Summer Positions

Clearwater uses a rolling application process when hiring summer staff, starting in early November. To be considered for a leadership position, please apply by February 15th.

Activity/Cabin Staff

Being a staff member at Clearwater Camp is one of the most rewarding, and sometimes challenging, experiences you can have. Our activity and cabin staff help make the magic of camp come to life. Activity staff and cabin counselors are responsible for a cabin of 4 to 6 girls (in most cases) and provide dynamic instruction in an activity area that we determine based on skills and need.

Responsibilities:  The Activity/Cabin Counselor is responsible for guiding, supervising, and organizing campers in the cabin, in activities, on trips, and throughout camp so as to meet the goals of Clearwater Camp. Cabin and activity counselors assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in the cabin; maintain high standards of health and safety throughout camp for campers and staff; develop and deliver program that is fun, engaging, and appropriate for the age and ability of campers; manage and care for the physical facilities and equipment in cabin and activity area. Click here for a list of our program areas.

Qualifications: Must be at least 19 years of age or have completed one year of college; current certification in the program area or documented training and experience; current certification in CPR and First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, or Wilderness First Responder where required; current Waterfront Lifeguard certification where required. Of note, we prefer most of our staff to be lifeguard certified, training is available.

Sailing Staff

Tomahawk Lake is perfect for sailing, and this popular activity is filled to capacity. Experienced sailors must be capable of teaching a progressively challenging program. Our sailing fleet of 11 boats includes two “E” scows, five “C” scows, one V-15 and three Sunfish. Sailing instructors teach basic fundamentals for first time sailors and competitive racing for advanced sailors.  Our sailing program also includes a 3 day trip on a charter sailboat through the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior.

Responsibilities: Instruct sailing to campers ages 8 to 16 and assist in the care of equipment. Sailing staff also live and work with campers.

Qualifications: At least 19 years of age or rising college sophomore; applicants must have 2 -4 years experience sailing a variety of boats. Current American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard certification and CPR for the Professional Rescuer is required; this course is offered pre-season to staff for free.

Trip Leaders

Clearwater’s out-of-camp trips are at the heart of who we are.  For many girls, paddling the Boundary Waters or hiking Isle Royale is what they remember most, topped off by “honking” back into camp and singing their own unique trip song after dinner. Our goal is for campers to have safe, unhurried experiences that are unforgettable.

Responsibilities: planning logistics, ensuring safety standards are met, ensuring camper readiness, driving camp vans, and coordinating equipment and food.

Qualifications: at least 21 years of age; experience working with children in the outdoors; experience planning and leading backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking trips; current certification from NOLS, Outward Bound, or similar program, or documented experience leading a variety of progressive outdoor experiences; current certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Wilderness First Aid is required; Wilderness First Responder is preferred. Current American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard certification is required; this course is offered pre-season. Valid driver’s license and clean driving record required.

Horseback Riding Staff

Our riding program teaches campers many aspects of English riding, focusing on effective communication with the horse using proper cues and aids, skill development from beginner riders through advanced and using horses to enhance a girl’s self image. All riders will have the opportunity to ride not only in the arena, but on the trails as well. The more advanced riders will add jumping to their classes and there is opportunity to be on the camp’s drill team at the end of the summer.  Our goal is to teach riding skills and horse care in a safe and fun atmosphere.

Horseback Riding Director

Responsibilities:  Implement program goals of helping campers progress in their riding ability, organize the overall riding program (maintain equipment and tack, clean barn, pasture, and trails) supervise the other riding staff (delegate responsibilities, assign classes to teach or assist, etc), and care for the horse herd on a daily basis (feeding, grooming, watering, administer 1st aid as needed, etc). Other duties include riding instruction with campers ages 8 to 16.

Qualifications: at least 21 years of age. Possess skills and confidence in leading and organizing English horsemanship with children. Must be confident in teaching riders to ride at walk, trot, canter, post trot, jumping position, and jumping using the correct position with appropriate aids and cues.  Supervisory experience. Current certification as a horseback riding instructor or have documented training and experience.

Camp Nurse

We’re looking for a Camp Nurse who can provide expert health care with a smile! Being a Camp Nurse is a refreshing opportunity to care for healthy young people in a friendly, fun outdoor setting. Camp Nurse candidates should be comfortable in the outdoors, be flexible and fun, and enjoy working with children. Preferably, we are seeking a Camp Nurse for the entire nine-week season. We might consider two people to work for half the summer each. This is an ideal position for a school nurse.

Responsibilities: dispensing camper meds, providing first aid for minor injuries, record keeping, and communicating with parents, camp leadership and local health care providers.

Qualifications: RN degree with pediatric experience; certified or eligible to be certified in the state of Wisconsin; confident nursing skills and strong assessment abilities; excellent bedside manner, friendly and personable; valid driver’s license and clean driving record required.

Health Care Coordinator

Are you looking to gain experience in health care under guidance of an experienced RN? This position is for you! This is a great opportunity for nursing students to work with our campers. We’re looking for candidates who want to work alongside our Nurse in overseeing the health and safety of our campers and staff.

Responsibilities: Assist Camp Nurse with dispensing camper meds; providing first aid for minor injuries; record keeping; screening campers and staff when they arrive and depart from camp, including for trips.

Qualifications: Preferred CNA experience or junior level in nursing school, willingness to learn alongside an RN, and desire to work with children and young adults.

Waterfront Director This position has been filled 

Looking to spend your days along the shores of Lake Tomahawk? Our aquatics activities are at the heart of Clearwater Camp.  We are seeking someone who has strong leadership skills, who would be responsible for initiating, implementing and overseeing waterfront activities  that reflect the mission, philosophy and goals of Clearwater Camp.


Plan and implement a vibrant waterfront program that is fun, engaging, and appropriate for the age and ability of campers; oversee the development and implementation of creative, progressive lesson plans in all aquatic areas including sailing, waterskiing, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking; conduct ongoing evaluations of waterfront programs and implement improvements where necessary; collect and evaluate records; report and evaluate camp program and activity areas; continuously monitor and evaluate the success of the program and adjust activities accordingly; ensure that safety practices established by WI State Department of Health and the American Camp Association are in effect at all times.

Qualifications: Must be at least 25 years of age; Current Waterfront Lifeguard certification; current certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid or Responding to Emergencies, prior experience helpful in the development and delivery of recreational programs; experience in supervising others.