US-CA-San Francisco & Marin
Passionate about working with and having an impact on kids? Believe
the world needs innovators, now more than ever? Do you thrive in
new environments and love supporting the needs of a team? Ready to
get outdoors, and have a career-defining summer learning the
high-demand skill of hands-on program development? Consider a role
at our newly redesigned, COVID-safe camp—same joyful Galileo vibe,
with thoughtful new safety precautions for all.
Galileo’s mission is to develop innovators who envision and create
a better world. We know it’s bold. We also know that we can’t
achieve it without asking staff to be role models of an innovator’s
mindset—visionary, courageous, collaborative, determined and
reflective. It’s not always easy. Camp staffers work hard, and
bring camp magic to life—for campers, and for
This isn’t your average summer teaching gig. Galileans are expected
to take ownership of their own performance and make this place
better every day. People with a can-do attitude thrive here and
those with a victim mentality don't. We manage to keep this level
of performance expectation high in a relaxed environment; we take
our work, not ourselves, seriously.
Galileans know what it means to be a vital part of a team.
Galileans want to grow. Galileans like to have fun at work.
Galileans love sharing in—and helping to create—joyful
After all, we run summer
camps. You get the point.
We value having divergent thinkers who bring various experiences
and viewpoints to the table at Galileo. We strongly encourage
members of underrepresented groups to apply.
Due to COVID-19, our traditional Camp Galileo model has been
reimagined for Summer 2021, and replaced with a new structure
focused on camper safety and joy, featuring stable groups of 12
campers (that remain physically distanced from other groups), and
consistent staff for each week-long session. Each group will rotate
between three assigned spaces (primarily outdoors) and a home base
where campers can spread out and partake in the day's activities.
Campers will play fun games, and engage in hands-on activities that
encourage them to learn via our unique pedagogy—the Galileo
Innovation Approach (or the GIA).
Substitutes fill in for absences lasting a day, a week, and
sometimes longer, and are scheduled to work only when regular staff
members are absent. The Substitute Group Instructor role is the
perfect opportunity for those inspired by the idea of a Galileo
summer, and who are open to or require a shorter summer
Group Instructors are the most consistent presence in the
experience of each Camp Galileo camper. They spend the entire camp
day caring for their campers and providing instruction for fun,
engaging projects and activities. They’re responsible for bringing
the GIA to life, and have the greatest potential impact on each
camper’s summer. This responsibility requires partnering with
Summer Interns and the Camp Director to bring careful attention to
the physical and emotional safety of each and every camper within a
team, and to the overall development and formation of the group as
a whole. As a substitute superhero to our teams, your consistent
embodiment of these values is even more crucial each day you are at
Group Instructors come from a wide variety of academic and
professional backgrounds. Great group instructors are: elementary
and middle school teachers drawn to STEM/STE(a)M; college students
looking for education-oriented professional development
opportunities and classroom experience; youth development
specialists and counselors seeking mission-driven work with
students; informal educators, coaches, artists, scientists and
makers who are excited to share their passions with kids. We
welcome your application, even if you do not feel you meet all of
the requirements listed below.
Purposeful work on an innovative team, along with the opportunity
to expand upon or develop hands-on program iteration skills. Plus,
you’ll be a part of a supportive community that stands for
innovation, credibility, and expertise. We’re a certified B
Corporation that is ranked #1 on the Best Places to Work in the Bay
Area list, were named one of Forbes’ Best Small Companies and a Top
100 Impact Company, and are authentically committed to
and equity company-wide—which includes joyfully upholding a
Serve as an ambassador of Galileo, demonstrating our mission and
values in a positive and professional manner and acting as a role
model of the Galileo Innovator’s Mindset
Commit to building a safe, child-focused community
Demonstrate professionalism and accountability
Take initiative to analyze and solve problems
Treat others with courtesy and respect
Respond to camper, family member, and colleague needs
Maintain a high standard of ethics, integrity, and
Commitment to educational programming for children
Flexibility to meet changing work needs and
Ability to work collaboratively on a high-functioning
Openness to feedback and desire to grow professionally
Ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently and
Strong organization skills and attention to detail
Ability to communicate clearly, maturely, and compassionately with
Ability to maintain an excellent work ethic, a high level of
energy, and exceptional enthusiasm all day, every day, for the
duration of the summer
Upper-level high school student, college student, or equivalent
Demonstrated leadership experience
Experience working with kids or in a camp setting a
Sixteen years old by your camp’s first day of operation, with a
work permit valid through August 2021 if under 18
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Support all aspects of camp, especially behind-the-scenes camp
operations and programming
Consistent dedication to specialized COVID-19 safety guidelines and
policies (such as wearing a mask, daily health checks, frequent
Lead a stable camper group during afternoon extended care program
including check-in, check-out, and leading camper
Support camper check-in and check-out processes
Assist with daily setup and clean up of camp including materials
and space sanitization over the course of the day
Responsible for preparing lesson materials and setting up teaching
Setup, lead, and participate in daily snack/lunch supervision and
Maintain safe environments for all campers
Work closely with Camp Director to complete various administrative
Provide leadership, energy and camp spirit for campers, constantly
assessing group dynamics and the needs of individual
Cover for Group Instructors during daily ten-minute breaks,
fulfilling their role while they are out
Set, work toward, and achieve measurable professional development
Provide excellent customer service to families by communicating
with a positive, professional and fun attitude
The camp environment is demanding, requiring consistent dedication
and work ethic from each staff member. The needs of camp and
resulting staff hours may vary but your hours will be roughly 3-8
hours a day. We seek and make offers to staff who we believe are
capable of thriving in this environment, both professionally and
General Camp Staff Hours Information:
Camps operate weekdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm, followed by the
Extended Care program from 3:30pm to 6pm. Number of hours and
start/finish time will vary by site, position and day.
Summer Extended Care Interns typically work from 10:30am to 6pm
(shift ends when assigned Extended Care campers are checked out and
daily duties are complete).
Staff meetings during regular work hours.
Before setup days begin, complete between 6-10 hours of online
Training and setup days: Participate in two mandatory training and
setup days in the days before camp starts.
Camp cleanup: Participate in cleaning and packing up camp for an
additional 1-2 hours in your last day of camp if necessary. On the
last day of camp all staff stay on site until cleanup is
Employees must take a minimum 30-minute unpaid break if they work 6
or more hours. They must be offered (but may decline) a 30-minute
unpaid break if they work 5-5.75 hours.
We are committed to competitively compensating staff. Regarding
Regular pay rate is listed in the offer letter, and is determined
based on experience and assignment.
Staff will be compensated at a different hourly rate (training
rate) for training and set-up days to be completed before your
Summer staff positions are temporary, seasonal positions and do not
health benefits or paid vacation time.
Overtime will be paid at 1.5x the regular hourly rate in accordance
with state and federal requirements.
Payroll is processed weekly; payments will be issued and paystubs
made available the following Friday.
Up to $800 travel stipend ($100/week) for those who drive 15+ miles
to read about additional perks.
General supervision, ongoing observation and evaluation is provided
by a Galileo Camp Director