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Assistant Camp Lead - Blue Camp

Job Title: Assistant Camp Lead - Bears & Grizzlies program - Blue Camp (Youth Programs)


Location: Main Campus - Berkeley


About Berkeley


At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that campers, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for campers, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, campers and community partners.  In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.


Departmental Overview

UC Berkeley Youth Recreation leads the way in providing summer camps for kids of all ages. Located on the UC Berkeley campus for more than 60 years, we offer high-caliber, impactful, and fun camps.




Application Review Date


The First Review Date for this job is: 1/8/2024




Assistant Camp Leads provide direct support to the Camp Leads within their assigned program. They are responsible for supporting and coaching all staff that report to Camp Lead and assist the Camp Lead with managing their assigned camp program. Assistant Camp Leads are second responders to incidents that require camper behavior/discipline response.


Assistant Leads are also responsible for providing immediate support to program staff (e.g., Group Leaders, Instructors, etc.) and for providing instruction in non-credited recreational or sports activities that require specialized or advanced training to participants of all ages. Additionally, Assistant Leads are responsible for assisting with staff training and staff professional development, including evaluations. This position requires independent action and initiative to resolve issues.


Assistant Leads may also: 


  • Regularly work on tasks that are varied and complex while applying a range of specialized skills and job knowledge
  • Frequently adapt procedures, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet specialized needs
  • May serve as lead to allow Camp Leads to complete necessary tasks
  • Perform broad and/or focused assignments under general supervision; originality and ingenuity are often required to help establish procedures in functional area 
  • Rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish assigned tasks


Key responsibilities include:



(Duties and Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following):

  • Assist the Camp Lead with the development of general, recreational lesson plan/curriculum standards for camp instructors to follow for each activity offering, using historical lesson plans as reference.
  • Help Camp Lead ensure instructors have safe and appropriate equipment, facilities, and supplies for each activity, working with the Operations & Grounds Asst. and Youth Programs Supervisor to provide them as needed.
  • Be active around the facilities by monitoring day-to-day activities and be a visible and accessible leadership staff member.
  • Look for ways to improve the program and share feedback in daily leadership meetings and/or to the Youth Programs Coordinator.
  • Assist with, lead, and/or participate in all special events, staff meetings, theme days, and programs designated by your leadership team and/or supervisor.
  • Complete miscellaneous tasks around the facility as needed to ensure smooth day-to-day operations.
  • Assist the Camp Lead(s) with the organization and running of parent orientations.
  • Promote theme days or group traditions to help campers and staff feel united as a group and add enjoyment to the camp.
  • Communicate and resolve with parents of campers on campers’ progress or perceived problems if the Camp Lead is unavailable.
  • Administer First-Aid/CPR as needed and in accordance with training/certification.
  • Ensure staff have safe and appropriate equipment and supplies.
  • Adapt to new situations and sudden changes or problems.



  • Assist Camp Lead(s) with coaching and support of staff (e.g., Group Leaders, Instructors, JCs, and CITs) working in camp programs, providing direction and feedback as necessary.
  • Ensure staff are following stated policies and procedures while providing a safe, fun, and educational skills-based experience for the campers.
  • As directed by the Camp Lead(s), support staff scheduling and secure substitutes for all elements of the program.
  • Support supervisor with program quality review, including the execution and evaluation of program planning, curriculum development, and classroom management/presentation.
  • Help campers, and staff adjust to camp life and each other.
  • Motivate campers and staff to enthusiastically participate in all programs and activities.



  • As assigned, assist with preparation, maintenance, and processing of forms and paperwork accurately and promptly (rosters, accident reports, timesheets, equipment, staff paperwork, etc.).
  • Communicate and work closely Camp Leads on all aspects of customer service, paperwork, facility, program development, and staff supervision.
  • Assist with the creation of staff schedules for Group Leaders and Instructors, taking into account individual strengths and areas for improvement in order to maximize staff effectiveness.
  • Assist with the creation of camper groupings and/or the activity matrix, ensuring proper counselor-to-camper ratios are met.
  • Complete Accident Reports, Incident Reports, and Child Abuse/Neglect (CANRA) forms when needed, making sure to alert supervisors.
  • Work within a specified budget and keep the Camp Leads and Youth Programs Supervisor informed as to progress.
  • Communicate major incidents and safety risks to Camp Lead(s) and Youth Programs Supervisor as they occur.



  • Display appropriate behavior (action and language) around campers, parents, and staff.
  • Accept constructive feedback and make necessary corrections.
  • Participate in the pre-camp staff hiring process and training facilitation.
  • Demonstrate professionalism, courtesy, and sensitivity in all interactions with campers, staff, and parents.
  • Follow all camp policies and procedures stated in the Employee Handbook and Employee Code of Conduct, including wearing required camp uniform and following agreed upon work schedule.
  • Fill in for camp staff as needed.
  • Maintain a supportive environment for campers and staff.
  • Complete all tasks in a timely manner as specified or requested by the supervisor.
  • Perform miscellaneous tasks as requested by the supervisor.


Required Qualifications

  • At least one year (or 12 months) of previous experience working in recreational or educational programs for youth.
  • High school diploma or equivalent certification
  • Knowledge of lesson planning and skill progression.
  • Must be able to successfully pass FBI and DOJ Criminal Background Check.
  • Current American Red Cross Adult & Pediatric CPR, AED, First-Aid, Epi-Pen + Asthma certification (or agree to completing the certification course upon hire).
  • Work leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Service orientation, sound judgment and decision-making, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving skills in a varied and challenging environment.
  • Must be able to work effectively, across all program levels, internally and externally.
  • Must have a passion for working with youth.
  • Must have highly-effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be proficient in the use of basic computer applications. 
  • Knowledge of campus policies and procedures.
  • Some knowledge of Youth Recreation Programs and their structure.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior management experience.
  • Prior experience in lesson plan/curriculum creation in a recreational and/or educational setting.
  • Prior experience in an educational setting.
  • Some college or Associate Degree and/or Bachelor’s Degree.


Salary and Benefits:


Pay Range: $21.75/hour to $22.75/hour, commensurate with experience


How to Apply


Please submit your cover letter and résumé when applying.


Other Information


  • Part-time, Contract (temporary) appointments ending 8/31/2024.


Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.



Mandated Reporter


This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.


Equal Employment Opportunity


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: