Point Reyes Summer Camp is staffed by a remarkable group of people who share a love for the natural world, great enthusiasm for outdoor adventure, and dedication to creating experiences that evoke awe and connection and foster confidence in children and teens. Our programs promote inclusion, change lives, and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.
EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION & APPLICATIONS
- General Information for Applicants
- Application for Naturalist & Counselor Intern Naturalist Postion
- Application for Head Cook & Assistant Cook Position
Point Reyes Summer Camp seasonal staff members are employed from mid-June through mid-August including 6 paid days of pre-season training.
Point Reyes Summer Camp offers salaries competitive with other private/nonprofit summer camp programs. Room and board is provided. Instructional and counselor staff have 2 weekend days off each week.
Point Reyes Summer Camp is based out of the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center – an 86-bed, green-certified residential facility located in Point Reyes’ Philip Burton Wilderness and within walking distance of Limantour Beach on Drake’s Bay. The National Seashore is widely regarded as a hotbed of biological diversity with nearly forty species of land mammals, a dozen species of marine mammals, nearly half the bird species in North America, and over 900 species of vascular plants. Natural communities include dune, sandy and rocky beach, coastal grassland, Douglas fir and bishop pine forest, wetland, chaparral and wilderness lake.
There is no public transportation available to the Education Center.
All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and possess current certification in standard first aid or higher and CPR (adult & child). Naturalists and Counselor Intern Naturalists must have extensive experience in wilderness recreation and be able to carry a 50 pound backpack for up to 8 miles per day over rugged terrain. Naturalists are required to have a clean driving record and a willingness to obtain a Class B Commercial driver’s license, a Bachelor’s degree in natural science, environmental education, or related field and at least 1 year of experience teaching children in a residential environmental education program or classroom setting. Counselor Naturalist Interns must have considerable experience working with children and have completed at least 1 year of college or 1 season in PRSC Counselor-In-Training Program. Head Cook and Assistant Cooks must possess clean driving records, extensive working knowledge of menu planning, food preparation, meal service, and commercial cleaning practices.
ABOUT POINT REYES SUMMER CAMP
Point Reyes summer campers come from the greater San Francisco Bay area, the California coast from Santa Cruz to Arcata, and inland from Sacramento and the Sierra foothills. Many campers return year after year and all share a deep affection for Point Reyes and a love for the natural world and outdoor activities. We host approximately 50 campers per session and maintain a 3-to-1 camper-to-staff ratio. To promote access for the underserved and to provide the richer experience of a diverse community, we provide full scholarships for 20% of our campers. Staff members have the opportunity to build leadership and teaching skills while living, working, and playing in a supportive community of dedicated professional environmental educators.
All employees must undergo fingerprint-based background checks through the California Department of Justice and the FBI. Felony conviction is cause for dismissal.
FIRST AID & CPR CERTIFICATION
All employees must hold current Standard (or higher) First Aid and CPR (adult & child & AED) certification. Employees must complete a course of training that includes skills practice and use of CPR manikins; online training and certification is not sufficient and will not be accepted.
CLASS B COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE
Naturalists are required to have a clean driving record and must obtain a Class B Commercial Driver’s License so that they are able to drive 15-passenger vans. Naturalists who do not already have a Class B License are required to do the following before camp begins:
Pass a “DMV Physical” and submit form DL51 to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (PRNSA will reimburse the cost of the physical and all required DMV fees)
Pass the written portion of the Class B Driver’s Test given by the DMV.
Pass the practical driving portion of the Class B Driver’s Test given by the DMV. (PRNSA will provide a 15-passenger van driver’s training session and the use of our van for the practical).
PRNSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, age, national origin, sexual preference, political affiliation, or any other nonmerit factor.