Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks
Job List

Our Jobs

We hire for a number of jobs each season.

Some are academic internships which include graduate-level training in environmental and historic programming and non-profit administration others are seasonal jobs that help preserve camp and run our operations.

We are currently hiring for:

  • Sous Chefs
  • Housekeeping Staff
  • Environmental Program Interns and Staff
  • Historic Preservation Interns
  • Sous Chef

    Raquette Lake, New York

    Join the culinary team at Great Camp Sagamore, located in the heart of the Adirondacks, as a sous chef. You will be second in command to the Head Chef, working to plan and execute an imaginative, high quality menu for our guest(s). You will act in a supervisory capacity over the breakfast and prep chef, as well as kitchen interns. You will manage the kitchen in the Head Chef’s absence. Candidates should have mastered basic professional kitchen skills. Culinary degrees and professional experience will be regarded along with an excellent work ethic, a willingness to learn and follow direction, and a commitment to lift our culinary program to the next level. Our own commitment to this endeavor is demonstrated by a complete state-of-the-art renovation of our kitchen, taking place as we speak. This is a six month annual position to include a competitive wage, free room and board, access to to camp amenities, and a share of the gratuity pool.

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  • Housekeeping Staff

    Raquette Lake, New York

    Great Camp Sagamore, a National Historic site located in the heart of the Adirondacks, is currently interviewing housekeeping staff for the 2019 season which begins in late April. We are looking to fill the position of Head Housekeeper and his/her staff to help us maintain the beauty of our Landmark property. Head Housekeeper is responsible for the supervision and scheduling of staff, along with the management and cleaning of guest rooms, meeting and public spaces, and preparations for programs. Work with Lodge Manager to create a schedule to affect the efficiency of all facets of basic housekeeping, while creating an atmosphere of gracious hospitality for guest. Applicants must have experience in this field, the ability to work well with others, and the desire to be a part of something very special. Housekeeping staff must have a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, and a good knowledge of clean. All applicants must be healthy, able to lift 50 lbs, climb three flights of stairs and negotiate uneven terrain as consistent with a complex of historic buildings in a wilderness setting.

    Clean guest and meeting rooms and set up for incoming programs, work with staff to maintain public areas including lounges, porches and restrooms to highest standards. Duties include vacuuming, emptying trash, making beds, cleaning bathrooms and assisting with loading laundry. Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.

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  • Assistant Caretaker

    Raquette Lake, New York

    Great Camp Sagamore, a National Historic Landmark situated on a private lake surrounded by thousands of acres of undeveloped Adirondack wilderness, is searching for an Assistant Caretaker this season. The Sagamore season runs from early May to late October. A competitive salary and on-site room and board are provided.

    Great Camp Sagamore’s Assistant Caretaker. The caretaker is part of the operations team at Sagamore who assure that every guest has a comfortable, enjoyable and pleasantly memorable stay at our Great Camp by keeping the historic buildings, grounds and infrastructure in top condition for programs and events.

    The Assistant Caretaker is expected to have a general background in maintenance as well as basic carpentry, plumbing and landscaping skills. A strong work ethic and the ability to have fun and work with others is important as well as some basic maintenance skills, including the ability to: 

    • Perform basic carpentry repairs and fabrication tasks.
    • Safely operate the generator for emergency power supply needs during outages.
    • Move furniture and equipment as necessitated by various programs in camp.
    • Drive Sagamore vehicles for various activities.
    • Adjust heating and lighting in guest rooms.
    • Pick up food deliveries for kitchen.
    • Mow lawns and basic grounds maintenance.
    • Stack and re-supply firewood at fireplaces and campfire.
    • Help with road work (cleaning culverts, raking, rock picking, etc.)
    • Provide relief coverage for the Superintendent following written instructions

    Great Camp Sagamore is in Raquette Lake, NY at the center of New York’s Adirondack Park within 100,000 acres of forest preserve land to explore and enjoy. We hope to see you at Sagamore this season!

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  • Crew Member

    Raquette Lake, New York

    Great Camp Sagamore, a National Historic Landmark institution is now looking for Crew Members.  Our Crew is responsible for providing a warm, welcoming and safe atmosphere for all guests. This includes participating in programming as well as maintaining the neatness and cleanliness of facility grounds and buildings as well as the setup, serving, and cleanup of meals. 

    Crew leaders help to implement programs and lead activities with guests as well as help with our camp operations. There are two types of crew members, the Program Crew members who focus on environmental and outdoor educational activities while the Historic Tour Guides lead daily walking tours of our National Historic Landmark campus. Content, safety and operational training is part of our orientation experience.

    Sagamore is located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in Raquette Lake, NY. We are surrounded by over 100,000 acres of designated wilderness and wild forest to hike, paddle or mountain bike. A short distance away are major cultural attractions like the Adirondack Experience museum, the Wild Center and the Lake Placid area. All staff members receive passes to area attractions to enjoy on their days off. 

    This is a full-time, seasonal, non-exempt, hourly position that is available from June through October. The standard work schedule is eight hours per day, five days per week. Days off are arranged so that employees have two days off in a row and have time to pursue their own interests.

    Position runs from June through October, 2019. 

    Compensation includes room and board in our historic rooms and full use of the recreational facilities.

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  • Assistant Program Director

    Raquette Lake, New York

    Great Camp Sagamore, a National Historic Landmark in the Central Adirondacks is recruiting for an Assistant Program Director for its 2018 season. Sagamore is a 27 building complex built by William West Durant in 1897. The camp was later bought by Alfred Gwyn Vanderbilt and became their wilderness retreat for fifty years. The Vanderbilt family hosted celebrity icons, American aristocrats and outdoor adventurers far from the trappings of modern life. Located on an undeveloped lake amidst tens of thousands of acres of Adirondack wilderness, the complex is a stunning example of Adirondack "Great Camp" architecture.

    Great Camp Sagamore seeks an individual who is passionate about the Adirondack Mountains and environmental education for the position of Assistant Program Director. The Assistant Program Director aids the Program Director in implementing the educational programming that is at the heart of the institution’s mission. Programs at Sagamore are developed both by the institution and partners including Road Scholar and other organizations and include themes such as nature, regional history, music, art, and a variety of other disciplines.

    This position helps the Program Director to execute residential adult, family, and grandparent programming; it also leads guided hikes, campfires, canoe paddles, and stream explorations alongside other program staff. The Assistant Program Director oversees the implementation and management of programs when the Program Director is not at camp, which will include supervising interns and seasonal outdoor programs staff.  Additional duties may include performing trail work, contracting instructors, developing interpretive programming, and giving presentations.

     The Assistant Program Director is a seasonal position based at Sagamore during our May – October season with housing and board provided. Off-season work performed from the candidates home may be available in the Winter.  

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How to Apply

Send a cover letter explaining interest and qualifications, resume, and contact information of three references to: Vicki Jourdan, Lodge Manager at

Acceptances are made on a rolling basis until positions filled.

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