Want to be a camp counselor this summer? Here's how to get a summer camp job.
Winter is just getting started, but camps have already begun hiring staff for this summer. If you are interested in being a camp counselor this year, now's the time to start looking.
The reason you need to begin your job search now is twofold.
First, hiring quality staff is always one of a camp director's biggest challenges, so they typically aim to fill their available spots sooner rather than later. In other words, when a "good" applicant comes along, they usually get hired quickly, so you want to be sure you get noticed by the camp director as soon as possible.
Second -- and this is somewhat related to the first point above -- there are only a limited number of available camp counselor jobs to go around.
Some of the larger camps in town may have 100 or more spots available, while the smaller ones may only have one or two. In either case, the number of available positions are finite.
What does that mean for you? The early bird gets the worm! Many other people just like you have already begun applying for jobs at summer camps in L.A. But as long as you start your job search soon, you still have a great chance to make sure you're among the first wave of applicants the camp director sees.
Camp Staff Websites
By now you may be wondering where to start your job search. We will try to point you in the right direction!
If there are specific camps or programs that interest you, we suggest visiting their websites. That's because most camps have dedicated job information pages on their sites, including employment applications where you can apply for a job online. After submitting your application, you can generally expect to hear from the camp within a few days as to the next steps in the process, such as setting up an interview with the camp director.
Now if you don't have any particular camps your interested in, and you'll be happy to be a camp counselor wherever you can get a job, there's a number of job boards you can visit where camps post available positions so you can see what's available and apply.
Here's two to get you started:
Los Angeles Day Camp Jobs
Indeed.com's L.A. Summer Camps Job Board
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