Camp Employment

This page is for employment relating to our summer camp programs. Year-round and seasonal positions are listed here. If you are looking for job relating to our school programs or other aspects of Cal-Wood, please click here.

Working at a Summer Camp is an incredible experience. It gives you amazing life skills but also requires hard work and a big time commitment. If Cal-Wood seems like a place you would like to spend your summer (or even your entire year) inspiring children while enjoying a beautiful mountain setting, read on to find out more about our available positions.

full time seasonal summer position

Intro: A counselor is the most important part of Cal-Wood Summer Camps. This position is designed for enthusiastic, responsible, driven adults who want to experience working and living at a summer camp in the mountains. A counselor is there to supervise and engage our campers, and create an amazing experience for kids of all ages while working with other staff members on community goals and cohesion.

Required Qualifications:

  • be a positive role model
  • risk management skills
  • exhibit strong leadership and communication skills
  • demonstrate maturity and a willingness to contribute
  • share passion for the outdoors
  • cooperate well with others (such as other employees)
  • demonstrate patience with children and peers
  • have experience working with children
  • enjoy working with kids ages 8-17
  • accept direction from supervisors and receive constructive criticism
  • display an understanding of environmental systems
  • be flexible with scheduling
  • be able to maintain a positive attitude even after long stretches of work

Additional desired qualifications include:

  • ability to speak Spanish
  • wilderness medical certifications (WAFA, WFR, etc,)
  • backpacking experience
  • backcountry cooking experience
  • archery instruction certification
  • lifeguard certification
  • first aid and CPR certification

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • implementing good risk management strategies
  • encouraging participation from campers in all aspects of camp life
  • leading games and other activities
  • supervising of meal set-up/break-down
  • connecting with struggling or homesick campers
  • helping facilitate arrival and departure of campers
  • supervising children during structured activities as well as unstructured “free time”
  • sleeping in a cabin with up to 9 campers
  • upholding Cal-Wood rules & regulations, and follow Cal-Wood’s policies & procedures
  • responding appropriately to emergencies if necessary

Compensation: Pay will start at a base rate of $800 per month with potential increases depending on prior experience. In addition to monetary compensation, you will be provided with all meals (excluding days off) as well as lodging throughout the entire summer. OUT OF STATE APPLICANTS: Airfare to and from Denver International Airport will be included as a part of compensation. We will also be providing staff with first aid and CPR certifications for those who do not already have them. You will also receive access to certain outdoor pro-deals such as chacos, smartwool, outdoor prolink, prana, and more!

Dates: Training will begin at the end of May (exact date TBD) and the summer will run through the end of July (exact date TBD). You will be expected to commit to the full summer with at least 1 day off every week. This is a time-demanding job working 24/7 much of the time.

How to Apply:

We will begin accepting applications for the 2018 summer season starting January 1, 2018

Stage 1: Please submit an up to date resume and a cover letter to explaining why you would be a good fit as a Cal-Wood counselor.

Stage 2: Once resumes have been reviewed, you MAY be contacted to fill out an additional application and provide 3 references.

Stage 3: Once applications have been reviewed, you MAY be contacted again to schedule an interview.

Questions can be directed to the Summer Camp Director at

Too young to be a counselor, check out our WildCAT (Counselor Apprentice Training) Opportunity! 

Questions can be directed to the Summer Camp Director at

full time seasonal summer position

Job Duties

  • Dispense prescription medications at breakfast, lunch, and bedtime on most days of the summer at multiple locations on site
  • First aid for minor injuries
  • Daily sick call—assess campers who are ill/ injured and determine if farther medical attention is needed
  • Medical and medication administration record keeping
  • Organization of all camper medical files and paperwork that is required
  • Check in and check out of medications as well as creating a medication administration schedule for each camper that has medications or specific medical needs
  • Communication of specific camper health needs (allergies, special diets) to the summer camp coordinator
  • Assist in emergency situations
  • Reports to health care supervisor and summer camp directors


  • Colorado Registered Nurse License
  • Have a current CPR certification
  • Must be available the entire duration of our summer camps
  • Flexible—able to adapt to changing daily schedules and environments
  • Confident in medication administration
  • Responsible, hard-working, personable, takes initiative
  • Experienced and comfortable working with children and teenagers
  • The ability to balance several different summer camps at once and keep their medications straight for each camp
  • A car or other form of transportation


  • $4,250 for the summer
  • Room and board
  • Children may participate in our programs for free
  • Laundry
  • Letter of recommendation at the end of employment
  • Travel costs

Dates of Employment

TBD for the summer 2018 season

To Apply:

Please end resume and cover letter to