Dates & Details

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Campers smiling at Camp Starfish
Two Campers smiling at Camp Starfish canoeing

If you are here, that means you are interested in a position with us this summer! We are looking forward to your application!

Please note that our staff to camper ratio is an essential part of what sets our campers up for success, and being there on a camper’s last day is just as important as being there to welcome them at drop off. Due to the importance of this aspect of our program, Starfish requires all hired staff to make the full-season commitment.

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Smiling camper teens at Camp Starfish

2024 Salary, Bonus & Benefits

Housing, Meals, Laundry & WiFi

All room, board, and laundry is provided to staff free of charge. You’ll have a space to sleep, storage for your clothing and belongings, and meals and snacks each day. We send laundry out to a professional service weekly and it comes back to you folded and clean – all you have to provide is the laundry bag! You’ll also have access to high speed WiFi, usable in staff spaces.

Paid Time Off (Daily & Weekly)

You receive time off each day as well as a portion of time each night after kids are in bed. You also receive days off which you can use to relax and recharge. There is a staff-only area on camp where you can take a nap, get WiFi access, have a snack, and just enjoy your downtime away from the hustle and bustle of camp.

Appreciation & (more) Support

We know how hard our staff members work as a lot of our leadership and director team has been in your shoes! We want you to know how much we appreciate all you do for starfish and our campers! We know you’ll enjoy the staff appreciation events our Director of Staff Experience and their team puts on.

In addition, our supportive, welcoming camp community makes it feel like you’re working with friends – which is how work should be! And, if you’re having a hard day or need to talk things out, we have a great staff support system in place, up to and including access to a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. We’re committed to making sure you are taken care of while you’re with us!

Staff Transportation

We offer all staff free transportation to and from camp at the beginning and end of the summer from our closest city: Boston, MA. Additionally, we help those who don’t have a car on site with access to delivery services, curbside pickups from local shopping, and rides to places on your time off.

Salary & “Boosts” (Bonuses)

Our pay scale is structured so you can see what you’ll be making, based on your qualifications, tenure at camp, skills, and even your ability to recruit friends to work with you (referral bonuses). The salary sheet below is from the 2023 season; stay tuned for updated rates for 2024!

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Camp Counselor and smiling camper teen at Camp Starfish

Dates

Before applying to Starfish, you should be willing to commit the full length of our summer season, which is approximately 10 weeks.This is vital to our staffing model to maintain our 1:1 ratio. Also, because we’re a small camp, we hire only the staff we need for the summer. Each person’s role is therefore incredibly important to the success of our team and to ensuring that camp runs safely and is fun for all.

Please reference the dates below to see if camp will work with your schedule!

*These dates include paid time off during training as well as during the sessions.

Date Event
May 22, 2024 Administrator Arrivals
June 5, 2024 All Staff Arrivals
June 6, 2024 Training Begins
August 17, 2024 Departure for nearby Staff not contracted for Respite Week
August 18, 2024 Departure for far traveling staff who are using Starfish transportation and are not contracted for Respite week
August 23, 2024 Respite Staff Departure
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Danielle Lubbers

Danielle joined Camp Starfish in the spring of 2023 as Camp Director. Originally working with the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, Danielle has ten years of experience providing programming to children, outdoor skills training for adults, and directing overnight summer camp experiences.

In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her two-year old Dalmatian, Mia. Danielle’s favorite activity at camp is raft building, as she enjoys seeing campers and staff work together to complete a team goal. Her favorite Camp Starfish Tool is “We are here to learn, grow, and have fun!”

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David Mahnken

David Mahnken is Camp Starfish’s Mental Health Consultant. He provides staff training each summer on topics such as self-care, trauma-informed care practices, and health & wellness. David also provides support and consultation to the organization throughout the year. David holds a BA from St. Olaf College and an MSW from Simmons University. David is a LICSW who works in emergency services in addition to his own private practice in Massachusetts.

Prior to becoming a social worker, David’s first experience at camp was as a counselor in the early 2000s before becoming an administrator and member of the year-round team. His favorite camp activity is swim-I (swim instruction), and his favorite Camp Starfish Tool is: “We make camp a safe place.”

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Joe Clark

As the Assistant Director at Camp Starfish, Joe is a seasoned professional who is well-versed in all aspects of camp life. With five years of summer work at Starfish, he brings extensive experience and expertise to the camp year-round. Joe is from the UK, and holds a degree from Keele University. Joe works as a support worker in the UK, providing care to individuals with disabilities, since 2019. Joe also engages in volunteer work, including spending three months in Abrobiano, Ghana.

Joe is known at camp for his charming English accent, which campers often try to replicate! His favorite camp activity is playing soccer (football) on the field, and his favorite Camp Starfish Tool is: “I take responsibility for my actions.”

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Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts is the Director of Staff Experience at Camp Starfish, responsible for all things staffing and groups. With a degree in Anthropology, and a Certificate in Global Citizenship from Franklin Pierce University, Rachel brings a unique perspective to her role. She oversees hiring, onboarding, retention, and staff appreciation for the 100+ seasonal staff at Camp Starfish each summer. Rachel has been a part of the Starfish team since 2016, working in various seasonal roles. She joined the Year-Round Team full-time in 2022.

As a lifelong New Hampshire resident, Rachel enjoys hiking in the woods with her dog, Clover. Her favorite camp activity is Free Play, and her favorite Camp Starfish Tool is: “We respect each other’s differences.”

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Kristie Martin

Kristie Martin is Camp Starfish’s Program Director, responsible for ensuring that each camper receives a structured, supportive, and fun program during both summer and year-round weekends. With her degree in Applied Psychology & Human Development from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, Kristie has a deep understanding of child development and uses this knowledge to create a nurturing environment for all campers.

Kristie grew up in the Monadnock region and takes pride in being a local. Kristie’s favorite camp activity is the Camper Talent Show, which she believes is the perfect opportunity for campers to showcase their skills and feel comfortable sharing with the community. Her favorite Camp Starfish Tool is, “I try my best, I do not have to be the best.”

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Sarah York

Sarah York is the Director of Operations at Camp Starfish, joining the team in the Spring of 2022. She brings with her a wealth of professional experience working in both mental health and human resources. Sarah’s role at Camp Starfish is crucial in ensuring that camp runs smoothly, and she is available to assist families every step of the way through the registration process. If you call the Starfish office, Sarah will likely be who you speak with first!

With her dedication to helping others and her commitment to creating a positive camp experience for every child, it’s no wonder that her favorite Camp Starfish Tool is: “We are members of a team.”

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Jamie Mahnken

Jamie Mahnken is Camp Starfish’s Executive Director, and has been an integral part of the Camp Starfish community since 2010, serving in a variety of roles. With a degree in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University, Jamie is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for every camper, staff member, and volunteer.

As a North Carolina native, Jamie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. Her favorite camp activity is kayaking to Blueberry Island, which is a meaningful and memorable experience for many campers, as well. Jamie’s favorite Camp Starfish Tool is: “I am flexible and open to change.”