How is COVID-19 impacting camp operations and hiring in 2020?
With public safety a top priority in our communities, most of our school partners are making the decision that they will not be hosting in-person summer programs. Health officials also have indicated that large groups will be unable to safely gather for much or all of the summer, and if they do they will need to adapt to social distancing requirements that our current model of camp cannot support. As we view the safety of our campers, their families and our staff as our most important concern, we feel compelled to comply with the prioritization of reducing the spread of COVID-19. If you were hired to work with us this year, you’ve received a few emails that go into more detail, and we hope you’ll plan to return in 2021 when your hiring process will be expedited. You can also learn more about 2020 camp updates for families here.
How do I apply?
Steps one and two are to check out a detailed outline of our hiring process, as well as some tips and tricks for putting your best foot forward. Then visit our Summer Jobs page to learn more about our summer positions and locations.
APPLICATION GUIDE AND HIRING PROCESS
I’m having technical difficulties with my application. Help!
Fear not. We’re just an email or a phone call away and happy to support. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.595.7293 ext. 2 during regular business hours, Pacific Time (cowabunga!). Include your resume and the job you’re hoping to apply to. We’ll get you on the right track!
I already applied and have been hired to work at camp. What’s next?
First of all, congratulations! The first step is to sign and accept your offer letter, which was emailed to you shortly after your Camp Director called to give you the good news. If you haven’t seen it, search your spam folder, then contact email@example.com for support. This FAQ document should help you take it from there:
HIRED STAFF FAQ
For what position or site should I apply?
Our consideration process is designed to welcome as many exceptional people into our community as possible—apply for the position and general location that feel best, and we’ll work with you to find an ideal match. And because our process is focused on working together to find the right fit, there’s no need to complete more than one application. We’ll take all your qualifications into consideration, and keep our minds open to all the ways you might contribute to camp (in the role to which you applied, or in any other).
We recommend taking the following steps to be sure you have the information you need before submitting your application:
- View our maps of camp locations below
- Review the positions on the Summer Jobs page to find the right (or closest) fit
- Select the position within your desired region, and tell us your specific location preferences in your application
I’m only available part-time, or can’t work all summer. Should I still apply?
Yes! Here’s what you need to know about our requirements:
Nearly every role at camp is a full-time role (Monday-Friday, about 8 hours per day or 40 per week). Summer Intern positions are part-time, working about 5 hours per day, Monday through Friday.
If you’re interested in working at just one camp, it’s helpful to be available for all camp dates at that site. Though our full summer season runs from early June through mid-August, some sites begin later or end earlier, so there’s probably a site that fits your summer schedule.
In addition to hiring full-summer staff at individual sites, we hire a number of staff to fill shorter commitments as substitute staff members at multiple camp locations. If your schedule doesn’t fit one of our locations just right, and you’re flexible enough to work at more than one of our locations, we encourage you to apply for one of our Substitute Instructor or Substitute Camp Counselor positions.
No matter your availability, we encourage you to apply! Just be sure to provide as much detail as possible about your schedule and location preferences within your application, and we’ll work with you to find the right fit.
Is housing provided for summer camp staff?
Galileo operates day camps, and housing is not provided for campers or staff.
I applied! What happens next?
Way to go! Next steps in our hiring process will be communicated via email. You’ll always hear from us regarding your candidacy, regardless of our decision. If you submitted an application and have not heard from us within five business days, check the spam folder of your email account, and then call us at 510.595.7293 x2 if you still don’t see an email from us.
Please note: Our hiring team will contact you from an email address ending in @agents.icims.com, which may be filtered into your spam or junk email folders. We strongly recommend that you add the following address to your Contacts: *@agents.icims.com.
See below for instructions on adding a new Contact in several common email providers.
What are the steps of the summer staff hiring process?
- Submit Application
- Face-To-Face interview
I’m not quite 16 years old. Can I apply to be a Summer Intern?
It is our non-negotiable policy that all staff – including interns – must be 16 years old by the start of employment. Start of employment is the first day of camp (start dates vary by site). If you don’t quite make the cutoff, we hope you’ll apply in future seasons, post-sweet 16.
If a job is listed on your website, is it still available?
If you see a position listed, it’s most likely still available at one of our sites. Because we hire hundreds of staff on a rolling basis, we aren’t able to update listings each time a staff member is hired. We ask you to be as open as possible to other positions and locations if your first choice isn’t available. If you’re invited to the next stage of the hiring process, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss position and location availability in more detail.
I am an international candidate interested in applying. Am I eligible to work at Galileo?
We accept applications from all candidates who are eligible to work in the United States. International staff must have their own method of obtaining a visa that allows the holder to work for any employer (not only the visa-sponsoring employer). We don’t have a visa sponsorship program, but have provided a guide with general info on how to get the visa process started!
INTERNATIONAL HIRES GUIDE
Do staffers get a discount if they sign up their kids for a Galileo camp?
Summer staff members at all sites are eligible to receive one free week of camp (including extended care) for one camper, plus 50% off additional weeks for all campers. This discount is only for staff members’ own children and does not apply to other family members. Staff at select Bay Area sites may also be eligible for additional incentives. Check out our updated Galileo Staff perks, and how employment on our team can lead to more camp for kids you love.
Are your programs accessible for all staff and campers?
Creating inclusive and diverse communities and culture is deeply linked to achieving Galileo’s mission to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. We strive to design programs that take all campers and staff into account. That said, we will not always be able to accommodate each individual’s specific needs. Most common needs and/or potential challenges are often accounted for, and we know that every person and family is unique. We commit to providing transparency and support during the selection process and week(s) at camp.