Work at Camp

This summer, make a difference in the life of a child! Be a part of invaluable skill-building, leadership and enrichment opportunities not found anywhere else. Further your career by being a positive role model for children of all ages.

At SSA Summer, work = FUN. As a counselor, you'll hold spontaneous dance parties, go on field trips, perform in our talent show and more! At the end of the summer, you will have created lifelong friendships and memories for you and your campers.

Bonus: you'll earn competitive pay and receive awesome lunches while working outside! Apply now. 

SSA summer positions

Camp counselors from Shady Side Academy building a human pyramidSSA Summer is seeking energetic, positive, creative individuals to mentor and interact with children in our 2024 summer camps.

For our multiple camps in Fox Chapel and Point Breeze, we employ both general counselors and activity specialists.  All positions are highly limited and competitive.  Interviews begin in March.

Counselors & Junior Counselors
Our summer day camps and sports camps employ counselors (college students) and junior counselors (rising 11th and 12th graders) to supervise groups of 10-16 children, grades PK-9, on weekdays for the full summer (June 10- Aug. 9, 2024). See the Counselor and Junior Counselor job descriptions for more information.

Specialists plan and teach lessons to groups of 10-18 children with the aid of counselors. Past specialty areas include: ceramics, film, outdoor adventure, tennis, science and media arts. See the Specialist job description for more information.

With the assistance of the aquatic director, lifeguards co-teach swimming lessons and manage our indoor pool for groups of 15-30 children. Lifeguards must be certified through Aug. 9, 2024.

Qualifications & Application Process

  • Interest in working with children
  • Online employment application
  • PA Criminal Background Check *
  • PA Child Abuse Check *
  • FBI Criminal Background Check *
  • Act 168 Forms*
  • Act 131 Online Training*
  • Personal interview
  • CPR/first-aid certified*
  • Available for staff training June 10-14, 2024

* Clearances must be valid through August, 9 2024. These are not required ahead of time when applying, but required if hired. Clearance instructions will be provided at time of hiring.

Shady Side Academy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin or disability.