Camp Counselor / Activity Specialist
Shaffer's High Sierra Camp

A few Male Counselors needed to round out our team, grab a rad job for summer before it's too late!

Pristine mountain lakes and trails of Tahoe National Forest in the Lost Sierras!

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Camp Counselor / Activity Specialist

Shaffer's High Sierra Camp
Sattley, California
No experience required
Start Date:
Starts soon! (Jun 18, 2023)

There’s no wi-fi in the forest, but we promise you’ll find a better connection here!

We have fortunately hired all of our counselors for the female side of camp and are in need of counselors for the male side! 

Are you looking for a summer experience where you can expand your skills and develop both personally and professionally? Are you interested in making a positive impact on the lives of children? Do you relish physical activity and want to work in a beautiful natural environment? Would you enjoy being “unplugged” for much of the summer so you can find a better connection with others, the outdoors and yourself through challenging and meaningful work?

Ranked one of the top 5 camps in the U.S. by Outside magazine, Shaffer’s High Sierra Camp’s team is made up of motivated individuals with a great work ethic who also love to play. We’re looking for men and women who have the maturity and judgment to be responsible for children and put the child’s needs above their own, who have a great sense of humor, who can be silly, who can put in long days but still keep a positive attitude, and who want to make a difference in a child’s life.

And if you’re considering whether a summer internship or employment at summer camp is better for your long-term goals, consider this:  Shaffer's High Sierra Camp Staff have gone on to make the world a better place through successful careers in law, medicine, education, visual and performing arts, physics, aerospace and more.  Working here will expand your comfort zone while you learn essential job and life skills, including communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, resilience, creative problem-solving, behavior management, and leadership.  
Desired Qualifications:

  • Desire and ability to work with children outdoors
  • Ability to relate to one's peer group
  • Ability to accept supervision and guidance
  • Ability to teach at least one activity
  • Good character, integrity, and adaptability
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, good judgment, patience, and self-control
  • At least 19 years old or 18 with one year of college
  • Current CPR and first aid certifications, preferably a Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

General Responsibilities:

  • To supervise campers, including enforcing safety regulations
  • To identify and meet camper needs
  • To carry out camp programs
  • To fulfill other staff administrative roles

Nestled on the peaceful headwaters of the North Yuba River, near the Lakes Basin Recreation Area and its dozens of pristine mountain lakes, miles of hiking and biking trails, and renowned rock climbing sites, and just an hour from Lake Tahoe, the Camp is perfectly located for you to enjoy all this area has to offer. The Camp is also a great launch point for traveling after Camp—See San Francisco, the coastal redwoods, Yosemite, L.A., San Diego, and more!

Compensation is $530 per week for first-year staff members. Room and board are a benefit, with a truly fantastic chef. Current certifications by nationally-recognized providers in first aid, CPR, WFA, lifeguarding, etc. are required depending on the position. 

Please visit to learn more about our camp program. We look forward to reviewing your application! 

How to Apply

Submit your application by clicking on the link provided.  

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