Camp Staff


Camp Job Opportunities


Interested in applying to join our summer staff team?

Please complete the 2017 Summer Day Camp Staff Application 

Being part of the JCC Summer Day Camp staff is a unique and rewarding experience. Teachers, college students and high school students all have a place on our staff. We also offer a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program for students entering the 9th and 10th grades. 

Head Counselor 

Head Counselors are the staff leader for each camp group. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age with some college experience and have at least 2 years experience with children OR 4 or more years of camping experience. Seeking creative and organized candidates. Main responsibilities include: developing classroom activities, serving as the primary responder to all behavioral issues, mediating conflicts, and working with the camp directors to initiate communication with parents. Also responsible for knowing each camper’s special needs. Must be comfortable directing and supervising support staff of varying ages. Applicants are expected to engage in specialist-led activities, actively participate in swim time, and aid lifeguards in ensuring pool safety. Head Counselors report directly to the Camp Directors and must commit to the full 8 week camp season. Salary is based on experience.

Senior Counselor

Senior Counselors must be at least 18 years of age with at least 2 years experience working with young children.  Primary responsibilities include:  assisting the Head Counselor with daily activities and conflict management, paying close attention to camper dynamics, adding to camp morale and spirit, reporting all incidents and important observations to the Head Counselor.  Applicants are expected to engage in specialist activities, actively participate in swim time, and aid lifeguards in ensuring pool safety. Senior counselors act as mentors to Junior Counselors and Counselors-in-Training setting a positive and proactive example.  The position reports directly to the Head Counselor. Salary is based on experience.

Junior Counselor

Applicants entering grades 11 and 12 are eligible to apply to be a Junior Counselor.   At least one year experience working with children is preferred.  Seeking high-energy, enthusiastic, creative, and flexible candidates.  Junior Counselors brainstorm ideas for rainy day activities and help to implement them.  Applicants are expected to engage in specialist activities, actively participate in swim time, and aid lifeguards in ensuring pool safety.  Junior Counselors are supervised by their Head Counselor, as well as camp directors.

Counselor in Training (CIT)

JCC members entering 9 and 10 who are at least 14-years-old are eligible to apply for a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Position.  As part of the camp staff, CITs serve as the support for camp groups in all daily activities.  CITs are vital in bridging the gap between camper and counselor.  CITs are the closest in age to campers, and are expected to act as role models and provide guidance.  CITs participate in all staff training sessions, attend all mandatory events, and are expected to conduct themselves accordingly.  Applicants are expected to engage in specialist activities, actively participate in swim time, and aid lifeguards in ensuring pool safety.  Skills required: an open-minded attitude, desire to learn, responsibility, creativity, and enthusiasm.  CITs must commit to a minimum of four consecutive weeks with the JCC and can elect to receive a stipend or volunteer hours for their hard work and dedication upon the successful completion of the program. There is a supplement application to be filled out by all CITS that will be emailed.

Art Specialist

The Visual Arts Specialist must be a high school graduate with at least 2 years experience in art instruction with children ages 3 - 11.  The candidate must have significant experience in creative lesson planning for 45-minute blocks of time and the ability to instruct a group of children in a classroom setting with a wide variety of experience.  Applicants must commit to the full 8 week camp season.

Drama Specialist

The Drama Specialist must be a high school graduate with at least 2 years experience in drama instruction with children ages 3 - 11.  The candidate must have significant experience in creative lesson planning for 45-minute blocks of time, be able to provide a written curriculum.  Applicants must commit to the full 8 week camp season.

Music Specialist

The Song and Music Specialist must be a high school graduate with at least 2 years experience in music instruction with children ages 2 - 11.  Basic guitar proficiency and enthusiasm are required, singing skills are preferred.  Must be comfortable leading an auditorium full of children in song.   Applicants must commit to the full 8 week camp season.

Athletics Specialist

The Athletics Specialist must be a high school graduate to apply.   This individual will be responsible for planning age-appropriate sports activities for children ages 2 - 11 for 45-minute blocks.   Must emphasize safe play, teamwork development and self-esteem.  Most instruction takes place in our indoor auditorium, with occasional outdoor sessions.  Applicants must commit to the full 8 week camp season.

Photographer (Uptown Only)

The Photographer/Videography will be responsible for taking pictures and videos of every camper. Applicant must be at least 16 years old. Videos and photos are to be uploaded at the end of each week. The role also requires the knowledge of a video program (iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, etc.) in order to make the weekly slideshow. This role will not be assigned to a specific group rather float throughout the day to take pictures of every child.

Yoga Specialist (Uptown Only)

The Yoga Specialist must be a high school graduate with at least 2 years experience in yoga instruction with children ages 2 - 11.  Certification in youth yoga is preferred.  Must be comfortable leading a group of 25.  Applicants must commit to the full 8 week camp season. Part time hours available.


For more information contact:

Early Childhood Camp Director, Eli Woods, at 897.0143 or eli@nojcc.org

Uptown Camp Director, Carolyn Shillinglaw, at 897.0143 or campcarolyn@nojcc.org

Metairie Camp Director, Josh Toups, at 887.5158 or josh@nojcc.org