At Camp Walden, we’re all dedicated to the well-being and happiness of our campers and staff. Walden started in 1916, and every year we continue to put our values into action. We work hard to build a team of truly exceptional people—the kind you’ll be excited to work with. We encourage you to consider joining us this summer if you:
- Have finished your first year of college or university; and,
- Have the desire for personal and professional development in being your best self.
The following are the 2024 Activity and Non-Activity staff positions for which we are hiring.
Camp Walden is searching for a Nurse Practitioner or RN to join our health and wellness staff and our camp community. Responsibilities will include health assessments, caring for sick and injured campers and staff, educating campers and staff of healthy practices, keeping records, and communicating with parents and physicians. You will provide these services for 150 campers and 80 staff members. Experience caring for children as well as a valid NP or RN license (Maine or Compact State) is required.
As one of the cooks in our kitchen you will be responsible for preparing, cooking and serving up to 2 meals a day. At camp we serve 3 meals a day to 230 campers and staff. These meals must be delicious and plentiful and are served family style. In addition there are salad bar and sandwich options available.Other kitchen staff will assist you with food preparation and serving, You will also be responsible for working with the Head of the Kitchen to accept and unpack food orders and maintain cleanliness in the kitchen, the coolers and the food storage areas.
Candidates must have 1-3 years cooking experience working as part of a team in a fast paced kitchen. Knowledge about and experience preparing vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, nut free and dairy free meals important and desired. This is a seasonal full-time position June 3 to August 26, 2024.
Department Head-Adventure Course:
Walden campers have the opportunity to learn to climb our wall and master our high ropes course and zip line. We’re searching for an individual to lead this program including supervising staff, planning curriculum and guiding campers on our Adventure Course. Candidates should have experience with outdoor adventure courses, working as part of a team and working with children. Prior summer camp or outdoor education experience is helpful. We will provide training on our course.
The ideal candidate for this role will be able to teach basic, hand-built ceramic projects. They will also have experience throwing on a wheel and teaching this technique. Experience working a kiln for bisque and glaze firings is a must. This is a perfect opportunity for a ceramic artist who wants to gain teaching experience and have 24-hour access to a studio and kiln.
The ideal candidate will be able to teach basic jewelry making; enameling, soldering, sawing, sanding and finishing. This is a perfect opportunity for a metal jewelry artist who wants to gain teaching experience and have 24-hour access to a studio.
Musical Theater Director:
The Music Director is responsible for teaching the musical numbers featured in our six musicals performed each summer. Applicants must be able to play the melodies on piano and have experience accompanying shows, as well as working with children. The Music Director works closely with the Theater Director and production team, including a choreographer, costumer, set designer and stage manager. Together, the team is involved in all stages of the process, from selecting plays to design, pre-production and final performance.
Musical Theater Set Designer:
We are searching for a set designer and technician for our theater program. Responsibilities include the design of lights, sound and sets for six shows over the course of six weeks, as well as running each show. The set designer works closely with the creative production team, 6 staff members including you, that is selecting plays to design, pre-production, and final performance. The ideal candidate will have experience designing lights, sound and sets in a theater, as well as a background working with children.
Horseback Riding Instructor
The ideal candidate is someone who loves riding horses and teaching others, especially children, to ride horses. Riding is one of the most popular activities at Walden, and our campers range from beginners to advanced. Our program instructs campers in the English style of riding. Experience teaching ride and caring for horses a must.
Horse Barn Manager:
We are also looking for someone to be responsible for caring for our 8 horses and teaching our campers about horse care and barn management. In addition this individual will be a member of the riding staff and will assist with instructing campers to ride.
We are searching for individuals who have experience and enjoy teaching tennis to children. Currently playing tennis on a college/university tennis team or having played on your varsity high school tennis team is a must. As a member of our tennis staff, you will spend most of everyday teaching tennis to campers of all levels. You will also coach campers when they participate in inter-camp tennis matches. Walden has six tennis courts — four clay courts and two hard courts.
Water Ski Instructor:
One of our many daily activities is learning to waterski and improving skills on skis and wake boards. We are searching for individuals who love working with children and have experience waterskiing or wakeboarding and driving a ski boat. Candidates should have prior experience instructing and driving a ski boat — even if it’s just among friends! We will train you to drive our boats on our lake.
Wilderness Trip Leader:
All Walden campers enjoy our tradition of wilderness canoeing and climbing trips that run from two to four days in length. We are searching for individuals to lead these trips while sharing their passion for the outdoors with campers. While at camp, you will spend most of every week on one or more camping trips. Candidates should have experience taking wilderness trips with young people, and prior summer camp or outdoor education experience is helpful. Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder Certification is a must (we offer this training if you are not already certified.)
You will spend the summer capturing daily life at camp and be responsible for photographing campers at activities, in the bunk, and during special events and traditions. An ideal candidate will have experience with digital photography, editing in Photoshop, Lightroom or similar editing software, while also having a strong portfolio of past work. Experience with video production is a bonus.
Day Camp Counselors (for staff children):
You will be responsible for providing care for four children ages 2–6. Ideal candidates will have experience babysitting and working with children, and must be responsible, energetic individuals who love the outdoors. Your days will be spent with the children around camp, engaging in a variety of activities and programming.