Summer Jobs

Camp Riverlea provides a safe, supportive, and fun environment for kids ages 5-13.5. We also commit a lot of time, energy, and thought into making this a great working environment for our staff. As part of our team, you will work with other exciting, talented, and fun-loving people to celebrate each camper for who they are. At Riverlea, you will come to work each day knowing not only that you can make an immediate difference in the lives of the people around you, but also that you’ll have a great time doing just that.

If you want to work with kids in a beautiful outdoor setting; if you want to work alongside other amazing counselors and volunteers in a supportive community; if you want your summer work to be enjoyable, challenging, and gratifying; and if you want to do all of this in an environment and context designed to help campers develop lasting friendships and a positive self image, please apply.

Being a counselor is an incredibly rewarding experience. You will develop and hone skills and habits that are applicable to every line of work, including

  • Leadership, communication, and instruction skills
  • Creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Discipline and reliability
  • Collaboration, sacrifice, and general team-orientation
  • Commitment to other people and to a group goal
  • Program development
  • and much more. 

Moreover, you’ll learn about yourself and grow as a person by extending your circle of comfort and developing your skill-set for addressing a variety of challenges. If that’s not enough, just think of the new friends you’ll make! Ask anyone who has worked at a summer camp, and they’ll tell you that some of their best friends were co-counselors. What’s not to love?

Supervising and teaching campers all day takes strength and endurance, and Riverlea counselors must be dedicated, creative, hard-working, enthusiastic, patient people with self-discipline and a sense of humor. Counselors lead and assist in small and large group activities, supervise campers’ participation in structured and unstructured activities, plan lessons, demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of the campers, interact appropriately with campers, model responsible behavior, and use positive behavior-management techniques. In addition to our required pre-camp week-long training and orientation session from June 5-9, 2023, Camp Riverlea provides continuous mentorship and professional development throughout the summer.

Apply today to work at Riverlea!

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Program Director

Counselor-in-Training(CIT) Manager


First Aid Manager

Shire manager (Lead Custodian)

We receive and review applications through the winter and spring and hire until all positions are filled, usually by the end of March. There is no application deadline.

Staff must be available to work 8:45-4:30 every weekday from June 5 – August 4, 2023. All staff must be at least 16 years old by the start of camp, and counselors can apply to specialize in one of the activity departments or to be a general counselor who specializes in working with specific age groups. In addition to the regular camp hours, counselors, the Volunteer Manager, and the Administrative First Aid Manager are expected to be at the Open House on Saturday, June 10th; the extended day programs June 22nd, July 13th, July 27th, and the evening end-of-camp cleanup on August 4th. If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Amy Harris-Ambrosio at campersupport@campriverlea.com. 

Not available for the whole summer or under 16 years old? Check out our volunteer opportunities!

Camp Riverlea does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.

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