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Employment at AbilityFirst’s Camp Paivika offers an exceptional, often life-changing experience. With a minimum requirement of one staffer to every 3 campers, we look for dynamic adults with a love of the outdoors and a sincere interest in working with special needs people.
Hiring for our summer session begins in the fall of the previous year and continues until positions are filled. In addition to professional staff, we recruit from among college students, age 18 and older, across the country. References are thoroughly checked. All potential employees are fingerprinted and undergo a background criminal screening administered through the FBI and Department of Justice. New employees receive six days of intensive training. Staff members live on site while camp is in session and many become regulars, developing strong bonds with returning campers over the years.
Enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers, working under the supervision of staff, help keep our facility running smoothly and become valued members of our Camp Paivika family. Volunteers may provide one-on-one assistance to campers, encourage participation, keep activities going, and of course, have fun! Volunteers are also essential in assisting us with fundraising activities and events. Without people who give of themselves, their time and their talents, we simply would not be able to provide the outstanding programs and services that make such a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities.
We accept volunteers through an application and interview process. Volunteers who stay overnight at camp must be at least 18 years old.