WORKING AT PUTNAM CAMP
Putnam Camp is a small, not-for-profit, rustic family camp in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. Its capacity is 40 guests. Since 1877, families and individuals have vacationed at the Camp, their chief activity being hiking, though guests also enjoy a variety of other outdoor activities. The Camp provides rooms or small cabins and three meals a day for guests. Our staff totals ten, including the managers. All staff members have one full day off per week. All positions offer salary, room, board, the use of laundry equipment, and a unique summer experience. The Camp has a friendly, close-knit atmosphere, and staff members are encouraged to participate in its social life. The work schedule allows ample free time during the day for hiking, exploring, and enjoying the area. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on Putnam Camp property.
All staff should
be able to maintain a positive and flexible attitude and should be
willing to live simply, but comfortably, surrounded by woods and
mountains. The primary responsibility of all staff is to ensure that our
guests have a relaxing, carefree, and enjoyable camp experience. Staff
frequently consists of a mix of students that have grown up coming to
Camp and have seen this as the ultimate summer job – a chance to romp
around the mountains, eat great food, hang out with their peers, and get
in great shape while getting paid. We have also had a number of
college athletes because of the great training opportunities. From
Nordic skiers to rowers, you can’t beat the opportunity to combine work,
play and training. Applicants should complete the application materials
below. Please send a completed application, resumé, and the names and
telephone numbers of two work-related references. We will give first
consideration to applicants who are available the entire season.
Tasks are rotated among four people and include serving dinner, preparing cabins for guests (cleaning cabins and bathrooms, making beds), assisting in breakfast, cleaning up after meals, and cleaning public areas (the Stoop, porches and bathrooms). The Chorepeople (in rotation) will be asked to spend an hour each day helping in the kitchen -- chopping, stirring, washing vegetables, and assisting the Cooks. Choreps will also assist in the Laundry Room on a rotating basis. During slow times, everyone helps with such tasks as doing errands, weeding the gardens, and light maintenance, and the entire staff works as a team to get the work done during the busiest times. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.
The Maintenance Assistant works on various projects throughout the summer in the upkeep of the historic property of Putnam Camp. The Maintenance Assistant’s duties include routine tasks -- carpentry, gardening, lawn mowing, cutting/chopping firewood, and painting or staining. Applicants must have a driver’s license, as the maintenance helper frequently drives the Camp pick-up truck. It is desirable for applicants to have some skills with hand tools and previous experience working with others to complete a common goal. The job has a fairly predictable schedule -- 8:30 to 4:30 -- with occasional evening responsibilities. The Maintenance Assistant works closely with one of the Managers to plan and complete projects at camp. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
Responsibilities include preparing baked goods, oatmeal, granola, fresh fruit, and eggs to order, and some items for trail lunches, as well as one weekly cookout dinner and laundry duties -- washing and folding of all Camp linens. Salary $350 a week plus room and board. Six days a week. (Laundry duties can be done in the afternoon or evening, if preferable.)
include meal planning (with the manager) for three-course dinners and preparation
of dinners six nights a week for 20
- 50 staff and guests. The cook must be willing and able to cook with fresh
ingredients and to prepare both meat and vegetarian meals. Scrumptious desserts
are expected. Experience is not required, though it helps. The
cook will also assist with ordering food and keeping track of supplies and
will keep the walk-in refrigerator organized. Training provided for a person
with some knowledge and the right instincts! Applicants
must be at least 18 years of age. Pay $450-600 per
week, depending on experience. Room and board provided. Ten-week
commitment -- from late June to September 1.
1. Are you legally authorized to work in the United States?
2. Will you be available the entire season? ________
If not, specify
the dates you are available. _____________________
3. Please list any jobs you have held -- full or part-time, paid or volunteer. Use another sheet if necessary.
Name & address of employer
Name & address of employer
4. Why are you interested in working at Putnam Camp for the summer?
5. Describe an experience in which you worked independently with a minimum of supervision.
6. Describe an experience in which you worked exceptionally well as a member of a team.
10. Have you had experience working with the public? If so, describe the nature of your experience and what you most enjoyed about this experience.
11. What else about you would it be helpful for us to know?
12. Please give the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of two people who
are willing to serve as references. Indicate
their relationship to you and their phone numbers.
FOR PUTNAM CAMP (SUMMER 2023)
If interested in working at Camp, please email the managers,
Kim Weems and Tom Dodd, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first day for staff with be Saturday, June 24,
and they will work through Friday, September 1.
To contact the managers off-season:
• E-mail them at email@example.com
• Send U.S. Mail to them at Kim Weems and Tom Dodd
86 Catherine St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983
• Phone them at 518 891-4707.
Information about Putnam Camp can be found on www.putnamcamp.org