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St. Lawrence University Canaras (summer camp) Staff Associate in Canton, New York


Position Title Canaras (summer camp) Staff Associate

Primary Responsibilities

Join us this summer at Canaras as a staff associate where you will live on site along 2,000+ feet of waterfront property on beautiful Upper Saranac Lake in the historic Adirondack Park. As a Canaras staff member, you will be provided with on-site housing in one of our cabins, free meals cooked from scratch in our beautiful dining hall, access to water sports, hiking trails and more! You will spend your summer with fellow Laurentians and St. Lawrence University Alumni while learning invaluable skills and experience while making lifelong memories.

General Information:

· Member of a small staff on site at Canaras

· Must be available late May – mid-August

· Work with the Camp Director, Camp Kitchen Manager and Caretaker

· Responsible for opening camp by cleaning the grounds and all buildings/cabins, setting up furniture, preparing beaches and boats, canoes & kayaks and any other assignments

· Students are given 1 day off per week and are expected to live and eat at Canaras

· You are responsible for arranging transportation to and from Canaras

Must become CPR certified and complete and pass the NYS Boat Safety Course and all other university required training. All training will be provided and paid for by St. Lawrence University staff.

Primary Duties:

-Cleaning: All 10 guest cabins are “turned over” every Saturday during the Alumni Season and before new conference guests arrive in May and June. This includes scrubbing bathrooms, vacuuming, sweeping, dusting, changing linen, emptying garbage and recycling, etc.

-Grounds Maintenance: Mowing lawns, raking paths and beaches, chopping and stacking firewood for each cabin, etc.

-Kitchen Duties: Setting & clearing tables for 70 guests (adults and children), waiting on tables, monitoring children while they eat, running the dish machine, cleaning (sweeping, mopping) kitchen and dining hall. All students work in the dining hall for all 3 meals and kitchen duties may include some cooking and food preparation.

-Recreational Duties: Monitoring “Kids Hour” every day, including organizing activities for children

-Water Sports: Clean and maintain boats daily, drive water ski boat and supervise water-skiing activities, teach wind-surfing, sailing, etc..

-Public Relations: Representing St. Lawrence University to Trustees and Guests. Informing them of current activities on campus, etc.

-Miscellaneous Projects: Cleaning path lamps, painting cabins and other duties to be assigned by the Camp Director and kitchen manager.

These are student positions and primarily planned for St. Lawrence college students although others may be considered.


  • Room and Board is provided by St. Lawrence University

  • up to $5,000 stipend and potential for tips

    Minimum Qualifications

Must be a proficient swimmer

High School Diploma required

Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications

Childcare experience

Cleaning experience

Salary Range up to $5000 stipend & potential for tips

Appointment Timing Summer

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number AT00104

Desired Start Date 05/22/2024

Position End Date 08/14/2024

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please complete application form and provide contact information for three professional references who can speak to your work and/or childcare experiences and skills. Please upload a resume and provide a cover letter if you wish to share more about your motivation for this unique position.

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background (including criminal records) check.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • Please describe your experience in a customer service oriented environment?

(Open Ended Question)

  • Do you hold a valid driver's license?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Do you have previous cleaning experience?

  • yes

  • no

    • Do you have a high school diploma or GED?
  • Yes

  • No

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Resume

    Optional Documents

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application