Summer Staff

Tawonga’s Staff:
Professional, Dedicated
and Loving

Our dedicated staff is made up of over 200 diverse individuals, many of whom have been Tawonga campers themselves and return to Camp for one, two, three, or many more years to give back to a place that was so transformative in their own youth.

Our camper to staff ratio is 1 to 1.5, providing children with an incredibly supportive experience that ensures their physical and emotional well-being at all times. Staff are hired as experts in their area; counselors are experienced kid specialists, while our programmatic staff, like waterfront, arts and crafts, and wilderness leaders, are passionate about the work in their department.

Our hiring process is incredibly selective and competitive, enabling us to form a passionate, dedicated and hard-working team.

The staff is warm and helpful; the camp director is communicative and lovely.Leah A.

For nine months of the year, Tawonga staff members go to school, work, travel and give back to their communities — living Tawonga’s values in their daily lives. During the summer months, they bring these experiences to their work with our campers.

Working at Camp Tawonga is often described by staff as “one of the hardest jobs they’ve ever loved.” All staff live at Camp throughout the entire summer and work long hours to create a loving, welcoming and supportive environment where campers can thrive and live our mission.

An amazing space. An inclusive and impactful community. A life changing experience.Tawonga Staff Alum

We only hire adults. Our staff must be at least 18 years old and have completed high school. The majority of our staff are college-aged, and we hire post-college adults with more advanced degrees or camp experience for our supervisory positions. The application process includes a written application, interview and reference checks.

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Camp Tawonga provides equal opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

Tawonga’s Summer Staff


Please contact Assistant Director Kiyomi Gelber if you have any questions about Tawonga’s staff or about working at camp.

Assistant Director Kiyomi Gelber
Phone: 415-543-2267

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