After reading the description below please apply by filling out this form and submit a resume, cover letter, and any documentation of a project you’d like to share with us. If you have any questions, you can reach out to

Assitant Collaborator

Job Available at Both Locations

  • Sebastopol, CA 95472 | July 1st - August 15th | Full Time | Seasonal - Summer 2019

  • Menlo Park, CA 94607 | June17th - August 8th | Full Time | Seasonal - Summer 2019

The Assistant collaborator role is geared towards our younger college aged applicants or anyone considering dipping their toes into education for the first time. If you read the Day Camp Collaborator page or the Overnight Camp Collaborator page and worried you might not be qualified, please consider applying for our assistant collaborator position.

This is a learn through immersion style job. Just like with the kids, we believe doing is the best learning. To that end you will be a full member of staff with duties, responsibilities and a spot at the table for our important community decisions. We will be putting you as lead on projects with kids, and challenging you to expand what you think you are capable of, every single day. To facilitate your success while working with us both our more experienced staff and our site leaders will be making extra time for your learning and growth.

You can get a sense of the job by reading the Day Camp Collaborator page and the Overnight Camp Collaborator Page.

Program Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Co-develop curriculum and pick the summer's projects with the rest of staff (we co-design summer to make sure everyone has a project they are stoked about)

  • Attend weekly and daily meetings to discuss improving camp and meeting kids' needs

  • Build large-scale projects with kids utilizing power tools (we will teach you how!)

  • Facilitate group discussions and brainstorms

  • Play games inside and outside

  • Regularly assess the needs of the group and the individuals within.

  • Improvise on-the-fly responses to unexpected challenges

  • Facilitate transitions between activities

  • Co-Facilitate our daily fire-night activities (at overnight camp)

Maintain an emotionally and physically safe environment:

  • Uphold Project Ember’s tool use safety policies (to be covered in training)

  • Model and teach inclusivity

  • Facilitate meaningful collaboration and mediate conflict among campers

  • Bandage scrapped knees, have heart to hearts, and celebrate vulnerability

  • Facilitate evening transitions to ensure we all get enough sleep to stay safe (at overnight camp)

Non-Programatic Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Sleep on site, often in the cabin with the kids (at overnight camp)

  • Keep the site clean, orderly, and safe

  • Stay late on the last day of summer to make sure the site is left better than we found it

  • Give and receive specific feedback to and from a supervisor

  • Regularly submit camper notes (these help us maintain multi-year relationships with alumni and track things like projects they worked on and delightful moments they where apart of)

Physical Demands

  • Occasional Lifting up to 50lbs

  • Computer use (typing, reading)

  • Speaking to communicate both up close and over large distances

  • Seeing to maintain line-of-sight with campers

  • Kneeling, leaning, and/or squatting (primarily to interact with kids and projects)

  • Siting on the floor or standing for long periods of time

  • Working outside for extended periods (at overnight camp)

Basic Qualifications

This is an entry level job and we encourage anyone interested in working with kids in a project based learning environment to apply. That said, even without muck “experience” there are a few basic qualifications

  • You are 18 years old or older

  • You have started and completed a project of your own volition (art projects, making projects, research projects, community projects all count. Get creative)

  • You enjoy spending time with kids.

  • You are swift to adapt to changing situations and have tolerance for uncertainty.

  • You can pass a criminal background check.

  • You are first aid certified (you can get certification after hiring and before camp starts)

Additionally Sought After Skills - Do not hesitate to apply if you don’t have these skills.

  • The ability to understand and make oneself understood with Spanish speaking families

Schedule, Location and Compensation

  • Location:

    • Sebastopol, CA for overnight camp

    • Menlo Park, CA for day camp

  • Type: Full Time, Seasonal

  • Compensation:

    • $15/hr at day camp

    • $2600 for a full summer commitment at overnight camp

  • Room and Board:

    • NOT included at day camp

    • Included at overnight camp

  • Dates:

    • June 17th - August 8th at Day Camp

    • July 1st - August 15th at Overnight

Please submit a cover letter and résumé, along with a sample of your work (photos will do fine) to the linked form.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Members of Our Team


Children Icon by Gilad Fried and Female Contractor by Wilson Joseph from the Noun Project