Summer at Santa Catalina counselors on the beach

Top 7 reasons to work for Summer at Santa Catalina!

7. You get to take campers on awesome field trips like the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

6. You work with some really rad kids!

5. You get your very own room if you are a resident counselor, and day counselors spend the day assisting in all of our amazing classes.

4. You get to work on a supportive and loving team of leaders who help you become the best leader you can be.

3. THE BEACH. Spending the summer in Monterey is awesome and you have plenty of time off to go exploring.

2. You get paid to PLAY!

1. You change lives just by being YOU

Summer at Santa Catalina counselor with two campers

Residential Counselors

Residential counselors work in teams of three to four with other counselors and are tasked with building community in the dorms. Residential counselors spend mornings and nights ensuring the campers are taking care of themselves; getting to meals, classes, and night activities on time; growing as individuals; and enjoying the camp sisterhood.

Criteria for Residential Counselors

  • Must have graduated high school
  • Must be available for the entirety of staff development (June 13-19), camp (June 21-July 25), and camp take-down (July 26)
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are 18 years old and have completed one year of college

Time off

Residential counselors receive room and board and stay in single dorm rooms near their assigned group of campers. During weekdays, residential counselors have up to eight hours a day off to explore the Monterey Peninsula. Additionally, each residential counselor receives a 23-hour off-time period once per week.

Day Counselors

Day counselors work 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additionally, day counselors are asked to assist on Saturdays with breaks for residential counselors after field trips. During weekdays, day counselors serve as aides to teachers during class times. Day counselors are assigned to camper groups and monitor the campers in the dorms during rest hour.

Criteria for Day Counselors

  • Preference will be given to rising 12th graders and individuals who have just graduated high school
  • Must be available for the entirety of staff development (June 13-19), camp (June 21-July 25), and camp take-down (July 26)
  • Must be available from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. weekdays and 7:00–10:00 p.m. Saturdays
Summer at Santa Catalina counselors lying in a circle around a heart

Is this job right for you?


June 13-19 — Staff Training
June 21-July 25 — Camp!
July 26 — Camp Cleanup Day

Time Commitment

All of our summer counselor positions require a time commitment, but with our unique structure, you won’t be working all day and night. Instead, you have time off to explore the Monterey Peninsula with your friends. Review the time commitments for day and resident counselor positions above.

Competitive Salary

We provide competitive summer salaries, which include all meals and housing for resident counselors, and lunch and snacks for day counselors.

Build Your Resume

Your experience as a counselor at Summer at Santa Catalina is sure to build your leadership and communication skills—two of the biggest things employers look for when hiring new employees. As a camp counselor, you grow in your ability to actively listen and relate to others, problem solve, think critically, risk manage, time manage, and lead and speak in front of large groups.

Most importantly, the number one thing to remember about this job is that the priority is the CAMPERS.