Nor’wester provides a unique summer camp experience for 9-16 year-olds in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, and hires 90 summer seasonal staff to support summer programming. We are an outdoor-living and community-building focused program. Unit Leaders and Program Staff provide essential personal growth and skill-building opportunities to our campers, working with them throughout their four-week session at camp. Unit Leaders are assigned to a certain age group of campers, and participate and supervise them through day to day life at camp, including at all activities and programs. Unit Leaders get to know their two groups (one each session) of campers very closely, building trust and relationship with them as individuals as well as a full-group, and supporting them through all challenges and successes they may face at camp. Program Staff lead and assist program activities, including Waterfront, Craft Shop, Ropes, Nature, Drama, Garden, Outdoor Cooking, Music, Dance and more. Additional Department Staff, including Kitchen and Camp Operations, support essential operations of camp through their daily work, and have opportunities to participate in program activities and supervise campers several times each week. Older campers participate in multi-day trips away from camp, and certain staff are selected to facilitate those trip opportunities as well. Working at a summer camp is a great way to get experience working with children – and the best way to learn experientially about them! More information and Staff Application available on our website: www.norwester.org. Applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP, interviews are scheduled and positions are filled on a rolling basis through May 2020.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Climbing Skills, Cooks and Food Service, Mountaineering Skills, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


First Aid/CPR Certification (training available)
WFA/LGT Certifications (for certain positions - training available)

Required Skills:

1. A genuine interest in working/living with and teaching children
2. Commitment to equity and inclusion in the camp experience
3. Ability to relate to one's peer group
4. Ability to accept supervision and guidance
5. Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control
6. Good character, integrity, and adaptability

About Camp Nor'wester

Camp Nor’wester is an outdoor residential camp where children gain significant skills and insights in a caring and supportive atmosphere, taking advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s coastal character, through a program that is characterized by a commitment to:
Develop a child’s maturity and a positive self-image.
Provide programming that holds the physical and emotional safety of the child as a paramount concern.
Teach children skills and values about responsibility for one’s self, others, and the environment.
Provide a community where diversity, tolerance, and compassion are valued, respected, and promoted.
Provide a positive outdoor group living experience that helps children develop the skills necessary for productive group and interpersonal interaction.
Provide an experience for children that is challenging, rewarding, memorable, and fun.

Application Instructions

To apply, please visit: http://www.norwester.org/staff/how-to-apply/ For more information, visit: http://www.norwester.org/staff/why-work-at-camp-norwester