Camp Tawonga

Sierra Mountains! Tuolumne River! Fulfilling Jobs! Amazing Community!

For over 90 years, Camp Tawonga has served as a leader in Jewish camping, fostering in children a deep connection to nature, community and Judaism within a warm, welcoming and inclusive environment. At Tawonga, children and teens build self esteem, make lifelong friends and discover their truest selves, supported by a dedicated and loving staff.

Camp Tawonga's beautiful property encompasses 160 acres along the Tuolumne River, inside the Stanislaus National Forest, just seven miles from Yosemite National Park.

About Camp Tawonga

Camp Tawonga is a residential children’s summer camp located outside Yosemite National Park. The campers range in age from 7-17 and participate in 1-week, 2-week, or 3-week programs throughout the summer.

The Camp Tawonga Staff is a family of over 200 dedicated staff, working together to create a vibrant Jewish community where children have a safe, meaningful summer in the beautiful Sierra Mountains. Camp Tawonga’s mission is to foster a positive self-image for campers, create a cooperative community, teach children to live in partnership with nature and offer children a positive experience of spirituality. 

The campers’ experience is the focus of all staff, whether counselor or prep cook, lifeguard or backpacking leader, office staff, or driver. The work is demanding, with long hours, high intensity, and little privacy.

The rewards are great — the delight of helping children grow, the beauty of the mountains and river, and the joy of working as part of a team of enthusiastic and caring staff. This outstanding team includes people with both Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds, all of whom enjoy the Jewish customs and culture, which come alive at Camp Tawonga.

The Employee Experience

A Camp Tawonga staff position is a rewarding and coveted position where you get to change the lives of children immeasurably for the better. Working to help realize Tawonga’s mission with over 200 peers will be one of the best jobs you’ll ever have! 

Room and Board

Tawonga provides room and board for all staff members. Living situations vary among different positions. Counselors live in cabins with their campers, and staff members who do not work directly with kids live in communal cabins with other staff members. Our terrific kitchen staff cooks family-style meals that are served in our dining hall. We provide vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and additional options to meet your dietary needs.

Employee Perks

  • Work, live and play in the beautiful Stanislaus National Forest. 
  • Explore spectacular Yosemite National Park, only a 20-minute drive from camp!

Getting Here and Getting Around

We offer a staff bus from our San Francisco office at the beginning and end of the summer. Staff may also choose to drive their personal vehicles to camp. Camp Tawonga is a residential camp and all staff live on-site for the duration of the summer. 

For Fun

Our staff spend their time off relaxing by the Tuolumne River that runs through Tawonga's property, or exploring Yosemite and other nearby outdoor recreational areas. Staff favorite activities also include hiking Cloud's Rest, visiting hot springs, and thrift shipping in nearby towns.

How to Apply

To apply, fill out our online application by clicking the APPLY HERE button below. You can view a list of available positions here

To be considered, please submit your online application and references. After reviewing your application, someone from our team will reach out to schedule an interview. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Please contact Staffing Coordinator, Quan Phung, at or 415.343.8180 with any questions. 

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