Love kids? Want to work in a creative, supportive environment?
Camp Kaleidoscope, an arts and science day camp in Newton, is looking for staff for Summer 2018.

Staff must be available for full camp season including orientation dates unless otherwise agreed on. Camp dates: June 25-August 17, 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday. Orientation the week before camp opens; staff meetings Mondays after camp. Although camp is not easily accessible by public transportation, buses are available from Brookline, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Framingham and Wayland. Kaleidoscope is a pluralistic Jewish camp welcoming the entire community. Full-time staff may send their children to camp for free.

Staff Positions


Camp nurse is responsible for administering medications, support and first aid as needed throughout the camp day and for maintaining a medical logbook. Position reports to the camp director. Camp hours are 9am-4pm Monday through Friday. Competitive salary. Full-time staff may send their children to camp for free.

Music Director

Terrific musician and teacher needed to music direct two fully-staged musicals per summer. Music director must be able to coach singers, accompany rehearsals and play the shows. Campers are grades 4-10. Rehearsals run every morning for 3 1/2 weeks, with one evening performance. Music director will also teach one or two afternoon classes.  The ideal candidate has a degree in piano, voice, and/or music education, and experience with musical theater. Must know how to have fun with children as well as have excellent kid management skills.

Jewish Song Leader and Music Teacher

Teach general music to campers entering grades K-3. Lead daily noontime performances including Jewish songs, camper performances and games. May also lead weekly Shabbat celebrations. Choose, rehearse and accompany songs for Arts Night performances. Must have knowledge of Jewish music, a degree in music or education, and experience teaching young children. Must know how to have fun with children as well as have excellent classroom management skills.

Sports and Outdoor Activities Director

Teach creative outdoor classes and oversee athletic activities for campers grades K-8. Campers enjoy outdoor games typically taught in elementary school gym classes. Supervise counselors as they lead basketball, gaga, four-square, hiking, boating, and other sports. Commitment is 8 weeks plus orientation and planning. Must have a degree in education and at least 3 years experience teaching children. Full-time staff may send their children to camp for free.

Administrative Assistant

Smart, savvy assistant needed to answer phones and emails; work with attendance, classes, publications, registration and transportation; respond to parents; and generally assist as needed in the office and elsewhere around camp. Hours may be full-day (8:30-4:00) or half-day (8:30am-1:30pm.) Must be over 21 with experience in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Desktop publishing and photography experience a plus. Full-time staff may send their children to camp for free.

Drama Specialist

Drama specialist will work with lower and middle campers entering grades K-3, teaching creative drama, adapting stories for performance, and directing short plays. Must have a degree in theater or education and experience teaching creative drama and directing young children. Must know how to have fun with young children as well as have excellent classroom management skills. Specialists teach five classes daily, culminating in original performances at the end of each four-week session. Performance pieces are based on picture books or folk tales. Commitment is 8 weeks plus orientation and planning.

Science Specialist, Session 1 only

Experienced teacher needed to lead hands-on activities in biology, chemistry, nature, physics and food science to campers in grades 2-8. Our dedicated classrooms have access to nearby woods and the Charles River. Teachers plan projects, order supplies, and participate in the Arts Night exhibit at the end of each 4-week session, where campers show their arts and science projects. Must have a degree in education, science, or a related field, as well as teaching experience. This is a 4-week commitment, plus orientation and planning. Session 1 runs June 25-July 20.

Lower/Middle Camp Unit Leader

Experienced educator, leader, and camp specialist needed to oversee campers in grades K-3 and their staff. Assist with programming, camper behavior, and communication with parents. Run or supervise activities as needed. Supervise and support counselors as they navigate the camp day, and help them to provide an amazing experience for kids. Must have a bachelor’s degree, at least 3 years teaching or counseling experience, and at least 3 years of camp experience. Full-time staff may send their children to camp for free.


Boating teacher needed for canoeing program on the Charles River in Newton with campers grades 1-8. Lifeguard certification and experience with children and canoes required. Must be 18 years or older, responsible, mature, energetic, and able to organize groups of 10-15 campers on the water. Position may be full time, Monday through Friday, 8:30-4pm; or afternoons only Monday through Thursday. Full time position includes supervising campers and teaching or assisting with other classes in the mornings, and afternoon canoeing responsibilities.


Counselors are mature, reliable, patient people who understand what it takes to make a camper's day a wonderful experience. Bus counselor positions are available from Jamaica Plain, Framingham and Brookline. Counselors must be at least 18 years old or graduating high school, with demonstrated leadership skills and experience working with children. All counselors must be available for the full eight-week season.

  • Lower and Middle Camp Counselors work in pairs or groups of three and are responsible for a group of 10-15 campers entering grades K-3. They support and nurture campers throughout the day as campers attend activities in the arts, science, sports and swimming. Middle camp counselors may also assist in other areas throughout camp.
  • Upper Camp Counselors work with campers entering grades 4-8. They teach or assist in classes, activities and productions. Open positions may include guitar teacher, theater, dance, magic, video production, canoeing, sports and games, acrobatics, knitting and crafts. Upper Camp teaching counselors usually have completed at least one year of college.


To apply, send cover letter, application and letters of reference to:

Camp Kaleidoscope

333 Nahanton St., Newton, MA 02459

kaleidoscope@jccgb.orgor  617.558.6523


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