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

Day cAmp Collaborator

Menlo Park, CA 94025 | June 17th - August 8th | Full Time | Seasonal - Summer 2019

Work with kids ages 8-14 to engineer larger than life art, sculpture, structures, puppets, vehicles, mechanisms and more. Create a community of learners who celebrate mistakes, honor sincerity, and value the power of both the individual and the team. Use a huge range of supplies and tools from standard arts and crafts, to power tools and dimensional lumber. Don’t worry, no previous tool-use skills required!

Your primary role will be supporting and guiding kids through the complex process of working on a team to make something bigger than themselves (figuratively and literally). You will be a teammate, doing the work right along side the kids (read more about what is a collaborator?). You will be a facilitator, making sure every voice is heard and guiding the kids through compromise and towards consensus. You will be a leader tilting the environment towards engagement, and the project towards completion. At other times you will have to hold firm boundaries that keep kids physically and emotionally safe. Above all else, you will help create a space where kids at our camp feel seen, heard and loved.

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

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

Non-Programatic Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Keep the site clean, orderly, and safe

  • Potentially supervise before care, aftercare, snack, lunch and park time (though never all of them in a single day)

  • Stay late on the last day of summer to make sure the site is left better than we found it (overtime will be paid as is appropriate)

  • 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

Basic Qualifications

  • You have started and completed a project of your own volition AND/OR You have experience working with children as a teacher, camp counselor, or mentor (informal experience welcome).

  • You enjoy spending time with kids.

  • You are an excellent communicator.

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

  • You are committed to safety and high quality program delivery.

  • 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

  • Formal training AND/OR real-world experience in progressive education.

Schedule, Location and Compensation

  • Location: Synapse School, Menlo Park, CA

  • Type: Full Time, Seasonal, Hourly

  • Compensation: $17 - $21 per hour depending on skills and experience.

  • Hours: 40 hour weeks. 8 hour days. Occasional but expected 9 to 10 hour days (with overtime pay as is appropriate). Shifts are between 8am and 6pm (eg 8am-4pm or 10am-6pm), and may fluctuate week-to-week.

  • Dates: June 17th - August 8th - Please expect to work late on August 7th and 8th. We will avoid it if possible, but we must leave our host site better than we found it.

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!


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