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 21-Sunday, August 23, 2015 to live and work at 457 Shirely 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.

If you are a return staff member, click here to re-apply online.

Full Time, Year-Round Staff

Assistant Camp Director

Appel Farm Arts Camp seeks a full-time, year-round Assistant Camp Director. Qualified applicants have a Bachelors Degree in Education, Camping/Recreation, or related field. Previous experience working with children and managing staff is required. Experience with camper recruitment, programming, staff hiring and management in a residential camping program is preferred. Additional artistic experience in the fine or performing arts is a plus. Applicants must hold the belief that all children are good at heart and have innate talent waiting to be discovered. Applicants must enjoy working with children, artists and adults. Interest and support for the arts and the belief that the arts can transform people’s lives is also required. 

Salary aligned with experience. Health Care benefits provided. Start date will be based on the strongest candidate’s availability ranging between May 15th through Sept. 15th. 

We are accepting applications until the position is filled. Send letter and resume to Jennie Quinn, Camp Director, Appel Farm Arts Camp, P.O. Box 888, Elmer, NJ 08318,

Click here to read a full job description for the Assistant Camp Director position.

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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