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All counselors are responsible for instructing various activities throughout the day. You can apply for as many instructor positions as you'd like. Quality instruction is emphasized daily at each activity site! For us to determine your level of competency, you need to let us know 1) your experience as a player/competitor for each activity you wish to instruct, and 2) your experience as an instructor/coach for each activity. In addition, we're interested in learning the reasons why you feel confident to lead the activities you've selected to instruct. Please remember to indicate all valid certifications you currently hold & any other certifications that were previously held but are now expired.

All applicants are required to complete an Employment Application in its entirety. You can complete the On-Line Application or you can download a printable version of the Application, which can be returned to us via mail or fax. If you'd like to complete the on-line Employment Application now, click here. If you'd prefer to mail or fax your completed Employment Application, click here for a printable version. For nurses & other medical personnel, click here for a printable version of the "Medical Staff" Employment Application. For cooks & other food service personnel, click here for a printable version of the "Food Service" Employment Application.

If you're an international applicant (not a United States citizen), please note that you must have a valid work visa, valid green card, or valid J-1 visa. If you do not have one of the above, you are not eligible to apply for employment. The J-1 visa can be obtained through an agency titled Camp Counselors USA (CCUSA). For information about this agency, go to their website at www.ccusa.com.  Be sure to indicate on the agency's application that you want to attend Cayuga & instruct the agency's placement coordinator to contact Cayuga when they receive your application. If you're a Canadian citizen, you too will need a J-1 visa. The easiest way for Canadians to obtain a visa is through an agency titled Bunac. They sponsor a special program (Can-Camp Program) for Canadians interested in working at USA summer camps. For more information about Bunac, go to their website at www.bunac.com.

Once your application is reviewed, if it’s acceptable and there remains a position available that best suits your talents, we’ll contact you via email within 10 days to set-up a telephone interview. The interview appointment is set-up at a time that’s most convenient for you. The interview usually take between 20-30 minutes. If the interview is acceptable, we then contact your character references and verify your past employment. If these results are acceptable, we’ll mail you a contract and a couple release forms which you’re required to complete, sign, and return with your contract. Upon receipt of your signed contract & release forms, we then contact an agency who performs criminal background checks for us. If the results of the background check are acceptable, we execute your contract and mail you a copy. Afterwards, we remain in touch with you via email and newsletter mailings. As you can imagine, the hiring process takes a lot of time and effort on our part, but it’s all worth it – because our staff is the #1 reason why Cayuga is successful!