2021 Summer Camp Staff Position Overview and Requirements
Working at Westwind is a rewarding and demanding summer job. You will learn what it means to live and work in a close-knit community who by the end of the summer will likely feel like family. Chances are, you will be looked to as a role model, a hero, and maybe someday, someone will be applying for a job at Westwind because of the impact you had on their life. If you are willing to work hard, play hard, put others first and experience and appreciate the beautiful outdoors for a whole summer, Camp Westwind might be the right place for you.
We highly value the commitment you make to working at camp. The camp season begins June 10th with staff training and ends August 19th with cleanup ending on August 25th (please see 2021 Camp Calendar with specific session details). We expect staff members to be available during the entirety of the camp season, unless otherwise approved by the Program Director.
Please note, all staff must participate in the 10 day staff training, pass a background check including national sex offender registry clearance, have a current First Aid, CPR and AED certification by the first day of summer camp and are subject to drug testing for pre-employment and throughout the summer. Training may be provided before or during staff training. Job descriptions state a minimum age the applicant must be at time of the first session of summer camp.
Applications will open Friday, January 15, 2021 for Camp Westwind 2021 summer staff positions. There is no deadline for applications, however, interviewing begins in February and positions are open until filled. Please be sure to review job descriptions before applying.
Once you have logged into your camp account or created a new account, you will find the application located in the ‘Document Center’ found under the ‘Additional Options’ tab. Applications are found in the left column under ‘Online Forms’. Please fill out the application that applies to you completely and follow further instructions for resumé uploading. Applications will not be reviewed until the application is fully completed and the resumé has been uploaded.
Assistant Camp Director (1)
The Assistant Camp Director works to further the mission of camp through the planning and delivery of camp programs and staff training and assist in the management of overall camp operation at the direction of the Camp/Program Director. The Assistant Camp Director will ensure that both camp staff and all participants know and follow safety and educational procedures during camp programs, as well as assist in the management and care of the physical facilities, supervise and evaluate summer staff, and assist the Camp/Program Director in developing and implementing schedules and records for all areas of camp program and facilities. Responsibilities will include assisting with staff training; assisting with administrative duties such as communicating with families before, during, and after camp sessions, answering the phone, and monitoring emails; running meetings with summer staff and coordinating daily logistics; supporting summer staff in team building and conflict resolution; and assist with evaluating staff and providing summer-long support. Must have prior leadership and management experience and must come with a willingness to grow and be challenged. The position begins before staff training (end of May) and is seasonal. Additional duties may include helping with dishes and cleaning of camp, running activities during Family Camps, and any additional duties assigned by the Camp/Program Director.
Please go to main employment page for further instructions on how to apply for this position.
Teen Leadership Unit Coordinator (1)
The Teen Leadership program works with youth ages 15-17 years old. The Unit Coordinator is responsible for the supervision of 5-15 campers as well as 2-3 Teen Lead Counselors at a given time.
This position involves using a curriculum designed to help foster and develop group dynamics, problem solving, and leadership skills within teen program to be used not only at Westwind, but in their communities as well. The Unit Coordinator will be responsible for helping the counselors execute the curriculum as well as provide programming to foster the campers’ appreciation and deeper understanding of the natural world, which may include overnight activities as well as camp activities. This being a supervisory position, it would be the responsibility of the Unit Coordinator to assess the leadership skills of the counselors within the Teen Lead Unit and provide coaching and support to them. Secondary responsibilities may include: supervising babysitters during Family Camps, assisting with dishes and camp cleaning, and evaluation writing.
Supervisory and camp experience required. Minimum age 21 years old.
Teen Adventure Unit Coordinator (1)
The Teen Adventure program works with youth ages 14-17 years old. The Unit Coordinator will be responsible for the supervision of 10-21 campers as well as 2-3 counselors at a given time. This program is aimed to develop outdoor skills, foster an understanding and appreciation of the natural world, and provide campers the opportunity to expand their comfort within the outdoors.
The Unit Coordinator will need to have experience with overnight backpacking, teaching outdoor skills, challenge course facilitation, as well as the comfort to participate in activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, etc. This is a very outdoor-focused position; the curriculum is designed to teach basic wilderness and outdoor skills, and turning those into more advanced leadership skills in the Teen Adventure 2 program. The Unit Coordinator will be responsible for developing programming that allows campers to have unique experiences outdoors and in camp that provides a sense of appreciation and higher levels of confidence and understanding. Being a supervisory role, the Unit Coordinator will be responsible for assessing the leadership abilities of the Teen Adventure counselors and provide coaching and support to further develop their leadership and outdoor skills. Secondary responsibilities may include: supervising babysitters during Family Camps, assisting with dishes and camp cleaning, and evaluation writing.
Supervisory and camp experience required. WFA/WFR certification preferred but not required. Outdoor leadership experience a must. Minimum age 21 years old.
Teen Apprentice Coordinator (1)
The Teen Apprentice Coordinator works with 1-4 youth ages 15-17 years old. This program is designed to work with 1-4 teens who want to develop their leadership skills as well as shadow and learn from other program areas at camp. The Teen Apprentice Unit Coordinator works with each individual teen, customizing their week’s schedule to their interests and goals. The Unit Coordinator is responsible for supervising each apprentice, creating personalized curriculum and schedules, coordinating with other staff in a professional and organized matter, and running activities and programming for the teen unit. Secondary responsibilities may include: supervising babysitters during Family Camps, assisting with dishes and camp cleaning, and evaluation writing.
Supervisory and camp experience required. Minimum age 21 years old.
Unit Coordinator- Youth Camp (3 Positions)
Unit Coordinators in youth camp are responsible for the organization and supervision of their assigned unit (Sherwood, Highlands, Alpine) consisting of about 30-40 campers and 10-15 staff (5-7 counselors, 2-3 Minors Support Staff, and 3-4 Support Staff).
Unit Coordinators are responsible for planning and executing any unit activities as well as overseeing their unit’s cabin activities. Additionally, they will be responsible for coaching their staff to provide the best experiences for the campers. This position requires prior experience in group and behavior management. As supervisors, the Unit Coordinators will be responsible for conducting observations and assessments of staff, often working closely with the Camp Director. Secondary responsibilities will include: supervising babysitters during Family Camps, assisting with dishes and camp cleaning, and evaluation writing.
Supervisory and camp experience required. Minimum age 21 years old.
Art Lead (1)
The Art Lead facilitates Westwind’s art program for youth and teen campers (ages 7-17), and also adults and families of all ages. The Art Lead will be responsible for planning and teaching daily arts and crafts projects, maintaining and organizing the Art Palace and all of the art supplies, working alongside all units to customize and develop curriculum, and lead groups of campers throughout the day. This position requires art ability, creativity, and experience in various art techniques (beading, tie dye, painting, paper mache, clay, nature art, etc.) and leadership of staff and all participants. Secondary responsibility may include assisting with camp cleaning and dishwashing.
Minimum age of 18 years old with experience leading art instruction.
Activity Lead (1)
The Activity Lead will be responsible for planning and executing any all camp activities focusing on participation over competition including but not limited to campfires, All Camp, themed meals, interest groups, as well as some unit activities and specialized programs. This position requires a creative, organized, and flexible individual with the goal of including everyone equally and the willingness to be challenged with their ideas. Each week of youth camp will have a theme decided by staff. The Activity Lead is responsible for carrying out the theme throughout the week in each area of camp. The Activity Lead is assigned to a unit and will participate in unit activities as Support Staff when they are not planning or implementing an activity, working closely with the Camp Director and the Unit Coordinators throughout each week. Other job duties may include camper mail printing, dishes, end of session cleaning lead, and others as assigned.
Minimum age of 18 years old, prefer 21
The Naturalist facilitates specific nature programming and activities for all ages, either during established unit time or other cabin activity times. The Naturalist is responsible for creating and executing educational and fun nature activities that correlate to Westwind and its biodiversity and location. Working closely with Unit Coordinators and lifeguards, this position requires prior knowledge of and passion for coastal plants, the estuary, the ocean and tidepools, and the rainforest, and is able to inspire others by designing nature activities for both campers and staff. The Naturalist is supervised by the Camp Director and is also responsible for gathering and organizing supplies and materials. The Naturalist is assigned to a unit and will participate in unit activities as Support Staff when they are not planning or implementing an activity. Other job duties may include dishwashing, camp cleaning, and assisting where needed.
Minimum age of 18 years old
Media Specialist (1-2)
The primary responsibility of the Media Specialist is to capture photos and video to reflect the camp day. Media Specialists will post photos daily to the camp’s Flickr account and compile an end of session video. The Media Specialist will acquire photos of each cabin group, all camp activities, as well as spend time with units and cabins getting photos of smaller group activities. Video material of day to day activities, special events, and camper testimonials will be gathered. Secondary responsibilities will include assisting with dishes and camp cleaning.
Photography and editing experience required. Minimum age of 17 years old. Preferred age 18 or older.
Portfolio to be expected at time of interview.
Waterfront Coordinator (1)
Act as the point person for waterfront activities and responsible for the safety of all campers and staff. Waterfront Coordinator must hold current lifeguard certification, and have leadership experience. This position is responsible for scheduling all lifeguards for camp activities, working closely with Unit Coordinators and lifeguards to make sure there is proper coverage. This position requires a love for the river, knowledge of small craft safety and other safety protocols, organization and creativity, and the willingness to lead both staff and campers, whether in activities or in water safety practices. The Waterfront Coordinator is also responsible for assessing the skills of the lifeguards and finding ways to teach and support them throughout the summer. Prior leadership experience is required. The Waterfront Coordinator will be assigned to a unit and participate in evening programming with their assigned unit. Secondary responsibilities will include assisting with dishes, camp cleaning, and writing evaluations.
Minimum age of 21 years old. Must have current lifeguard certification.
Lifeguards are responsible for the safety of all participants during any waterfront activity. Each lifeguard needs to be currently certified. Ability to facilitate and run waterfront activities in a fun and creative way is included in the responsibilities for lifeguards. Lifeguards will be supervised and supported by the Waterfront Coordinator while also communicating and working with each Unit Coordinator. Each lifeguard will be assigned to a unit and will participate in evening programming with their assigned unit. Secondary responsibilities will include assisting with dishes and camp cleaning.
Minimum age of 17 years old. Must have current lifeguard certification.
Youth Counselor (8-16)
The primary responsibility of a youth camp counselor is to care for the campers’ needs while also creating a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment. Each counselor will be assigned to a cabin of 8-10 campers of a similar age. They will be living with, eating with, and planning and participating in activities with their cabin. Counselors must be patient, flexible, compassionate and punctual. Sound judgment and decision-making skills are a must. The ability and willingness to be challenged and to learn is required. Counselors work closely with Unit Coordinators and all Support Staff to ensure that each camper’s needs are met. During Family Camps, counselors may lead activities for adults and children or lead color groups (groups of children of similar ages). Secondary responsibilities may include dishes and camp cleaning.
Experience working with youth required. Minimum age of 18 years old.
Counselor-Teens (4 Positions)
The primary responsibility of a Teens counselor is to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment for the teen campers. Teens counselors will work with the Unit Coordinators to develop programming and activities that will help teen campers to develop their leadership skills, exercise their creativity, and deepen their appreciation and understanding for the natural world. Teen counselors will be living with and supervising groups of 8-10 teen campers. The ability to work with peers in a collaborative and supportive way is a must. Teen counselors must be patient, flexible, compassionate, and punctual. Teen Counselors will need to provide programming specific to each Teen program they are assigned to (Adventure or Leadership). During Family Camps, counselors may lead activities for adults and children or lead color groups (groups of children of similar ages). Secondary responsibilities may include dishes, camp cleaning, and evaluation writing.
Experience working with youth required. Outdoor skills a plus. Minimum age of 19 years old.
Minors Support Staff (4-6)
Minors Support Staff (MSS) will be responsible for working within a unit and also working closely with the Unit Coordinator. MSS’s assist with providing supervision during counselors’ time off and transition times between activities, as well as loading and unloading luggage, chaperoning bus trips to and from camp, cleaning, dishes, and general activity programming for both youth and Family Camps. The distribution of mail and singing/entertainment prior to meals is also MSS responsibility. Programming support and a willingness to help in any area of camp are a must. Minors Support Staff must be energetic, creative, flexible, responsible, punctual, compassionate, and comfortable being up in front of a group, .
Experience working with youth required. Minimum age of 17 years old (can be hired if 16 and turning 17 before or during the summer)
Support Staff (4)
A vital part to camp operations, Support Staff offer assistance to each unit and all camp programs. Schedules will vary depending on daily needs and the individual’s skill set. Each Support Staff is assigned to a unit and participate in overnights and other unit or cabin activities. Main responsibilities of Support Staff include facilitating or assisting with archery, challenge course, tree climbing, and some nature activities. Additional responsibilities may include assisting with the camp store, supporting the Art Lead, lifeguarding (if applicable), camper email printing, dish washing, camp cleaning, as well as program planning and preparation. The Support Staff work closely with each Unit Coordinator to design their schedule. Support Staff must be creative, flexible, and punctual.
Minimum age of 18 years old.
All positions have a daily base salary that include room and board. Pay increases may be made for certification and experience. Applicants that receive a job offer will also receive a personalized salary that is specific to their position and relevant additions. Room and board are part of your working contract and valued at $125 per day.
- Minors Support Staff: $40
- Counselors: $50 – $55
- Support Staff age 18 and over (General Support, Lifeguards): $45
- Program Staff (Photographer, Videographer, Activity Lead, Art Lead, Naturalist, Waterfront Coordinator): $55-$60
- Unit Coordinators: $65
- Assistant Camp Director: $TBD
Counselors, Minors Support Staff, lifeguards, and Support Staff undergo 10 days of training and orientation at the beginning of each summer. What is taught during the staff training week is in alignment with Westwind and the American Camp Association’s standards and expectations for staff & counselor training.
Staff training date: June 10-19
Additional training for Leadership staff (Unit Coordinators, Art Lead, Naturalist, Waterfront Coordinator, Activity Lead): June 8-10