Four Winds Westward Ho - Summer camp jobs on beautiful Orcas Island

Work at a traditional Summer Camp in the Beautiful San Juan Islands


Four Winds * Westward Ho is an established, traditional summer camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 18 on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands. With over a hundred acres of woods, fields and waterfront, we offer an impressive variety of programs and activities designed to develop skills and confidence through adventure in the out-of-doors.

Girl camper with paint


Working at Camp is one of the most important jobs you will ever have. Our campers spend four weeks here at a time discovering who they are, having fun, and forming real connections.. all in a stunning natural environment. They can't do it without you!

Dock at Four Winds Westward Ho

Our Jobs

We are accepting applications for the following support staff positions:

  • Wilderness Trip Leaders (21+)
  • Prep Cooks
  • Head Cooks (21+)
  • Office Assistant (21+)
  • Driver (21+)
  • Western Riding Specialist (21+)
  • Male Counselors (must have sailing or horseback riding experience)
  • Carlyn Deckhand
  • Carlyn First Mate
Staff at Four Winds

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Head Cook at Traditional Summer Camp

Four Winds Westward Ho - Orcas Island, WA

Seasonal Professional - Head Cook at Summer Camp in San Juan Islands, WA

Our Ideal Candidate

You understand the value of unplugging from phones and ipods, and connecting with kids. You know how to roll with the punches, but also know when to step in and lead. You have a sense of humor, and a tremendous work ethic. You are a good person, and you care about children and your community. Whether you are working in the kitchen, or leading trips, or the camp driver, you are dedicated to making a difference in a child's life, and being part of Four Winds.

Chris with a guitar

Room and Board

Lodging ranges from heated dorm-style accommodations, to rustic (but awesome) wall tents on wooden platforms with great views.

All lodging, meals, and laundry is included.

Sailboats at Four Winds

Perks

Salary is competitive, and benefits include room, board, and weekly laundry service. We pay bonuses for advanced certifications (WFA, Lifeguard, WSI, WFR, etc), travel stipend, and extra pay if you are able to work for our Junior Session at the end of the summer.

In addition to the job perks, the San Juan Islands are simply an outdoor lover's dream. The island life is idyllic and inspiring. The kayaking, hiking, and beachcombing opportunities are endless.

Girl with crown at Four Winds

Getting Here and Getting Around

Four Winds * Westward Ho is located on Orcas Island, which is among the San Juan Islands in the Northwest corner of Washington State. We’re about 2 hours north of Seattle by car, and easily accessible by car, bus, airport shuttle, or seaplane.

Sunrise at Four Winds

Getting Here

By Car: From Seattle, drive Interstate 5 North. About 65 miles North of Seattle, take the highway 20 exit towards Anacortes, exit #230. Follow the signs to the San Juan Ferry.

By Shuttle: There is a shuttle bus that runs from SeaTac Airport and Downtown Seattle a couple of times a day. It will bring you right to the ferry terminal at Anacortes, and you can walk on the ferry. We often pick up staff at the Orcas landing when they arrive at camp.

Getting Around

For transportation, you can ring a bike, car, or nothing at all! Our staff tend to catch rides with fellow staff into town on their days off, if they don't have their own car. Hitchhiking is also still a fairly common practice on Orcas.

Walking through camp

For Fun

You'll have 9 or 10 days off during the summer (the middle two are back to back). Days off are 24hrs, typically breakfast to breakfast, which allows you enough time to get around the island and often time to explore a few neighboring islands as well.

Silhouette girls

Most staff spend time on their days off in the island town of Eastsound. There you'll find a library (with free wifi), cafes, restaurants, shops, a movie theatre, parks, and small art galleries.

The other islands are accessible by ferry (no charge for walk on passengers) and have tons going on. Summer brings markets, festivals, and all kinds of events to the area.

How to Apply

Please complete our Staff Application.

In addition to the completed application, we require three letters of recommendation before considering an applicant for an interview.

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Season: Summer

Housing: Dorms and Wall Tent

Staff Size: We hire approximately 85 seasonal summer staff. Half of that number are counselors, and the other half are support staff and specialists.

Age Requirement: Minimum 18, plus a year of college (or equivalent). Trip Leader, Driver, Nurse and All Heads Postions are 21+

Location: Four Winds * Westward Ho, DEER HARBOR, Washington