Are you a college student ready to demonstrate your skills in a job that helps you gain great experience? Love doing whatever it takes and performing a variety of tasks? Want to have an incredibly fun, unforgettable summer? Consider a role at our newly redesigned, COVID-safe camp—same joyful Galileo vibe, with thoughtful new safety precautions for all.
Galileo’s mission is to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. We know it’s bold. We also know that we can’t achieve it without asking staff to be role models of an innovator’s mindset—visionary, courageous, collaborative, determined, and reflective. It’s not always easy. Camp staffers work hard and bring camp magic to life—for campers, and for themselves.
This isn’t your average summer teaching gig. Galileans are expected to take ownership of their own performance and make this place better every day. People with a can-do attitude thrive here and those with a victim mentality don’t. We manage to keep this level of performance expectation high in a relaxed environment; we take our work, not ourselves, seriously.
Galileans know what it means to be a vital part of a team. Galileans want to grow. Galileans like to have fun at work. Galileans love sharing in—and helping to create—joyful experiences. After all, we run summer camps. You get the point.
We value having divergent thinkers who bring various experiences and viewpoints to the table at Galileo. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.
Due to COVID-19, our traditional Camp Galileo model has been reimagined for Summer 2021 and replaced with a new structure focused on camper safety and joy, featuring stable groups of 12 campers (that remain physically distanced from other groups), and consistent staff for each week-long session. Each group will rotate between three assigned spaces (primarily outdoors) and a home base where campers can spread out and partake in the day’s activities. Campers will play fun games and engage in hands-on activities that encourage them to learn via our unique pedagogy—the Galileo Innovation Approach (or the GIA).
Galileo would not function without Summer Interns. Their ability to switch focus from week to week, day to day, hour to hour, and sometimes minute to minute is critical to the successful operation of camp. This role requires a positive, solution-oriented attitude, initiative, flexibility, and exceptional service mentality. And in the new iteration of our classic Summer Intern role, you’ll have the opportunity to level up professionally, participate in the scaling of our exciting new in-person camp models, and greater responsibility over administrative tasks (like lesson materials prep and surface sanitization).
WHAT YOU’LL GET
Purposeful work on an innovative team, along with the opportunity to expand upon or develop hands-on program iteration skills. Plus, you’ll be a part of a supportive community that stands for innovation, credibility, and expertise. We’re a certified B Corporation that is ranked #1 on the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area list, were named one of Forbes’ Best Small Companies and a Top 100 Impact Company, and are authentically committed to inclusion and equity company-wide—which includes joyfully upholding a robust financial assistance program.
SHARED VALUES AND EXPECTATIONS
- Serve as an ambassador of Galileo, demonstrating our mission and values in a positive and professional manner and acting as a role model of the Galileo Innovator’s Mindset
- Commit to building a safe, child-focused community
- Demonstrate professionalism and accountability
- Take initiative to analyze and solve problems
- Treat others with courtesy and respect
- Respond to camper, family member and colleague needs
- Maintain a high standard of ethics, integrity and confidentiality
- Commitment to educational programming for children
- Flexibility to meet changing work needs and demands
- Ability to work collaboratively on a high-functioning team
- Openness to feedback and desire to grow professionally
- Ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently and accurately
- Strong organization skills and attention to detail
- Ability to communicate clearly, maturely and compassionately with families
- Ability to maintain an excellent work ethic, a high level of energy and exceptional enthusiasm all day, every day, for the duration of the summer
EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION
- Upper-level high school student, college student, or equivalent experience
- Demonstrated leadership experience
- Experience working with kids or in a camp setting a plus
- Sixteen years old by your camp’s first day of operation, with a work permit valid through August 2021 if under 18
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Support all aspects of camp, especially behind-the-scenes camp operations and programming.
- Consistent dedication to specialized COVID-19 safety guidelines and policies (such as wearing a mask, daily health checks, frequent hand-washing, etc.)
- Support camper check-in and check-out processes
- Assist with daily setup and clean up of camp including materials and space sanitization over the course of the day
- Responsible for preparing lesson materials and setting up teaching space
- Setup, lead, and participate in daily snack/lunch supervision and programming
- Maintain safe environments for all campers
- Work closely with Camp Director to complete various administrative duties
- Provide leadership, energy and camp spirit for campers, constantly assessing group dynamics and the needs of individual campers
- Cover for Group Instructors during daily ten-minute breaks, fulfilling their role while they are out
- Set, work toward, and achieve measurable professional development goals
- Provide excellent customer service to families by communicating with a positive, professional and fun attitude
WORK HOURS AND DATES
The camp environment is demanding, requiring consistent dedication and work ethic from each staff member. The needs of camp and resulting staff hours may vary but your hours will be roughly 3-6 hours a day. We seek and make offers to staff who we believe are capable of thriving in this environment, both professionally and personally.
General Camp Staff Hours Information:
- Camps will operate weekdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm, during which staff may work anytime between 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. Number of hours and start/finish time will vary by site, position and day.
- Summer Camp Interns typically work from 8am to 2pm.
- Staff meetings during regular work hours.
- Before setup days begin, complete between 6-10 hours of online training.
- Training and setup days: Participate in two mandatory training and setup days in the days before camp starts.
- Camp cleanup: Participate in cleaning and packing up camp for an additional 1-2 hours in your last day of camp if necessary. On the last day of camp all staff stay on site until cleanup is complete.
- Employees must take a minimum 30-minute unpaid break if they work 6 or more hours. They must be offered (but may decline) a 30-minute unpaid break if they work 5-5.75 hours.
COMPENSATION AND PERKS
We are committed to competitively compensating staff. Regarding compensation:
- Regular pay rate is listed in the offer letter, and is determined based on experience and assignment.
- Staff will be compensated at a different hourly rate (training rate) for training and set-up days to be completed before your first day.
- Summer staff positions are temporary, seasonal positions and do not include health benefits or paid vacation time.
- Overtime will be paid at 1.5x the regular hourly rate in accordance with state and federal requirements.
- Payroll is processed weekly; payments will be issued and paystubs made available the following Friday.
General supervision, ongoing observation and evaluation is provided by a Galileo Camp Director