Live and work in a vibrant, creative community!Summer Staff

Live and work with young artists and arts educators from around the world, gain valuable teaching experience, participate in camp activities, trips, and campfires, and be a part of a vibrant, creative community!

Appel Farm offers staff a unique and rewarding experience, with summer teaching positions available in music, theater, technical theater, dance, visual arts, photography, video, creative writing, environmental education, robotics, sports & swim. We also hire lifeguards, nurses, infirmary assistants, office coordinators, activities directors, gardeners, bunk and department heads, and special programs leaders. 

  • All of our staff live on camp. Staff must be available for our entire session, Sunday, June 19-Sunday, August 21, 2016 to live and work at 457 Shirley Road, Elmer, NJ 08318.
  • Staff must be 20 years old at the start of camp.

If you are interested in working at Appel Farm, click here to apply online.


Nonprofit Arts Administration Internships

Appel Farm Arts & Music Center values community, personal growth, safety, fun and diversity. As a part of this, our organization seeks to engage the next generation in the important work of the non-profit arts world by offering a year-round Nonprofit Arts Administration Internship program. Through this program, participants will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of non-profit management with a focus on arts education and community engagement. Participants will learn and practice their skills in the areas of strategic planning, program development and assessment, relationship building, volunteer management, financial management, marketing, development and leadership. Specifically related to the arts, Interns will gain experience in arts education curriculum, art studio and theater operations, working with teaching artists and professional artists, concert presentation, and summer arts camp operations.

Appel Farm will hire 4 Interns annually, who will focus on specific aspects of programming and operation throughout the year with their daily work. Internships are year-long full-time positions from September 8, 2015 until August 31, 2016. Each position requires flexible scheduling, including some nights and weekend work; you will have scheduled days off, in addition to 5 vacation days (accrued 1 day per month working), 9 paid holidays and 5 days of sick leave. Interns receive a $600 monthly stipend. Interns are offered housing and a $100 food allowance per month. Housing includes a furnished private room with a shared living space and kitchen, plus cable television, and wireless Internet. Interns will be housed together in a comfortable home with access to a yard and recreational space.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should e-mail a letter of interest and resume to Cori Solomon, Executive Director at Candidates will be interviewed and selected as resumes are submitted; interested candidates are encouraged to apply soon.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas or a related field: arts education (including visual arts, music, dance or theatre), education, arts or camp administration, communications, marketing, and development.
  • Ideal candidates are self-motivated, independent, open-minded and professional adults who share a love for the arts, youth development, making a difference in the community and creating transformative experiences.
  • Candidates should have a background or interest in at least one area of the arts. 
  • Candidates should be able to show attention to detail, have strong written and verbal communication skills, and be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Candidates should be comfortable interfacing with the public, including populations with special needs. 
  • Candidates should be proficient with computers and have general working knowledge of social media platforms, Microsoft Office Suite, and ideally database and design software like FileMaker Pro, Camp Minder, and the Adobe Suite (Photoshop and InDesign softwares.)

Essential Job Functions

  • Must be at least 20 years old, pass a criminal background check and National Sex Offenders check, and be legally able to work in the United States.
  • Must be available to work 40 hours per week, including weekends and evenings.
  • Must be able to participate in summer camp activities, working outdoors, for an extended workday.
  • Must be able to occasionally lift and/or move 25 lbs.
  • Must be able to navigate the grounds by foot, perform computer related duties at a desk, and assist in the set-up and clean-up of events.
  • Must posses a valid driver’s license and clear driving record in order to perform off-site duties, operate organizational vehicles, and drive golf-carts on-site.
  • Must be able to speak and write in clear and proficient English.

Positions Overview

School Programs & Outreach Assistant

The School Programs & Outreach Assistant will work directly with our Director of Arts Education and Outreach to oversee our off-site arts education programs including our curricular partnerships, arts residencies, after-school programs and new initiatives. Click here for more information about the School Programs and Outreach Internship.

Special Events & Conference Assistant

The Special Events & Conference Assistant will work directly with our Director of Special Events & Conferences to help plan and execute our on-site special events including the annual festivals, concerts, evening events, girl-scout programs, Citizenship School, and our site rentals to include conferences, school retreats, weddings and more. Click here for more information about the Special Events and Conference Internship.

Camp Administration Assistant

The Camp Administration Assistant will work with our Camp Director and Executive Director to learn, plan and oversee all aspects of our residential camp program, and various aspects of Appel Farm’s operations. Click here for more information about the Camp Administration Internship.

External Relations Assistant

The External Relations Assistant will work directly with our Director of External Relations on all aspects of marketing and development supporting the organization as a whole and supporting Appel Farm’s multifaceted programs. Click here for more information about the External Relations Internship.


What our Staff has to say about working at Appel Farm...

Teach, live in a bunk with campers, and participate in fun camp activities!

Without question, I learned more in one summer at Appel Farm than I learned in four years of college. Appel Farm gave me the opportunity to teach young aspiring musicians who, in turn, helped me grow as a musician, a teacher and a person. — Tim Baker, Music Instructor

Appel Farm provides its Counselors with a supportive and enthusiastic environment, where opportunities to lead individual projects or work together within a creative team are boundless. Dedicated and hardworking leaders allow things to run smoothly. — Alice Bailey, Photography Instructor

Working at Appel Farm was truly one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life... It is a supportive environment where a lot of responsibility and trust is handed to staff members, even first-year staff like myself. The campers are encouraged, like the staff, to be participants and catalysts, not just bystanders and followers. This spirit helps us all get things done, makes us feel good about each other and ourselves and what we accomplish. — Zoungy Kligge, Visual Arts Instructor

As I head back for my third summer, I am thinking about why I come back. The reasons are simple. I work in a very supportive and creative environment with people who appreciate my work and me. I make friends from all over the world and share in their cultures and experiences, as they do mine. I meet, live and work with kids who remind me just how wonderful it is to be an artist, in any field. I have fun! — Jeff Peck, Head of Theater

I found something at Appel Farm that I have been searching for, for a long time. I found a community where I felt at home. Beyond that I felt important and integral. As comfortable as I felt there I also felt constantly challenged, whether it was dealing with a kid in my bunk or trying to push one of my students to the next level, I had to constantly try to see things in a new way and from a new perspective. I was seeing the world in a new way, with such clarity and open mindedness. I grew more in those 2 months than in the last four years. — Molly Soloway, Photography Instructor and Bunk Counselor

I first came to Appel Farm because my daughter, Hira, was interested in getting involved in theater. That was 21 years ago. Hira went on to work in computer graphics after spending only one session at camp — I have continued to come back every summer since. The bottom line is that I keep coming back to this strange place because it provides me with an opportunity to grow. Appel Farm is a community of artists, young and old, that end up discovering more about themselves than they would have thought. — Sarvananda Bluestone, Head Counselor

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