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Onondaga Camp



Our staff are the backbone of our camp and are the reason so many campers come back year after year. We look for energetic and engaging staff who are committed to working in a unique, residential environment. All applicants must be 18 by December 31, 2024, and have previous experience working with children. All counselling staff applicants must have a minimum of Bronze Cross Lifesaving certification or equivalent by the time they arrive at camp. All activity specialists, nursing staff and office staff must have previous experience in their related fields.

Onondaga Camp values the diversity of people. We welcome and encourage applications from folks of all abilities. Accommodation will be provided, on request, to support candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. All responses will be handled with strict confidence. Please note only those who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. We look forward to meeting you!

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Why work at Onondaga Camp

Working at a summer camp can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. It will give you a platform to learn, develop and demonstrate valuable skills for future employment while being in a supportive environment with an amazing community of people.

What do you get from working at camp?

  • High Level of Responsibility
  • Creative Problem Solving Skills
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Management Experience
  • Time Management Skills
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Teamwork Experience

Staff Applicant FAQs

What positions are available?

We are currently hiring for the following positions. Please click on each position for a more detailed job description:

What day do staff start and end?

For our 2024 summer season our staff would be required to start on June 21, 2024 and finish on August 30, 2024. Some positions require 2-3 days of additional training before June 21, 2024.

What to bring?

What would my typical day look like?

Click here for a typical Staff Daily Routine. While looking at this you can see what would happen on most days. As a counsellor you would be responsible for waking your campers up in the morning, getting them to meals, running activities during activity periods, running or being a part of our evening programs and putting your campers to bed at night. All while being a guide, role model and support to the campers in your cabin or tent.

When do staff get days off?

All Staff receive nine days off throughout the summer (1 per week of camp) and an additional three days off during our July and August Sessions (July 24, 2024- July 27, 2024).

What are my accommodations like?

Living accommodations for staff are very similar to our campers. Counsellors of cabins over 13 years of age live in staff accommodations with one or more roommates depending on cabin size. Counsellors of campers under 13 years of age, live in a divided staff section of the cabin under the same roof as their campers. All non-counselling staff live in staff accommodations with one roommate.  All of these accommodations have shelving and a single bunk bed. All staff are responsible for bringing their own bedding to camp.

What training and support is provided to Staff?

We run an extensive Staff Training to make sure all of our staff are confident and have all the skills required for a great summer. Starting over a week before campers arrive, our staff team comes together at camp to learn everything from water safety & emergency procedures to activity training & lesson plans to every day camper management skills like dealing with homesickness or bullying. This week is an amazing bonding time for our staff team and ensures even first-time counsellors are ready to help lead campers effectively through the summer.
Our camp structure ensures you always have the support you need whether you are managing a challenging situation or just having a tough day.

What qualifications are required?

All applicants must be 18 by December 31, 2024, and have previous experience working with children. All counselling staff and canoe trippers must have a minimum of a Bronze Cross Lifesaving certification by the time they arrive at camp. All activity specialists, nursing staff and other specialist staff must have experience in their related fields. Additional qualifications are required for several specialist roles.

Please contact with any specific questions.

Do you want to join our team and have more questions? Contact Graham MacLellan at