Program Assistant requirements include:
-19 years old by June 3, 2024
-Successful completion of 1 year of college/university
As of September 1, 2019, Camp Sweeney is unable to sponsor work visas.
All applicants must be interviewed in person. We do not conduct interviews over the phone or over video. Interviews are informal and normally last 30-45 minutes. Please bring the following items with you at the time of your interview:
-A recent college transcript (official or unofficial copy)
-A resume (optional)
We are required to conduct criminal background checks on all applicants.
Southwestern Diabetic Foundation, Inc. / Camp Sweeney is an equal opportunity employer.
Yes. All program assistant (PA) applicants must have an online Recommendation Form submitted on their behalf by an individual unaffiliated with Camp Sweeney. This form may be completed by professors, employers, volunteer supervisors, etc. A letter of recommendation may be submitted in the place of the Recommendation Form.
If selected for a position on our staff, you will receive a contract via email. You will be asked to complete and return the contract via email or fax within 7-10 days. Additional employment paperwork will be requested at that time. If you choose to decline the position, please notify us as soon as possible.
Each summer, Camp Sweeney employs approximately 70 counselors, 20 medical staff, 14 Program Assistants, 10 office staff, and 12 kitchen staff.
In 2023, we interviewed over 100 applicants for 45 available positions on our counseling staff.
The health and safety of the campers and staff of Camp Sweeney is our highest priority. With the presence of COVID-19 within the United States, we are actively reviewing and updating our health-related plans and procedures for the summer of 2024. We fully intend to hold in-person sessions for the summer of 2024, and we have a communicable disease plan in place that will be revised in cooperation with public health authorities as additional COVID-19 guidance is provided as we approach summer 2024.
Your first day of employment will depend on your position. General Staff Development for all counselors begins on May 16th, 2024. Program Assistant Development typically begins about 1-2 weeks after this.
August 2nd, 2024
First Session: June 2 – June 20, 2024
Second Session: June 23 – July 11, 2024
Third Session: July 14 – August 1, 2024
All employees are required to work the entire duration of the summer. Program Assistants work in shift of 7 days on, 7 days off.
Program assistants (or PAs) work 7 day shifts. PAs will reside at Camp Sweeney during their work shift.
Yes. Program Assistants are paid $163.00 per work day.
Yes. Male staff are not allowed to have or grow facial hair or wear earrings while at camp. All other body piercings (such as tongue, nose, and naval) are not permitted by either male or female counselors. Tattoos must be covered at all times and unnatural hair color is not permitted.