Are You Ready for the Best Job Ever?


Thank you for your interest in a position at Camp Ursa Major.  A summer job at our beautiful camp will give you the opportunity to develop leadership, communication and problem solving skills. Working outdoors with children promises to be a fun-filled, challenging and rewarding experience.

Before applying with us, take a look at our available positions and the basic information provided below. 


What positions do you hire for?

Each summer, we hire about 10 counselors (ages 19 or above) and 5 assistant counselors (ages 16 to 18).  We also hire several specialists in arts & crafts, nature studies, outdoor living skills, leadership and swim instructors.  All of our specialists are at least 19 years old.

Are you looking for leadership, administrative or year-round staff?

Not for this summer.  Historically, our leadership has been internally promoted.  If you're looking for a year-round position at a summer camp (good for you!) check out the American Camp Association's Year Round Jobs at Camp.

When is summer camp happening? Do I need to work the whole summer?

For 2019, Ursa Major Napa will run camp from June 10 to August 9, Monday through Friday. Ursa Major Marin runs from June 17 to July 19, Monday through Friday.  All staff are required to work five days a week, for all nine (or five for Marin) weeks of camp.

Days can be long and filled with high-energy activities, so getting a good night sleep and relaxing in the evening is a must!

What does a typical day look like? What hours am I expected to work?

For most staff, the day starts between 7:00 and 7:30 am, when we set up camp. After set up, our XTRA Camp kiddos show up for an early drop off. From there until about 10:00am, all staff work together to get ready for the day, supervise some unstructured free-play and hang out with their campers.  During the day, you'll lead a group of up to 16 campers through a variety of activities (or, if you're a specialist, you'll teach those activities to groups as they come to your area).  The beginning and end of the day starts with Shenanigan City, our all camp assembly. Campers begin to get picked up around 4:00pm and some stay for a late pick up until 5:00pm. We are done with clean up around 5:30pm

Do I need training?

Yes!  The good news is, we'll provide it to you.  All new staff are required to attend 5 days of orientation before camp begins.  We'll discuss this in more detail if you're invited to an interview.

Do I need any certifications?

No, we'll provide all the necessary certifications in first aid and CPR for counselors and specialists and lifeguarding for lifeguards.  If you already hold a certification from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association, and it's valid through the end of your employment, we'll accept that.

What do you look for in your camp staff? Am I qualified?

One of the most important characteristics of a good staff person is a positive attitude.  Camp is a fun place, and enthusiastic camp staff create a great environment for our campers!  We're also looking for people who are willing to learn and grow over the course of the summer.  Camp staff should be good teachers (of things like respect, friendship, and responsibility), so they can help campers grow, too!  Obviously, you must also be someone who has the responsibility, energy, and endurance to arrive at camp on time each day, supervise and have fun with up to 16 campers for several hours, and handle a wide variety of problems or issues that may arise throughout camp.

I don't live in Napa. Can I still work at camp?

We also have locations in San Rafael, Novato, and Los Angeles

That depends.  As a day camp, we don't provide housing, transportation, or meals to our staff.  If you can secure that for yourself, you can definitely work at camp!  However, please be aware that apartments in Napa are rather expensive and rare to come by, and you may not realistically be able to move to Napa for the summer and live on a camp staff salary.​ However, we have had staff do it before. If you have questions about moving to Napa just for the summer, please let us know!

Speaking of salaries, what do you pay?

Assistant counselors make $408 per week, and most counselors and activity specialists make $480 per week.

Where is camp located?

We also have locations in San Rafael, Novato, and Los Angeles

Camp is located at Kennedy Park off of Soscol near Napa Community College. It is completely outdoor-based.

I don't live in the United States. Can I still work at camp?

If you are able to legally work in the United States, you may work at camp.  Please be aware that Ursa Major does not provide visa assistance, nor do we provide housing, transportation, or meals.

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