Work at Camp

Working at camp is a transformative experience in which staff members develop leadership skills as they create radically inclusive and loving community for campers and staff alike.

working at eden village

  • Perks
  • Staff Training
  • On Your Resume

Eden Village staff work hard and play hard. Every position at camp gives so much to the community and receives so much from the community! We make sure that every day is filled with meaningful friendships, fun activities, and opportunities for self-care. Here are some of the epic opportunities we offer our staff each summer:

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  • All-day staff snack room and night-time cafe.
  • Staff lounge with couches, games, sound-proof phone booths, and AC
  • Quiet work room
  • Opportunities to participate in camp activities such as Boating, Rock Climbing, bonfires, musical instruments, and so much more!
  • Free vouchers for the local ice cream shop, pizza shop, and nearby lake beach
  • Nighttime Staff Fun such as soccer tournaments, pool parties, bonfires, open mics, and more!
  • Camp cars available for group outings during time off
  • Daily shuttles to and from the train station (takes you directly into New York City in ~1 hour)

Our mandatory Staff Training provides staff with relevant skills they can use for the rest of their lives! From team bonding to world-building to skill-learning trainings, Staff Training is a transformative and exciting experience for all of our staff. The following are some, but not all, of our valuable trainings:

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  • Socialization Cycles: Understanding how we can use the model of sleepaway camp to interrupt cycles of oppression for campers and staff alike
  • Gender & Sexuality: Learning inclusive language to de-gender our bunks so that all campers feel empowered to be their fullest selves
  • Nonviolent Communication: Practicing communication rooted in compassion and a deeper understanding of our feelings and needs
  • Child-Center Care Model: Learn how to connect with children through compassion, gain hands on tools, learn behavior management skills, and understand the basics of child development.  
  • Eco-Judaism: Diving into our ancient traditions of earth-based spirituality to create vibrant and meaningful Jewish education

Wanting to grow your skills? Working at camp will prepare you for SO many different future careers and provide personal and professional opportunities for growth. The wide range of skills and experiences you gain at camp help you stand out on a resume. Here’s how to talk about your camp job in a professional setting:

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  • Leadership & Visioning: Staff members work and live together for 2 months, creating an intentional community centering radical kindness to empower campers to become earth-loving, heart-grounded leaders.
  • Communication & Conflict Resolution: All staff work in small teams, developing skills in communication and collaboration with coworkers and leadership staff.
  • Adaptability & Problem Solving: Working at camp requires the ability to follow a complex daily schedule while being adaptable when plans change.
  • Resiliency & Persistence: By the nature of caring for 200 children for 2 months, working at camp requires demanding hours and incredible resiliency

details, dates, & positions

Staff Requirements

All summer staff at Eden Village Camp are required to be at least 17 years old, provide multiple references, pass a background check, and participate in a 9-day staff training.


Questions about staffing? See our FAQ section. Still stumped? 

Call us at 845-809-0080 anytime or email staff@edenvillagecamp.org with your question, we’d love to answer it!


2024 Staff Dates

6/16-6/25 Staff Training @ Camp*
8/19 Last Day of Camp
*Program Staff will be expected to attend additional pre-camp virtual trainings, and some staff may be asked to report to camp earlier (leadership, lifeguards, farm, etc)

the most unique job

Working at Eden Village is an experience of a lifetime. Our diverse staff community brings together incredible individuals behind one shared goal: creating a radically loving and kind summer experience for our campers. Every position requires a tremendous amount of energy, hard work, patience, and flexibility, and every position returns lasting memories and friendships, delicious farm-fresh food, meaningful camper mentorship, and so much more.

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You do not need to convince them to apply…just give us their info and give them a heads up we will be contacting them. We are happy to talk to them about the job and answer any questions they might have if they are not quite ready to apply yet.

Staff Positions

Staff applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply now if you’re interested. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Eden Village provides equal opportunities without regard to race, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Bunk & Program Staff

  • Bunk Counselor
  • Junior Staff (Rising 12th graders)
  • Unit Heads / Tribe Leaders
  • Gan Counselor / Early Childhood
  • Adirondack Backcountry Trip Staff
    • (July 25 – Aug 14)

Program Specialists

  • Culinary Arts Specialist
  • Wilderness Survival Specialist
  • Art Specialist
  • Herbalism Specialist
  • Ropes Course Specialist
  • Sports Specialist
  • Music Specialist
  • Farm Specialist
  • Woodshop Specialist
  • Aquatics Director
  • Lifeguard

Kitchen Staff

  • Kitchen Assistant Chef
  • Mashgiach
  • Dining Hall Manager
  • Prep Cook
  • Dishwasher
  • Baker

Wellness Staff

  • Registered Nurse (3 weeks, 6 weeks, or 9 weeks)
  • Nurse Assistant
  • Camper Care Specialist / Social Worker
  • Special Needs Counselor / Camper One-on-One

Administrative Staff

  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Office Staff
  • Driver


Working at Eden Village Camp is a rewarding and unique experience. Each day our staff change the lives of our campers. Our staff is a strong, close-knit community who love waking up each morning at camp. If you love working with kids and being part of a team, you’ll love working at Eden Village Camp!

At a minimum you need to be 17 years old, have experience working with youth, and excited to work at camp! Many staff positions require additional certifications, training, and experience.

That’s great! You can mark down which positions you’re interested in when you fill out your staff application. Once we receive your application, we’ll be in touch with you about which positions we think are the best fit.
Now! Staff applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Most positions are filled by mid-January. In late-January we will update the staff page to reflect which positions are still open.
You can apply to work at camp by filling out an online application. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Apply Now” button to start your application!
Camp is located on 248 acres in Putnam Valley, New York, about an hour north of New York City. We’re surrounded by forest and the Appalachian Trail runs right through our backyard! We have a pool, lake, miles of hiking trails, teaching kitchen, herbalism apothecary, basketball courts, tennis courts, outdoor playing fields, and a 4 acre farm and fruit orchard. We’re about 7 miles down the road from Cold Spring, the Metro North train line, and the Hudson River.
Bunk staff live in cabins with campers while non-bunk staff live in cabins with other staff. All cabins have electricity, bathrooms, and showers.
Every staff member receives a day off each week to rest, rejuvenate, and build community with other staff. Break time for each staff is built into the daily schedule.

Be A Mentor

The staff at Eden Village are musicians, farmers, artists, ecologists, activists, educators and lovers of life who have demonstrated strong skills in working with children through prior experience. We want YOU to join our team!

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