Come be a part of the greatest summer camp program in California. We’re looking for the best, the brightest, and those who are honestly, a bit crazy! If you’re interested in the most amazing summer job you could ever have, and love working with youth in the outdoors, we have a chance for you to shine.

Summer Camp work is not for everyone, it involves long hours, little downtime, and requires a natural energy that is never ending. Summer Camp employees get NO privacy, NO space, and will constantly have their patience tested.

Summer season for staff is June 11th through August 12th, depending on the position. Counselors start on June 15th.

So why work at camp?

You will change a child’s life. I don’t mean that in the “adopt a starving child” way, I mean that in the literal, you will impact a child who will never forget you way. You will take a child to the ocean for the first time, you will be with them the first time they see a redwood tree, you will help them through homesick nights, and you will dress-up like a pirate to put on a show and see the smile. They will never forget you, and you will never forget them.

Before you even think about really applying to Camp Ocean Pines, you need to answer a few questions:

1) Do you love working with kids?
If you “like” working with kids, or can work with kids, this is not the place for you. You will likely be in a cabin with kids, and about 22 hours of every 24 you will be with kids. You must have a passion for working with youth, you need to love their energy and excitement, and have patience that seems endless.

2) Do you love nature and the outdoors?
Camp life is a dirty one. You will go days without showering, you will sleep outside, you will smell like campfire forever, and you will discover a new level of “dirty” when it comes to clothing. Also, C.O.P. is all about nature, our camp is in the forest overlooking the Ocean and it is impressive. If you are inspired by nature, and want to share that inspiration with some campers, C.O.P may be the place for you.

3) Do you need a lot of “me time” or personal space?
The truth is you just don’t get much at camp. If it’s really important to you, you may want to look elsewhere.

4) Can you be a weirdo? Can you act like a child?
No I’m not kidding. Can you dress up like a pirate and sing I’m a little tea-pot while trying to juggle 3 eggs? You don’t have to do any of these things well, but you have to have no fear, no hesitation, and the confidence to do it proudly! It takes a special kind of person to be a success at camp, and a huge part of it is not caring about how you look or who you impress, but only caring about how much fun you and your campers can have!

5) Are you responsible?

This may seem to contradict the last one, but Camp staff must be fun and serious at the same time. You will have children using bows and arrows, throwing tomahawks, climbing walls, and surfing in the ocean. You MUST have the ability to know how to care for and protect your campers.

If you’ve read all these questions and feel like you can be a part of an amazing summer experience, then continue below for how to apply. I look forward to hearing from you and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Erin Moses

Summer Camp Director

Camp Ocean Pines

805-927-0254 – Camp

Summer Camp Positions for 2018

Applications are now closed. We have filled our positions for the season. Positions for 2019 will open up in December, please check back then! 

Application Process

Applications are now open!

1.) The Application

Click on the Staff Application above.  You will need to upload a Resume, Cover Letter, and a link to your application video(see below).

2.) The Video

You will need to create a short video(2-5 mins) showing us why you would make a great addition to Camp Ocean Pines.  This is your chance to sell yourself!  Hint: Have fun with this!  We love videos that show your talents and silly side along with the reasons you want to work at Camp Ocean Pines!

3.) The Interview

Once your application is complete the summer camp director will contact you to set up an interview time.  The interview will be in google hangouts and an email will be sent to give further instructions. The interview will consist of questions about you, questions about how you work with kids, and a teaching segment where you will teach us how to do some activity.   After the Interview, the summer camp director will reach out to you to let you know if you got hired.  We have a lot of applicants so make sure to be prepared for your interview.


The Hiring Process

1. Submit your application and information

2. A pre-interview may be scheduled to clarify information. Approx 10-15 minutes.

3. If selected, an interview will be scheduled with the director or assistant director. Via phone or google hangout video (video preferred). Approx 45-60 minutes.

4. References will be contacted.

5. If selected you will be notified and sent an offer letter for you summer position.