The Fresh Air Fund is Looking for You

The Fresh Air Fund is Looking for You

The Fresh Air Fund is hiring summer camp nurses for an experience of a lifetime at The Fund’s sleepaway camps in Fishkill, New York, and in Harriman State Park, New York.

If you (or your friends) are licensed as a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse in New York State, The Fresh Air Fund is looking for you!  In addition, a graduate of a Nursing Program who plans to take the New York State Board of Nursing Exam by September 1st may also qualify.

Since its founding in 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit youth development organization, has provided free life-changing summer experiences in the outdoors to more than 1.8 million children from New York City’s underserved communities. Young people also participate in year-round leadership, career exploration, and educational programs. 

2023 could be the summer to challenge yourself and broaden the direction of your career in the nursing profession. The Fund is looking for qualified applicants, including RNs, LPNs, retired nurses, school nurses, and recent nursing school graduates who are ready for the challenge.

The Fresh Air Fund camps on Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill, N.Y., are located on over 2,000 acres of spectacular wilderness property with lakes and trails in Dutchess County.

The Fund’s Camp Junior in Harriman State Park, N.Y., in Orange County, provides New York City children with opportunities to be engaged in outdoor adventures, broaden their horizons and gain skills and self-confidence. Camp Junior is named in memory of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, a victim of gang violence.

Susie Powers, The Fund’s Health and Safety Director and Senior Camp Nurse began her journey with The Fresh Air Fund more than 20 years ago. She packed her car, traveled 720 miles, and started a career that taught her about different cultures and lifestyles. 


Susie Powers, The Fresh Air Fund’s Health and Safety Director and Senior Camp Nurse. Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Fresh Air Fund

“It is an honor to do the work I do. The days are long, and the work is hard, but it is all worthwhile to see the smiles on the children’s faces and feel the appreciation of their families. No job is more fulfilling than giving children a positive, fun, and safe experience,” she says.

Camp nurses are the primary medical staff in the camp and report directly to the Camp Director and Senior Camp Nurse. They are responsible for all health-related care of campers and staff. Nursing Assistants work alongside Camp Nurses and assist them with daily routines and camper supervision in the infirmary. Camp Nursing Staff work in camp health centers and reside in private rooms.

Duties include: 

  • -medication distribution
  • -medical needs assessment
  • -emergency care
  • -health education teaching and maintenance
  • -referrals to the camp doctor
  • -nursing care of campers and staff requiring short-term bed rest
  • -communication of pertinent medical information to The Fund office and parents
  • -maintaining medical records and logs.

For more information and to apply for nursing and nursing assistant positions, please visit