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Education Beyond the Classroom - Summer Counselor and Teacher

Are you interested in spending a summer teaching children in a small intentional community made up of a highly international team? Do you have a plan to work in education and want to experience a unique orientation to outdoor facilitation and experiential learning? Do you want to learn about how to use non-violent communication in an educational setting at one of the most unique non-profit camps in California? It’s time to apply to Camp Augusta then!

Immerse yourself in experiential education at Camp Augusta!

Most jobs out there are looking for you to fill a role at a workplace; we're actively looking for meaning-driven community members to join our small 65 person staff team. And, we build that community starting with 3.5 weeks of staff training in which we learn and practice philosophies like...

  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Flat Hierarchy, Sociocracy, and Consensus in decision making
  • Clean Communication for managing community relationships
  • Humanistic Behavior Management
  • Group facilitation of emotional in-depth experiences
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • and much more...

Then, after creating a tight-knit community of staff, we have campers come and immerse in the culture and ethos that we've created. Camp Augusta is not your average summer camp. We are seeking experienced, hardworking, enthusiastic, and passionate counselors for our small summer community to create an epic and life-changing experience for campers.

This is the place for you if you…

  • Are overjoyed to build close relationships between and facilitate a meaningful overall experience for 5 campers, and especially if you have had and plan to continue to work with children throughout your life
  • Have the depth of emotional and physical stamina to joyfully engage with a community of 95 campers and 60 staff members for 9 weeks in the summer, working from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM six days a week.
  • Love to play and are eager to explore the creation of magical worlds with enthusiastic character roles
  • Are dedicated to guiding/counseling children utilizing emotionally intelligent, thoughtful counseling techniques (to be learned/practiced in detail throughout pre-camp and staff training)
  • Love community, and the idea of supporting the growth, interests, and emotional well-being of the other counselors and staff within your village, as well as the camp-wide community, is exciting to you

Minimum requirements: 

  • Must be at least 19 years of age by June 1st, 2024
  • Must be available during our summer dates: from May 13th to August 11th 2024
  • Ability to commit to 5-10 hours of pre-camp onboarding work a week from when you are hired to when you arrive, and maintain open and prompt communication about that work

Must have two of the following: 

  • at least one summer of experience at a residential summer camp
  • over 100 hours of direct mentorship work with youth
  • A major or background directly related to working with youth

Preferred qualifications:

  • A history of ‘meaningful’ work and a variety of experiences with youth
  • A plethora of interesting hobbies, passions, and life experiences that you’re excited to share with us
  • A GPA of 3.0+ with a true excitement for learning and writing

By the end of August, your resume could read:

Experiential Educator and Counselor - Camp Augusta Summer 2023

After 300+ hours of dedicated training in skills of facilitation, debriefing, empathic connection, conflict resolution, group dynamics and much more, I spent 9 weeks working with children from diverse backgrounds, designing and leading group activities that promote social and emotional development, team building, and leadership skills. I developed strong interpersonal and communication skills while living and working within an intentional community.

If you have internship requirements, we can almost definitely meet them:

Benefits of working at Camp Augusta: 

  • 300+ Hours of Experiential Training: Pre-arrival preparation and 3.5 weeks of on-site training, including:
  • 75+ hours of experiential learning in psychology, sociology and education-based philosophies and approaches
  • 45+ hours learning activities within our 150+ clinic offerings
  • 180+ hours of learning camp by doing camp
  • 9 Weeks of Summer Practicing: Being responsible for cabins of 5 campers at a time, and applying all the skills above to camp activities and discussions.
  • A Skilled & Dedicated Scaffolder: With no more than a 1:8 ratio, this person emphasizes your growth and works with you to develop your skills working with kids
  • Paid & Inclusive: This position offers a summer salary of $4000. Additional opportunities for pre-and post-season work also exist. All work includes freshly-prepared organic food, housing, and many more Perks and Benefits.

About Camp Augusta:

Camp Augusta is a nonprofit residential summer camp in northern California that offers a truly unique summer camp experience for campers and staff alike. We are focused on counseling skills, creativity, excellent programming, and camper choice - see more about the vision of our camp here.

We aim to include and celebrate many facets of human identity – gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, age, neurodiversity, disability status, citizenship, and other aspects that make us unique. We are working to craft an inclusive culture founded on ideals of curiosity, honesty, empathy, and acceptance – a place where people are seen and acknowledged for their shared humanity as well as their unique individuality. 

Read our full Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, And Belonging (DEIB) Statement here.

Next Steps

If you meet the requirements listed above, please take 5 minutes to fill out our interest form so someone from our hiring team can reach out to you.