Staff

Hiring the best staff is one of our priorities. We seek a good mix of our senior staff, veteran returning staff and new staff members. While it is very important to us to hire qualified staff in various areas, it is even more important to us to hire enthusiastic, positive and genuinely caring individuals. We review applications and references thoroughly and will conduct Skype interviews to aid us in the hiring process.

Summer employment contracts generally are for a 9 week period which includes our staff orientation. Staff orientation is required for all staff to familiarize them with all aspects of the job. In addition, pre-camp we will send a lot of material to help staff members understand our mission and our expectations for employment. We assume that each staff member will read all materials sent.
Camp Marist employs staff in one of four areas:

1) Prefect – lives in camper cabins with three other counselors.

2) Counselor – works primarily in an activity area as well as being assigned to a cabin and cabin life.

3) Nurse – our goal is to have three nurses on staff at all times. Our head nurse hires our nursing staff and all applications for this position will be contacted by her.

4)Support Staff – generally we hire support staff in the areas of maintenance, kitchen/dining room and at times laundry or office staff.

Prefects – the cabin prefect serves many roles in the life of a camper – parent, friend, role model and much more all rolled into one. They are the anchors for our campers giving them a sense of safety and comfort by creating a cabin spirit and making the cabin their home away from home.
Some specific responsibilities:
– Creating a healthy, homey cabin environment
– Supervision of campers for meals, rest periods, free time and through the entire evening
– Supervise the team of counselors assigned to the cabin in the Champagnat Program to foster cabin spirit, friendships and a sense of family
– Keep cabin and surrounding cabin area clean. Bathrooms must be cleaned daily and checked throughout the day. Make sure porch and cabin areas are kept clean. Inspections should be conducted to make sure the campers keep their areas clean
– Be aware of all policies and procedures as outlined in the staff manual

Counselors – counselors are hired to fulfill specific needs of camp in activities. Besides their expertise in their activity, counselors work with their assigned cabin to assist the prefect in creating a sense of camaraderie in the cabin.
Some specific responsibilities:
– Run and supervise a safe, informative and fun activity during the daily activity periods
– Take part in the evening program including The Tournament Games, Bad Moose or Mighty Bear Clan Activities and the Mound
– After the Mound each evening all counselors proceed with their campers to their assigned cabins
– Participate in special camper events as needed
– Keep eyes and ears open for safety or behavioral issues and address them immediately
– Be aware of all policies and procedures as outlined in the staff manual

Activity Areas – Archery, Riflery, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Martial Arts, Lifeguarding, Water Skiing, Sailing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Fishing, Paddle Boards, Ropes Course, Go-Karts, Arts & Crafts, Dance, Horseback Riding, Call of the Wild/Nature Hiking, Basketball, Tennis and various Field Sports.
Nurses – our Health Lodge Staff have been the envy of every camp for many years. We always have two nurses on duty at a minimum but usually three. Nurses must be registered nurses certified in the State of New Hampshire

Some specific responsibilities:
– Responsible for the overall management of health care for the camp
– Provide health care to campers and staff
– Conduct check-ins for staff and campers upon arrival to review health records and needs
– Conduct a health care session for the staff
– Respond to all health care emergencies
– Storage of and dispense medications

Support Staff – our support staff provide pivotal roles at camp. These include working in the kitchen with our Food Service Manager or with our Maintenance Director in the care of our property.

Kitchen Staff:
– Includes many different roles such as dishwashing, food preparation, dining hall and kitchen cleaning, running food to the food line, some cooking where necessary and other jobs as needed by the Food Service Manager
– Hours revolve around the meals and are determined by the Food Service Manager
Maintenance Position:
– Includes many different roles as determined by the Maintenance Director
– General Maintenance of the property – painting, cleaning, moving things, picking up trash, putting things together or taking them apart
– Must be flexible as each day has different needs and crisis

Counselor’s in Training (CIT’s) – While not staff, we thought it important to explain this vital program. This program is for individuals who must be aged 16 by July 1 of the coming camp season. CIT’s become part of our leadership training program for two years with the goal being to become a counselor upon completion. We have two CIT Directors with years of experience working with our CIT’s and they are under the supervision of our staff at activities to learn the leadership skills necessary to manage campers, prepare and execute an activity and the organizational skills to put it all together.

Salary – salaries differ according to experience and years of service at Camp Marist. *Salaries for first year International Staff are determined by your agency. Returning International Staff would negotiate their salaries according the figures below. Generally, the pay scale is as follows:
– Prefect – $3000
– Counselor – $2000
– Nurse – $567 per week
– Support Staff – $2000

International Staff – we hire staff from all over the world including Australia, Scotland, England, Ireland, Mexico, Canada, France, New Zealand, Korea, Poland and many more countries. We find this adds an international flavor to our camp that expands the world of our campers. The agencies we presently work with include:
– CCUSA
– Camp America
– Camp Leaders
– We are open to working with other agencies as well

Choice of agency is totally up to the staff member as each agency is different and has different advantages. However, please be aware that obtaining a J1 work visa is a challenging process and should be begun early rather than later. It can take quite a bit of time with a lot of hoops to jump through.

International staff are researched through the agencies according to our needs. However, many staff over the years especially those being recommended by a present or past staff member often contact us directly to draw attention to their application and qualifications. This often speeds up the process.
How to Apply – go on our website at campmarist.org and fill out an application. We will then contact references and begin the process which can take some time. All Camp Marist Staff must be 18 years of age by July 1 of the camp season for which they are applying. CIT’s should fill out a CIT application and must be 16 by July 1 of the coming camp season. Any questions should be directed to the Summer Camp Director at [email protected]

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