Summer Employment

Become Part of the Bay Cliff Experience

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WANTED: Passionate Individuals with a Heart of Service!

For over 85 years, the flagship program at Bay Cliff has been our Children’s Summer Therapy Camp. Kids with conditions ranging from Spina Bifida and Cerebral Palsy to speech and language impairments come here to receive physical, occupational, speech, vision, hearing, and music therapy and instruction. The success of these children – or “campers,” as we call them – relies heavily on the talents and dedication of our selfless staff.

The Children’s Summer Therapy Camp offers the following positions:

Click on the position(s) that interest you for job description details. The application for employment is available at the bottom of each listing. If you are interested in an internship experience, please attach the internship requirements of your academic program to your application. With few exceptions, most positions are eight weeks in duration, beginning mid-June and ending early August.

Unit Staff

Camp counselors are responsible for the 24-hour care and well-being of their assigned campers in their cabin/unit. Unit Leaders are responsible for the leadership and management of the unit.

Program Department Staff

The Program Staff is responsible for coordinating the daily camp schedule, evening all-camp activities, weekend programs and special events. Previous Bay Cliff staff experience is strongly preferred.

Professional Staff

Bay Cliff therapists collaboratively provide a thorough and intensive therapy program based on the individual needs of the campers. All therapists must be nationally certified, and licensed with the State of Michigan when applicable.  Student therapists are graduate level students completing clinical fieldwork experiences necessary for graduation. Students work under the supervision of experienced therapists.

Health Cottage Staff

The nurses are responsible for the overall health care and medical needs of campers and staff. Positions for both Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses are available.

Food Service Staff

The Head Cook and Assistant Cooks are responsible for the overall supervision of the kitchen. Kitchen Aides assist with preparation for meals and clean up of the kitchen/bakery. The Dining Room Supervisor is responsible for overall supervision of the Dining Room Aides and the total operation of the Dining Room. Dining Room/Camp Aides assist with preparation/serving of meals and clean up afterwards. Dining Room/Camp Aides also are assigned to help in other departments and camp activities.

Dental Cottage Staff

Complete dental care is provided for the children by summer dental staff and visiting dentists in the program. Must be licensed and professionally trained.

Auxiliary Staff

The Linen Room Staff organize and provide clothes for all campers. Laundress and Laundry/ Housekeeping Aides clean all camper clothing and bedding for staff and campers, and have housekeeping responsibilities for certain areas of camp. Maintenance Aides do routine repairs, grounds keeping, cleaning and camp maintenance. Secretaries work in the camp office with general clerical responsibilities and are responsible to the Administrative Assistant. To apply for an Auxiliary Position, please download an application.

Activity Instructors

Activity instructors are responsible for planning and implementing classes for all units in camp, with activities appropriate for age level and abilities. Certified teachers are preferred. Waterfront staff are responsible for both guarding and instruction with positions available for Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors. Boating, canoeing, and kayaking instructors are required to have the necessary certification in their watercraft area, and in lifeguarding. Therapists are available to answer questions regarding camper abilities and for collaboration.

Can’t Commit an Entire Summer? Consider Camp Independence!

Only have a week to spare? Perhaps you prefer to work with an adults? Bay Cliff’s Camp Independence may be for you! This is a nine day commitment (August 16-24) serving adults with physical disabilities in a recreational camp setting. If the unofficial motto of the Children’s Therapy Camp is “Everything is Therapy,” then the unofficial motto of Camp Independence is “Everything is Fun!” Counselors act in care taking roles, while activities leaders prepare and provide camp oriented opportunities like boat rides, pool sessions, arts and crafts lessons, and much more! For more information, or to apply for these positions, click here to be taken to our Camp Independence page!