Residential Counselor

Girls Rock Music Camp
1 North Calle Cesar Chavez
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
United States

Job Start Date
Job End Date
Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
From $2,100 To $3,150
Per Year    
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Sleep-Away Camp
No Travel

Job Description

First and foremost, the 7 residential counselors are responsible for the supervision, safety, and well-being of campers. Residential counselors help campers move throughout their daily schedules, including but not limited to helping them prepare for the day, taking them to breakfast, participating in assemblies, preparing or facilitating elective activities, taking them to dinner, and supervising them around bedtime.


Residential counselors are supervised by the lead residential counselor, as well as the assistant directors and camp director as needed. Residential counselors also have the support and guidance of the camp nurse.

  • The pay range is $2,100–3,150, depending on experience, for 7 weeks of full-time summer employment (includes one week prior to Session 1 for move-in and staff orientation)

  • Room and board is 100% covered

  • Travel cost to and from camp is not covered by Girls Rock; this is each individual staffer’s responsibility


Job Requirements
Work Schedule & Physical Requirements
Residential counselors work 6 days/week and have one 24-hour period (excluding weekends) free from camp responsibilities, while still upholding expectations. They live amongst campers in dorms and are responsible for campers whenever campers are not participating in track-specific lessons. When campers are with instructional staff, residential counselors are expected to participate in daily staff meetings, plan and prepare daily activities, meet with supervisors for professional development, and overall help camp be as amazing as possible. While the average amount of hours worked is 40–45 hours/week, this is a salaried position with hours worked varying from day to day. Residential counselors also play a large role in final showcases and off-campus trips and should be prepared to be actively working for the majority of the week, including weekends.

Residential counselors should be able to navigate a school campus in potentially intense temperatures and may occasionally need to move/lift heavy objects; however, one can always advocate for assistance. As job duties occur at all hours of the day, residential counselors may not hold a secondary job or participate in course instruction without the camp director’s permission.
Additional Responsibilities
Additional responsibilities include but are by no means limited to:

Before students arrive:

Complete required online and onsite training, including reading all materials related to camp operations

Participate in necessary background checks

Prepare dorms for campers by adorning rooms with festive door tags, creating fun, informative bulletin boards, and generally decorating the space

Get to know the staff with whom you will be working

Once camp has begun:

Participate in Opening Day by greeting parents, helping campers transition into camp, and performing your assigned tasks

Supervise campers in a way that is consistent with camp standards at all times (when they are not being supervised by instructors or a member of the leadership team)

Act as a positive role model/mentor

Attend staff meetings

Creatively structure and facilitate time when campers are not in track-specific lessons; this may include planning and supervising elective activities, running the camp store, contributing to the success of the final showcase and off-campus trips, and supervising camper downtime

Assist in student and staff shuttle process as needed

Ensure campers are following their schedules and expectations, making corrections or seeking counsel when this is not the case

Complete paperwork in a timely and diligent fashion such that it is consistent with camp standards

Provide emotional support for campers, practice appropriate disclosure, and involve site support (e.g., on-call therapist, camp nurse) when needed

Follow protocols related to health care as covered in orientation and handbook; assist with health office logistics and urgent medical situations when they arise, which may require accompanying a camper to an off-campus resource

Follow all emergency protocols and procedures, including participating in emergency drills
Girls Rock Music Camp
Jen Baron
1 North Calle Cesar Chavez
Santa Barbara CA 93103
United States
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