Join Our Staff

Camp Helping Hands looks for qualified adults (18 and up) to fill our Team Counselor positions. Each age group has two Team Counselors who are assisted by our teen trainees involved in our Counselor-in-Training program. We begin accepting applications for our summer programs as early as January. Team Counselors must enjoy working with children and be 18 years of age and/or have completed one year of college. Camp Helping Hands counselors benefit in much the same way our campers and volunteers do. Please read all of the detailed position information before submitting your application.

TEAM COUNSELOR POSITION OVERVIEW

We accept applications for Team Counselor positions for Camp Helping Hands summer camp programs every January through April. Our summer camp program locations and dates can be found here. In addition to working every day of summer camp, all staff is expected to report for training and orientation one week prior to each camp session. Please read the information below before submitting your application.

PositionCamp Helping Hands Team Counselors work directly with 15 – 20 campers ranging in age from 6 through 14. Counselors work in pairs and will also be assisted by teen volunteers in our Junior Counselor and Counselor-in-Training (CIT) programs. Counselors will be responsible for facilitating art activities, games, educational lessons, as well as overseeing the overall well-being of campers.

Desired Qualifications: Entered in college or a college grad. Emphasis in education, service-learning, child psychology preferred but not required.

Pay Rate: $10 – 15 per hour (starting pay depends upon experience and local city minimum wage)

Experience: Volunteer or employed time in a similar position preferred.

Responsible to: Assistant Camp Director and/or Camp Director.

General and Specific Responsibilities: Able to accompany campers to main program areas, lead small and large group activities, supervise campers participation in structured and unstructured activities, demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers served, interact appropriately with campers in a variety of situations, appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior-management techniques – enthusiasm, a sense of humor, patience, and self-control. Interact professionally on and off campus and demonstrate effective communication with colleagues, campers’ parents, and our partner organization liaisons. Able to assist campers in emergency (fire, injury, etc.); drive; observe loading and unloading of buses; and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers over the course of a long work day.

Expectations: Camp Helping Hands counselors are role models for our campers and volunteers. We advise you to review all content you have created and/or posted publicly online that could affect your ability to act as a role model and your candidacy.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must love kids.
  • Demonstrated experience working with children.
  • Ability to teach and lead various recreational activities.
  • Ability to communicate and work with a variety of age and skill levels.
  • The desire and ability to work in a cooperative, team-oriented atmosphere.
  • Exhibit characteristics of leadership, adaptability, enthusiasm, a desire to have fun, a sense of humor, patience, dependability, responsibility, maturity, integrity, ability to work independently, display a positive attitude, and maintain self-control.
  • Completed one year of college, at least 18 years of age, or successful volunteer employment as a Camp Helping Hands junior counselor.
  • Must have a working knowledge of what service-learning is and believe in and feel passionate about the CHH mission.
  • CPR/First Aid training/certification is recommended.
  • Need to be available for three days of training.
  • Need to be available 7:30AM to 3:30PM, Monday through Friday. You may be required to stay later from time to time.
  • Must complete the below application requirements:
    • Online application form
    • Upon position acceptance, the following will need to be completed and signed: Employment contract> Health form> Signed portion of the Staff / Volunteer Handbook> W-9> Participant Release form > and other waivers and documents as they apply
  • Complete a face-to-face interview.
  • If an offer is made after the face-to-face interview, two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or employers will be required.
  • Pass a CA background check. Results of the background check will determine the completion of the hiring process

Counselor Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Take primary responsibility for the health, safety, well-being and happiness of campers.
  • Learn the likes and dislikes of each camper. Show a genuine interest in campers.
  • Follow directions, camp objectives, rules, policies, and guidelines.
  • Recognize and respond to opportunities for solving group problems.
  • Provide opportunities for the group so that each individual experiences success while at camp.
  • Encourage respect for personal property, camp equipment, and facilities on and off campus.
  • Set a good example for campers in all areas, including cleanliness, punctuality, clean-up chores, rules, and sportsmanship.
  • Enthusiastically guide campers in participating successfully in all aspects of camp activities.
  • Supervise all camp activities and actively participate in all aspects of the campers’ day.
  • Serve as a positive role model for youth.
  • Observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
  • Know where campers are at all times.
  • Prepare for and actively participate in pre-camp training and weekly meetings when applicable.
  • Meet/communicate regularly with Director and/or Assistant Director regarding concerns, updates, and challenges.
  • Submit all required paperwork on time.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • To have fun!!!!

Application Process: Our application deadline is April 25.  After April 25, all applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as positions become available. We encourage you to get your applications in as soon as possible. Please be aware that the application process does take time. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding your application.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Camp Helping Hands, a division of Women Work Smart, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law.

Employment Classification Non-exempt: Camp Helping Hands counselors position is classified as temporary employment. Missed work days will not be compensated.

CAMP DIRECTOR POSITION OVERVIEW

Camp Helping Hands looks for qualified adults with at least three years experience in a related field to fill our Camp Director positions. We begin accepting applications for our summer programs as early as January. Camp Directors must have managerial and/or teaching experience. Camp Helping Hands Camp Directors benefit in much the same way our campers and volunteers do. Please read all of the detailed position information before submitting your application.

PositionCamp Helping Hands Camp Directors supervise 8-10 Team Counselors and 4 Junior Counselors, who directly oversee 15 – 20 campers ranging in age from 6 through 14. Camp Directors are the face of Camp Helping Hands and liaise between parents, partners, vendors, and facility coordinators via face-to-face, email, and phone. Directors wear many hats and do whatever is needed to ensure the program runs smoothly on a daily basis.

Desired Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Minimum three years experience teaching or managing similar programs.

Pay Rate: $20 (starting rate)

ExperienceMinimum employed time in a similar position, more than three years preferred.

Responsible to: Founder and CEO

General and Specific Responsibilities: Must be able to manage others, create an environment conducive to teamwork, act quickly exercising great judgement, and have the ability to perform all essential duties of a Team Counselor, such as; accompany campers to main program areas, lead small and large group activities, supervise campers participation in structured and unstructured activities, demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers served, interact appropriately with campers in a variety of situations, appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior-management techniques – enthusiasm, a sense of humor, patience, and self-control. Interact professionally on and off campus and demonstrate effective communication with colleagues, campers’ parents, and our partner organization liaisons. Able to assist campers in emergency (fire, injury, etc.); drive; observe loading and unloading of buses; and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers over the course of a long work day.

Expectations: Camp Helping Hands Camp Directors are role models for our staff, who are role models for our campers and volunteers. We expect on-the-job enthusiasm, punctuality, and a positive attitude. We advise you to review all content you have created and/or posted publicly online that could affect your ability to act as a role model and your candidacy.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must love kids.
  • Demonstrated experience working with children.
  • Ability to teach and lead various recreational activities.
  • Ability to communicate and work with a variety of age and skill levels.
  • The desire and ability to work in a cooperative, team-oriented atmosphere.
  • Exhibit characteristics of leadership, adaptability, enthusiasm, a desire to have fun, a sense of humor, patience, dependability, responsibility, maturity, integrity, ability to work independently, display a positive attitude, and maintain self-control.
  • Minimum three years work experience in a related field
  • Must have prior managerial experience.
  • Must have a working knowledge of what service-learning is and believe in and feel passionate about the CHH mission.
  • CPR/First Aid training/certification is required.
  • Need to be available for a two-day Camp Director training in May, and need to be available to lead a three-day, onsite staff training in July.
  • Need to be available 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. You may be required to come in earlier the first week of camp.
  • Must complete the below application requirements:
    • Online application form
    • Upon position acceptance, the following will need to be completed and signed: Employment contract> Health form> Signed portion of the Staff / Volunteer Handbook> W-4 > and other waivers and documents as they apply
  • Complete a face-to-face interview.
  • If an offer is made after the face-to-face interview, two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or employers will be required.
  • Pass a CA background check. Results of the background check will determine the completion of the hiring process.

Counselor Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Directs integrated programs including field trips, presentations, snack, activities, swim, and parent communication.
  • Supervises the development and coordination of curriculum, activities and special programs for campers.
  • Manages staff scheduling and training.
  • Take primary responsibility for the health, safety, well-being and happiness of campers and staff.
  • Ensure that staff are following directions, camp objectives, rules, policies, and guidelines.
  • Ensures program operations run smoothly each day – this includes communication as needed with site facility, camp president, vendors (bus), and partners.
  • Liaises with parents, guardians, vendors, and all presenter and field trip partners to ensure implementation of services and activities.
  • Implements suggestions/feedback received from parents and staff as appropriate.
  • Ensures adherence to established program guidelines.
  • Ensures adequate records and files are maintained for each child.
  • Generates reports in a timely fashion as required based on program activity.
  • Directs the maintenance of the site facility, parking area, play yards and outside equipment..
  • Recognize and respond to opportunities for solving group problems.
  • Provide opportunities for the team so that each individual experiences success while at camp.
  • Set a good example for staff in all areas, including cleanliness, punctuality, clean-up chores, rules, and respectful behavior.
  • Enthusiastically guide staff in participating successfully in all aspects of camp activities.
  • Observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
  • Know where staff and campers are at all times.
  • Facilitate pre-camp training and daily meetings.
  • Meet/communicate regularly with President regarding concerns, updates, and challenges.
  • *Camp Helping Hands reserves the right to add or change duties at any time

Application Process: Our application deadline is April 25. After April 25, all applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as positions become available. We encourage you to get your applications in as soon as possible. Please be aware that the application process does take time. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding your application.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Camp Helping Hands, a division of Women Work Smart, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law.

Employment Classification Non-exemptCamp Helping Hands counselors position is classified as temporary employment. Missed work days will not be compensated.