Employment

Employment Opportunities

YMCA Camp Chingachgook is part of the Capital District YMCA and offers a variety of positions throughout the year. We are a community of dynamic outdoor leaders who foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Capital District YMCA wants all interested applicants to know we are seeking a diverse workforce and are actively recruiting candidates in accordance with diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity policies.


Outdoor Education Positions

Join the multi-season team at YMCA Camp Chingachgook on spectacular Lake George in Adirondack Park, NY. Using an experiential approach to teaching and program instruction, Outdoor Educators inspire wonder and discovery in students, families, youth, and adult groups through outdoor exploration, Adirondack ecology, and challenge course education. We offer a wide range of employment opportunities including paid internships, entry level teaching positions, and senior educator leadership opportunities.  Educators receive a competitive daily wage commensurate with experience, room, board, and opportunities for professional growth.

Now Hiring for Fall 2018 – position begins in August

Outdoor Educators include:

– Interns

– Field Educators

– Senior Educators with specialty skills in:

  • Environmental Education
  • Challenge Course Leadership
  • Sailing
  • Outdoor Adventure and Wilderness Skills

Click below to apply:

 Outdoor Educator

The Waterfront Coordinator is a new extended-season camp leadership opportunity.

Click below to learn more and apply:

Waterfront Coordinator

New Full Year Positions:

Group Services Coordinator – Coordinates weekend programs, conferences, trainings, and special events.

Outdoor Education and Group Services Assistant –  Supports year-round programming through digital communications, scheduling, registration, and organizational systems.

Contact Tricia Biles, Director of Outdoor Education and Group Services, for more information. 518-656-9462 x-6644


Summer Camp Positions

Chingachgook staff change lives! We hire over 100 dedicated domestic and international staff to work with our day and resident camp programs. Our staff have a strong desire to work with children, an appreciation for the outdoors, and a ton of energy! Our summer season starts in early to mid June with training and ends in late August. Spend a summer on Lake George and make memories that will last a lifetime!

For more information on summer camp positions see the descriptions below or email Jiné Andreozzi, Summer Camp Director. 

Important Dates for 2019:

  • Mandatory Wilderness Training for all counselors:
    April 25 – April 28; May 17-19; or June 18-21
  • Support Staff Training starts June 12th
  • Specialists Training starts June 17th
  • Staff must be available June 17th through Session 5, August 23rd Preference given to those applicants who can work the full season.

Leadership Positions (Support Staff)

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Program Coordinator

Responsible for supervision of land programs and the program specialist team. Assist specialists in curriculum development, staff supervision, and overall program direction. Plan, organize, and facilitate camp themes, special events, and evening programs. Support the Summer Camp Director in the supervision of summer staff and management of day to day camp logistics. Must be high energy, organized, comfortable speaking in front of large groups, driven and creative. Must have at least four seasons of camp and supervisory experience. Must be at least 21 years old.

Waterfront Director

The waterfront director will provide training, supervision and evaluation to staff & lifeguards leading waterfront activities during our Spring & Fall Outdoor Education/Group Service Seasons as well as our Summer Camp Season. This position will supervise all waterfront operations including: program activities (sailing, swimming, canoeing, waterskiing), boat use needs for our adventure trips, the Y-Knot adaptive sailing program and work within budget to purchase and maintain equipment & supplies. Must maintain a high level of safety & proactively manage all risk while adhering to Dept. of Health and ACA standards. Must be familiar with sailing, motorboat operation and experience with lifeguard management or aquatics is a plus. Must have at least three seasons of experience working on a waterfront. Must be at least 21 years old and certified in WSI, lifeguarding, CPR, and Public Vessel motorboat licensed (or willing to be trained). Ideal candidate will be available from April through October 2018.

Unit Director

Supervise, teach, guide, and evaluate counselors, assistant counselors, CITs, and campers. There is one Unit Director (UD) for each unit, juniors and seniors boys and girls. Assist with all phases of camp program including motor boat operation.  Must be experienced in camp programming and supervision; and organized, dependable, and flexible. 21+ years old preferred.

CIT Director

Counselors in Training (CITs) are graduate campers who are ready for additional responsibility through training. There are two CIT Directors, one male and one female. Directors are responsible for teaching CIT class, evaluating/mentoring CITs, helping CITs grow as responsible leaders and role models for campers and occasionally assist in operating powerboats. Experience in camp programming and working with youth required. Must be at least 21 years old.

Wilderness Director

Wilderness Excursions are a 3-day expedition program for the 2-week residential campers. We focus on personal and group development through small group experiences in nature. Groups remain self-sufficient for the duration of their 3 days, two nights of wilderness travel either on foot or by non-motorized boating through the Lake George Islands. The position is the point person for the logistics and staff training of this program under the guidance of the Adventure Director. Position begins as early as May, 2018 for staff looking to gain certifications in Wilderness First Aid and/or Lifeguarding and ends late August, 2016.

Day Camp Director

Oversee all aspects of day camp program including parent communication, daily schedule, equipment, supervision of campers and staff.  The day camp program is a maximum of 50 campers ages 5-10 years old. Day Camp Director must be dependable, creative, strong communication skills, and have previous supervisory experience. Must be at least 21 years old. 

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Waterfront & Program Activity Specialist Positions

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Day Camp Assistant Director

Assist the director in all aspects of the day camp program including parent communication, daily schedule, equipment ordering, and supervision of campers and staff. The day camp program is a maximum of 50 campers and approximately 7 staff. The assistant director is also responsible for general oversight of holdover weekends between resident camp session (15-25 campers) including off site trips. Must be dependable, creative, have strong communication skills, and supervisory experience. Must be 21+ years old.

Skill Class & Headquarters Specialist

Oversee the skill class, organized recreation, and free swim schedule for 300 campers and 70 staff. Organize and maintain Camp Headquarters including mail, care packages, lost and found, filing, and announcements. Responsible for camp emergency coordination and camper skill class attendance. Must be organized, detail oriented, flexible, and comfortable speaking with parents. Must have experience or knowledge of database systems and Excel. Contribute to program team in the development of themes, skits, and evening programs.

Residential Life Coordinator

Work closely with the summer camp director to manage all aspects of staff appreciation events, professional development and social events throughout the summer. This position will be the point person for coordinating arrival and departure travels for international staff, as well as planning times and events for the international staff to get out of camp on their time off. Will be a key mentor for staff and will design and implement a staff in-service training schedule to continuously coach the staff throughout the whole summer (topics can include, but are not limited to, homesickness, teambuilding activities, managing difficult behaviors, etc.). Assist in managing day to day logistics and help coordinate subs for skill classes, drivers to/from pharmacy or urgent care and troubleshoot any other obstacles that may arise. Must have previous leadership and/or staff supervision experience. Willingness to be trained in motorboat operation preferred. Must be at least 21 years old.

Photographer/Videographer

Produce high – quality unit photos for each camper group, shoot approximately 750 candids per session capturing a variety of ages and activities. Upload photos to online registration system and social media daily. Capture video clips throughout summer and create weekly slideshows to show parents and families. Must reliably meet deadlines, pay close attention to detail, be creative, flexible and enthusiastic. Must have experience working with DSLR cameras.

Arts Program Specialist

Supervise the art program including arts & crafts, makerspace, newspaper, painting, and woodworking. Train and supervise 5-10 staff, develop curriculum, order and maintain equipment and supplies. Contribute to program team in the development of themes, skits, and evening programs.  Must have previous Art experience.

Performing Arts Specialist

Supervise the performing arts program including Dance, Theater, Yoga, and Guitar/music. Train and supervise 5-10 staff, develop curriculum, order and maintain equipment and supplies. Contribute to program team in the development of themes, sits, and evening programs. Previous performing arts / musical experience is required.

Target Sports Specialist

Supervise the target sports areas including archery and riflery.Train and supervise 10 – 15 staff, develop curriculum, order and maintain equipment and supplies. Contribute to program team in the development of themes, skits, and evening programs. Previous range experience required, 21+ years old preferred. Must have NRA shooting range instructor certification or be willing to be trained.

Athletics Specialist

Supervise the athletics program including tennis, soccer, softball, basketball, mountain biking and junior sports zone.Train and supervise 5 – 10 staff, develop curriculum, order and maintain equipment and supplies. Contribute to program team in the development of themes, skits, and evening programs. Must have previous team sport or coaching experience.

Farm & Nature Specialist

Supervise the Farm Program including the care of the farm (chickens, pigs, goats & rabbits) and garden. Must have previous experience working with farm animals and gardening. Supervise the Nature Program including forever wild nature class and outdoor cooking. Train and supervise 5 – 10 staff, develop curriculum for skill classes, order and maintain equipment and supplies. Contribute to program team in the development of themes, skits, and evening programs.

Special Events Assistant

Work closely with Program Coordinator in planning and implementing session themes, evening programs and special events. Must be detail oriented, strong ability to multi task, organized, and have strong verbal communication skills.

Sailing Specialist

Supervise the Sailing Program and assist with the Y-Knot accessible sailing program. Train and supervise 10 – 15 counseling staff, develop curriculum for skill classes, order and maintain equipment and supplies. Previous sailing and teaching/coaching experience required. Preferred skills: background in sail racing tactics, boat repair/maintenance and large group management. Must be at least 21 years old. Preferably available from May through September to assist with our year-round sailing programs and boat set up and take down. Contribute to program team in the development of themes, skits, and evening programs. Must be a certified lifeguard or willing to be trained. Must be willing to be trained in motorboat operation.

Aquatics Specialist

Supervise the Aquatics Program including YMCA swim lessons and Waterworld classes. Train and supervise 10 – 15 staff, develop curriculum for skill classes, order and maintain equipment and supplies. Assist waterfront director in managing and training lifeguards. Contribute to program team in the development of themes, skits, and evening programs. Previous swim lesson instructor experience required. Preferably trained in Lifeguard Instructor and/or WSI,  or willing to be trained. Must be a certified lifeguard or willing to be trained. Must be willing to be trained in motorboat operation.

Waterfront Specialist

Assist and support the waterfront in all areas and programs. Must have previous experience in at least one of the following areas: aquatics, sailing, water-skiing, paddle sports, boat repair or fishing. Must be a certified lifeguard or willing to be trained. Must be willing to be trained in motorboat operation. Contribute to program team in the development of themes, skits, and evening programs.

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Counselor & Assistant Counselor Positions

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Counselor

Responsible for creating a safe cabin community for 8 – 10 campers and provide leadership/direction to assistant counselor and CIT. Teach skill classes in one or two program areas and lead all aspects of a three day camping excursion. Must have experience working with children, teaching, and camping. Must be at least 18 years old.

Assistant Counselor

Responsible for creating a safe cabin community for 8 – 10 campers.Teach skill classes in one or two program areas and lead all aspects of a three day camping excursion. Must have experience working with children, teaching, and camping. Must be at least 17 years old.

Day Camp Counselor

Responsible for care of campers ages 5-10 years old. Provide leadership/direction to assistant counselors and CITs. Teach activities such as arts & crafts, climbing tower, archery, sports, and swimming. Lead all aspects of a three day camping excursion. Must have experience working with children, teaching, and camping. Must be at least 18 years old. Day camp staff work 6 days a week, including some weekends.

Day Camp Assistant Counselor

Responsible for care of campers ages 5-10 years old. Provide leadership/direction to assistant counselors and CITs. Teach activities such as arts & crafts, climbing tower, archery, sports, and swimming. Lead all aspects of a three day camping excursion. Must have experience working with children, teaching, and camping. Day camp staff work 6 days a week, including some weekends. Must be at least 17 years old.

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Health Care Positions

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Health Director

Supervise and schedule medical staff team (5-7 nurses), ensure adherence to regulations of NYS Dept of Health, American Camp Association, and YMCA regulations. Oversee health and safety of up to 300 campers and  100 staff; manage routine care; respond to emergencies; dispense medications, communicate injuries/illness to parents. Must be New York State Registered Nurse, LPN, or NP.

Health Lodge Staff (Day and Evening Shifts Available)

Oversee health and safety of up to 300 campers and 100 staff. Manage routine care; respond to emergencies. Operate infirmary; dispense medications. Must be New York State Registered Nurse, LPN or NP.

Health Lodge Assistant

Assist Health Director and Camp Nurses in the health lodge operations including filing, cleaning, parent communication, and routine/minor camper care & first aid. Assist in the screening and preparation of campers for the camp experience from a mental and social health perspective. Work with nurses to deliver necessary camper information to counselors by first full day of session (med times, allergies, special needs, etc.). Must have experience or desire to work in the medical field. Must have the ability to multi task, strong sense of confidentiality, and experience working with children. Nursing students are applicable candidates for this position. 

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Adventure Trip Positions

Join the Adventure Team at YMCA Camp Chingachgook, based on spectacular Lake George in Adirondack Park, NY, and explore the Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada. Using outdoor facilitation techniques, Adventure staff members inspire wonder and personal development in campers through exciting opportunities to backpack, rock climb, kayak, canoe, sail, whitewater raft, and mountain bike!

We are a community of dynamic outdoor leaders who foster youth development, wilderness exploration, challenge education, and social responsibility. Adventure staff members receive a competitive daily wage, room, board, and opportunities for professional development.

Trip Leader

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An Adventure Trip Leader is committed to developing responsible wilderness leadership, facilitating interpersonal connections and encouraging personal growth of each participant.

Successful applicants must have the following previous experience:
• Leading or teaching in the outdoors
• Camping
• Facilitating groups
• Working with teens

This position requires the ability to work independently and to prioritize multiple duties. Strong human relations, communication, and logistical skills are essential.
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Logistics Coordinator

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An Adventure Coordinator is responsible for assisting the onsite support of all offsite programs overseen by the Adventure Director.

Successful applicants must have the following previous experience:

• Outdoor Program logistics, or leading in the outdoors
• Supervising staff
• Project or space organization
• Basic operation of Microsoft Office

This position requires the ability to work independently and to prioritize multiple duties. Strong human relations, communication, and logistical skills are essential.
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Or send your resume and cover letter to Craig Poole, Adventure Program Director.


Food Service Positions

» See Open Food Service Positions

Cook

Step up and enjoy the summer by helping to make someone else’s summer a great experience. Summer camp runs on the stomachs of the campers.  Great food equals great times at camp. You can help to bring nutrition and comfort to the many children who come visit our camp every summer. We have two shifts; am and pm. The am shift prepares breakfast and lunch while the pm shift helps finish up lunch and then prepares the dinner. Culinary experience is preferred but we are willing to train the right person. This is a great place for culinary students to get the hands on experience they need serving a vast variety of menu items to a large number of people. Must be 18 years or older and have reliable transportation, a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and enjoy working with others in a fast paced high energy outdoor environment.

Some benefits include:  Great work environment, training, use of camp facility, meals included during shift and a competitive salary.

Dishwasher

This is one of the most important positions in camp, protecting the health of our campers and staff. This position requires the proper cleaning of dishes, pots and pans and keeping the kitchen clean and sanitary. Must be 18 years or older have a positive attitude, reliable transportation, a strong work ethic, and enjoy working with others in a fast paced high energy outdoor environment  Experience preferred but we are willing to train the right person.

Some benefits include:  Great work environment, training, use of camp facility, meals included during shift and a competitive salary.

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Maintenance Positions

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Custodian

Under the direction of the property Director, the custodian is responsible for the cleaning of the facility according to CDYMCA standards. This position will complete daily cleaning and sanitizing in assigned areas, assist with building repairs as requested, assist in snow removal and lawn grooming and assist in the set up and clean up of Camp areas for special events. The position runs from the first week of April through the first week of November and offers 40 hours/week. This position is paid hourly based upon experience. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to our Property Director, Chris Thompson at cthompson@cdymca.org

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