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Working at Camp Kirk is a one-of-a-kind experience. Our staff create a supportive space for neurodiverse kids and youth to find their people, passion, and place in the world. The work is both challenging and rewarding, fun and exhausting. It may just be the hardest job you will ever have, but it will help you learn about yourself and develop skills to make the world a kinder and more compassionate place. 

The  success of Camp Kirk is due, in large part, to the quality of  the staff we hire. Staff members make or break the experience each  camper will have at camp. If you are ready to make a huge impact, work  really hard, and have the time of your life, we welcome you to apply!

Staff member giving piggy back ride to camper

 

What are We Looking For? 

We seek out individuals who are compassionate, eager to learn from others, and who aren’t afraid to try different approaches. We look for individuals who aren’t afraid of failing, and who are ready to take a deep breath and try again. 

We look for individuals who are strong team players. Working at Camp Kirk requires you to live in close quarters, and work with a variety of different people and personalities. 

Of top importance, we are looking for individuals who love working with kids. Staff who thrive at Camp Kirk are one’s who don’t mind getting their hands dirty, and who can let their sillier side shine through.

Hear what our Staff have to say

You won’t find another job like this one

The days are long and the work is hard, but you won’t find a job remotely close to this one.  My experience at Camp Kirk is one that I didn’t know I needed. The confidence I gained and the relationships that I formed are indescribable and irreplaceable.

My favourite moment of every session …

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Margot, 1st year staff

You won’t find another job like this one

The days are long and the work is hard, but you won’t find a job remotely close to this one.  My experience at Camp Kirk is one that I didn’t know I needed. The confidence I gained and the relationships that I formed are indescribable and irreplaceable.

My favourite moment of every session was sitting around the final campfire and listening to the impact we have on the kids. They tell stories or say something personal about their experience and it shows you how far they have come in the short time they have been there. It’s an incredible feeling.

Margot, 1st year staff

It isn’t an easy job, but it’s worth every second

The same strength and resilience that is built in our campers over a short two week session is formed in our staff over just one summer working at Camp Kirk. It isn’t an easy job, but it is worth every second – after one (or a few) summers, you will begin to see yourself, your capabilities, …

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Dia, 4th year staff

It isn’t an easy job, but it’s worth every second

The same strength and resilience that is built in our campers over a short two week session is formed in our staff over just one summer working at Camp Kirk. It isn’t an easy job, but it is worth every second – after one (or a few) summers, you will begin to see yourself, your capabilities, and what meaningful work is in a completely different way.

Dia, 4th year staff

The friendships I made here will last forever

What the kids showed me about myself gave me so much confidence and while I was bested a few times, I always came out of it stronger. The friendships I made here will last forever and the connection I now have with returning campers is something I’ll also treasure. Thank you CK for everything you&…

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Joe, 3rd year staff

The friendships I made here will last forever

What the kids showed me about myself gave me so much confidence and while I was bested a few times, I always came out of it stronger. The friendships I made here will last forever and the connection I now have with returning campers is something I’ll also treasure. Thank you CK for everything you’ve done for me and the kids, it’s truly a remarkable place.

Joe, 3rd year staff

Camp Kirk gives care and respect to everyone

The time and effort that has been invested in my success has allowed me to do well in year-round work and in school. Camp Kirk gives care and respect to everyone in its community and that means the world to me.

Robin, 5th year staff

Camp Kirk gives care and respect to everyone

The time and effort that has been invested in my success has allowed me to do well in year-round work and in school. Camp Kirk gives care and respect to everyone in its community and that means the world to me.

Robin, 5th year staff

An enriching experience

Being part of the Camp Kirk team has been such an enriching experience. Just knowing that every little bit of support we give to a child could be that thing that will get them through tough times at school or at home makes our job more than worth the hard work. I truly wish that I had been sent to Camp …

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Jenny, 1st year staff

An enriching experience

Being part of the Camp Kirk team has been such an enriching experience. Just knowing that every little bit of support we give to a child could be that thing that will get them through tough times at school or at home makes our job more than worth the hard work. I truly wish that I had been sent to Camp Kirk as a child, because I feel like every single child can benefit from the amount of love and support that you feel as part of the Camp Kirk family.

Jenny, 1st year staff

Rewarding; Blissful; Life-changing

Rewarding; Refreshing; Blissful; Inspiring; Life-changing: Just a few words to describe my 3 summers at Camp Kirk.

Not only has working at camp provided me with invaluable experience for my future career, it has opened my eyes to the power of positive reinforcement. The encouragement and support campers and st…

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Jessie, 3rd year staff

Rewarding; Blissful; Life-changing

Rewarding; Refreshing; Blissful; Inspiring; Life-changing: Just a few words to describe my 3 summers at Camp Kirk.

Not only has working at camp provided me with invaluable experience for my future career, it has opened my eyes to the power of positive reinforcement. The encouragement and support campers and staff consistently receive lets us all know that who we are and what we do is recognized, appreciated, and worthwhile. The knowledge that someone believes in you can create miracles, and that’s what Camp Kirk is all about. Watching campers challenge themselves and face their fears on a daily basis is inspiring, and seeing them return year after year with noticeably higher levels of confidence and self-esteem makes the job all the more meaningful.

Although some days can be demanding, when we come together every night for Closing Circle, the joy is contagious, and you can’t help but feel loved and connected to everyone. I miss “the sounds, the songs, and the laughter,” and I am forever grateful to Henri and Jane, everyone I’ve worked with throughout the years, and most importantly the incredible kids who help create the magical place that is Camp Kirk.

Jessie, 3rd year staff

Applicant Requirements

  • Must be at least 19+ years old or a graduate of Camp Kirk’s Leader-in-Training program
  • All staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (2 shots)
  • Must be able to complete the full contract, as specified by the dates in the job description 
  • Working at camp  is physically and emotionally demanding. Applicants should be in good physical and mental health and be able to work long, busy camp days. Applicants should be in a position to support and care for campers who may present challenging behaviour and may be going through mental health struggles.
  • Applicants should be keen to work and live in a close-knit communal setting. 
  • Please see job descriptions for additional requirements for specific positions.

The Transition Program

A program designed for our former Leaders-in-Training

The transition from Leader-in-Training (LIT) to staff is a big change and can be a challenging process. Performance expectations, level of responsibility, the work pace, and social dynamics are all aspects of the staff experience that will feel different from your LIT experience. The Transition Program is designed to help LIT graduates to successfully navigate this transition. 

Transition Program participants are regular staff members, and they hold all the same roles and responsibilities. However, the Transition Program offers participants an extra layer of support from their supervisor and the Camp Director to ensure they feel confident and successful transitioning into the role of staff member. 

How to Join the Transition Program

Simply submit a staff application through our Staff Portal. If you were a Camp Kirk camper or an LIT within the 4 years prior to applying, you will be automatically placed into the Transition Program. 

Job Openings

 

Fall-Winter-Spring Openings

Summer 2022 Openings

Coming Soon

Staff Portal

Login to the staff portal to update your profile and upload documents

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Apply

Submit an online application to apply for a staff  position with Camp Kirk

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Building an Inclusive Community

Camp Kirk is committed to creating a safe and inclusive community for our campers and staff. To achieve this goal, we need a diverse staff team, made up of individuals that can bring different perspectives and lived experiences to our team approach. 

We encourage anyone with the right mindset and motivation for the job to apply. 

Accommodations

We want to ensure that each applicant is assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please let us know if you require accommodations at the application, interview, or onboarding stage. Simply contact us campkirk@campkirk.com, or fill us in on your application. Information provided will be handled in a confidential manner. 

Equity & Inclusion Policies

LGBTQ+ Inclusion Policy

Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Policy

counselors and campers sitting by their cabin

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need certain experience or certifications to apply?

No! We are looking for individuals with a ‘good head, good heart’, and a desire to learn from our campers. We require that you are ready to work hard, learn from your mistakes, and have fun. With those personal attributes, you have the right ingredients to be a strong staff member.

It is okay if you do not have previous experience working with individuals who have exceptionalities. We host our 10-day staff training session to equip our team with the knowledge and skills to support our campers.

NOTE: If hired, we do require staff members to submit the following before the start of their summer contract: 1) Standard First Aid and CPR certification. [summer staff only], and 2) Criminal Record Check.

What training would I receive?

Summer Staff: All staff participate in an intensive 10-day staff training period, included in the contract dates. This ‘pre-camp’ training includes:

  • Seminars by professionals within the fields of mental health, education and social work
  • Teamwork and leadership building activities
  • Therapeutic crisis prevention and intervention training
  • Training on Camp Kirk’s philosophy, approach, and policies and procedures

CK Community Weekend Staff: Staff members take part in a series of training sessions- some trainings are hosted online, other trainings are hosted in-person. Training topics are the same as our summer staff training, but the training scope is tailored to a shorter program experience. 

Is there an age requirement to work at camp?

You must be 19 years of age or older to work at Camp Kirk, unless you are a graduate of Camp Kirk’s LIT Program. 

What is a typical work day at Camp Kirk?

Take a look at our Daily Schedule to see what a typical day looks like.

Staff must be awake and ready to go by 7:30 am. Each day you will have a scheduled break period where you are free to do as you please – shower, do laundry, rest, read, etc. At the end of the day, once campers are in bed and asleep (~9:30-10:00), staff generally like to hang out in the director’s cabin, grab a snack in the kitchen or chat with others in their cabins/rooms.

Can my special diet be accommodated?
We are able to accommodate most special diets that are required for medical reasons (i.e. allergies, dairy or gluten intolerance, etc.).

At each meal we offer two menus- our main menu, and a vegetarian menu. Staff are welcome to sign up for either menu, as long as they stick to their choice for the duration of the summer.

Where do Staff Members Sleep?

Camp Kirk staff sleep in staff quarters.

For our summer camp program, staff sleep in Staff Cabins with 3-4 other team members. 

For Camp Kirk Community Weekends, staff are assigned their own room, which includes a private washroom.