Camp Counselor – Excellent Pay + Room & Board


Get paid to work and live in beautiful Putney, Vermont this summer! The Putney School Summer Arts program is seeking applicants aged 21 and above to work with 120+ teens as they learn, make art & music, build lifelong friendships and explore their individuality in a safe and welcoming community.

The role involves working as a Summer Camp Counselor (or Dorm Head), ensuring students have the best Summer Camp experience possible! Within the role, you will have the opportunity to teach at The Putney School, guide and make art with teens, gain invaluable experience in a residential/boarding school setting, as well as lead and participate in fun outdoor activities, museum visits, and collaborative performances.

  • Standard rate of pay for the program is $3000 (less any applicable taxes) + Room & Board and additional stipends for personal expenses/student chaperoning.
  • Additional $250 (less any applicable taxes) stipend for returning staff.

Working at The Putney School Summer Arts is a rewarding and challenging experience with endless opportunities for your own personal growth, teaching experience, building professional connections and gaining skills in working with teenagers. Being in an inclusive and creative environment like Putney can help fuel your own creativity, while immersing yourself in education and artistic collaboration.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide students with consistent and caring residential support
  • Build and maintain a happy and inclusive dorm culture, including cleanliness and safety
  • Maintain, implement, and monitor student schedules, whereabouts, and attendance
  • Support healthy and positive student habits including timekeeping, sleeping, eating, hygiene, full program participation, and socializing
  • Supervise students in all activities outside of their workshops e.g. free time, weekends, evenings, off-campus trips etc
  • Plan and lead an arts activity two evenings per week
  • Plan, lead, and implement other campus-wide activities, trips, and events 
  • Form positive, professionally appropriate relationships with students to further enhance their summer experience

Work Hours and Benefits:

  • Staff training from Wednesday, June 21 through Friday, June 30 2023
  • Program runs from Saturday, July 1 through Friday, July 28 2023
  • Regular time off daily on rotation with fellow Camp Leaders
  • Room and board (vegan & gluten free meal options available)
  • Private room within dorm building, with common shared bathrooms
  • Gain experience teaching & working with teenagers aged 14-17
  • Residential Life curriculum planning and teaching experience
  • Experience working, living & teaching at a progressive boarding school
  • Comprehensive training including First Aid & CPR certification
  • Opportunity to visit museums, participate in farm work and cultural activities together with students and colleagues
  • Engagement in a creative community

Our ideal candidate:

  • Responsible, reliable, punctual and flexible
  • Experienced and interested in working with teenagers 
  • Has previous summer camp experience
  • Enthusiastic with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Interest in the outdoors
  • Must be 21 years of age or above
  • Must be eligible to work in the US for the duration of the program

The Putney School is a progressive boarding school of 230 students located in Putney, Vermont. The Putney School is committed to cultivating and sustaining an educational community that values difference. Our commitment to social justice work is embedded in our stated Fundamental Beliefs. The ideal candidate will be eager to participate in anti-racist work and use an inclusive, social justice lens in their work with all students and adults on campus. Building a just and inclusive community is a shared responsibility, and Putney supports all its employees in developing this critical skill set.

To be in community at Putney is to engage fully. Each of us participates in ways that are considerate of everyone’s well-being and contributes to the space. Summers at Putney are a four-week experiment in analog living, where students turn in their cell phones and other internet-ready devices at the beginning of the session and commit to being fully present with one another, in the dorms, studios and all other aspects of the program.

  • Develop your skills working with adolescents
  • Be a team player and leader in community building
  • Support diversity and inclusivity
  • Encourage exploration and creative expression by students
  • Explore life without cell phones
  • Live and work in a creative community in Vermont