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Associate Caretaker
Surprise Lake Camp
520 8 Ave
4th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Principal Responsibilities:

The Associate Caretaker is a full-time, year-round member of our camp staff.The position includes a generous benefits package, as well as housing on the camp grounds. We are seeking a professional with significant experience as a caretaker or in a related field. Our ideal candidate will love nature, be committed to our mission, and be talented in a variety of areas.

The facilities at Camp are many and complex. Camp maintains its own fresh-water well systems, its own sewage treatment plant and has close to 200 stand-alone buildings.

Below please find an outline of the position responsibilities:

  1. Reports to Head Caretaker;
  2. Maintain camp buildings, grounds and facilities, including improvement projects;
  3. Maintain inventory and upkeep of all site equipment;
  4. Monitor and upkeep of pumps and wells;
  5. Responsible for seasonally turning water on and off;
  6. Oversee operation of sewer plant;
  7. Work with and help oversee outside contractors;
  8. Train and supervise additional summer maintenance staff;
  9. Participate in an on-call schedule and ensure that at least one staff member is on grounds at all times;
  10. Monitor camp for trespassers;
  11. Maintain relations with the local community.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have:

  • A clean, valid driver's license, including experience operating larger vehicles and a backhoe;
  • Experience as a caretaker, carpentry experience, plumbing experience, experience with electrical systems, and / or related experience;
  • The ability to lift objects that weigh up to 75 pounds;
  • Comfort working at heights up to 25 feet.

Agency Information:

Located in beautiful Cold Spring, New York (60 miles North of New York City), on 450 acres of private grounds adjacent to New York State Park land, Surprise Lake Camp is seeking a skilled, passionate, committed member of our year-round caretaker team.

Founded in 1902, Surprise Lake Camp is one of the oldest Jewish summer camps and is proud of its tradition of excellence and inclusivity. We blend a commitment to traditional, rustic camp experiences with state-of-the-art facilities.