Summer Camp Counselor
Love working with and having an impact on kids? Have loads of energy and stamina? Interested in education and project-based learning? Ready to take your group management skills to the next level in an amazingly fun summer job?
Summer Camp Counselors are the single most consistent presence in the experience of each Camp Galileo camper, and have the greatest potential impact on each camper’s summer. This responsibility requires careful attention to the physical and emotional safety of each and every camper within a team, and to the overall development and formation of the group as a whole. Learn more about this role and working at Galileo in our jobs video gallery.
We value having divergent thinkers who bring various experiences and viewpoints to the table at Galileo. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.
Galileo’s mission is to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. We know it’s bold. We also know that we can’t achieve it without asking staff to be role models of an innovator’s mindset—visionary, courageous, collaborative, determined and reflective. It’s not always easy. Camp staffers work hard. Very hard. You can expect days in which there’s a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. But part of what makes our culture great is that no one is too proud to complete any task that needs doing. Our camp staffers bring camp magic to life—for campers, and for themselves.
This isn’t your average summer recreation gig. Galileans are expected to take ownership of their own performance and make this place better every day. People with a can-do attitude thrive here and those with a victim mentality don't. We manage to keep this level of performance expectation high in a relaxed environment; we take our work, not ourselves, seriously.
Being a Galilean means jumping into action to bring camp magic to life. Depending on the day, that could mean creating a gorgeous sign that highlights the Galileo Innovation Approach, donning a tutu for a skit, or playing a board game with two campers to build connection. Galileans know what it means to be a vital part of a team. Galileans want to grow. Galileans like to have fun at work. Galileans love sharing in—and helping to create—joyful experiences. After all, we run summer camps. You get the point.
WHAT YOU’LL GET
Purposeful work in a playful, supportive environment. Plus, you’ll join a lifelong community that stands for innovation, credibility, and expertise. We’re a certified B Corporation that is ranked #1 on the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, were named one of Forbes’ Best Small Companies and a Top 100 Impact Company, and are authentically committed to inclusion and equity company-wide—which includes joyfully upholding a robust financial assistance program.
SHARED VALUES AND EXPECTATIONS
- Serve as an ambassador of Galileo, demonstrating our mission and values in a positive and professional manner and acting as a role model of the Galileo Innovator’s Mindset
- Commit to building a safe, child-focused community
- Demonstrate professionalism and accountability
- Take initiative to analyze and solve problems
- Treat others with courtesy and respect
- Respond to camper, family member and colleague needs
- Strengthen our relationship with host site by upholding facility policies and embracing host site employees as partners
- Maintain a high standard of ethics, integrity and confidentiality
- Commitment to educational programming for children
- Flexibility to meet changing work needs and demands
- Ability to work collaboratively on a high-functioning team
- Openness to feedback and desire to grow professionally
- Ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently and accurately
- Strong organization skills and attention to detail
- Ability to communicate clearly, maturely and compassionately with families
- Ability to maintain an excellent work ethic, a high level of energy and exceptional enthusiasm all day, every day, for the duration of the summer
EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION
- Some college or equivalent experience
- Demonstrated leadership experience
- Experience in after-school programs or leading programs for groups of a wide range of grade levels a plus
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Lead your team of up to 20 campers throughout the week to art, science and outdoor rotations
- Provide leadership, energy and camp spirit for campers, constantly assessing group dynamics and the needs of individual campers
- Assist Lead Instructors in the classroom as they deliver curriculum to your team of campers
- Support camper check-in and check-out processes
- Provide excellent customer service to families by communicating with them on a daily basis about their camper’s experience
- Maintain safe environments for all campers
- Set, work toward, and achieve measurable professional development goals
- Assist with daily set-up and cleanup of camp and assist Instructors with lesson preparation
- Contribute to and participate in daily opening and closing ceremonies, all-camp activities, and snack & lunch supervision and programming
WORK HOURS AND DATES
The camp environment is demanding, requiring consistent dedication and work ethic from each staff member. Depending on the time of summer or the specific week or day, the needs of camp and resulting staff hours may vary. We seek and make offers to staff who we believe are capable of thriving in this environment, both professionally and personally.
General Camp Staff Hours Information:
- Staff may work anytime between 7:30am and 6pm, Monday through Friday. Number of hours and start/finish time will vary by site, position and day
- Staff meetings: During regular work hours before or after the start of programming
- Before setup days begin, complete between 2-12 hours of online training
- Training and setup days: Participate in two mandatory training and setup days in the days before camp starts
- Camp cleanup: Participate in cleaning and packing up camp for an additional 1-5 hours in your last week of camp, typically some additional hours at the end of the day. On the last day of camp all staff stay on site until cleanup is complete, which could be up to 6pm at the earliest
Position-Specific Hours Information:
The camp day runs, on average, 8 hours for Summer Camp Counselors. Summer Camp Counselors' typical schedule is from 7:45am-4:15pm, with some also working Extended Care hours until as late as 6pm.
COMPENSATION AND PERKS
We are committed to competitively compensating staff. Regarding compensation:
- Summer Camp Counselors are compensated at a regular hourly rate of $13.00-16.10 per hour
- Staff will be compensated at a different hourly rate (training rate) for 2-12 hours of online training to be completed before camp, and for 2 days on-site setup/training
- Summer staff positions are temporary, seasonal positions and do not include health benefits or paid vacation time
- Overtime will be paid at 1.5x the regular hourly rate in accordance with state and federal requirements
- Payroll is processed weekly; payments will be issued and paystubs made available the Friday after each camp week
- Free and/or significant camp discounts (exact details contingent on location)
General supervision, ongoing observation and evaluation is provided by your Camp Director.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Some lifting and carrying up to 60 lbs.
- Typing, writing, reading
- Seeing, hearing and speaking, both nearby and at a distance
- Use hand and fingers to help with classroom supplies and operate equipment
- Frequent sitting
- Standing, walking, kneeling
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