working at camp

 

Thank you for your interest in a position at Tumbleweed Day Camp.  A summer job at our beautiful camp will give you the opportunity to develop leadership, communication and problem solving skills. Working outdoors with children promises to be a fun-filled, challenging and rewarding experience.

what our staff say about working at camp

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I love working at Tumbleweed because it gives you an opportunity to meet a group of children, to develop a bond with your group, and to watch the children grow. Some may think, well how much growing can be done in an 8 week period? In reality, it's a tremendous amount. You get to watch the child who was painfully shy on the first day of camp become extremely outgoing and comfortable with the rest of the group, you get to watch the child who has always been great at Gaga take the time to teach the new child entering the group how to be the "best" Gaga player, and you get to watch the child who is terrified of an activity learn to trust you and your assistant counselor enough to try the activity with your help. As a staff member you have all of these opportunities to watch the children of your group grow, and you get to share in this experience with coworkers who care about the children and about you.

frequently asked questions

 

Each summer, we hire about 50 counselors (ages 19 or above) and 25 assistant counselors (ages 16 to 18).  We also hire several specialists in arts & crafts, nature studies, outdoor living skills, ropes course, swimming, and horseback riding.  All of our specialists are at least 19 years old.

What positions do you hire for?

For 2018, Tumbleweed will run camp from June 18 to August 17, Monday through Friday.  All staff are required to work five days a week, for all nine weeks of camp.

When is summer camp happening? Do I need to work the whole summer?

For most staff, the camp day starts between 7:30 and 8:00 am, when bus routes begin.  You'll drive or ride on a bus as it picks up campers in a designated neighborhood, arriving at camp between 9:00 and 10:00 am.  At camp, you'll lead a group of up to 16 campers through a variety of activities (or, if you're a specialist, you'll teach those activities to groups as they come to your area).  Buses begin to leave camp at 3:15 pm, and you'll drive or ride with your campers back home, ending your day at about 4:30 or 5:00 pm.  Lifeguards and Wranglers will arrive at camp at about 9:00 am each day, teach campers at their activity area, and then stay after the buses leave to teach individualized lessons until about 6:00 pm.

What does a typical day look like? What hours am I expected to work?

Not for this summer.  Historically, our leadership has been internally promoted.  If you're looking for a year-round position at a summer camp (good for you!) check out the American Camp Association's Year Round Jobs at Camp.

Are you looking for leadership, administrative or year-round staff?

Yes!  The good news is, we'll provide it to you.  All new staff are required to attend 5 days of orientation before camp begins.  We'll discuss this in more detail if you're invited to an interview.

Do I need training?

No, we'll provide all the necessary certifications in first aid and CPR for counselors and specialists and lifeguarding for lifeguards.  If you already hold a certification from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association, and it's valid through the end of your employment, we'll accept that.

Do I need any certifications?

If you've had your driver's license for at least 3 years and have a clean driving record (no more than 2 points), you'll be expected to learn how to drive one of our camp vehicles.  These are typically 18 to 24 passenger buses, and are no more difficult to drive than a large van or a small U-Haul truck.  We'll provide you with 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training and your driving test, and you'll end up with a California Commercial Driver's License with a passenger endorsement.

What's the deal with driving a bus?

One of the most important characteristics of a good staff person is a positive attitude.  Camp is a fun place, and enthusiastic camp staff create a great environment for our campers!  We're also looking for people who are willing to learn and grow over the course of the summer.  Camp staff should be good teachers (of things like respect, friendship, and responsibility), so they can help campers grow, too!  Obviously, you must also be someone who has the responsibility, energy, and endurance to arrive at camp on time each day, supervise and have fun with up to 16 campers for several hours, and handle a wide variety of problems or issues that may arise throughout camp.

What do you look for in your camp staff? Am I qualified?

That depends.  As a day camp, we don't provide housing, transportation, or meals to our staff.  If you can secure that for yourself, you can definitely work at camp!  However, please be aware that apartments in Los Angeles (especially in the neighborhood around camp) are rather expensive, and you may not realistically be able to move to LA for the summer and live on a camp staff salary.

I don't live in Los Angeles. Can I still work at camp?

Assistant counselors make $408 per week, and most counselors (with a commercial driver's license) and activity specialists make $480 per week.

Speaking of salaries, what do you pay?

We're located in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, north of Sunset Avenue, about 10 minutes from the 405.

Where is camp located?

If you are able to legally work in the United States, you may work at camp.  Please be aware that Tumbleweed does not provide visa assistance, nor do we provide housing, transportation, or meals.

I don't live in the United States.  Can I still work at camp?

Great! Just visit our Application Page.

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Tumbleweed Day Camp    1024 Hanley Ave Los Angeles CA 90049    (310) 472-7474
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