Live and work with young artists and arts educators from around the world, gain valuable experience, as a part of our vibrant, creative community!
Bunk Counselors and Instructors
Our bunk counselors and instructors make up the majority of our summer staff! All of our bunk counselors teach in one of our department areas during class periods, and live with a co-counselor and bunk of campers on camp. Some instructor positions, like our Department Heads and Leadership Team, live in staff housing, and support our camp community on one of our relief committees. Whether you are looking to gain invaluable experience teaching in your discipline or seeking out a new and exciting summer experience, a summer at Appel Farm is one you’ll never forget.
All of our Bunk Counselors and Instructors must be 20 years old at the start of camp, and available for our entire session: June 17 – August 20.
Click HERE to learn more about our open positions for Bunk Counselors and Instructors.
Housekeeping and Kitchen Staff
Our Housekeeping and Kitchen staff are the core that holds our camp team together! The team in our kitchen is responsible for the delicious meals we serve in the dining hall and for the snacks and desserts we provide for campers and staff during the day. All of our staff working in the kitchen must be at least 18 years old at the start of the camp season, and have a car to get to and from Appel Farm each day.
Our Housekeeping staff must also be 18 by the start of the camp season, and they reside on camp and take part in the full-time camp experience as a part of our larger camp community. Housekeeping staff are responsible for the general upkeep of our public spaces, and support our bunk staff through additional cleaning support in our cabins. Housekeeping staff will have support tasks that vary day by day, so flexibility and a positive attitude are a must!
Click HERE to learn more about our open positions for Housekeeping and Kitchen Staff.
Appel Farm hires 5 Interns annually, who focus on specific aspects of programming and operations throughout the year with their daily work. Internships are year-long full-time positions from *September until August and include housing.
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What our Staff has to say about working at Appel Farm…
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, Former 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, Former 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, Former 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, Former Photography Instructor and Bunk Counselor
I first came to Appel Farm because my daughter, Hira, was interested in getting involved in theater. That was 30 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