Work at Camp

Staff Positions

Each of our camps has unique characteristics so feel free to explore our site, ask questions, and apply for a position at the one that suits you the best. With one application you can apply to both camps. We often create roles based on applicant experience. If you don’t see a role that suits you perfectly email us for a conversation about how you might fit on our team.

Santa Cruz Mountains Overnight Camp

2024 Dates:
Lifeguard and Ropes Course Training June 2-4th
All Staff Training June 5-9th
Camper sessions June 10th-August 10th

Positions

Must be 18+ with a year of college or work experience

Still open for 2024:

Ropes Course/Climbing (ne experience necessary)

BMX
Culinary Arts
Fencing

Cabin Counselor
This is a role perfect for someone who has worked at a camp before or is interested in a career working with kids. Cabin counselors are responsible for the physical and emotional well being of the campers in their cabin. From bedtime routines, conflict resolution and special celebrations- these counselors do it all! While some of your day may be instructing activities, your main role is to be a primary caregiver for your group of kiddos.

Activity Counselor 
Activity counselors have specific activity area responsibilities during each activity day. This is a perfect role for a freshman counselor, first time staff member or an individual with a specific skill.
These positions include:
Lifeguard
Ropes Staff
Equestrian Staff
Performing Arts
Animal Care
Ceramics
Fencing
Trapeze
Outdoor Adventure
Social Media/Photos
Yearbook

Don’t see your specialty on this list? Don’t worry we have over 40 activities. Submit your application and our staff can talk to you in detail about what role might suit you best.

Activity Coordinator 
Each activity area in camp needs someone with experience to lead the staff and program. If you have been at a camp before or are seeking a degree in a specific program area this role is a great option.
Examples include:
Equestrian Coordinator
Ceramics Coordinator
Ropes Coordinator
Waterfront Coordinator
Evening Programs

Support Staff 
Support staff are what make Kennolyn possible!

Store Counselor
Office
Mail/Store

Other positions include: Dining Room Host, Kitchen Staff, Operations and Facilities, Cleaning Crew and more!

Next Steps

Curious? Fill out our interest form or contact Samantha samantha@kennolyn.com or call 831-479-6714 ext 448.
Definitely want to apply? Complete the required application.

Huntington Lake Overnight Camp

2024 Dates:
International Counselors July 6 – September 5
International and Domestic Support Staff June 15 – August 24
Domestic Counselors July 13 – August 3

Positions

Must be 18+ with a year of college, work experience or independent international travel.

Cabin Counselor/Activity Instructor
At the lake, our program is small enough to be able to enjoy both the opportunity to live in a cabin group with one other counselor and as many as 8 campers and the diversity of teaching the many different activities we offer. As a cabin counselor, you have the responsibility of making sure the physical and emotional needs of each or your campers are being met each day. From personal hygiene, health and safety, bedtime and morning routines and camper relationship dynamics, you get to do it all for the one week your campers are under your care. After breakfast and cabin clean up, you move to your area(s) of expertise and enjoy the opportunity to share your skills with the campers that have signed up for your activities. Because we are on Huntington Lake, the majority of our activities are offered on the waterfront, but don’t forget we’re also located in California’s Sierra Mountain Range so camping, outdoor living skills and hiking are also an important part of our summer program. Just before dinner, you move back to your cabin counselor role and see to the rest of the afternoon and evening programs with your cabin group before you put them to bed.

List of Activities taught at Huntington Lake
(Activities with * require previous experience and or recognized qualifications)

Lifeguards*
Boat Drivers*
Waterski/Wakeboarding Instructors*
Sailing Instructors*
Backpacking*
Kayaking instructors
Standup Paddle board Instructors
Fishing
Arts & Crafts
Photojournalism
Creative Writing
Yoga
Ukulele
Chess
Outdoor Adventure
Outdoor Cooking
Hiking
Frisbee Golf
Ping Pong

Activity Coordinator
Waterfront Director*

Support Staff
As Kennolyn at Huntington Lake is a smaller program, our support staff enjoy the opportunity of having a diverse list of responsibilities over the summer. From groundskeeping, housekeeping, kitchen and operations, you’ll get to know the ins and outs of our operations.

Next Steps

Sound interesting? Fill out our interest form or contact Mike Higginbotham at mike@kennolyn.com or call +1 (831) 818-5437. Definitely want to apply? Complete the required staff application.

Day Camp

2024 Dates:
– We’re flexible for qualified applicants.
– Lifeguard Training June 2-4
– Ropes Training June 2-4
– All Staff Training June 5-7
– Camper Sessions June 10 – August 9
– Camp closed July 4 – extra time off!

Details:
– Must have local housing
– Hours 8:30-4:30 Mon-Fri (weekends off)
– Starting pay $16/hr
– Bonuses for lifeguarding, CPR, and mental health 1st aid
– Option to work as a Bus Counselor and get a ride to camp each day

Positions

Group Counselor
Group counselors are paired with a partner and look after 12-20 campers each session. They are responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of the campers in their group and lead some activities (sports, target sports, fort building) with their partner. They assist Activity Counselors in other specialized activities (climbing, crafts, pool, and more) for the remaining part of the day.

Activity Counselor 
Activity Counselors specialize and lead a specific activity each day. Camper “Free Play” during lunch offers Activity Counselors a way to connect with campers outside their usual activity. They also help lead our afternoon event on Fridays where they transform into fun characters complete with costumes to wrap up the week. These positions include:
Lifeguard
High Ropes
Climbing
BMX
Equestrian
Animal Care
Fencing
Outdoor Adventure
Office
Social Media/Photos

Activity Coordinator 
Two of our activity areas require experienced leaders who supervise a small group of Activity Counselors. If you have been at a camp before or have experience in this area this role is a great option. Examples include:
Ropes Coordinator
Waterfront Coordinator

Next Steps

Curious? Fill out the interest form or contact Dan at dan@kennolyn.com or call 831-479-6714 ext 447. Definitely want to apply? Complete the required application.