Seasonal Job Opportunities at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch

Our summer residential camp has many different programs including traditional residential camp, day camp, horse camp, teen leadership programs, and teen outdoors trips. Come join an amazing community in the redwoods of Northern California, 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and an hour's drive from San Francisco.


Ideal candidates are committed to youth development, excited to work at camp, and want to do the best job they can. They are game for meeting new people, being silly in front of children, and role model our values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Our camp is remote and has limited internet access. Campers and staff are encouraged to unplug, so ideal candidates must be comfortable detaching from their electronic devices when they are working.


  • Room and Board provided.  Live in rustic cabins on-site in the redwood forest all summer and eat delicious meals in our dining hall. During days off, meals are still provided for staff.
  • Make friendships that last a lifetime.
  • Learn from extensive training, youth work, and leadership experience
  • Earn a generous weekly salary (depending on the position) plus room and board provided in the beautiful redwoods an hour from San Francisco.
  • Have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child.
  • Transportation provided to/from local airports and to staff outings during time off.


We have an amazing community of people living at camp every summer. Lots of international staff come in from around the world, so it's a great way to meet people, learn about other cultures, and provide yourself with options for places to stay across the globe. On days off, adventures in the redwoods nearby or down to the beach (only 12 miles away), trips into San Francisco or Santa Cruz, drive-in movie nights, and many other outings are a big part of the culture. Fun things to do are easy to find, whether you are looking for an adventure in the outdoors or in the city.

2020 Summer Season Dates:

June 5th-August 7th including a week of staff training that begins on June 6th.*
*Some positions (backpacking instructors, lifeguards, and coordinators, for example) may need to start earlier for additional training.

Cabin Counselor

Cabin counselors spend their week getting to know a cabin of campers: helping them enjoy program activities, playing games, and leading nature hikes and night time reflections.

Program activities include archery, canoeing, zip-line, climbing tower, and low and high ropes course elements.

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Program Counselor

Program Counselors spend time with their cabin by night helping supervise campers. During the day, but they run program activities for campers including archery, zip line, climbing tower, nature hikes, ropes course, and canoeing.

Experience in one of or more of those areas is certainly a plus, but not necessary. We provide training in all of those areas.


Junior Counselor (Volunteer Position)

Junior Counselor, the final step prior to becoming camp counselors, is a volunteer position for 17 year-olds. Junior counselors go through a 1-week training course alongside camp staff, and then volunteer in cabin during a 2-week session over the course of the summer. All applicants will go through an interview process to determine acceptance into this competitive program.

To Apply: Send a cover letter (introducing yourself and stating why you want to volunteer at camp and a completed volunteer application to Jessi Prevost, jprevost@ymcasf.org.

Teen Adventure Counselor

Teen Adventure Counselors lead outdoor adventure trips for teens with various activities. Programs include: Whitewater Rafting, Surf Camp, Super Camp (Theme Park Themed), Lake Tahoe (Mountain Biking, Kayaking, and Hiking), Yosemite Rock Climbing, and Castle Rock Rock Climbing.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis! Apply today!


Teen Leadership Counselor

Teen Leadership Counselors supervise our Counselors in Training (campers age 15-16). With direction from the Teen Leadership Coordinator, the teen leadership counselors run leadership curriculum, night time reflections, and community service projects with teens.  Teen Leadership counselors help ensure that CITs have the leadership skills they need to be effective helpers when they go into a cabin with younger campers during their second week. Note: this position is for 5 weeks (two-two week sessions and one week of staff training) of our 9 week summer program. Teen Leadership Counselors have the option to take the other weeks off or serve as a counselor for younger campers if desired.



Lifeguards spend time in their cabin by night and spend the day ensuring the safety of swimmers at our pool and canoers at our pond. Lifeguards can get PAID training and certification prior to staff training.


Summer Gardener

The gardeners are responsible for all aspects of managing two large, beautiful garden including planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, and more. The gardeners teach kids to help in the garden and also manages and promotes the composting program.

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Horse Wrangler

Wranglers run the horseback-riding program including care of horses, instruction, and trail rides through the beautiful redwoods.

Prior experience with horses is required.


Inclusion Specialist

The Inclusion Specialist is responsible for providing support for campers who have special needs or might require extra attention and support to have a successful week of camp. Primary responsibilities include making some calls home to families prior to arrival to ensure we are providing the best environment for campers, supporting counselors who are having behavioral challenges with a camper, and using Behavior Contracts and other positive discipline to help campers follow the rules and respect everyone. Secondary responsibilities include providing emotional support for camp counselors.

People who have experience with or are pursuing degrees in social work, child psychology, or a related field are encouraged to apply!


Camp Medic/Nurse

​Under the supervision of the Youth & Family Director, the Camp Nurse or Camp Medic will be responsible for the health and well-being of all campers and staff.  Responsibilities will include responding to all medical incidents, providing care within your scope of practice, and securing, dispensing, and logging all medication usage.  This position will also act as a liaison between YMCA Camp Jones Gulch and the families that we serve in regard to all medical issues.

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Day Camp Coordinator

The Day Camp Coordinator is responsible for scheduling day camp activities, supervising day camp participants and staff, and maintaining a fun, impactful experience for all involved. Experience working with children is a must.


Horse Program Coordinator

The horse program coordinator oversees all aspects of the horse program, including the horses, the wrangler staff team, and feeding and horse care scheduling. They also serve as a member of the wrangler staff team leading corral and trail rides when necessary and are part of the larger summer camp leadership team. Extensive horse experience is required, including riding, behavior management, treating illnesses and injuries, and risk management.


Upper Grades Unit Leader

The Upper Grades Unit Leader is responsible for overseeing summer resident camp for campers entering grades 7-10. Responsibilities include supervising staff, supervising campers, scheduling staff, coordinating logistics, running evening programs, and being an integral part of the summer camp leadership team. Experience working with youth and supervising staff is required.