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All staff are at least 18 years old or have graduated from high school. Our staff have significant experience working with youth. Most staff have completed our Leadership Training Program as a high school student or have been a staff member at another camp or youth organization. These experiences are vital for our high quality program.

Check out our Summer Positions page.

All full-summer staff must be available for the duration of the summer season. Summer season 2021 includes June 19 - August 19. (For staff attending universities and colleges with an end date after June 19, an alternate start date will be granted). Some staff will be invited to work additional programs in August and September. All staff attend at least one week of training. Camp staff live on-site. Two hours of "off time" are provided each day, but employees must remain on-site. Staff are given 24 hours off most weeks to leave camp, typically Saturday morning to Sunday morning. Leadership and senior staff should be available June 15.

Being a camp counselor requires lots of energy, lots of enthusiasm, a desire and the ability to work very hard in an outdoor setting. Camp counselors love what they do. They thrive on the relationships created between the staff team and the campers. Camp counselors pour their heart into developing trusting relationships with campers. You must have good judgement, take initiative, and enjoy living and working in a fast-paced environment.

A limited number of volunteer staff are selected each year. These volunteers typically have prior Natoma experience and are seeking to give back to the camp. Volunteers need to have their own vehicle. Please see our Volunteer page.

Applications are available in January. Thoroughly read the job description for the position you are applying for. Additionally, make sure you are familiar with all information on the Camp Natoma website. It is recommended to turn your application in as soon as possible. Positions are filled on a rolling basis. Use the online application.

Applications will be reviewed by the Camp Director. Prospective employees will be contacted to schedule an interview. Interviews will be offered in-person in San Luis Obispo, or through the use of video conferencing. After the interview, references will be contacted and prior employment verified. Staff members must also pass an extensive background check.