About Us

Join Our Team

All positions on our 2020 dream team have been filled. Please check back in January when applications open for Summer 2021.
Staff taking a group photo

Are you looking for a summer experience with a focus on connecting children to the natural?

Do you dream of a job that expands and hones your skills, while allowing you to grow personally– all in the great outdoors?

Do you find yourself checking for hidden trolls when crossing over old wooden bridges?

If you’re saying “Yeah!!!” to all of these questions, The Nature Place could be your place!

To provide an inclusive and representative space where children can find their place in nature, embrace their unique selves, grow relationships and new life skills, build resiliency, and be inspired throughout.

The Nature Place Day Camp is an ACA accredited, nature-oriented and non-competitive summer day camp for children ages 4-16, located on 200 acres of fields, forests, farmland, orchards, gardens, ponds, and streams, in Rockland County, New York.

Our staff is made up of highly motivated, earth-loving individuals who possess strong work ethics and a desire to create magic and fun wherever they go. We’re looking for responsible, caring people who can be silly, who can put in long days and keep a positive attitude, and who want to make a difference in a child’s summer, and beyond!

The Nature Place is committed to anti-racism; celebrating diversity across race, gender, orientation, and background; and to assembling a staff who our campers can see themselves reflected in.

Fast Facts

Staff Orientation

Staff Orientation will be held the week of Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 10, 2020, and attendance for all staff is mandatory.

Shortened Five Week Season for 2020

Our revised dates for Summer 2020: Monday, July 13 – Friday, August 14, 2020. Staff must be available to work Monday-Friday for the entirety of the season.

Specialty Camp Programs

Our speciality camps are cancelled for 2020.

Internship Credit

In college and need internship credit? Talk with your college advisor to see if a summer at The Nature Place can satisfy your internship goals. We will be happy to work with your school to get them any info/paperwork they need about our program!

Salary Scale

At The Nature Place, we compensate and reward our staff based on their relevant experience and ability. Unlike many other camps, we do not base our compensation on staff members’ age, as we know that age and experience are not necessarily correlated!

Staff salaries are calculated by beginning with the base salary and adding compensation based on experience and position, where applicable.

Salary Category Amount
Base Salary $1,200

Additional Pay Based on Experience Amount
Longevity Bonus for Returning Staff $150 per past
summer with us
Relevant Work and/or
Life Experience*
with Experience
*work with children, outdoor/environmental experience, advanced degrees, teacher, etc.

Additional Pay Based on Position Amount
Head Counselor $300
Overnight Trip Bonus
(for Group Counselors only)
$20/night spent on trip
Activity Leader $400
Swim Staff Lifeguard Cert: $500
and/or WSI Cert: $500
Trip Leader $1,500
& WFA/CPR Cert: $300
Lead Bus Counselor NYC: $600
Westchester & NJ: $300
Assistant Bus Counselor NYC: $300
Westchester & NJ: $150