Golden Gate

Coastal Camp Counselor

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Coastal Camp Counselors participate in the implementation of week-long, themed day-camp sessions from June 10 until August 16 (with required training occurring June 3-7). Each weekly theme has been chosen to highlight and take advantage of our natural outdoor location in a stunning and unique national park setting in the Marin Headlands, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Coastal Camp serves campers age K-9, with the majority of campers going into 1st-3rd grade. Counselors work with camp environmental science educators to implement the creative daily plans made by the educator. As a team, counselors and educators work with one group of similarly-aged campers all week. Counselors are expected to plan and lead Camper’s Choice sessions on Wednesday in one of four categories: Sports and Recreation, Arts and Crafts, Music and Movement or Free Choice.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support and assist implementation of lessons, group management, food, distribution and maintaining camper safety and comfort over uneven terrain in all kinds of weather

  • Proactively engage campers and manage safety in games and activities during early (8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.) and/or extended care (3:30 p.m.- 5:15 p.m.).

  • Qualified candidates will create, lead and/or support activities for diverse groups of campers in one or more of the following focus areas once a week during Camper’s Choice: (1) arts & crafts, (2) music & movement,  (3) sports & recreation and/or (4) Free Choice

  • Desire and ability to be an active, engaged, and positive role model for campers at all times during the camp day

  • Provide a nurturing, safe and fun environment where campers play, explore, learn and discover; exercise superb judgment around group and risk management and administer and document first-aid as needed

  • Assist with daily camp activity set-up and clean-up including maintaining camp art supplies, recreational equipment and camp spaces

  • Participate in staff training week June 3-7 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day and attend weekly camp staff meetings

  • Work cooperatively with others within a live/work environment

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Experience, Competencies and Education

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Qualifications include:

  • Enjoyment of and desire to work with youth in an outdoor camp setting

  • Recent previous experience working with children ages 4-12 in an informal, after-school, child care, camp or outdoor setting

  • Must be available Monday through Friday from June 3 to August 16 

  • Possess current CPR (Adult, Child and Infant) and First Aid certification or ability to get certified before the camp season begins. Wilderness First Aid highly preferred and encouraged.

  • Ability to implement and model excellent risk management practices and maintain a safe environment for our campers and visitors

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion within your work with campers and the greater camp community

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills with campers, management, and co workers

  • Able to work flexible 8 hour shifts, including optional overnights

  • Be proactive, enthusiastic, highly motivated, punctual, organized and capable of working as part of a collaborative team

  • Willingness to be coached and openness to feedback

  • Pass a background check and provide evidence of a negative TB test before start date.

Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to variable weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands

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 accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to regularly stand; walk up to 7 miles on uneven terrain; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb and balance; stoop, kneel b, crouch and crawl; talk, hear, taste and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


  • Generous compensation (plus additional compensation for evening/weekend work)

  • Includes housing within Golden Gate National Recreation Area

  • The opportunity to live and grow in a spectacular location with an amazing community

To Apply

Please email a current resume with three references and letter of interest to Our hiring process runs through mid-May and we will be contacting qualified candidates to discuss their qualifications and to answer questions about Coastal Camp.

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