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Summer Camp Head Counselor in Southwest Colorado! Go Backpacking in the San Juan Mountains!

Company: Colvig Silver Camps

Job Type: Seasonal

Job Description

Come spend the summer working in an amazing community in a beautiful place!

This is a full-time seasonal camp counselor and outdoor guiding position based in Durango, CO from 5/27/24 – 8/12/24 for a total of ten weeks. Ideal applicants include those who are at least 21+ years old and have outdoor education, youth development, childcare, and/or summer camp experience!

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 21 years old
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Able to pass a federal and Colorado background check
  • Able to work in a rustic, outdoor environment
  • Able to carry a heavy backpack (30-50 lb) for 2-12 miles/day on rugged backcountry trails

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Youth development or childcare experience
  • Outdoor education or guiding experience
  • Personal outdoor recreation experience especially backpacking
  • Summer camp experience

Our Head Counselors are responsible for providing leadership in a cabin of 4-6 campers in one of our four distinct age groups in addition to co-leading backcountry wilderness trips between 2-5 days in length throughout the summer in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado and canyon country of southeastern Utah. We provide a comprehensive two-week Staff Training to cover all aspects of our program ranging from unique Colvig culture and traditions, youth development, and outdoor skill development and leadership.


We offer competitive compensation with Head Counselors earning a minimum of $4,300 for a full ten-week season (5/27/24 – 8/12/24). Head Counselors also receive a free Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training from NOLS during our Staff Training if they do not already have a wilderness medicine certification. All staff receive free housing and meals for the duration of their contract. Staff can also apply for reimbursable Travel Allowances ($0.13/road mile), field/experience bonuses, a Rental Assistance Program, and will receive bonuses for relevant certifications such as Wilderness First Aid, First Responder, LNT, Lifeguarding etc. Please click here for a description of our bonuses and travel reimbursement information.

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Please fill out a Staff Application here if you are interested in employment for the 2024 summer season. Applications are open until filled! If you have any questions please email Tyler or Truman at [email protected]

How to Apply

Please fill out a 2024 Staff Application here. Applications are open until filled! If you have any questions please email Tyler or Truman at [email protected]
Contact Person: Truman McGee
Contact Phone: 970-247-2564
Posted on: December 26, 2023
Location: Durango, CO
Job Type: Seasonal
Job Starting Date:
May 27, 2024
Application Closing Date:
May 1, 2024
Job Salary Range:
$4,300 - $5,000
Years of Experience: Not Specified
Preferred/Required Degree Level: None Required
Job Category(ies): Summer Camp
Region(s): Southwest US