Summer Camp Jobs

Working at YMCA Camp Cosby is more than having a fun summer job. Our staff creates an environment that inspires our campers to develop new skills, build self-confidence, create lifelong friendships and have safe adventures. Our activities include sports, archery, ceramics, BB guns, alpine tower, giant swing, arts & crafts, low ropes, high ropes, horses, mini bikes, theater, cooking, zip line into the lake, banana boat, canoeing, water slides, sailing, swimming pool, water ski/wake surf/wakeboarding, tubing and fishing. All this happens on 135 acres of wooded hills on the shores of Lake Logan Martin 55 minutes from Birmingham and 2 hours from Atlanta.

YMCA Camp Cosby staff ensure the safety, growth, fun, and development of campers through activities that promote the YMCA’s four core values: Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility. A YMCA Camp Cosby staff live in the cabin with the campers and provides care for campers physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual well-being. Counselors are also responsible for providing a fun and enjoyable experience for campers and leading camp activities. We like counselors to be 19 years old or older, have previous experience working with children (preferred but not required), have an attitude of service and are required to complete First Aids/CPR Certification (training offered onsite) along with other mandatory training. Counselors will be required to pass background checks and complete all other Birmingham YMCA hiring requirements.

Why work at YMCA Camp Cosby?

  • Living where you work is AWESOME!
  • Earn and save money for college or career prep.
  • You will not spend much money during your time working with us this summer because we provide housing and all meals.
  • Paid staff training and certifications.
  • Learn life skills that will prepare you for college or work life in general.
  • You get to teach and learn how to do fun activities like, horse riding, waterski/wake surf, climbing, riding motor bikes.
  • We basically pay you to have fun!!!!

Summer Positions – How to apply

All staff are required to complete the Staff Questionnaire and the Staff Application. Interviews will be scheduled at YMCA Camp Cosby.

CampInTouch Application (Required) – All summer staff must complete this along with the staff application. 

YMCA of Greater Birmingham General Application (Required)– This link is for all of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham. Type “Cosby” into the search bar for YMCA Camp Cosby only positions. If you are only interested in working at Camp Cosby select “no” when asked “are you interested in other positions.” 

Staff spots are limited. Apply today!

Summer Staff Culture

Gene Ott Award

Gene Ott was a well-respected director at Cosby whose heart was focused on camper growth and development. Gene truly represented our I AM THIRD Motto and the Cosby Spirit. In 1985 the “Staff of the Summer Award” was changed to the Gene Ott Award in honor of his great camp legacy. The Gene Ott Award is given to one staff each summer who is selected by their peers based on their hard work, professionalism, child-focused attitude and excellence in program execution.


Seasonal Food Service and Housekeeping

Come join a positive working environment and be an critical part of the Cosby Team. Our Housekeeping and Food Service staff members plays a vital role in assuring our campers have the best possible experience.

Housekeeping Staff have the option to live on-sit during summer operations. Housing and Meals are provided for staff who choose to live on site. Please click HERE to be directed to the YMCA of Greater Birmingham Application page. Please search for Req #: HOUSK01084


Food Service Staff members please click HERE to be directed to the YMCA of Greater Birmingham application page and search for Req #: FOODS01085


If you have any problems with the application please contact Sky York, Sr. Program Director, at 256-268-2007.