Staff Application Process

Thank you for your interest in applying for a position with The Painted Turtle.

Summer staff must:

  • Be at least 19 years of age
  • Have the physical and mental capability of caring for campers and upholding all safety standards
  • Commit to the entire length of the summer, including attendance at our mandatory All-Staff Orientation.  If you are unable to commit to an entire summer, consider joining our team as a week-long volunteer.  
  • Live on-site at camp for the duration of the summer
  • Complete all pieces of the application process, including online application, phone interviews, and three references (no family/friends)
  • Complete and submit all medical requirements, including a physical (signed by a physician), proof of current immunizations (including MMR, Chicken Pox, Tetanus, TB test), and proof of health insurance
  • Pass a criminal background check (provided by The Painted Turtle)
  • Be a solution-oriented, flexible, positive team player and work with our staff and volunteer community collaboratively and effectively
  • Embrace our philosophy of playful professionalism: put your campers needs first at all times, engage campers in their camp experience while keeping them safe, and have contagious enthusiasm for camp
  • Dedicate yourself to giving campers the best week of their lives and have fun while doing it!

Staff Testimonials

  • “I couldn’t think of another way I’d rather spend my summer.”
  • “I feel the time I have spent at The Painted Turtle has been an amazing experience of fun and growth that has had a profound impact on my life.”
  • “Three months of helping kids realize that they can do anything they set their minds to. Three months of working with some of the most amazing people from all around the world. Three months of hoping to change a life but having mine changed instead. The best three months of my life.”
  • “The Painted Turtle has given a gift to every single person who has come through those gates; the ability to be your best self and be proud of who you are. I have seen and experienced how spending just one week at camp can change your life. For most campers, The Painted Turtle gives them the ability to live their lives to the fullest despite anything that may stand in their way. I love being a part of the team that creates this magic.”
  • “My experience last summer was absolutely transformative for me. It was the most rewarding and fulfilling thing I think I’ve ever done. Unlike any other time in my life, I felt like every good quality I had inside of me came shooting out and all my skills and talents were put to use for one incredible purpose.”
  • “Working on the summer staff team at The Painted Turtle was an experience I will never forget.  I was born and raised in a small community and haven’t traveled much in my life.  After a summer at The Painted Turtle, I now have close friends in virtually every region of the United States, and I keep in touch with many of them on a regular basis.  Most of us are studying different subjects or working in unrelated fields, but we all shared the desire to do something amazing with our time.  I believe that many of us have become friends for life.”