YMCA Camp Jones Gulch

Getting Set to Climb the Tower
BOLD Backpacking in Yosemite
Teen Adventure Campers go Whitewater Rafting

Have Fun Mentoring Youth in the Redwoods This Summer!

Our summer residential camp has many different programs including traditional residential camp, day camp, horse camp, teen leadership programs, and teen outdoors trips. Come join an amazing community in the redwoods of Northern California!

In the Redwoods of Northern California, 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and an hour's drive from San Francisco.

About YMCA Camp Jones Gulch

Our 927 acre property provides year-round access for conferences and retreats, outdoor education, family and summer camp programs and ropes course. Spend your summer changing the lives of youth at our beautiful camp in the redwoods!

The Employee Experience

Experience working with children is a plus, but not necessary. Staff training, weekly salary, room & board, and an amazing community are included! Many positions are available, choose the perfect fit for your skills and interests.

Start your new adventure today!

Ideal Candidate

Ideal candidates are committed to youth development, excited to work at camp, and want to do the best job they can. They are game for meeting new people, being silly in front of children, and role model our values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Our camp is remote and has limited internet access. Campers and staff are encouraged to unplug, so ideal candidates must be comfortable detaching from their electronic devices when they are working.

Room and Board

Room and Board provided.  Live in rustic cabins on-site in the redwood forest all summer and eat delicious meals in our dining hall. During days off, meals are still provided for staff who would like them.

Employee Perks

  • Make friendships that last a lifetime.

  • Learn from extensive training, youth work, and leadership experience
  • Earn a generous weekly salary (depending on the position) plus room and board provided in the beautiful redwoods an hour from San Francisco.
  • Have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child.

Getting Here and Getting Around

We provide transportation to and from local airports, bus/train stations, etc. Staff live on-site so don't generally have to leave during the work week. During time off, some staff outings are organized by camp directors who often provide transportation while others are coordinated informally among counselors offering rides. As our site is remote, having a personal vehicle can certainly be helpful but there's usually someone around who can offer a ride if you need one.

For Fun

We have an amazing community of people living at camp every summer. Lots of international staff come in from around the world, so it's a great way to meet people, learn about other cultures, and provide yourself with options for places to stay across the globe. On days off, adventures in the redwoods nearby or down to the beach (only 12 miles away), trips into San Francisco or Santa Cruz, drive-in movie nights, and many other outings are a big part of the culture. Fun things to do are easy to find, whether you are looking for an adventure in the outdoors or in the city. 

Our Jobs

Summer Season Dates: June 10th-August 10th including a week of staff training that begins on June 10th.*

*Some positions (backpacking instructors, lifeguards, and coordinators, for example) may need to start earlier for additional training.


Year-Round On-Call Positions start as soon as you are available.

Gardener (Summer)

The gardener is responsible for all aspects of managing two large, beautiful garden including planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, and more. The gardener teaches kids to help in the garden and also manages and promotes the composting program.

Horse Wrangler (Summer)

Wranglers run the horseback-riding program including care of horses, instruction, and trail rides through the beautiful redwoods. Prior experience with horses is required.

Inclusion Specialist (Summer)

The Inclusion Specialist is responsible for providing support for campers who have special needs or might require extra attention and support to have a successful week of camp. Primary responsibilities include making some calls home to families prior to arrival to ensure we are providing the best environment for campers, supporting counselors who are having behavioral challenges with a camper, and using Behavior Contracts and other positive discipline to help campers follow the rules and respect everyone. Secondary responsibilities include providing emotional support for camp counselors.

People who have experience with or are pursuing degrees in social work, child psychology, or a related field are encouraged to apply!

Male Cabin Leader (Summer)

Cabin leaders spend their week getting to know a cabin of campers: helping them enjoy program activities, playing games, and leading nature hikes and night time reflections. Program activities include archery, canoeing, zip-line, climbing tower, and low and high ropes course elements. All female openings for this position have been filled. We are seeking dedicated male role models!

Male Program Instructor (Summer)

Program Instructors spend time with their cabin by night, but by day they run program activities for campers including archery, zip line, climbing tower, and canoeing. Female openings for this position have been filled. Passionate, dedicated male role models are highly encouraged to apply!

Male Teen Leadership Counselor

Teen Leadership Counselors supervise our Counselors-in-Training (for campers age 16) and Leaders-In-Training (for campers age 15).  With direction from the Teen Leadership Coordinator, the teen leadership counselors run leadership curriculum, night time reflections, and community service projects with teens.  Teen Leadership counselors help ensure that CITs have the leadership skills they need to be effective helpers when they go into a cabin with younger campers during their second week. Note: this position is for 5 weeks (two-two week sessions and one week of staff training) of our 9 week summer program. Teen Leadership Counselors have the option to take the other weeks off or serve as a counselor for younger campers if desired.

Program or Ropes Course Staff (On-Call, Year-Round)

YMCA Camp Jones Gulch has year-round, on-call positions for energetic staff who want to have fun while working.  Experience is a plus, but not necessary.  We’ll train on all aspects including technique, safety, group management, and skill building.  Start your new adventure today!

Program Sites

  • Archery: Hit the bulls eye!  Teach campers and families how to practice proper shooting techniques.
  • Belaying: Help our participants reach new heights as you belay and cheer them up the climbing tower!
  • Zipline: Send members soaring over Camp Jones Gulch on our exciting zip line!
  • Canoeing: Send guests for a peaceful paddle in our canoes, or let them have a solo adventure on a sea kayak around our pond.
  • Nature Hikes: Wind your way through our majestic redwoods while introducing our guests to Camp Jones Gulch trails and the folklore that accompanies.

Ropes Course

• YMCA Camp Jones Gulch is looking for talented facilitators to join our on-call challenge course team!

• Lead groups as they develop communication and leadership skills through team-building low-ropes challenges.

• Belay participants as they challenge themselves to reach new heights with our high ropes elements.

• All levels of experience encouraged to apply.



Teen Adventure Coordinator (Summer)

The Teen Adventure Coordinator leads and oversees outdoor adventure trips for teens with various activities. Programs include: Whitewater Rafting, Surf Camp, Super Camp (Theme Park Themed), Lake Tahoe (Mountain Biking, Kayaking, and Hiking), and Big Sur Explorers. This is a coordinator position that includes supervising a small staff team. Some experience supervising others is a plus.

Teen Adventure Counselor (Summer)


Teen Adventure Counselors lead outdoor adventure trips for teens with various activities. Programs include: Whitewater Rafting, Surf Camp, Super Camp (Theme Park Themed), Lake Tahoe (Mountain Biking, Kayaking, and Hiking), and Big Sur Explorers.

How to Apply

For summer positions, please click here. Scroll down to the position you are most interested in and click "Apply Now."

For year-round, on-call positions, click here and scroll down to the position that interests you.

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