Avid4 Adventure
  • Day Camp - CA
  • Los Gatos, CA, USA
  • 13.75-16.00
  • Hourly
  • Full Time (Seasonal)

Avid4 Adventure, #3 on Outside Magazine's 2017 Best Places to Work, is hiring instructors for our summer day camps in the Bay area.  As a day camp instructor, you have the amazing responsibility of inspiring kids (ages 3-12 years old) to lead active outdoor lifestyles through rock climbing, mountain biking, paddling and hiking. You will become part of a team of outdoor professionals who receive support and mentorship from our camp leaders, grow their teaching skills, and enjoy a community of peers who live the values our camps teach.  

The ideal candidates are detail oriented, highly organized, and ready for action. Just as important, being an Avid4 Adventure Day Camp Instructor means being ready to inspire youth to live an active, outdoor lifestyle and have a summer full of fun! Not an expert in our core sports? Not a problem, we provide great training to get you up to speed before camp starts. All day camp instructor applicants will complete a general online application. During the interview process, we will determine which type of day camp and role is the best fit with your background.

Are you concerned about your commute to/from camp? We reimburse for all public transportation fares to and from work!

Core Responsibilities:

  • Provide age and developmentally- appropriate instruction in mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, SUPing, Leave No Trace principles, and team building.
  • Co-lead activities on or off-site (dependent on camper age group and program)
  • Drive campers in 15 passenger van and trailer when leading off-site programming.   (Van driving training will be provided).
  • Provide exceptional customer service to parents and all participants in our programs.
  • Serve as a role model for campers in appropriate behavior, language, attitudes, and activities.
  • Provide guidance, supervision, safety and comfort for participants during all activities.
  • Thoroughly understand emergency action plans and help implement procedures if necessary.
  • Maintain cleanliness and orderliness of equipment, and report any damages to Camp Director.
  • Maintain excellent communication between campers, parents, and staff.
  • Participate in staff meetings and program meetings.
  • Take an active role in the continual evaluation of campers, programs, and staff.
  • Adhere to all of the policies and procedures of the American Camp Association.
  • Other duties as requested by the Camp Director.

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum age to apply is 19 years old.
  • Personal or teaching experience in at least 1 of the following sports: climbing, biking, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, survival skills, outdoor education.
  • Experience leading youth and a passion for working with kids.
  • First Aid & CPR certification
    • Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Community First Aid, dependent on position you are hired to work. WFA staff receive a bump in hourly pay
  • Valid Driver's License is highly preferred. CDL is required for all staff 21+ with CA licenses. We provide payment for the costs associated with receiving the license and increase your hourly rate by $1.00/hour once you obtain it.

Typical Physical Demands & Working Environment:

  • Outdoor activities require ability to bike, hike, climb and kayak at a level that affords an appropriate margin of comfort while instructing students.
  • Work takes place in outdoor environments in variable, sometimes extreme, weather conditions.


  • We reimburse for all public transportation fares to and from work.
  • Hourly rate is paid semi-monthly and varies based on certifications and experience.  View compensation table here.

Mandatory Training Dates:

  • Training is June 2-9. During training, you are paid a training wage,  which is the minimum wage in the geographic location in which the training occurs.

Typical Camp Schedule: 

  • 39.25 hours/week, Monday - Friday.



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