Summer Employment Opportunities With NY State DEC

Would you like to work in New York State's beautiful Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves this summer?

2023 Summer Camps Program

We are actively recruiting Directors, Assistant Directors, Waterfront Directors, Cooks, Nurses, EMTs, Counselors, and Camp Aides for the 2023 Summer Camps Program. All positions offer competitive salaries, plus room and board for the summer.

Locations of DEC Summer Camps:

  • Camp Colby in Saranac Lake;
  • Camp Pack Forest in Warrensburg;
  • Camp Rushford in Caneadea; and
  • Camp DeBruce, near Livingston Manor.

DEC Summer Camps combine environmental education, hunter education, and outdoor recreation to create an adventurous experience for youth. Camp staff engage campers in ecological principles such as field, forest, aquatic, wildlife, and human impact and outdoor skills including backpacking, camping, and canoeing. Learn more about the employment opportunities and how you can apply to work at DEC Environmental Education Camps.

DEC Campgrounds and Day-use Areas

Be a part of a team that helps vacationers enjoy the great outdoors in the Catskill Forest Preserve and Adirondack Park. Positions available include Lifeguard, Maintenance, Security, Supervisor, and more! Some positions start as early as May, but varying start dates can be accommodated based on school and work schedules.

For more information on available positions or to apply for a position call 518-457-2500, e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the Campground Seasonal Employment webpage on DEC's website.

*Specific requirements for each camps position are listed in Requirements for Summer Camp Positions PDF, including Camp Director, Camp Assistant Director, Health Director, Waterfront Director, Camp Counselor, Cook, Camp Aide 2, and Camp Aide 1.

Must live on-site for all positions (except cook) as this is part of a 24-hour Sunday to Friday residential camp program.

Visit the NYS DEC Webpage for "Employment at Education Camps" for all positions requirements and availability.


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