Appalachian Headwaters

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Start your summer off right by joining the Camp Waldo team! Camp Waldo is a six-week overnight summer camp located on the banks of the Greenbrier River in Summers County, West Virginia, serving kids ages eight through fourteen.

Our staff help make camp a summer home to everyone in our community. The feeling of warmth, spirit and tradition are evident in everything we do. Our staff is made up of dedicated individuals who love the outdoors, who want to positively impact children, all with the common goal of making this summer the best for our campers.

We are are hiring for counselors and kitchen staff for Summer 2022.


Each Camp Waldo counselor is expected to be present and available for the entirety of staff orientation and camp. All counselors will live with the campers at a ratio of 1:4. During the camp day, counselors will have the opportunity to work as activity specialists or as general counselors who guide campers through all aspects of camp. Our program focuses on ecology, environmental stewardship, athletics, and the arts.

All counselors will live with the campers in newly restored cabins at a ratio of 1:4. Counselors help teach specific activities like ecology, environmental responsibility, outdoor skills, art, music, creative writing, chess, yoga, archery, soccer, basketball, and the ropes course. Counselors also have the opportunity to participate in other areas of camp. In addition to the structured activities, counselors will also lead children in camp-wide games (e.g. overnight camping trips, paddling on the river, stargazing, frisbee golf, capture the flag).

Camp Waldo is a program of Appalachian Headwaters, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring forests, water and communities in central Appalachia. We are fortunate to offer paid internships to select camp staff who express interest during the counselor application process. Internship placements can include beekeeping, native plant horticulture, environmental education and economic development through Appalachian Headwaters and local partner organizations. Learn more about our programs at


  • Each Camp Waldo counselor is expected to be present and available for staff orientation. 
  • Counselors must be 18 years old or older. College students are preferred.
  • Candidates must be able to pass a background check. All candidates go through a thorough screening process including an interview and criminal background check as required by ACA standards.
  • Candidates must provide two – three references. Our administrative staff check multiple references for every candidate.


  • Counselors will earn $2,000 for the camp session. Returning counselors will also earn an additional $200 bonus
  • All counselors are paid for camp and orientation. 
  • Camp Waldo provides housing and three hot meals a day for the entirety of staff training and camp.

Key Dates:

  • Staff Orientation: June 3rd – June 10th
  • Session I: June 11th – July 2nd
  • Camp Turnover: July 3rd – July 8th
  • Session II: July 9th – July 30th

Assistant Chef and Kitchen Staff

Kitchen staff will report directly to the Head Chef, Al Pettijohn. The Head Chef and Assistant Chef are supported by 2-3 additional kitchen staff. Working as a team, the kitchen staff are responsible for preparing three vegetarian meals each day for approximately 150 people at Camp Waldo. The team works out of the large airy Dining Hall kitchen, which was fully renovated in 2017-2018. 

We intend to train the Assistant Chef to take over in 1-3 years as Head Chef. The Assistant Chef may be asked to perform all elements of kitchen work from prep to clean up. He or she must work well with other people and be committed to maintaining a safe, sanitary work environment meeting all health code standards. The Assistant Chef should enjoy living and working in the outdoors and with children. 

This job would be an excellent opportunity to learn vegetarian cooking from a CIA-trained chef with many years of experience in restaurants around the country.

Asst. Chef Qualifications:   Experience with commercial kitchen work. Minimum age of 20. Minimum of two (2) years of experience in working in food service preparation and delivery.

Kitchen Staff Qualifications: Some experience in working in food service preparation and delivery preferred.

Compensation: Competitive pay for all positions. On campus housing, meals, and access to laundry facilities provided.

To Apply: Please submit a resume to

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