Summer Jobs at CIC
Catalina Island Camps (CIC) is located on the remote west end of Catalina Island at Howlands Landing. Founded in 1922 as a resident summer camp for boys, we now provide our unique island experience to boys and girls entering 3rd to 10th grade. The success of CIC is due, in large part, to the quality of the staff we hire. We have campers return year after year and when we ask them why, they often reply, “Because I loved my counselor.”
A job as a CIC Counselor is extraordinarily demanding and you should only consider applying for a position if you love working with children and other staff members in a very close environment. Life at camp requires staff members to sacrifice their normal living habits and serve as role models to our campers. This job is not for everyone! Successful counselors are dynamic, energetic and patient people who thrive on being outdoors and recognize that children need support and encouragement to be responsible adults.
This page will introduce you to our philosophy, program and life as a staff member so that you can decide if a job as a CIC counselor is for you. If you have any questions about camp or the application process feel free to call us at 626-296-4040
Staff are paid a weekly salary starting at $240 and receive a travel stipend. Salary increases based on years at camp. Room & Board is provided.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
CIC hires staff on a rolling basis so the earlier you apply the better. Fill out your application; include copies of your certifications, the answers to the questions on page two and two letters of recommendation. When your application is received we will send you an e-mail to confirm the status of your application. Remember, an application cannot be considered for an interview until both references have been received.
Once your application is complete, it will be reviewed by our team, and if certain criteria is met, you will be notified via email for an interview. Our interview process consists an initial screening interview via Skype. If you are invited for a second interview, this interview is done in person or over SKYPE. In addition to the two interviews, we will verify your references and former/current employers.
When the interview process is complete we will review your entire application and make a hiring decision. If we decide to offer you a position we will make an offer over the phone. Although an immediate response is not required, we do have deadlines to meet. Once we receive your confirmation, we will send all pertinent paperwork.
We look forward to receiving your application. What questions can we answer for you ? Call us at 626-296-4040 or email us at email@example.com or Jaezee@catalinaislandcamps.com
Summer Camp Director
Catalina Island Camps develops life-long skills through fun and unique outdoor experiences in a community that cultivates respect for self, others and the environment.
We seek to fulfill our mission by accomplishing the following outcomes with our campers:
• To develop a positive identity
• To develop social skills
• To recognize the value of being a contributing member of a positive community
• To develop an appreciation for the natural environment
We believe that young people are able to accomplish their goals when they are placed in a noncompetitive and supportive environment. All of our activities are geared to the level of the participant and every program is “challenge-by-choice.” This means that our campers can choose not to participate in an activity if it makes them uncomfortable. As a counselor a large part of your job is to encourage campers to try new things and push themselves beyond their comfort level. Done thoughtfully and patiently children can overcome their fears and increase their self-respect.
While many camps allow campers to choose their own activities, the program at CIC is group-centered so that our campers benefit from living and playing with the same group of peers. We feel that group-living situations are incredible opportunities for young people to develop social skills. Not only are they great forums for making friends, but often situations will arise in cabins that require everyone’s input to resolve. As a counselor you will facilitate group conversations and guide your cabin to reach their own conclusions. This group-centered approach is the backbone of the CIC experience and enables us to give young people the social tools they will need, as they grow older.
What do we do at camp?
We have about 60 staff members each summer to be leaders for the 160-190 campers we have in camp every session. Campers are placed in cabins based on their grade in school with 2 – 3 staff members & up to 10 campers in each cabin. There are 10 cabins in boys camp and 10 cabins in girls camp for a total of 20 cabin groups.
The summer program at CIC is eight weeks long and most campers come to camp for a two week session, so we have designed a two week program cycle which we repeat 3 times over the summer. Obviously there are adjustments and changes made each session, but the overall structure remains the same.
During the first week of camp cabin groups are pre-scheduled to participate in all of the camp activities. In doing this we give campers the opportunity to experience the entire camp program.
On Monday of the second week of camp everyone participates in an overnight to different parts of Catalina Island. (Our youngest campers remain at camp.)
Week #2-After we return from the overnights campers spend the remainder of the second week participating in badgework activities. Groups are still pre-scheduled for morning activities, but campers are allowed to choose which activities they want to attend in the afternoon. If campers are able to complete several different components of an activity they earn a star. As campers earn stars, they accumulate points towards Award Burgees.
Evening Programs, Special Events and Hikes & Adventures
Evening Programs -After dinner each night we hold activities that allow the whole camp to come together as a group. Often these activities involve staff dressing up in silly costumes or performing silly skits and stunts. Programs include Scavenger Hunts, Night Dives, Movie Night, & Casino Night!
Special Events- These are all camp activities, with a theme such as Carnivals or Olympics, that happen on a Saturday morning when at half staff. Involves staff being painted, dressing up and participating in non program area games!
Hikes & Adventures - These take place when half the staff are on time-off. The hikes and adventures take place inside and outside the cove.
As a staff member you will live in a cabin with up to 10 campers and a co-counselor. The cabins are rustic one-room, single-wall structures with canvas covers over the windows. You will sleep on a bunk bed, which has a single mattress. The showers at camp are individual locker room style and there are several faucets in each bathroom that are also shared. As you can see there is little privacy at camp and you need to be comfortable living this way to have a successful experience as a staff member.
CIC provides a staff yard and a lounge with sofas and Satellite TV. The staff yard has several picnic tables to eat meals at on your time-off. We also have small storage lockers that are available for you to store personal items for use on your time-off.
While incredibly rewarding, working with children day-in and day-out is taxing on your physical and mental energy. It is very important to have regular breaks from your campers so that you can unwind and share your experiences with other staff.
CIC provides staff with daily time-off that includes a meal and additional time after you are done eating. (For example, if you had the lunch shift off your time-off would start at 12:15 p.m. and end at 1:45 p.m. This includes the time you spend eating lunch.)
In addition to daily time-off you also receive one 20-hour break each week. These are Wednesday or Friday from 5pm to 1:45 the following day. You will also have an opportunity to visit Avalon, the only major town on Catalina Island. This is possible on your 1 – 27 hour extended time off.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY LIKE?
7:30 AM Snooze-You-Lose game
7:45 AM Morning Flag
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:45 AM Cabin Cleanup
9:15 AM Cabin Inspection
9:20 AM Activity Period #1
10:50 AM Activity Period #2
12:15 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Cabin Time
2:00 PM Activity Period #3
3:30 PM Activity Period #4
5:00 PM Shower Time
5:45 PM Evening Flag
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM ” Zone Time”
7:45 PM Evening Program
9:30 – 10:00 PM Lights Out
11:30 PM Staff Curfew
Staff Patrol & Curfew
Living and working with a group of children is very demanding. Patrol is an important opportunity for you to have personal time to write letters, watch TV, talk on the phone or hang out with other staff. Once your campers are in bed and on their way to sleep, you have the opportunity to leave your cabin to unwind. It is important to remember that this is not time-off. If your campers are behaving poorly or need addtional assistance, you may be called upon to provide this. At this time, 2 staff members in Boys & Girls camp monitor the areas to make sure campers are asleep and taken care of.
At 11:30 PM you must check in with patrol and return to your cabin. (Don’t worry, you’ll be tired.) The reason we have a curfew is so that the patrol staff can go to bed and the campers can continue to be supervised.
During this patrol time we also hold a weekly staff meeting.
WHAT JOBS ARE AVAILABLE?
In order to work at CIC you must meet the following criteria:
1. Be 18, graduated high school AND completed your first year of college OR 19 years old. ( We ask that International Staff are at least 21 years old )
2. Staff must be available for the entire summer of June 3rd through August 11th, 2014 (Waterfront Specialist must be available May 29th ).
3. Be First-Aid and CPR certified upon arriving at camp. Waterfront Specialists must also be Lifeguard certified upon arriving at camp.(Waterfront Lifeguard Training provided at camp).
4. Obtain a required pre-camp physical examination or be able to have a physician verify your health by signing your health form.
5. Submit to a drug screening during staff training in accordance with the Catalina Island Camps, Inc. Substance Abuse Policy.
6. Be willing to maintain a well-groomed appearance during the entirety of your employment. Beards, extreme sideburns, unconventional hairstyles or hair color are not acceptable. Men are permitted to wear stud earrings only. No staff member may wear studs or rings in any other part of their body (studs in ears are acceptable.)
7. Be able to move lots of luggage approximately up to 50lbs.
If you are from outside the United States and are interested in being part of the CIC team, please contact us for information about coming to the United States as a camp counselor through a cultural exchange program. International staff may submit an application to Catalina Island Camps but need to apply through an international exchange company in their home country. International staff typically fill the positions of activity instructors. As a cultural exchange program, international staff are given pocket money and room and board in exchange for their participation in the camp program. Amounts are different than the regular salary of American staff.
(all Staff numbers are approximates)
Boys / Girls Cabin Counselor
# of positions: 20 (10 male, 10 female)
Cabin counselors are responsible for their cabin group as they travel around camp to their daily activities. Cabin groups are all one grade or a mix of two consecutive grades. As a cabin counselor you remain with your group the entire day and participate in activities with your campers. In a typical day you will need to be a coach, an older sibling, a parent and a friend.
You will share your responsibilities with an activity specialist who is your co-counselor. You both will eat many meals together, sleep in the same cabins as your campers and participate together in evening program and cabin closing. A significant part of your job is to communicate with your co-counselor and develop guidelines so that everyone in your cabin has a consistent framework for dealing with conflicts.You are expected to be active participants with your cabin and must communicate effectively with your co-counselor so that both of you are comfortable with the cabin dynamic.
Job requirements: Current CPR & First Aid certification. Experience working with young people in one-on-one and group situations. Comfortable traveling by boat as you will make bi monthly trips to the mainland to pick up new campers.
Activity specialists spend the majority of their day teaching in a particular program area. Each activity period lasts 1 hour 20 minutes and there are four activity periods per day. Activity specialists must have previous teaching experience or significant personal accomplishment in the program area they are applying to teach. Camp activities are geared to the level of the participant and though campers can choose not to participate we do have minimum participation requirements for some activities (i.e. putting on a harness even if the camper is not going to climb).
You will share your responsibilities with a cabin counselor who is your co-counselor. You both will eat many meals together, sleep in the same cabins as your campers and participate together in evening program and cabin closing. A significant part of your job is to communicate with your co-counselor and develop guidelines so that everyone in your cabin has a consistent framework for dealing with conflicts.
Job requirements: Current CPR & First Aid certification. Experience working with young people in one-on-one and group situations.
Activity specialists (except outdoor leaders and boat drivers and occasionally the photo journalist ) live in a cabin with a cabin counselor and up to 10 campers. You are expected to be active participants with your cabin and must communicate effectively with your co-counselor so that both of you are comfortable with the cabin dynamic.
# of positions: 4+ 1 Lead Sailor
Job description: Teach sail theory class in the A.M activity periods when the winds are low. In the afternoon you will rig boats and either sail a 14ft Capri with 3-5 campers or teach our older campers how to sail the OPPIS from a chase boat. Sailing instructors will also have shifts as the tower lifeguard.
Job requirements: Current or previous Lifeguard certification & Experience (Waterfront LG course taught at camp ) .* Experience with 8-14ft centerboard and keel boats. Previous teaching and sailing experience preferred.
# of positions: 2 + 1 Lead driver
Job description: Wake-up at 6:00 A.M. to drive and instruct early morning waterskiing and wakeboarding. Continue driving and teaching through the morning. In the afternoons you will refuel your boat, perform routine maintenance and possibly drive chase boats for the sailing program, cleaning the hull of the boats, maintaining equipment, etc. Each instructor will also have shifts as the tower lifeguard. Other duties include assisting in the camp store during store time and select evening programs.
Job requirements: Current or previous Lifeguard certification & Experience (Waterfront LG course taught at camp )* Experience driving a boat and pulling. Previous teaching experience preferred. Comfortable waking up at 6:00 AM to pull.
*Contact office for more specific requirements.
# of positions: 5 + 1 Lead diver
Job description: Skin divers teach a variety of activities including skin diving, marine ecology, and ocean kayaking. All skin diving instructors will be on a teaching rotation so that each instructor will teach each program area. Each instructor will also have shifts as the tower lifeguard. Specific training for these activities is provided during staff orientation.
Skin diving: Outfit groups with mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Teach campers how to clear mask and snorkel after diving underwater. Take groups to the various sides of the cove to explore. Explain and identify basic marine animals and plants.
Ocean kayaking: Teach campers basic paddling techniques. Practice paddling and playing games in the cove. Take groups on paddling outings to other coves.
Stand Up Paddle Boards :Teach campers basic paddling techniques. Practice paddling and playing games in the cove. Take groups on paddling outings to other coves.
Marine ecology: Play a variety of games which illustrate very basic marine science principles. Use identification sheets to explain to campers the different sea-life they will encounter while skin diving.
Job requirements: Current or previous Lifeguard certification & Experience (Waterfront LG course taught at camp )* Any of the following: Experience skin-diving or scuba diving. Experience Ocean kayaking. Background in a marine science helps. Previous teaching experience preferred for all of the above. (Please note: as explained above, specific training is provided for these activities during staff orientation, experience is needed. )
Arts & Crafts-
# of positions: 1
Job description: Work with a variety of artistic mediums including leather, paint, clay and wax.
Focus is on a relaxed and traditional craft program. Projects include: sand candles, lanyards, friendship bracelets, leather tooling, clay sculpting, etc. Every second week during badge work tie-dying is offered & more specific crafts are created
Job requirements: Current First Aid & CPR certification. Experience working with children and art projects. Experience tie-dying preferred and able to create activities for different age groups, with the same materials. Able to work work with various age groups simultaneously.
# of positions: 2
Job description: Instructors teach the basic skills of handling archery and riflery equipment. Instructors will be trained with the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
Job requirements: Current First Aid & CPR certification. Familiarity with archery safety requirements and rudimentary skills or experience with basic gun safety and operation.
Challenge Instructor –
# of positions: 5
Job description: Challenge instructors teach a variety of activities including climbing, high ropes course, low-ropes initiatives and group games. All Challenge instructors will be on a teaching rotation so that each instructor will teach each program area. (Please note: as explained above, specific training is provided for these activities during staff orientation, experience is needed. )
Climbing Wall: Set-up ropes and safety equipment. Outfit groups with harnesses and helmets. Teach basic climbing moves. Belay campers on the wall and teach cabin counselors to belay.
High-ropes course: Set-up ropes and safety equipment. Outfit groups with harnesses and helmets. Explain each ropes course activity. Belay campers on the ropes course.
Low-ropes initiatives: Facilitate group initiatives with and without equipment. Process group experiences so that cabin groups begin the process of communicating and team-building.
Group games: Lead a variety of team-building games with one or two cabin groups.
Program is designed to facilitate play in a safe atmosphere so that as many children as possible want to participate.
Job requirements: Current First Aid & CPR certification. Any of the following: Experience belaying and climbing. Experience playing a variety of games that involve 10-20 people. Experience participating in initiative/challenge course activities. Previous teaching experience preferred for all of the above.
(Please note: as explained above, training is provided for these activities before and during the staff orientation week.)
# of positions: 2
Job description: Naturalists teach a variety of activities including gardening, composting, nature hikes and tide pooling. All naturalists will be on a teaching rotation so that each instructor will teach each program area. Specific training for these activities is provided during staff orientation.
Job requirements: Current Waterfront Lifeguard certification.* Current First Aid & CPR certification. Experience with gardening, composting, or environmental education. Previous teaching experience preferred.(Please note: as explained above, specific training is provided for these activities during staff orientation, experience is needed. )
# of positions: 3
Job description: These positions are typically filled with returning staff that are comfortable with our program and the island. They are responsible for the planning in Day Trips, Little Geiger, Outdoor Cooking and wherever else they are needed throughout the day. This job requires versatile staff members who are capable of instructing a variety of program areas. Specific job responsibilities change daily as different needs arise. Outdoor Leaders will not live in a cabin with children.
Job requirements: Current Lifeguard Certification. Minimum age 21. Previous experience leading groups. Able to think on the fly. Must be a quick learner who is extremely flexible and comfortable working in a variety of settings with a variety of people. Previous resident camp experience preferred. These positions are very intense and generally reserved for previous CIC staff.
Photography & Go Pro Video
# of positions: 2
Job description: Using a digital camera, photograph campers and staff participating in camp activities as well as introduce cabin groups to the basics of digital photography and newsletter development. Using Go-Pro and video to create stories and short clips. Develop an all camp slide show for each camp session.
Job requirements: Current First Aid & CPR certification. Experience with digital photography and PCs and Video. Teaching experience preferred.
# of positions : 1
Job Description : Responsible for managing the camp store. Items include Camp Apparel and treats. Duties also include “mail runs”, prepping for evening programs and assisting in program areas where needed and available.
Job requirements: Current CPR & First Aid certification. Experience working with young people in one-on-one and group situations.
ADMINISTRATIVE and LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. ( These positions are not available ) .
Boys Camp Director
Girls Camp Director
Assistant Boys Camp Director
Assistant Girls Camp Director
Lead Boat Driver