New staff applications will be open January 2, 2019. The earlier you apply the better. There is no set deadline, but we hire until all positions are filled. This can even be a couple of weeks or days before camp starts. If positions become available, there is a greater chance that we will contact you, if you have a completed application on file.
Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by our directors. If applicable, we will ask you to submit a video interview. We will then schedule you for a final interview, either in person or via a video conferencing program. ( Lead positions may have up to 3 interviews)
After the final interview, we will verify your references, past experience, former & current employers. We will then make a decision. Decisions are via email. You will have one week to decide. Once we receive your confirmation, we will send all pertinent paperwork.
Salary starts at $290 per week for a 1st-year staff member. Salary increases based on years at camp. Room & Board is provided based on the California Wage Law. International staff is paid according to their host organization.
Staff Housing Accommodations
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 window coverings. There are six bunk beds in each cabin. Bathrooms are located separate but near the cabins. Each bathroom has several individual showers, toilet stalls, and sinks. While male and female living quarters are separate, privacy at camp is very limited. You need to be comfortable living this way to have a successful experience as a staff member.
CIC provides a staff lounge with both outdoor and indoor space. Outside is a private space with weight set and picnic tables. Inside are sofas and a satellite TV. Most staff eat time off meals in the staff yard. We also have small storage lockers that are available for you to store personal items for use on your time off. Staff members are responsible for maintaining the lounge.
11:30 PM is our camp curfew. We have a schedule for staff who can be out of their cabin after campers are asleep until curfew. Otherwise, you are in the cabin with campers. This time away is not time off but is a great time to connect with other staff, use your phone or computer, watch TV or just plain unwind. Typically there are two nights a week for each staff member. At least one staff member per night will remain in the cabin.
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. You will be assigned to 1 of 2 Time-Off Groups. Each group is half the staff.
CIC provides staff with daily time-off that ranges from 1 ½ to 2 hours. These are scheduled during meal times.
In addition to daily time-off, you also receive one 20-hour break each week. This is a Wednesday or Friday from 5 pm to 1:45 pm the following day.
Each staff member will have one extended time- off. This is 27 hours. You have the opportunity to visit Avalon, the only major town on Catalina Island, explore the island, or even travel to Los Angeles.
International staff may submit an application to Catalina Island Camps but need to register with an international exchange company in their home country. International staff typically hold the positions of activity specialists. As a cultural exchange program, international staff receive 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.