NOTE: All of our paid positions for high school students have been filled at this time
NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications except for applicants that can work at least the last 3 weeks of camp ( August 6th -24th)
Join Our Team
“My favorite part about Camp James is the enthusiasm of all the young counselors. I love the silly hats that they wear in the parking lot and that they do crazy silly songs as you’re walking in and everybody greets you and waves to you. This makes all the difference!!!”
Camp James is looking for stellar staff!
If you can teach and help our campers experience sportsmanship, creativity, cooperation, respect and friendship, Camp James is the place for you! Our staff help guide campers to new outdoor activities, and more often than not, our staff has such a rewarding and fun experience they choose to return again and again.
Minimum Requirements and Commitment: Camp James’ staff members are full-time seasonal employees. We operate Monday-Friday from 8:45-4:45. Staff members have an option to get even more camp by working overnights, the AM shift (starting at 7AM) or PM shift (ending at 6PM). All staff members must be able to work outdoors in the sun all day and swim in deep, cold water. All staff members must be First Aid and CPR certified (Child & Adult) as a pre-requisite. Ages 18 and up are eligible for Counselor or Specialist positions. Ages 16-17 are eligible for Assistant Counselor or some Specialist Positions.
Each member of our staff is carefully interviewed, screened, and trained for one of the best summers of their life. Along with a pre-camp training program, we provide feedback and guidance over the course of the summer to ensure individuals are improving their skills and growing. All members of our staff have experience with leadership, creativity, and like to sing, smile, and have fun. If you’re ready to sign up for the best summer of your life fill out our online application today! On your application you will choose a group interview that best fits your schedule.* You will be asked questions about yourself and will be given camp scenarios to navigate. To the best of your ability, show us who you are because, based on your answers you may be selected for a personal interview with a director. Group interviews last 1 full hour and Personal Interviews last from 30 minutes – 1 hour. All interviews are held at our camp site in Newport Beach. We would love to meet you so what are you waiting for? Apply today online (it is the first step)!
*If you are unable to come to a group interview due to your attendance of college out of state, alternate arrangements may possibly be made in advance. Contact our office in this situation.
Group Interview Dates: Sunday March 25th, Saturday April 14th, and Sunday May 20th (we hire as we go so more positions are available the sooner you apply).
See the positions below and apply for those that suit your particular interest and expertise.
Do you like high fives? Do you have experience or interest in mentoring kids? Camp James is seeking super hero counselors for our 2018 summer. Counselors must be 18 years old and or have graduated high school. They will be responsible for a group of up to 15 campers and will participate in all activities while helping their campers learn and develop skills. We are looking for people who will sing, be silly, and create games with their group while providing a safe place for all campers to make friends, play, and try new things.
Specialists are expected to engage in the same camp magic that counselors do while providing a specialized program in one location at camp. Specialists are often experts or have special interest in the area they “teach.” They plan weekly activities, sometimes based on our awesome themed weeks, and teach all our campers. Specialists must be at least 16 years old. Check out our specialty areas and let us know your passion! [/toggle]
Archery – Are you the future Katniss or Hawkeye?
Must be knowledgeable with archery equipment. Must know, follow, and teach safety regulations to children ages 8-13 in a group setting.
Arts and Crafts – Do you make Martha Stewart look like an amateur?
Experience working with art media preferred (painting, drawing, clay, tie-dying, paper mache, lanyards, crafts, etc.) Must be able to design and implement arts and crafts programming for children 4-13 and maintain camp crafts supplies.
Dance/Movement – Is your favorite part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade the performances?
Animated, energetic individual preferred. Ability to create and lead new dances and/or creative movement for children ages 4-13 each week.
Drama – Do you practice your Oscar acceptance speech every day in the mirror?
Experience or interest in dramatic arts preferred. Must design and teach theatre programming for ages 4-13.
Go-Carts – Is your nickname Speed racer?
Working knowledge of small engine basic maintenance and upkeep. Ability to maintain safety guidelines with the go-carts, track, and all safety equipment.
Gymnastics/Tumbling – Were you an original member of the Fierce Five in the 2012 Olympics?
Must have a background in gymnastics, experience in teaching gymnastics techniques to ages 4-13 preferred.
Martial Arts/Karate- Was the movie Kung Fu Panda 3 based on your life story?
Training in martial arts preferred. Must be able to design programming and safely instruct children ages 4-13 years old in basic Martial Arts.
Music – Do you celebrate the Grammy’s like it’s a federal holiday every year?
Experience with music/musical instruments preferred. Must be able to create and implement music programming for children ages 4-13.
NatureCrafts/Environmental Awareness – Is the Lorax your best friend?
Interest in environmental science/nature preferred. Must be able to design and implement a nature program comprised of creative projects, crafts, and games teaching about environments, habitats, ecology, and other integrated science concepts for children 4-13 years old.
First Aid Provider – Do you feel most at home when you’re fixing ‘boo-boos’?
Candidates with LVN, RN, and/or Standard/Advanced First Aid and CPR (child and adult) certificates are encouraged. Will be responsible for camp wide first aid application, accurate treatment records, and maintenance of inventory of all supplies and records.
Lifeguards – Baywatch is on the Back Bay
Our lifeguards must be at least 16 years old. Advanced Lifesaving or equivalent, Standard/Advanced First Aid and CPR certificate required. Must be able to lifeguard at the pool and in open water. May be responsible for teaching and maintaining safety regulations at Canoes, Kayaks, Stand-up paddle boards, and other water based activities.
Camp James is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and selects the best matched individuals for each job. Employment and program policies of Camp James are nondiscriminatory in regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.