Summer Camp Staff

Hidden Villa

About the organization

An educational nonprofit stretching over 1600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains, Hidden Villa offers unique Experiential Education and Responsible Agriculture programs in a setting that promotes engagement, connection and understanding. Every year, 30,000 people participate in one of our programs and an additional 20,000 visitors come to explore our organic farm and gardens, greet our farm animals and hike our beautiful trails. We welcome school groups, summer campers, family gatherings, corporate volunteers and anyone looking for an escape and a respite.
Hidden Villa founders Frank and Josephine Duveneck offered their property as a gathering place for discussion, reflection and the incubation of social reform in the 1920’s. Building upon this legacy, Hidden Villa remains a place that values inclusion, diversity, understanding, and respect. There’s a place at the table for everyone where lively discussion, debate and collaboration is encouraged.



Ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all campers in your group.
Be a role model for each camper in your group.
Design and teach/co-teach age-appropriate activities to groups of campers.
Collaborate on leading and co-leading morning reflections and evening activities.
Work with your Head Counselor/Unit Leader when there are camper adjustment or discipline problems.
Recognize and respond to opportunities for discussion of individual or group problems or concerns.
Provide opportunities for the group so that each individual experiences success during camp.
Sleep on-site in your assigned program area when camp is in session.
Participate in scheduling for your program prior to the start of each new session.
Follow the schedule for your program as written by Head Counselors and Unit Leaders.
Monitor and interact with campers during meals and all unstructured time.
Be available in sleeping area at night to support campers.
These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and others assigned as required.


Desired Experience/ Qualifications
Essential Functions

Ability to communicate and work with campers and staff in the program to which you are assigned, and provide necessary instruction to campers.
Abilities to observe camper behavior, assess appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques.
Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to camp activities.
Physical ability to safely supervise farm chores and wilderness hikes.

Desired Qualifications

Desire and ability to work with children between the ages of 9-18 in a residential outdoor setting
Ability to accept supervision and guidance and implement changes
Excellent communication skills
Current CPR, First Aid, and CA Food Handler certifications; or willing to obtain
Ability to teach and/or lead activities related to our camp mission
Ability to mentor Youth Leadership campers
At least 18 years of age
Flexibility and patience
Ability to utilize youth work appropriate self-care techniques



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

General Information:
17+ yrs of age to apply (no exceptions)
17 year olds must have completed high school by June 1, 2021
Will be required to wear mask/face covering while on duty
Sleep outside, under the stars for the whole summer at Hidden Villa
We will request all staff to receive COVID-19 testing throughout the summer (provided by Hidden Villa)
We are unable to support J1-VISA international applicants this year (please check back in 2022)
Must support our health and safety culture by practicing social distancing at camp
Meals provided for the entire summer at Hidden Villa by Epicurean Group (includes weekends/time-off)

Terms of Employment
Benefits: $480-510 per week + experience. Outdoor living space & meals provided.
Duration: Contract starts June 1st 2021 and ends August 10th 2021.

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