Frequently Asked Questions

What jobs are available at Mohawk?

HEAD COUNSELORS:
Each camp group is led by a Head Counselor (typically a teacher). Head Counselors help children adjust to camp, act as liaisons with parents and directors, organize and implement activities, and train and supervise their General Counselors.

GENERAL COUNSELORS:
General Counselors work with one camp group all summer and individually supervise a subgroup within that group. General Counselors lead and coach activities, mentor children for success, encourage campers in resolving conflict and help their group evolve into a cohesive and spirited unit.

ACTIVITY SPECIALISTS:
Activity Specialists (tennis, arts, dance, farm, etc.) work alone or in teams led by a Head Specialist, who is assisted by Assistant Specialists. Specialists organize and teach activities in their area of expertise.

LIFEGUARD AND SWIM INSTRUCTORS:
Our swim staff teach swim lessons throughout the day as well as guard the pools to ensure camper safety. LGT preferred, but not required.

COACHES:
Our sports staff & coaches work with campers throughout the day to learn and practice skills in a variety of sports including basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, flag football and more! Head coaches are preferably high school varsity or college coaches.

NURSES:
Our nursing staff is a dynamic team of nurses, EMTs and health administrative staff who are compassionate, patient and have a genuine love of kids. RN required.

ADMINISTRATION/LEADERSHIP:
These roles include our office staff, campcierges (parent liaisons), division directors. Camp experience preferred.

 
What are the important dates of which I need to be aware?

2020 Season: Monday, June 29 through Friday, August 21.

Camp will be closed on Friday, July 3rd for the Independence Day Holiday.

The hours for staff members are Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

All staff must be available for the full season; your attendance is required every day. Consistency and continuity with their counselors are crucial to our campers’ security, learning, and enjoyment!

In addition, Mohawk holds a series of mandatory pre-season trainings in mid-to-late June. Transportation staff, swim staff, and certain activity staff will have added required orientations.

Counselors in older camp groups may be asked to stay late or stay over for camper overnights 1-2 evenings during the season. For some, there is an opportunity to be part of our week-long sleepaway program for additional pay.

 
Do I have to be there every day?

We seek employees that are able to make a full-season commitment, but there are a limited number of positions for employees requiring an early departure due to college commitments. Consistency and continuity with our staff are crucial to our campers’ security, learning, and enjoyment!

 
Can I bring my lunch?

No one is permitted to bring in food or drinks, with the exception of water (which is also provided throughout camp). Mohawk provides a hot lunch, cold lunch options, and salad bar for staff, as well as snacks, each day.

We have campers and staff with severe, often life-threatening, food allergies, and Mohawk takes strong precautions not to expose anyone to products that might be harmful to them. Bringing in outside food and drink (including on the camp bus) may be grounds for immediate dismissal.

Please contact a Director before camp if you have medical, religious or other dietary restrictions.

 
Is there time off during the day?

Yes. Every staff member has a lunch break each day, and there is a designated staff dining area separate from campers. Group Counselors eat in shifts, with some serving lunch to campers while others eat, then vice versa. Specialists and swim staff also eat in shifts, ensuring that there is coverage at their activity area at all times.

You must take your time off in designated areas – visiting parents can’t distinguish between staff with valid time off and staff who should be supervising children!

 
Do I have to swim? Do I have to teach to swim?

If you are a Head Counselor or General Counselor, you are in the water, helping teach swim to your campers (assisting the Swim Staff), daily. Since swim lessons are coordinated and taught by Mohawk’s top-notch swim staff, you don’t need to be certified as a lifeguard to teach swim at Mohawk. An important part of your pre-camp Orientation is training from our fantastic Swim Staff, so we have you covered!

 
How old do I need to be to work at Mohawk?

In order to work at Mohawk Day Camp, you need to be 16 years old by the first day of camp.

 
Are there any training dates that I must attend?

Yes! We have multiple training dates throughout the month of June. Generally, there is one full day training (Saturday) and 2-3 weekday trainings.

 
How do I get paid?

Our payroll is processed every two weeks. You will need to fill out an I-9 and W-4 in order to be added to our payroll.

 
Are there any ways to make extra money?

Yes! We have a referral program where you can earn up to $250 for each person you refer who completes the summer.