Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks

Main Lodge at Great Camp Sagamore, Raquette Lake, NY

Join us at Great Camp Sagamore in the heart of the Adirondacks.

Sagamore is a unique organization that combines the preservation of a National Historic Landmark Adirondack "Great Camp" with educational programming and guest accommodations. Visitors come for historic tours, residential programs and family events. Staff and guests stay in our iconic buildings, eat in the historic dining hall and lead programs the connect people to history and nature.

Sagamore is an authentic 1897 National Historic Landmark--set in the heart of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. It is in Raquette Lake, NY within 100,000 acres of forest preserve land to explore and enjoy.

About Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks

Experience the Adirondacks this season!

Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake, NY is one of the pioneering historic preservation efforts in the United States. Our National Historic Landmark property was built by William West Durant, one of the innovators of the Adirondack style of architecture. Set on a private lake on thousands of acres of designated wilderness the 28 building complex was once the hunting lodge of the Vanderbilt family and is now a non-profit educational institution. We offer classes, workshops and family events from Memorial Day through Columbus Day weekends. 

Sagamore employs 25 interns and staff each season. Our interns incorporate their work at Sagamore into their school requirements in museum and environmental studies, historic preservation and other courses of study. Many of our interns have gone on to jobs in regional planning agencies, museums and nature centers around the U.S. 

Our Staff

Sagamore's staff are at the heart of our mission. They work with people of all ages and walks of life, from grandparents and grandchildren to history and folk music enthusiasts. They lead environmental and history programs, help run basic camp operations and manage family events. We are looking for people who love the out of doors, history, music and being with like minded people. 

The Employee Experience

Sagamore is a unique place to work. It is set in a beautiful natural setting in one of the most remote areas in the East. The team at Sagamore enjoys sharing the out of doors with the guests and themselves. The immediate area is one of lakes, hills and streams that are ideal for paddling, hiking and mountain biking. The ADK High Peaks, well known for their climbing opportunities are a short drive away. Also in the region are Burlington, Vermont, Saratoga Springs, NY and other world-class destinations for food, beer and music. 

The team at Sagamore is about 25 people coming from all kinds of backgrounds with the common desire to be in the Adirondacks in the height of the outdoors season. They live in the historic camp, help run the programs and maintain the trails and landmark buildings and on their days off fully utilize the outdoor environments surrounding them. 

The best testament to working at Sagamore is that many of our alums choose to stay in the region after working for us. Among them are regional planners, museum professionals as well as teachers, social workers and health professionals building their lives in one of the last wild places in the Northeast. 

Ideal Candidate

The staff who enjoy the Sagamore experience the most are those who love being in the out of doors while staying in a historic environment. We like to work and play hard at camp, so sharing that spirit will help you fit in and get the most out of your season at camp. 

Room and Board

Sagamore staff stays at our National Historic Landmark campus in rooms that were renovated last year. Most rooms are private with a few shared accommodations depending upon the seasonal needs.

Sagamore staff has complete access to the facilities and grounds in their off-hours.

These include canoes, kayaks and miles of hiking trails. We are located in the center of the Adirondack Park which has 6 million acres of lakes, mountains and forest preserve to enjoy.

Staff takes meals along with our guests in Mrs. Vanderbilt's grand dining hall overlooking Sagamore Lake.

All meals and accommodations are included at no charge as part of our compensation package.

Employee Perks

The primary perk for those working for Sagamore is the opportunity to live and work in the heart of a designated wilderness area. Employees are free to use the recreational equipment including canoes and kayaks and other gear. Regional attractions supply all staff with passes to their sites, these include world class museums and tourist attractions. Everyone working for Sagamore receives camp shirts and other clothing as well as a discount in the store.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Sagamore is about two hours from airports as well as train and bus stations in Albany and Syracuse, New York. We can arrange to pick you at either location. The drive from New York City or Boston is each about 5 hours from Sagamore. 

Once at Sagamore our driveway is 4 miles long and the nearest village is Raquette Lake, NY population 95 with a post office, store and bar.

Although many staff members find it helpful to have a car, some do not and get rides into town or for recreation on days off. 

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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