Being a camp staff member is the most fun and rewarding summer job there is. As a staff member you will be living and working with campers and other staff members, developing life long friendships and gaining valuable work and life experience. In addition to a truly memorable summer experience, below are a number of details regarding working at camp that you should know before the summer.

We welcome non-US applicants to apply directly to Camp North Star. If offered a position our preferred vendor will assist you with your J-1 visa process. Travel and some fees are the applicants responsibility.

International staff already signed up with a staffing agency should ask their representative to put their application on review with Camp North Star.


Salaries range from $2000 to $3500. Age, camp experience and special skills and advanced certifications are all taken into consideration when determining salary amounts. All employees must be legal to work in the US by being a US citizen or holding a J-1 visa. Most camp positions also include room and board. Staff members have generous amounts of paid time off to enjoy all that Maine has to offer. Camp staff members are not allowed to accept any tips or gifts. All campers are to be treated on a fair and equitable basis. Special favors or service for individuals would defeat the purpose of camp.


Most camp staff members are living in our cabins with our campers. Cabins are furnished with wooden bunk beds, electricity, cubby space for personal belongings, two full private bathrooms, and 8 to 10 campers and 2 to 3 staff members. Campers are grouped by age, grade and gender and live with staff members of the same gender. All camp staff members, even those living in staff only lodging, are trained to live with campers and should be prepared to step into such role if necessary or as assigned. We are a team, working together, to ensure each and every camper a great camp experience. At camp North Star, the kids come first!


Camp North Star’s dining hall supplies 3 prepared meals to all of the camp community each day. Afternoon and evening snacks are also available to all campers and staff. Our coffee and tea station is available to staff only. A breakfast bar of fruit, cereal and breads is available with the hot meal each day. A salad bar is available at lunch and dinner. Staff members are expected to sit with assigned campers at each meal and are on-duty at meals. Any and all allergies or special dietary needs must be discussed with the director well before camp begins. We can easily accommodate most special diet requests including vegetarian, gluten free, and dairy free..


All hired staff members must be present for our staff orientation and trainings. Some staff members in the more specialized program areas may have to arrive earlier for additional training prior to the general staff training. Staff must remain at camp following the camper’s departure to pack up for the summer.

Summer 2024 dates

  • June 9, 10, 11 – Ropes Course Training
  • June 11, 12 – Boat Driver Training
  • June 12 – Waterfront Staff Training
  • June 13 – General Staff Training Begins
  • June 23 – Opening Day – Campers arrive!
  • August 10 – Closing Day – Campers Depart
  • August 10, 11 – Staff members depart from camp

We provide shuttle service from the airport, train station and bus terminals in Portland and Auburn. If you are not able to arrive by the designated time on your arrival day, you will need to arrive on the previous day.


Camp North Star is a smoke-free & substance free environment and community. Our Honor Code for staff members is to be followed throughout the summer both for time spent on camp and time spent off camp.