Summer Staff Positions

Our 2024 Summer Staff Application is live!
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Summer Staff Positions

The staff at Eden Village West comprise a family with a shared goal: to create the best summer experience for our campers. This requires a tremendous amount of energy, hard work, patience, and flexibility. The days are long and demanding.

The benefits are enormous. Do you want to make memories and friends that last a lifetime? Are you ready to eat organic, farm-fresh food all summer long? Do you love helping campers thrive and grow? Be part of our enthusiastic and caring staff family. The rewards from camp don’t end once summer is over. They continue throughout your life as you become part of a network that supports and nourishes you for many years to come.

Staff applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply now if you’re interested in working at camp. An Equal Opportunity Employer, Eden Village West provides equal opportunities without regard to race, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Staff Requirements

All summer staff at Eden Village West are required to be at least 18 years old, graduated high school, and have experience working with youth. All staff are required to provide multiple references, pass a background check, and participate in an extensive staff training.

Questions about staffing? See our FAQ section. Still stumped? Call us at 510.560.5610 anytime or email hiring@edenvillagewest.org with your question, we’d love to answer it!

2024 Staff Dates (includes staff training)

Leadership Dates: June 3 – Aug 1, with team retreat in April (dates TBD)
Kitchen, Housekeeping, Medical Team, & Tribe Leader Dates: June 3 – Aug 1
Program Specialist Dates: June 4 – Aug 1
Counselor Dates: June 9 – Aug 1 

Junior Staff Dates: June 9 – July 28 (with option to extend to Aug 1) 

All staff are hired with the expectation that they will be on the Eden Village team for the duration of the summer. 

Summer Staff Positions

Bunk Staff

  • Bunk Counselor
  • Tribe Leader
  • Teen Experience Coordinator 

Kitchen Staff

  • Head Chef
  • Bakery Chef
  • Bakery Assistant
  • Lead Cook
  • Prep Cook
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining Room Attendant

Wellness Staff

  • Registered Nurse
  • Camper Care Specialist

Program Staff

  • Aquatics Director
  • Aquatics Specialist
  • Lifeguard Add-On
  • Culinary Arts Specialist
  • Farm Manager
  • Farm Program Specialist
  • Art Specialist
  • Archery Specialist
  • Forest Specialist
  • Herbalism Specialist
  • Overnight Coordinator Add-On
  • Ritual Coordinator
  • Music Specialist
  • Songleader Add-On
  • Woodworking Specialist 
  • Pottery Specialist
  • Circus Arts/ Theater/ Improv Specialist 
  • Sports (Mindful Movement) Specialist

Leadership &
Administrative Staff

  • Counselor Director
  • Program Director
  • Assistant Program Director
  • Office Manager
  • Digital Storyteller

2024 Staff Positions

Bunk Staff

Counselors care for, supervise, and live with a group of campers and are their primary caretakers. Counselors are responsible for shaping the culture of their bunk, being in tune with each camper’s individual experience, and maintaining safety at all times. Counselors are also assigned a program area to support throughout the summer.    

Positions Available: 25
Duration: 8 Weeks
Entry-Level Salary: $2400 
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Tribe Leaders supervise and support counselors and bunk life at camp. This includes planning evening programs, providing camper care support, working with counselors to grow their skills throughout the summer, and supporting camp in many other ways. This position works with both counselors and camp leadership to run camp and ensure an excellent staff and camper experience for everyone!

Positions Available: 3
Duration: 8.5 Weeks
Entry-Level Salary: $3000
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The Teen Experience Coordinator plays an essential role in supporting, managing, & implementing our Junior Staff program, and overseeing our rising 10th & 11th grade tribe, Keter. Develop curriculum for young staff & support counselors and campers with the Keter Experience. Coordinate with various departments at camp to ensure the smooth running of both programs.

Positions available: 1
Duration: 8.5 weeks & hourly work ($25/hr) in the spring
Entry level salary: $3200
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Program Staff

Spend your summer basking in the sun as the Aquatics Director at Eden Village West! In this vibrant role, you’re not only responsible for ensuring water safety at the camp’s pool and the river but also for leading a range of exciting and educational water-based programs. You’ll step into a leadership position, honing your skills as an educator and group leader, as you supervise, train, and empower a team of about 7 lifeguards. Your team will be instrumental in maintaining the safety of all waterfront areas and in orchestrating various aquatic activities for campers of all ages, every day.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th – August 1st
Entry-Level Salary: $4,800 
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Dive into a summer of fun, learning, and spiritual connection as the Aquatics Specialist at Eden Village West! In this vibrant role, you’ll be the heart of our water-based programming at the camp’s pool and river. Your mission will be to lead a variety of engaging programs, such as tubing, junior lifeguard training, and aqua aerobics, each infused with a sense of Jewish values and a deep appreciation for our environment.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th – August 1st
Entry-Level Salary: $3,000 
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Spend your summer in the sun! Step into leadership and responsibility as you learn and uphold pool and river safety. This position will require current certifications or a strong swimming background and ability to get certified. Lifeguards at Eden Village West care for campers and act as safety-minded professionals.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th – August 1st
Entry-Level Salary:  $125 (if camp certified) OR $250 (self-certified)
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Bring your food values deliciously to life as the Culinary Arts Specialist at Eden Village West! You’ll work with the abundance of our farm and orchard to teach farm-to-table cooking skills and inspire young people to have autonomy over what they eat and where their food comes from. Get creative with fresh goat milk from our goats, eggs from our chickens and an abundance of farm fresh veggies, inspiring deep gratitude for the land and communities that feed us. Guide campers in learning everything from knife skills and kitchen safety to how to make fresh pasta, pickles, bread, ice cream, fermented foods, canned goodies and so much more!

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th – August 1st
Entry-Level Salary: $3000 
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As the Farm Manager at Eden Village West, immerse yourself in the stewardship of our vibrant Sadeh (farm), leading the charge in cultivating a sustainable and educational agricultural environment. In this crucial role, you’ll oversee all aspects of farm operations, from soil health to animal care, while mentoring our Summer Farm Program Specialists in delivering a hands-on farm-to-table experience to campers. This position goes beyond traditional farm management; it’s about inspiring a love for the land and sustainable living in both staff and campers. You’ll be at the heart of our farming activities, orchestrating daily tasks and long-term projects that align with our camp’s values. Get ready for a summer of physical engagement, leadership, and profound fulfillment, as you nurture growth in both the farm and the young minds entrusted to your guidance, creating magical and educational moments throughout the season.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th – August 1st
Entry-Level Salary: $4,000 
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Dive into the heart of nature as a Summer Farm Program Specialist at Eden Village West! Join us in bringing the enchantment of our Sadeh (farm) to life and share the joy of hands-on farming with our campers. From tending to the soil and caring for our animals to guiding campers in understanding the farm-to-table cycle, you’ll be at the forefront of an unforgettable summer experience. This role is not just about farming; it’s about inspiring young minds, fostering a connection with the land, and creating magical moments every day. Get ready for a physically engaging and rewarding summer, full of growth, learning, and fun!

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th – August 1st
Entry-Level Salary: $3000 
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Eden Village West’s art program is grounded in using natural materials and the abundance of the land around us to create beautiful and functional crafts that our campers can use in their everyday lives. We’re crafting mugs and plates from clay, making candles from beeswax, felting hats from wool, making our own natural dyes from plants we grow on our farm, sewing bags and clothing, and so much more. We’re finding inspiration in the abundance of the land, and leaning into the joy, gratitude, and deep spirituality that comes from creating beauty all around us.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th – August 1st
Entry-Level Salary: $3,000 
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Join the Eden Village West community as our Forest Specialist! At the heart of all things EVW is creating a space for kids to foster a meaningful connection with the land they’re living on as well as each other, and you are the key facilitator of that connection. Show kids the magic of what lies in the forest– teach them how to build shelters, whittle, basket weave, identify different plants and animals, and more, while incorporating Jewish wisdom & spirituality into what you do.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th- August 1st
Entry-Level Salary: $3,000 
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Join Eden Village West’s team this summer and empower campers to draw on the ancient wisdom of plant medicine! Our herbalism program aims to deepen our spiritual, communal, and land connection by tapping into the abundance of the earth and the natural medicines growing all around us. Share your knowledge and passion for herbs by guiding campers in making teas, syrups, salves, infused oils, flower essences, masks, scrubs, and so much more.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th – August 1st
Entry-Level Salary: $3,000 
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Embrace the adventure of the night under the stars as our Overnight Coordinator at Eden Village West! In this role, you will lead and enrich our overnight experiences, where campers have the opportunity to engage in a variety of nocturnal activities by the enchanting Russian River. Your responsibilities will include planning and supervising delightful evening events such as dessert making, playing engaging games, stargazing, and ensuring a memorable and safe outdoor sleeping experience.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th – August 1st
Entry-Level Salary: $3,000 
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As a Ritual Coordinator at Eden Village West, you will be the heart of our Jewish spiritual life, guiding campers and staff through meaningful Jewish rituals and celebrations. Your role involves creatively leading Shabbat, Havdalah, and other holiday observances, blending traditional practices with innovative approaches to resonate with our diverse community. You’ll integrate Jewish values into camp life, fostering a deep sense of spiritual connection and communal belonging. We seek someone passionate about Jewish education and skilled in ritual facilitation, ready to inspire and engage in an environment where spirituality, nature, and community harmoniously intertwine.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th – August 1st
Entry-Level Salary: $3,000 
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At Eden Village West, our music program thrives on a rich live music culture, free from canned music, creating a vibrant space for authentic and interactive musical experiences. As our Music Specialist, you will be the maestro behind this lively atmosphere, offering guitar and ukulele lessons, guiding songwriting workshops, leading drum circles, and orchestrating jam band sessions. Your role involves nurturing a love for live music in our campers, helping them come home with music not just in their hearts but also at their fingertips. Through song sessions and a variety of musical activities, you will encourage campers to express their creativity and connect with each other and the natural world. This position calls for a dynamic blend of teaching, performing, and inspiring, as you cultivate an environment where every camper can explore the joy of music and carry the melodies and rhythms learned at camp into their everyday lives.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th – August 1st
Entry-Level Salary: $3,000 
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Eden Village West’s song leaders are the backbone of our camp culture. From morning meditative song circles to every after-meal blessing and song session, you’ll be bringing our community together through music. At EVW, we don’t listen to any recorded music- we make it all ourselves! You’ll spend your days teaching campers new instruments & music from the camp repertoire, how to write songs, form bands, and perform for each other. You’ll make every day at camp a dance party!

Positions Available: 1
Duration: 8.5 Weeks
Entry-Level Salary: $500 
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Your expertise will enrich our fully equipped professional woodshop, guiding campers in the art of creating from nature’s bounty. You’ll intertwine Jewish values with the craft of woodworking, teaching campers to transform wood into functional and artistic creations while fostering a deep connection to the natural world. Your guidance in projects will not only impart technical skills but also instill a sense of patience, respect for the environment, and appreciation for the spiritual aspect of creating with one’s hands. We seek a specialist who is eager to blend artistic expression, environmental stewardship, and Jewish traditions into a meaningful and enriching experience for our campers.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th – August 1st
Entry-Level Salary: $3,000 
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Lead campers in beautifully melding the ancient art of pottery with the teachings of Judaism and a profound connection to nature. Immerse campers in the tactile experience of shaping clay, an earthy material that links us directly to the planet’s raw beauty. Teacch campers how to create Judaica items like Kiddush cups and mezuzah cases, weaving their artistic expression with Jewish heritage and values. This process, which honors the earth’s generous offerings, aligns with the Jewish principle of ‘Bal Tashchit’ (against wastefulness), underscoring our commitment to sustainability. Our program provides a unique haven for self-expression, spiritual growth, and environmental responsibility, nurturing a deep appreciation for the rhythms of nature and the depth of Jewish traditions.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th – August 1st
Entry-Level Salary: $3,000 
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In our unique Circus Arts, Theatre, and Improv program at Eden Village West, campers embark on an exhilarating journey where the vibrancy of performing arts fuses with Jewish tradition and the natural world. Our specialist, adept in circus skills, theatrical expression, and improvisation, invites campers to explore juggling, storytelling, and character creation, all while immersed in the beauty of nature. This program is more than an artistic endeavor; it’s a celebration of Jewish values like community, joy, and environmental stewardship. As campers learn to express themselves in the open air, drawing inspiration from nature and Jewish folklore, they cultivate not just performance skills but a profound connection to their heritage and the earth, embodying the joy and wonder of Jewish life and the natural world around us.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th – August 1st
Entry-Level Salary: $3,000 
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Our sports program is crafted to celebrate unity and collective achievement rather than competition. Guided by our enthusiastic sports specialist, campers will engage in a variety of physical activities that emphasize cooperation, teamwork, and the joy of shared experiences. In this role, you’ll be instrumental in channeling our campers’ energy and spirit into pursuits that help them come together to accomplish something greater, in harmony with the natural surroundings. The essence of your role is to inspire an appreciation for movement and health, cultivate a sense of community, and foster a deep connection with the environment.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: June 4th – August 1st
Entry-Level Salary: $3,000 
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Wellness Staff

Oversee the health of our campers and staff. Our ideal nurse will be excited by the fact that there’s a medicinal herb garden just outside the health center. We are looking for a nurse to work the whole summer, as well as nurses to work in three-week intervals.

Positions Available: 2
Salary: Part-Time $1250 per week (min 3 weeks) + Room and Board
             Full-Time $10,625 (8.5 Weeks) + Room and Board

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Are you interested in pursing a career in health care? Do you have experience working with children? Work in the Eden Village West Health Center. Assist our nurse in providing medical care for the camp community and help run the health center. This is an incredibly important and beloved camp job!

Positions Available: 1
Duration: 8.5 Weeks
Entry-Level Salary: $2400 
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Kitchen Staff

Our ideal candidate has absolute passion for cooking, is detail oriented, and can manage multiple projects in a kitchen. Familiar and comfortable with cooking vegan, gluten-free, dairy free, and allergen friendly cuisine alternatives at each meal. Schedule and Supervise a kitchen team to prepare and organize three organic and locally grown meals, made from scratch, each day. Be prepared to cultivate a long-term relationship with camp, and guide our (amazing) camp food’s direction going forward. Requires 5+ years of experience in a kitchen.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: 8.5 Weeks
Salary: Base pay $10000 
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An ideal candidate has absolute passion for cooking, is detail oriented, and can manage multiple projects in a kitchen. Supervise a kitchen team to prepare and organize three organic and locally grown meals, made from scratch, each day. Requires 2+ years of experience in a kitchen.

Positions Available: 1-2
Duration: 8.5 Weeks
Entry-Level Salary: $4500 
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Eden Village West bakes all our own bread. Make fresh bread daily and Challah for Shabbat. Bring your creativity to the kitchen! There is room to experiment with different varieties of bread, vegan, and gluten free baking.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: 8.5 weeks
Entry-Level Salary: $3500 + Room and Board
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The lead cook is responsible for executing meal prep and service as directed by the Head and Assistant Chefs. Our ideal candidate has absolute passion for cooking, is detail oriented, and can manage multiple projects in a kitchen. Able to maintain a Kosher, Vegetarian Kitchen without exception. Familiar and comfortable with cooking vegan, gluten-free, dairy free, and allergen friendly cuisine alternatives at each meal.

Positions Available: Various
Duration: 8.5 Weeks
Entry-Level Salary: $4500 
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We are always looking for folks passionate about good food and the joy of farm to table stewardship to join us! Reach out if you would like to know more about being part of our kitchen team in some way not listed above.

Positions Available: Various
Duration: 8.5 Weeks
Entry-Level Salary: $2750 
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Leadership & Administrative Staff

This position works closely with the Program Director to coordinate camp programming. This includes managing camper program sign-ups, coordinating all camp programming, supervising, supporting, and evaluating Program Heads, serving as the lead staff for intersession, managing evening staff events, and ordering program supplies pre-camp and managing supply procurement as needed during the summer.

Positions Available: 1
Duration: 8.5 Weeks
Entry-Level Salary: $3000 
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The digital storyteller captures the daily magic of Eden Village to share with the world, through the medium of videos and photos! Experience every aspect of camp and work with our leadership staff to spread the joy, visually.

Positions Available: 2
Duration: 8.5 Weeks
Entry-Level Salary: $3000 
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Staff FAQ

Working at Eden Village West is a rewarding and unique experience. Each day our staff change the lives of our campers. Our staff is a strong, close-knit community who love waking up each morning at camp. If you love working with kids and being part of a team, you’ll love working at Eden Village West!

At a minimum you need to be at least 18 years old, graduated high school, have experience working with youth, and excited to work at camp! Many staff positions require additional certifications and training.

That’s great! You can mark down which positions you’re interested in when you fill out your staff application. Once we receive your application, we’ll be in touch with you about which positions we think are the best fit.

Now! Staff applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Most positions are filled by mid-January. In late-January we will update the staff page to reflect which positions are still open.

You can apply to work at camp by filling out an online application. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Apply Now” button to start your application!

Camp is located on 350 acres in Healdsburg, California, about 70 miles north of San Francisco. We have a private stretch of the Russian River, an outdoor pool, miles of hiking trails, a teaching kitchen and bakery, woodshop, ceramics studio, outdoor amphitheater and fire circles, a large gym with basketball courts, and outdoor playing fields.

Camp is just two miles from downtown Healdsburg, ~12 miles from Santa Rosa, ~20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, and near countless state parks.

The majority of our staff live in dorm rooms with other staff members. Bunk staff live in rooms adjacent to the rooms of the campers in their age group. Our dorms are equipped with electricity, internet, bathrooms, showers, and laundry.

Every staff member receives a day off each week to rest, rejuvenate, and build community with other staff. Break time to refresh is also built into the daily schedule.

Don’t see your question answered above? We’d love to answer it! Email us at hiring@edenvillagewest.org with your questions or call the office at 510 560 5610.

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The staff at Eden Village are musicians, farmers, artists, ecologists, activists, educators and lovers of life who have demonstrated strong skills in working with children through prior experience. We want YOU to join our team!

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