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Join Our Team

Make Your Summer Count!

The Summertimes team is seeking energetic and outgoing counselors, junior counselors, instructors, and operations assistants with strong mentoring and leadership skills to work with children across our various camps. If you are interested in joining our team, click on the “Apply Now” button to fill out our online application (available February 1). Please note that Summertimes requires applicants (1) to be at least 15 years of age, and (2) to make a minimum four-week commitment in order to be considered for employment.

Be sure to use an active email account on your application and check your email frequently after applying. If you do not check your email, you may miss important communications regarding your application or employment offer! If you will be graduating in 2020, we suggest you use a personal email address, not a school address. 

*It is our mission at Summertimes to offer applicants a rewarding summer employment experience. It is our goal to foster a sense of independence and self-advocacy, and to encourage ownership of the application and hiring process by our high school-aged applicants. To that end, the Summer Programs Office will only communicate with the applicant, not the applicant's parents, regarding the hiring process and payroll.*

Have a Particular Camp in Mind?

Camp directors are responsible for their own hiring decisions. If you would like to work at a specific camp or camps, please submit your online application and contact the camp director(s) to express your interest. Please note that camps operated by Summertimes partners (such as Tiny Chefs, Drobots, and Handwork Studios) do not hire from the Summertimes' applicant pool. If you have any questions related to hiring, please feel free to contact the Director of Summer Programs, Ms. Christine Mason, at 703-212-2828 or at cmason@sssas.org.

Summertimes Positions and Pay Scale

Counselor (starting at $70.25 a day, based on experience; open to rising high school seniors and older): Camp counselors work with the Camp Director and Program Staff to create a high quality experience for every camper. Counselors are tasked with ensuring the safety, well-being, and personal growth of the campers. Counselors should be capable of strenuous activities such as running, standing, and bending. First Aid/CPR certification preferred.

Junior Counselor (starting at $65.25 a day, based on experience; open to rising high school sophomores and juniors): Junior Counselors team up with Counselors to create a high quality experience for every camper. Like Counselors, Junior Counselors are tasked with ensuring the safety, well-being, and personal growth of the campers. Junior Counselors should be capable of strenuous activities such as running, standing, and bending. First Aid/CPR certification a plus.

Head Counselor (starting at $100 per day, based on experience; open to high school graduates; previous counselor experience required): the Head Counselor works with the Director of the CIT Program to help train and mentor CITs. Additionally, the Head Counselor assists the Director of Summer Programs with day-to-day counselor management and staffing-related issues. The Head Counselor should be capable of strenuous activities such as running, standing, and bending. First Aid/CPR certification required.

Director of CIT Program (pay commensurate with experience; teaching experience preferred): The Director of the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program is responsible for designing and leading a required one-week training program for CIT participants, with activities such as team-building and First Aid/CPR certification. For the three subsequent weeks of the program, the CIT Director must assign CITs to Day Camp groups and continue with different training activities throughout the weeks. Applicants must be able to work the weeks of June 15, June 22, June 29, and July 6, and all work performed in preparation for the program will be paid at an hourly rate. First Aid/CPR certification required.

Extended Day Counselor ($30 per day for Morning Care; $45 per day for Afternoon Care): Extended Day Counselors are responsible for staffing various indoor and outdoor activities for those campers participating in Morning Care (7:30 - 9:00 a.m.) and Afternoon Care (3:00 - 6:00 p.m.). Just like Counselors, Extended Day Counselors must ensure the safety and well-being of the campers while engaging in fun after-camp activities. Please note that a counselor who has worked a camp during the day may not work as an Afternoon Care counselor (however, you may work both Morning Care and a camp). First Aid/CPR certification a plus.
Instructor (Full-day starting at $100 per day, based on experience; half-day starting at $60 per half day, based on experience): All instructors design and lead camper-selected activities in the afternoon of the Day Camp. One activity (lasting for two 1.5-hour sessions, including recess time) must be planned by the instructor for each week, with campers and their counselors rotating through the instructor's group. Activities can range from fort building to science experiments to art projects to sports. Full-day instructors assist camper groups and the Day Camp Director in the morning. Instruction or teaching experience is preferred.

Day Camp Office Manager (starting at $70.25 per day, based on experience): The Day Camp Office Manager assists the Day Camp Director with drafting welcome letters, grouping campers and counselors, planning field trips and carnival days, and filling in where help is needed.

Operations Assistant (starting at $90 per day, based on experience): Operations Assistants provide support to the Director of Summer Programs on all three campuses. Duties include, but are not limited to: assisting with carpool and signage; assisting with camper medical form collection and preparing First Aid backpacks; helping to ensure safe camper transportation between the three campuses and to and from Morning Care and Afternoon Care; checking on the condition of the facilities throughout the day; and acting as main point-of-contact with the Director of Summer Programs regarding medical emergencies and campus safety. First Aid/CPR certification preferred.

Employment Agreement

Please note that acceptance of a job offer with the SSSAS Summer Programs Office is classified as an “at-will employment agreement.” If a camp you are scheduled to work in is cancelled, we cannot guarantee alternate employment but will do our best to find you another position for that week.

Qualifications & Training

Please note that the minimum age for employment at Summertimes is 15. All camp staff are required to pass a state and federal background check, regardless of age, and complete other onboarding requirements. Once you have accepted an offer with Summertimes, you will receive additional information on how to complete these requirements. All Counselors, Junior Counselors, and Day Camp staff must attend one of two orientation sessions (typically end of May/beginning of June) to be eligible to work.

Important Application Dates

Saturday, February 1, 2020:
The application process opens. All applications must be submitted after this date and not before February 1, 2020.

Sunday, March 1, 2020:
The application process closes. No applications will be accepted after this date.

Monday, March 16, 2020:
All applications will be reviewed by this date and any interviews with Camp Directors will be scheduled.

Friday, April 3, 2020:
All applicants will receive a response to their application by this date.
The hiring process takes 4-6 weeks, so be certain to check your email frequently during March and early April. If you receive a job offer, please reply promptly. Please direct any questions about the hiring process to summerprograms@sssas.org.

Questions? Contact Us!

Summer Programs Office
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