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Talisman Summer Camp

  • 64 Gap Creek Road, Zirconia, NC

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Camp Counselor


Are you seeking a summer job experience that builds your resume, your professional experience and your bank account – and is both meaningful and fun?  Do you enjoy the outdoors, kids, and making friends from around the world, and making a difference?  A summer camp job offers all of this, and the chance to experience a new part of the country, too! Talisman Summer Camp offers you many opportunities for personal and professional growth, and we provide you with some of the best training in the industry.  We work specifically with kids who have high-functioning autism, ADHD or similar social skill needs.  Whether you are considering a career in education, outdoor leadership or psychology, or just want to build leadership and mentoring skills, you will come away with invaluable work experience and a solid understanding of this unique population.  You will also know you have positively changed the life of more than one child. Leadership Training Becoming a leader starts with staff training at Talisman Camps. This is a fully immersive environment where you will have 2 ½ weeks of training not just in working with special needs youth but also in Wilderness First Aid, camping skills, conflict resolution, group problem-solving and the start of a diverse tool box to help you be successful in any number of working environments. Along with co-counselors, you will help a group of campers navigate challenges, try new activities, make friends, and grow as a team through fun and engaging experiences. Making Friends and Network Connections Summer camp is a great bonding environment for both campers and staff.  In the midst of all that camp activity, you will build strong friendships with co-workers from around the world.  Every summer we have staff from the USA, UK, and Australia. It is a great chance to create lasting bonds that lead to visiting friends abroad, understanding new cultures, and professional networks that will last decades after camp ends. Get paid to be outside What a great chance to play outside and get paid for it!   As you spend the summer in the sun kayaking, hiking, camping, and backpacking you will gain both hard and soft skills and make lasting memories. You will enjoy the beautiful North Carolina landscape and have a chance to save money as you go! Since room, board and activities are all covered by camp, you can save money all summer.


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salary range

$9 - $15 / hour

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International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview

Join us in providing a fantastic camp experience for young people with autism and ADHD. Talisman Programs has been in operation since 1980; our ownership team has been involved with camps for decades. Many of our staff return year after year because there is no experience quite like Talisman – the relationships formed, the activities tried, and the lasting impact you make on some very special children!
Our Purpose
To provide a structured, nurturing environment within an exciting adventure program, in which our campers can have a successful summer. Our goals are to help them increase social skills, a sense of personal responsibility and a more positive self-image.
What We Offer You
• A competitive salary
• Ten weeks’ employment, including paid training
• Weekly time off
• FREE certifications (CPRPRO, Wilderness First Aid, Lifeguarding)
• Intensive hands-on training
• Opportunities to earn college credit
• Career networking with other regional programs
Responsibilities of Staff
• Supervision of campers 24/7
• Role-modeling and teaching personal skills
• Facilitation of group discussions and problem-solving sessions
• Lead and participate in activities and chores
• Documentation
• Clean legal and driving record; no illegal substance use
• Commitment to providing our campers with an exceptional experience
We provide five days of unpaid training in which staff earn valuable certifications that they can take with them in future jobs. We provide 10 (paid) days of intensive soft and hard skills training, including camping, bus driving, understanding of our campers’ diagnoses and needs, behavior and crisis management, group facilitation and more.

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