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 18+ years old and have some personal or professional experience in outdoor education, youth development, childcare, and/or summer camps! However, this is an entry-level position, and we encourage all interested applicants to apply!
At least 18 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
Youth development or childcare experience
Outdoor education or guiding experience
Personal outdoor recreation experience especially backpacking
Summer camp experience
Our Assistant Counselors are responsible for providing leadership (in tandem with a Head Counselor) 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. Assistant Counselors take a secondary leadership role in the cabin and on trips to our Head Counselors but are expected to maintain active participation in decision-making processes, building relationships with your cabin of campers, and creating and delivering high-quality camp programming. Assistant Counselors are also responsible for cleaning/shift duties during the summer which include: dishwashing, helping setup for meals at the dining hall, taking out trash, sweeping/mopping, and other similar duties. Assistant Counselors are scheduled for these duties on a rotating basis and it is usually 2-3 Assistant Counselors per shift duty. Time in camp is split between camp programming and these cleaning duties.
We offer competitive compensation with Assistant Counselors earning a minimum of $4,000 for a full ten-week season (5/27/24 – 8/12/24). 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.
Assistant Counselors receive one period of time off a week (about 16 hours) in addition to a 3.5 day break in between sessions and flexible time-off (between meals) that can be scheduled with their supervisor.
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 ng [email protected]