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City Kid Camp Counselor Job Description

Job Title: City Kid Camp Coach/Counselor 

Location: Various Locations in San Francisco 

Full/Part time: non-exempt (seasonal) $18-$21/hr ~ 35-40 hrs/week; 6-7 weeks during Summer, with additional hours available during May-July for marketing and training


How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to


About City Kid Camp

At City Kid Camps we bring the knowledge of youth development and combine it with games, sports, the history of our city and the importance of our natural environment and let kids do what they do best – play – while safely guiding them through new locations and activities. The program is geared to 8-12 year olds and is almost entirely outdoors, with meeting grounds in Golden Gate Park everyday. The program relies on a variety of sports, group games, and free explore times to give campers a unique, custom-tailored experience while relying on MUNI and walking as our modes of transportation.


Job Summary

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic counselor to help lead our group of 20-25 youth on daily adventures around San Francisco. Counselors are expected to be able to lead activities within their own group of campers (typically 10 or less campers), assist in large group supervision and activity facilitation, and engage respectfully and appropriately with youth aged 8-12. Counselors should have a passion for working with youth and for being outside and should be interested in improving their skills at conflict resolution and behavioral management. 


Job Duties

50% Group Facilitation and Supervision

  • Guide a group of up to 10 children through the day’s activities, games, field trips, and more, navigating through Golden Gate Park, Muni, and SF city streets safely and on time

  • Engage with youth in genuine and curious ways, investing in their lives and interests

  • Ensure the physical and emotional well-being of each camper by upholding group behavioral expectations and consistently checking in with campers throughout the day, making them feel seen, heard, and valued

  • Safely and enthusiastically co-lead and participate in outdoor recreational activities, including sports, crafts, and creative games.

  • Support Coordinator and Director during smaller restorative circles for conflicts

  • Help facilitate larger group conversations to instill character value topics (honesty, respect, sportsmanship) into the games and activities played

  • Brainstorm and bring new and exciting activities and games to camp

25% Communication and leadership

  • Counselors are not expected to be equipped to handle each and every issue in camp but are expected to communicate any concerns and observations directly and immediately with the Camp Coordinator and Camp Director

  • Inform fellow staff and Coordinator+Director promptly of any issues between with their campers 

  • Counselors should display professional intra-staff communication during work hours, keeping conversations on camp-appropriate topics and treating fellow staff with respect and support

  • Counselors are immediate role models for their campers and should model appropriate, respectful language and behaviors while still expressing themselves and their personality

25% Professionalism

  • Counselors must be present and aware of their campers at ALL times of the day

  • Counselors must uphold and be accountable for safety policy and procedures, especially with regards to bathroom breaks, free play times, and during transit

  • Counselors must be on time and communicate scheduling conflicts, time-off requests, and schedule changes promptly and effectively with the camp director

  • Absolutely NO drugs or alcohol are allowed during camp hours; on the person of the employee, or their belongings. Staff under the influence of drugs or alcohol are subject to immediate dismissal


Required Qualifications

Counselor has 2+ years experience working with youth, preferably in an recreational, outdoor setting. 

Ability to enthusiastically lead large groups.

A strong passion for outdoor recreation and sports

Knowledge of or interest in the history, sites, and exploration of San Francisco and the SF Bay Area

Professionalism, punctuality, strong communication skills


Preferred Qualifications 

Confident in making quick decisions

General interest and expertise in EQ and the avenues for supporting youth on their maturity journey

Strong communication skills with people of all ages including youth, teenagers and parents

Enthusiasm for bringing new ideas, including games, field trip locations, and activities to camp

Some experience leading groups in a craft, sport, or other organized activity

Ability to instill character values in children through games, sports, group activities and outdoor play

Experience working with/in an organization with Child Abuse Prevention Protocols


Special Conditions of Employment

Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.

Must possess CPR/First Aid/AED certification or have the ability to obtain it within 60-calendar days of hire.Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California.

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