Summer Staff

About Our Summer Staff: Professional, Dedicated and Loving

Our dedicated and diverse staff is made up of over 200 unique and committed individuals. Some of our staff have been Tawonga campers themselves and return to Camp for many more summers to give back to a place that was so transformative in their own youth. Others find their way to Tawonga as adults seeking meaningful jobs positively impacting children, working in nature and contributing to Jewish community.

Best Job Ever
The rewards of working on staff are great — the delight of helping children grow, the beauty of the mountains and river, and the joy of working as part of a team of enthusiastic and caring staff. This outstanding team includes people with both Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds, all of whom enjoy the Jewish customs and culture which come alive at Camp Tawonga.

Take it from our staff – we consistently score at the top of the Foundation for Jewish Camp Staff Satisfaction Index surveys. According to this anonymous survey, 95% of our staff would recommend working at Tawonga, and 95% are satisfied with their overall job experience.

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

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.

The highlight of my summer was taking my campers backpacking and seeing firsthand the way they connected to their surroundings and experienced the joy of nature.Tawonga Staff Alum

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 departments.

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

We only hire adults. Our staff must be at least 18 years old and have completed high school. The majority of our staff are between the ages of 18-25, and we hire adults with more camp or other relevant experience, some of whom have advanced degrees, 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.


Please contact Quan Phung at if you have any questions about Tawonga’s staff or about working at camp.

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