For over 40 years, Camp Gan Israel has taken pride in its dedicated and loving staff. Working at Gan Israel is an experience that will give life-long memories and cherished friendships. Summer camp is the place where children can genuinely grow and blossom in an incredible way. We invite you join our team of staff and take part in raising the the next generation of proud and knowledgeable Jews.

The Experience


Have you ever wanted to be the most fun person in the world? Your campers will think so! We set the bar high for our staff as there is nothing we take more seriously than providing an unforgettable summer experience for our campers punctuated with professionalism and care.

Our camp mission is to provide a safe, fun, and uplifting summer day camp experience for Jewish children where love for Judaism is taught through fun and joy and every staff member, camper, and parent feels like family.

We would love for you to join our family! Please take a look at the following requirements before applying for a staff position this summer:


Our 2024 camp season runs from July 1st to August 16th, after a specialty camp week from June 24th to June 28th. Priority for staffing positions will be given to individuals who can work the entire season, starting July 1st. If you are interested in also participating in the specialty camp week, please indicate this on your application. Note that while applications for partial sessions are welcome, full-season availability is preferred. Out-of-town staff who require accommodation will need to commit to the full season and should plan to arrive in New Jersey by June 27th for mandatory staff training.


When you apply, you are committing to the full seven weeks. There are no vacation days during camp. Staff are expected to attend every single day of camp on time. In case of illness, please notify the directors ASAP.

Pre-season dates

Parents entrust us with their children knowing our reputation for professional and certified staff. Training is crucial for our staff and is a requirement for employment both by Camp Gan Israel and our various licensing bodies. Staff training consists of both online and in-person training. Online training is due at least 2 weeks before camp. In-person staff training and camp set up will take place Friday June 28 & Sunday June 30. All staff are expected to be present for staff training.

Our commitment

Being a camp counselor is a big commitment that requires energy, patience, dedication, and enthusiasm. We understand the magnitude of this endeavor and support our staff as much as we can. We encourage open communication so issues can be speedily dealt with and we try to address complaints expediently.
We reciprocate your devotion and show our appreciation for your tireless efforts with vigorous after-camp activities, trips, and gifts.

Your effort will be rewarded by the love of your campers, satisfaction from their growth and Jewish involvement, and your own enriched experience.

Apply Now

Think you have what it takes to join the greatest camp in the world? Click the button below and complete an online Staff Application. Once submitted, we’ll be in touch to schedule an interview.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Rabbi Mendel Stiefel, Camp Director, at rabbistiefel@rca.edu or text/call 862-244-3420.

Camp Gan Israel is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender.

Available Staff Positions

Please email Office@GanIsrael.org with any questions regarding job positions.


Counselors are given complete responsibility for their bunk, each averaging 12 campers. They stay with their bunk the entire day, facilitating activities, accompanying them to specialties, and creating a bunk environment of care and love. There are many positions available, ranging in age from 3 – 12 years old. 

We also hire out-of-town staff during the summer season. Our staff is accommodated on-site, and we ensure that all their needs are met. We take pride in bringing together the finest talent from across the globe to serve our campers.


Junior counselors

Junior counselors assist the counselors and allow them to focus on the bunk as a whole. They support the counselor by accompanying younger campers to the bathroom or the infirmary, and are expected to cooperate with the counselor to provide a wholesome and united front for the campers.

Division Heads

Division heads are responsible to keep the camp running smoothly and on time. Communication, leadership, creativity, and organization are important qualities for the division head. They will lead line up, act as intermediatery between campers, staff, and directors, set up and run activities, and may even deal with discipline issues. They will coordinate schedules between the divisions and problem solve issues as they arise.

Directors Assistant

The director’s assistant deals with big-picture matters. They will communicate with parents, bus drivers, and trips. They will ensure smooth operation of day-to-day operations by keeping materials stocked. Requirements include communication skills, basic computer skills, and organization.

Specialty coaches

Specialty coaches will facilitate their specialty. Depending on the field, certification may be required. Specialties include: sports, swimming, baking.

Camp Nurse

The camp nurse will be responsible for the infirmary. They will take charge of dispensing medications, dealing with mild illnesses from campers and staff, and calling medical professionals if necessary. Certification in first aid and CPR are required, as is at least 2 years of experience.

Camp Van Driver

The van driver will complete a route for smaller communities, picking up in the mornings and dropping off in the afternoons. They may also be asked to drive certain groups on other occasions. Drivers must be licensed for at least 4 years and have no accident history. They will be included in camp’s insurance.