Join YMCA Camp Cosby’s caring, dedicated and enthusiastic Summer Camp & Outdoor Education Team to positively impact program participants and yourself!
With a tradition of providing top rate activities, caring camp staff and developing amazing camp professionals, YMCA Camp Cosby is dedicated to providing the very best experience for campers, program participants and staff. Cosby is more than a community—it’s a family. Cosby’s campers and participants come from the Southern region of the United States, across the U.S. and from around the world. This diverse group of people fosters a community of understanding and acceptance while encouraging independence, creativity and meaningful friendships.
Outdoor Education Seasonal Job Opportunities
Outdoor Education Instructor/Naturalists
During the school year, outdoor classroom programs allow students to explore relationships in nature and learn about the world around them, while developing problem-solving, critical thinking and leadership skills Camp Cosby’s professional and diverse Outdoor Education staff is recruited from all over the United States. All Instructors have a proven dedication to teaching students in a safe, supportive and FUN environment!
Work Terms: Spring (February to May) and Fall (September to December), with multiple season and a summer camp work option Compensation: $45-$55 per day based on experience, plus onsite housing and meals when groups are on campus
Outdoor Education Instructor Naturalists are responsible for the general welfare, safety, and supervision of students while delivering programs, activities and encouragement to the students. This seasonal position involves basic instruction of educational material, facilitating meals, leading camp and adventure activities, working on projects to improve program resources and the physical site. Naturalists must be positive role models and promote the YMCA character development values.
Specific duties include: • Serving as an Instructor for various educational topics such as aquatic and forest ecology, wildlife ecology and adaptations, sensory awareness, organic gardening, town meetings, maps, orienteering, living history simulations and more! • Team building facilitation • Small (captive) animal handling and education • Meal facilitation • Leading evening activities such as campfires and night hikes • Participation in weekly scheduling and in-service meetings
Applicants must have the ability to teach and lead program activities, experience or the aptitude to work closely with children in a positive, supportive manner, and physical ability to lead and interact in group activities and perform related physical skills including standing, hiking and/or climbing for long periods of time.
Minimum Requirements: •At least 19 years of age or older • Exhibit enthusiasm and flexibility with activities and schedules • Exhibit professionalism while interacting with fellow staff, students, teachers and adult chaperones • Prior outdoor education experience or degree in related field preferred, but not required
Summer Camp Staff
Summer Camp Jobs Summer Camp Staff are needed to ensure the safety, growth, fun and development of campers through a variety of activities that promote the YMCA’s four core values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.
Summer Leadership Staff Term:mid-May to late July
Camp Leadership Staff provide the very best experience for camper and staff. Applicants must be 21 years old or older. Positions include Head Counselors, Cabin Life Director, Activities Director, Aquatics Director, Mini Bikes Director and Equestrian Director.
Summer Counselors Term:late May to late July
Camp Cosby Counselors live in the cabin with campers and provide care for their physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual well-being. Counselors are also responsible for providing a fun and enjoyable experience for campers and leading camp activities. Applicants must be 19 years old or older. Boat Drivers, Lifeguards, Mini Bike Specialists and Equestrian Specialists are encouraged to apply.
All staff must have previous experience working with children, an attitude of service, able to pass a background check, and are required to complete CPR/first aid certification (training offered onsite) along with other mandatory trainings. Preference is given to applicants who have previous camp experience and skills in at least one of the following: lifeguarding, climbing & belaying, equestrian, waterskiing & wakeboarding, mini bike riding & mechanics and ceramics.
Compensation & Perks:
Staff stay onsite throughout the summer and are provided room and board. Salary ranges from $180–$195/week depending on experience. Laundry facilities, 24/7 health care, and the opportunity to participate in camp activities are just a few of the perks. Staff receive 2 hours off per day, a 6-hour evening off during the week and 24 hours off most weekends.
We believe that the staff enjoyment is part of the camp experience. In an effort to show our staff appreciation we provide a catered snack/meal on each check in day special staff snacks during evening time off, a staff lounge for time off away from campers and a staff banquet at the end of the season.
Location & Camp Life
Want to know what a summer is like at Camp Cosby? Check out the above video — or view a sampler of a full week at camp.
Located on 135 acres on the shores of beautiful Logan Martin Lake in east central Alabama, Camp Cosby provides the perfect atmosphere for a sleepaway camp, outdoor education, family events and retreats. Two hours from Atlanta and an hour from Birmingham, the campus truly provides a retreat in nature. Campers, students and guests enjoy beautiful shorelines, amazing sunsets and 10 miles of hiking trails.
To be such a small corner of Alabama, Alpine has had a major impact on my time as a camp counselor! My first summer at Camp Cosby was nothing short of wonderful. Camp Cosby provided me with the opportunity to meet so many amazing people from all over the state, country, and even the world. My summer at Cosby was spent alongside a super encouraging and creative staff, and knowing that they all selected me for the Gene Ott Award just reaffirmed how much my Cosby family means to me. As the end of my summer at Cosby drew near, I realized that even though I thought I was the one working to have an impact on these kid's lives, they were actually impacting mine. The memories that I share with my Cosby family and the lessons that I've learned have served as a strong foundation for me as I near the end of my college career and start to step out into the real world. Camp Cosby! How I love ya, how I love ya! —Sky, 2016 Summer Staff
Connections & Application
Seasonal Outdoor Education Instructor/Naturalists If you have the experience or aptitude to work closely with children in a positive, supportive manner and the ability to teach and lead program activities, email your resume to Michael Morriss, Program Director. Currently recruiting for the spring season (February to May).
Summer Camp Staff
To begin the application process, summer camp applicants will need to fill out the online application (type "Cosby" into the search bar to display all open positions). For more information, contact Karen Kasprzak, Program Operations Director. Summer staff applications are accepted from October through May every year.