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Opal Creek Expeditions

Located: Opal Creek Wilderness Area

Position Available: Summer Backpacking Intern

Salary Range: $300/week, plus housing and partial board

Type: Coed residential camp

Contact: mselvig@opalcreek.org

Website: http://www.opalcreek.org/about/employment/

  • You will gain exposure and experience in the field of outdoor education. Co-leading expeditions alongside our Field Instructors, you take 10 campers into the wilderness and teach them the ins and outs of backpacking, building their confidence with every step.
  • Benefits include: housing in a private room in our main lodge and buffet-style meals when we have programs (about 75% of time).
  • To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Megan Selvig, Program Director, at mselvig@opalcreek.org. Applications will be accepted until April 26th.

Camp Ocean Pines

Located: Cambria, California

Position Available: Camp Counselor

Salary Range: $300-$380 per week

Type: Residential coed summer camp

Contact: erinm@campoceanpines.org

Website: http://campoceanpines.org/jobs/

  • We are a non-profit, independent, co-ed camp that focuses on Connecting, Exploring and Growing!
  • Camp overlooks the Pacific Ocean while nestled in a Monterey Pine forest.
  • Counselors sleep in cabin with campers serving as a mentor and role model. Counselors create magical moments that lasts lifetime.
  • All our camp activities are run by our counselors. We offer over 50+ activities that range from arts&crafts, target sports and kayaking.

Camp Trinity on The Bar 717 Ranch

Located: Hayfork, California

Position Available: Summer Camp Counselor

Salary Range: $410/week

Type: Residential coed summer camp

Contact: emma@bar717.com

Website: http://www.bar717.com/staff/

  • Seeking enthusiastic leaders to work with youth 8-16 years old in a residential mountain ranch camp; must demonstrate interest in working with children and the outdoors.
  • Positions include: backpacking leader, horsemanship staff, ropes course leader, trail crew leader, general counselors.
  • Must be 19 years old and have completed 1 year of college or equivalent work experience by June.
  • For more information, please see: http://www.bar717.com/staff/job-opportunities/

Camp Trinity on The Bar 717 Ranch

Located: Hayfork, California

Position Available: Backpacking Trip Leaders

Salary Range: $410/week

Type: Residential coed summer camp

Contact: emma@bar717.com

Website: http://www.bar717.com/staff/

  • Seeking enthusiastic backpacking leaders to work with youth 8-16 years old in a residential mountain ranch camp; must demonstrate interest in working with children and the outdoors.
  • Experience leading backpacking trips for groups strongly preferred.
  • Must be 19 years old and have completed 1 year of college or equivalent work experience by June.
  • For more information, please see: http://www.bar717.com/staff/job-opportunities/

Kennolyn Camps

Located: Soquel, California

Position Available: Camp Counselors (Day and Resident camps)

Salary Range: $408+ /week with room and board

Type: Coed Camp with Residential & Day Camp Sessions

Contact: camps@kennolyn.com

Website: http://www.kennolyncamps.com

  • Make a difference in a child's life and make your own lifelong friendships.
  • njoy working outdoors, under the warm California sun close to many clean beaches and hot surf spots. A job full of like minded, dedicated people. The hardest job you'll ever love!
  • Counselors who can teach the following activities required: climbing, ropes course, swimming, archery, riflery, fencing, horseback riding, self defense, outdoor adventure, drama, photography, fun science, outdoor cooking, crafts, ceramics, tennis and more. (We train our own Ropes staff and Waterfront staff incl. Lifeguards!)
  • Lifeguard Certification is a plus but not required

Kennolyn Camps

Located: Soquel, California

Position Available: Backpacking Trip Leader

Salary Range: $408+ /week with room and board

Type: Coed Camp with Residential & Day Camp Sessions

Contact: camps@kennolyn.com

Website: http://www.kennolyncamps.com

  • Lead 6, 2-night, 3-day trips through Big Basin park with 14 kids and another trip leader.
  • Live in a cabin with another staff member and cheerful and excitable campers.
  • Enjoy working outdoors, under the warm California sun close to many clean beaches and hot surf spots. A job full of like minded, dedicated people. The hardest job you'll ever love!

Cheley Colorado Camps

Located: Estes Park, Colorado

Position Available: Summer Camp Counselor

Salary Range: $2650 or more for 9 weeks/$2950 or more for 10 weeks

Type: Residential coed summer camp

Contact: Kim@cheley.com

Website: http://www.cheley.com

  • Room and Board and college credit
  • Pro deals on outdoor gear
  • A camp counselor serves as a cabin counselor as well as a specialist in the assigned program area. Activities include Backpacking, Horseback Riding, Climbing, Rafting, Riflery, Crafts, Outcamping and Hiking.
  • Surround yourself with amazing people, develop professionally, live in a beautiful place and make a difference in the lives of children.

Keystone Science School

Located: Keystone, Colorado

Position Available: Crossover Instructor

Salary Range: $400/week + Room and Board

Type: Coed Residential Camp

Contact: HR@keystonescienceschool.org

Website: http://www.keystonescienceschool.org/Employment

  • The Summer Crossover Instructor works with our day and overnight programs and is the primary caregiver and teacher for each student attending programming.
  • KSS offers a range of programs that provide a balance of hands-on science activities, field-based exploration, and adventure programming. All programs are based upon a theme including but not limited to aquatic ecology, forest ecology, earth science, snow science, health, and leadership.
  • Qualifications include prior experience working with school-age children, age 21+ with a valid driver's license, and current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications.
  • Ready to find yourself at the heart of Science. Adventure. Fun?!

Keystone Science School

Located: Keystone, Colorado

Position Available: Summer CATCH Camp Lead Facilitator

Salary Range: $14.50-15 per hour (room and board not included)

Type: Coed Residential Camp

Contact: HR@keystonescienceschool.org

Website: http://www.keystonescienceschool.org/Employment

  • Teach K-5 students to lead active and healthy lifestyles using the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) curriculum;
  • Essential duties include group management, assisting with curriculum design, implementation and oversight, managing day to day program schedules and timeline, snack preparation, and administrative tasks;
  • Qualifications include a minimum of 3 months experience working with school-age children and current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications.
  • Ready to find yourself at the heart of Science. Adventure. Fun?!

Sanborn Western Camps

Located: Florissant, Colorado

Position Available: Counselor

Salary Range: $2,700+

Type: Residential camp with separate sessions for boys and girls

Contact: anne@sanbornwesterncamps.com

Website: http://www.sanbornwesterncamps.com/employment/why-work-at-sanborn

  • Assisting and/or leading on or off-camp trips, activities, programs and special events.
  • Living, working with and having charge of a group of campers.
  • Being a responsible, dedicated role model to the campers and other staff.
  • Assistant Counselor, Wrangler, and Support Staff positions also available-- email for information.

Camp Augusta

Located: Nevada City, California

Position Available: Wizards, Aerialists & Oatmeal-Throwers

Salary Range: 3000-6000 depending on position

Type: Residential coed summer camp

Contact: applications@campaugusta.org

Website: http://www.campaugusta.org/Staff/Positions/

  • Work, play, struggle, smile and grow in a small, vibrant community this summer while creating opportunities for children to reconnect with the innocence and wonder of childhood.
  • Learn and teach a handful of our amazing variety of 150+ activities. From fire spinning to stained glass, canoes to zipline canopy tours, and horseback archery to dinner dressed as pirates- every day is full of magic!
  • Live in a tree house, yurt or open air cabin; indulge in locally sourced, organic, fresh made meals; and dive into personal growth with a 3.5 week staff training.
  • Staff must be at least 19 years old and available to work from May 14 to Aug 10, 2019. To apply, fill out our Interest Form (http://goo.gl/axqfPb) or send us an email at applications@campaugusta.org.

YMCA of The Rockies

Located: Estes Park, Colorado

Position Available: Program Desk Attendant - Seasonal - (Room & Board Provided!)

Salary Range: $220/week plus Room and Board

Type: Coed summer day camp

Contact: kallison@ymcarockies.org

Website: http://www.ymcarockies.org

  • Certified CPR and 1st Aid; certifications must be current
  • Register guests for activities using computer based system
  • Be willing to work as an attendant for recreation facilities or programs including Kiva, mini-golf course, mountain bike rental, program building, snowshoe hikes, climbing wall, etc. on an as needed basis
  • Maintain and set-up of recreation facilities if used as a meeting space.

Adventure Treks

Located: Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, British Columbia, & NC

Position Available: Instructor

Salary Range: $2400 and up

Type: Wilderness adventure program for Teens

Contact: info@adventuretreks.com

Website: http://www.adventuretreks.com

  • Instructors lead activities that include backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, ice climbing, ziplining, cooking, orienteering
  • The six-person instructor team works closely together to coordinate all aspects of the trip, including instruction in all outdoor activities, risk management, managing group dynamics, menu planning, purchasing food, laundry, transportation, coordinating with outfitters, maintaining equipment and handling medical issues.
  • Benefits include a competitive salary, a travel stipend, access to pro-purchase discounts, and the opportunity to work both summer (early June to mid-August) and fall school group programs (late August through late October in North Carolina).
  • Applicants must be 21 years of age (college graduate or degree in progress preferred), have a valid WFR/CPR certification (or be willing to acquire one), several years experience working with youth and leading outdoor programs and be willing to work long hours with little to no time off.

Wolf Camp

Located: Lake Sammamish, WA -- Puyallup, WA -- Olympia, WA

Position Available: Homesteading & Sustainability Instructor

Salary Range: 400-800/week depending on experience

Type: Coed Camp with Residential & Day Camp Sessions

Contact: chris@wolfcamp.com

Website: http://www.wolfcollege.com/youth/

  • Room & Board

Wolf Camp

Located: Lake Sammamish, WA -- Puyallup, WA -- Olympia, WA

Position Available: Earth Skills Instructor

Salary Range: 500-1000/week depending on experience

Type: Coed Camp with Residential & Day Camp Sessions

Contact: chris@wolfcamp.com

Website: http://www.wolfcollege.com/youth/

  • Room & Board (food and facilities in the field)