Golden Gate

Coastal Camp Counselor

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Coastal Camp Counselors work with Environmental Science Educators to lead groups of day campers in grades K-9 in hiking and exploring the Marin Headlands, a beautiful coastal park that’s part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Each week, counselors and educators work with one group to implement lessons, games, stories and other activities centered around that week’s theme. The majority of campers are in the 1st-2nd grade age group or 3rd-4th grade age group. This role is ideal for people interested in gaining experience in elementary and/or outdoor education, environmental science and summer camps. Staff must be available for mandatory staff training through the end of camp, May 31-August 14.  

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support and assist the 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 aftercare (3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.). 
  • Create, lead and/or support activities for campers in one or more of the following areas Camper’s Choice: arts & crafts, music & movement, sports & recreation and/or free choice.
  • Lead one required curriculum activity each week.
  • Desire and ability to be active and engaged with campers at all times. 
  • Provide a safe and fun environment where campers play, explore, learn.

Experience, Competencies and Education


  • Recent previous experience working with children ages 4-12. 
  • Available for flexible eight-hour shifts Monday-Friday from May 31 to August 14.  
  • Possess current CPR (Adult, Child and Infant) and First Aid certification or ability to get certified before the camp season begins at your own expense. 
  • Enjoyment of and desire to work with youth in an outdoor, camp setting.
  • Capable of working as part of a collaborative team.


  • Experience in summer camps or outdoor education.
  • Experience in field research or relevant leadership and community service work.
  • Ability to implement and model excellent risk management practices and maintain a physically, socially and emotionally safe environment for our participants.
  • Willingness to be coached and openness to feedback.
  • Experience working with groups that are non-dominant. 
  • Experience in other NatureBridge programs.
  • At least 18 years of age.

Working Conditions & 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 the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 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, crouch and crawl; talk, hear, taste and smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


  • $13 per hour
  • Includes housing within Golden Gate National Recreation Area for staff 18 years of age or older.

To Apply

To apply, fill out the online application.

NatureBridge is an equal opportunity employer. Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position is open until filled. Hiring is contingent on a successful background check and fingerprinting.

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