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Summer Camp Staff

The Fresh Air Fund

Summer Camp Staff
Fishkill, NY Internship Paid


Salaries start at $2,200 for the summer and include room and board.


The Fresh Air Fund hires over 450 staff members from around the world to work at our five camps. Fresh Air Fund staff are a group of diverse, motivated and dedicated individuals who share a passion for working with children. They come from different states, countries, colleges and backgrounds to have a fun, challenging summer and give our campers the experience of a lifetime. Fresh Air Fund staff are current and future educators, advocates and mentors, and will have a wide range of responsibilities while working at camp. Our staff develop skills such as teamwork, resiliency, patience and confidence, which can be applied to any future career path.

All positions are paid and include room and board. We are happy to assist students who want internship credit for their time at camp. Travel stipends are available to staff traveling 300 miles or more to camp.

Available positions:

  • General Counselors
  • Program Instructors for a variety of activities that include but are not limited to: Art, coding, creative writing, culinary arts, dance, drama, fashion, film, music, recreation and yoga.
  • Waterfront Staff - Free Red Cross Certification is provided.
  • Ropes Course and Farm Staff
  • Administrative/Leadership Staff in roles such as: Assistant Director, Program Director, Head Counselor/Village Leader and Camper Liaison.
  • Nursing Assistants and Camp Nurses


  • Age 18 or older
  • Experience working with children
  • At least one year of college preferred
  • Sincere motivation to work with children from underserved communities
  • Able to work for the entire duration of the summer program (mid-June through mid-August)

About Us

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Each summer, 3,000 children attend five Fresh Air Fund camps on a 2,000-acre site in Fishkill, NY. Close to 2,000 young people participate in year-round educational programs at camp and in New York City.