The Best Places To Find A Summer Camp Job

Finding your perfect summer camp job is all about looking in the right place. There are thousands of camps and hundreds of places to find jobs, which makes knowing where to look key in finding your dream gig.

We did a deep dive into summer camp job hunting and ranked the best places to find camp counselor jobs. Break through the noise and read on to get answers for where to find summer camp jobs!

How We Ranked Job Sites

We dove into several well known job sites and scored them based on a few criteria – all through the lens of getting you to your dream camp ASAP. 

  1. Website Design & Functionality – This is a huge one! No one wants to spend time on a poorly designed and low-functioning website. Website aesthetics, search functions, and ease of use all influence this category. 
  2. Information on Postings – Some websites give camps a lot of freedom to add pictures, videos, and hyperlinks – all valuable in getting to know a camp’s culture and vibe quickly. Finding your perfect camp takes time; You should spend it on a site that makes that process easy for you.
  3. Ease of Application – This category ranks how easy it is to get in touch with a camp through the website. Ultimately, sites that send you to the camp’s personal website to apply received a lower score, while sites that had an internal application or option to send a resume received higher. 
  4. Jobs Available – It might be the best website in the world, but it’s not super valuable if not many camps are posting on it. You don’t need hundreds of options to find a great camp to work with, but wiggle room is definitely nice!

Top Pick – Cool Works

A smooth user interface and lots of options for a customizable search, Coolworks is the best place to find summer camp jobs, as well as other seasonal work.

What We Love

  • Coolworks has a fantastic user experience and offers up a clean, readable, and easy to use website without any barriers to entry. Job-seekers don’t need to make an account or dig for the job board, everything you need is available right from the main page.
  • The information that seasonal workers are looking for is unique and Coolworks does a fantastic job at presenting an informative snapshot of each gig to its seasonal job-seekers. Housing, wifi, and cell-signal are all presented crystal clear. 
  • Coolworks has special search functions just for camps. Search broadly using CoolWork’s entire camp job category or search for your dream job using the many criteria within the find-a-job search functions.


Things To Keep In Mind

  • Coolworks doesn’t have an internal system of accepting applications – every apply button leads to the individual company’s website. You may end up spending more time on individual applications, so prioritize quality over quantity when searching within Coolworks. The website also won’t track which jobs you’ve applied to.
  • Coolworks is, well, cool. Part of being cool can sometimes mean being fringe, or not widely known. At the time of this post, there are less than 150 posts for all camp jobs and only 80 that specifically mention “camp counselor”. Almost certainly, you can find an amazing place to work within those postings, but with thousands of camps that operate within the United States, just know Coolworks isn’t the largest pool.
  • There is no option to post a profile and let camps come to you. The burden of finding camps and applying is completely up to you.

Runner Up – CampStaff

With a unique approach to hiring that prioritizes camp-fit and a one-time application profile, applying to camps that appeal to you is a breeze.

What we love

  • CampStaff’s sole function is right within its name: finding staff for camps. The niche job market allows job-seekers to filter far beyond what other sites offer i.e. you don’t just filter jobs by “camp” but by types like “Co-ed” or “Special Needs” or “Day Camp”. This precision filtering allows you to be as broad or narrow in your searches as you want.
  • Applying to camps is a breeze – after a little upfront work. CampStaff prompts job-seekers to fill out a series of questions, building a profile of interests, experience, and preferences. A detailed profile could easily take a half-hour or longer, but once it’s complete, you are free to send your interest out to as many camps as you’d like (sending out your profile to camps is quite literally just the click-of-a-button). 
  • Camps are able to search for you! This might be a double-edge sword if you are a super desirable candidate. You may get many camps reaching out for an interview! (Not the worst problem to have if you’re looking for a job!)


Things to keep in mind

  • There is a barrier to entry to using CampStaff. Job-seekers don’t have access to camp’s profiles unless they sign-up and build a profile. Casual browsing is a non-starter.
  • The camp’s individual profiles aren’t much when it comes to design. There can be long blocks of text without any bolding, headers, or hyperlinks – or practically no information at all. If you care about specific aspects within a camp, use those filters because searching for the information within the camp’s profile is pretty lack-luster. 
  • You don’t get a great feel for camp culture with the profiles – camps are only allowed one photo and a logo. Job-seekers need to visit individual camps’ websites to get a feel for the camp’s vibe, landscape, and values. The need to deep-dive into individual websites almost negates the ease of applying.
  • Camps that you’ve viewed will appear as a shaded-purple, but there is no marking for whether you’ve sent a camp your info, meaning you either risk sending your information again or missing out applying if you aren’t organized. 
  • CampStaff displays camps, not individual jobs. At the time of this post, there were just over 60 camps with profiles. Almost certainly some amazing places, just keep in mind you’re not operating within the widest job pool.

Honorable Mentions


Backdoor Jobs

Another seasonal job site with a bit more of a crunchy/outdoorsy bend to it. It might not be the most incredible job site for camps, but summer adventure is alive and well on this job board.

What we love

  • Backdoor Jobs isn’t pretending to be something it’s not and the outdated look of the website kind of works for it – it sends the message, “we are just here to get you back outside”. So yes, the website looks (and sometimes functions) like a website from about ten years ago, but it’s got charm.
  • This site actually gives camps quite a bit of freedom, allowing businesses to add hyperlinks, videos, and bolded text to their descriptions. There is a very loose structure to each camp’s profile, so while you might need to search in a different place every time to find the information you’re looking for, the tradeoff is the camps have more freedom to show job-seekers their individuality. 
  • Backdoor Jobs is a pathway to industries that often fly under the radar. Wilderness Therapy, Organic Farms, and Spiritual Retreats are offered up right next to traditional YMCA summer camps. Browsing is easy, inspiring, and may even spark a desire for a new sort of adventure within you.

Things to keep in mind

  • Backdoor Job’s user interface isn’t always the clearest. Searching jobs by camps will show you camps in alphabetical-state order. There isn’t a way to further filter these camps and clicking the wrong hyperlink can easily take you away from the camp page.
  • Backdoor Jobs has summer camps lumped in with ranch jobs. An odd pairing, but camps take up the bulk of the section and if you do stumble upon a ranch posting, the presence of horse logos/pictures is enough to clue you in to the nature of the job.
  • Outdoorsy-focused programs like outdoor schools and wilderness therapy programs have a stronger presence than summer camps on this site. That being said, it’s far from slim-pickings and definitely worth a browse.

Camp Channel

Primarily a resource for parents to find out more about camps, Camp Channel has a solid job board and filtering options for those looking for their next camp experience.

What we love

  • Despite the site looking a little dated, Camp Channel knows its audience and offers all the necessary filters and at-a-glance information that someone applying to a summer camp would want to know.
  • The job postings have pictures and videos, which are a definite must for camp-browsing. They even include a link to Google Maps to show exactly where the camp is. All-in-all, you get a good feel for the camp’s culture while staying on the job site.
  • The option to email camps through the website is super handy for making a first contact. You might still need to do a full application later, but it gets the ball rolling on programs you are interested in.

Things to keep in mind

  • Camp Channel is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades – it doesn’t do anything wrong, it also doesn’t do anything the best. The website is a little funky sometimes and the aesthetics, filtering, applications, and profiles are all done better individually on other sites. 

American Camp Association (ACA)

As a household name in camping, the ACA juggles being a resource for parents, camps, and people seeking both part-time and seasonal jobs. While their summer-season job board may not be the strongest, the ACA does have it’s benefits.

What we love

  • The ACA makes an effort to connect people to find full-time jobs within the camping industry. For those looking for a job past the summer season, the ACA is a great resource.
  • Camps are able to authorize different ways to apply. Some will still only want you to apply through their own system, while others are happy to accept a resume or profile that you upload. You don’t need an account to browse jobs, but you do need an account to utilize some of the more-efficient application processes.
  • The ACA appears to be making an effort for camps seeking LGBTQ+ and BIPOC staff to signal their interest by allowing some posts to carry a “Diversity Focus” tag, although job-seekers need to read the camp’s profile for more information (some of which provide none). The camp world can sometimes be an old fashioned place, so this might be a start for those looking for more intentionally inclusive settings.

Things to keep in mind

  • The seasonal job board is a bit buried within the ACA’s website and is not the most scroll-friendly. 
  • The filtering functions are pretty limited. If you’re looking for a counselor job and have a preference beyond sleep-away camp or not, you need to open up each job post to learn more about the camp. 
  • The ACA, frankly, has bigger fish to fry than optimizing a job board. However, because it is a household name within the industry, a lot of camps post there. At the time of this posting, there were just under 200 posts for “counselor” alone. The burden to dig for more information rests squarely on the job-seeker.  

Not Our Favorites


Barefoot Student

As a job site intended to serve college students, Barefoot Student isn’t designed to serve people who already know that they would like to spend their summer at a camp. As we are focusing on the best places to find a summer camp job, Barefoot Student really isn’t.

What we love

  • If you are looking to stay local and aren’t set on working a summer camp job, this site might be for you. It is equipped to match local students with jobs that are excited to hire people who are just entering their fields of study.
  • There is an option to post your own profile and let jobs come to you. Keep in mind that this isn’t a camp-specific site, so you may get more than you bargained for.

Things to keep in mind

  • This isn’t a camp-only job site, so if you have your heart set on camp, you’re going to need to scroll past and filter through a lot of noise.
  • Filtering options on this job site are practically non-existent, outside of location or keyword. Searching by the keyword “counselor” brings up jobs for substance-abuse and domestic violence counseling as well as classic summer camps. If you know you’re ready to be a summer camp counselor, there are much better sites to begin your search.

Indeed (& Similar)

Along with other mass job sites like ZipRecruiter and SimplyHired, these sites just aren’t designed for seasonal summer camp jobs.

What we love

  • If these sites are good for anything, it is QUANTITY. There are over 50,000 results for the term “camp counselor”. If you want to make sure you don’t miss a single opportunity, be my guest and browse, browse, browse.
  • You have the option of sending in a resume for a lot of these jobs, which makes a first-contact application easy.
  • Workplace reviews are right there for staff (past & present) to share about their experience. Like all reviews, keep in mind businesses may pad their own reviews or disgruntled employees may skew the broader staff experience.  

Things to keep in mind

  • These sites were not built for jobs like camp counselors, which means a lot of the filtering options are more or less useless for those looking for a traditional summer job. Experience level and shift type just don’t translate to camp counselor job searches.
  • There are no pictures, videos, or hyperlinks – just a wall of text. When choosing a camp, individuality, culture, and general vibe are important, which makes job posting personalization so important! 

Ready to start finding your perfect summer camp job?

We hope our list of the best places to find a summer camp job help you on your search for the perfect job. Camps across the country are ready to offer the summer of a lifetime. Wherever you end up, you are nearly guaranteed to emerge from the season tired, happy, and wearing tie-dye. All camps have something wonderful to offer and when it comes time to interview and apply, be sure to check out our other resources to help land you the job. Until then, check out some of our tips to make job hunting even easier.

How To Find Your Next Camp Job: Browse Smarter

  • Check the dates FIRST. Know your school dates or other summer commitments before you apply to a camp, all programs should have their staff training and season dates right in the posting. Most camps have a hard-line policy for you to be there by the very first day of staff training.
  • Watch the video. Better yet, watch the video at 2x speed! Camps are going to put their best foot forward in promotional videos, which is a great way to get a quick snapshot of the camp’s program and culture. 
  • Consider the type of camp. There isn’t a wrong type of program – people have had amazing, life-changing experiences at day, residential, co-ed, single-gender, special needs and single-focus camps alike. Take some time to think about what type of program you will get the most out of – SCCJ has your guide to different types of camps right here!
  • FILTER FILTER FILTER. There is no room for FOMO in job browsing. If you don’t think a day camp in Minnesota is for you, then filter it out. You can always widen your searches if you aren’t finding your perfect match.
  • Search by special skills. If you have a special skill or talent, it is worth searching for camps that are seeking you out. Skills like High Ropes Facilitation and Horseback Riding are skills that camps are looking for! Check out job pages for those skills, and then search for camps – examples below!


How did you find your camp job?

Let us know where you found your summer camp counselor job by getting in touch with us here! We’d love to know your story.