inappropriately dressed may be sent home for the day without compensation.

  • Will there be staff training before the first day of camp?

    You will be required to complete 8-10 hours of staff training in June, which will cover all aspects of camp and what will be expected of you in your specific role as a staff member. Staff training also gives you an opportunity to get to know other staff and for all of us to form a strong and supportive community going into the camp season.

  • What responsibilities will I have?

    Each position in camp comes with daily responsibilities for which you will be held accountable. We invest significant time into choosing the right person for each position and we will support you in your position to do a great job. To reach our goal of providing our campers with the safest, happiest, healthiest, and most fun-filled summer, it requires a fully committed staff, both individually and collectively.  Working with some children will challenge you to be at your best and although this job isn’t easy, it is fun and rewarding. Whether you are looking to build your experience working with children or as part of an integral team, or you love being outdoors, a summer here at Poly Prep is an experience that will prove to be invaluable and memorable for a lifetime!

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