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Janice Poe

Camp Counselor

Passionate about working with and having an impact on kids? Interested in education and project-based learning? Ready to take your leadership skills to the next level in an amazingly fun summer job?

Summer Camp Counselors, or Team Leaders as we call them at Galileo, are the single most consistent presence in the experience of each Camp Galileo camper, and have the greatest potential impact on each camper’s summer. They stay with the same set of campers throughout the week and create physical and emotional safety of each and every camper within a team.

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.


Galileo Learning brings best-in-class educational programs to tens of thousands of kids each year through almost 100 in-person summer day camps across the country. We believe that the world needs innovators and that innovation can be taught. We think kids who learn to explore and who are willing to tackle challenges despite their fears are happier, more creative, and more confident. And we think kids with these skills are more likely to change our world and be masters of their own.

We also know that we can’t achieve our mission without staff who are role models of innovation — visionary, courageous, collaborative, determined, and reflective. It’s not always easy, and our camp staff works hard. But part of what makes our camps great is our staff’s commitment to sharing in and bringing camp magic to life—for campers, and for themselves, whether that looks like donning a chicken hat for a skit or playing a board game with two campers to build connection. Galileans take ownership of their own performance to make this place better every day. They grow a ton and have fun while doing it. Check out our jobs videos for more about this role and working at Galileo.


Professional growth and purposeful work in a playful, supportive environment. Plus, you’ll join a lifelong community that stands for innovation, expertise, and joy. We have been on the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area for twelve years running, were named one of Forbes’ Best Small Companies, a Top 100 Real Impact Company, a Diversity Jobs Top Employer, and are authentically committed to diversity, equity and inclusion —which includes upholding a robust financial assistance program.

Position Description


  • Lead your team of up to 20 campers each week and assist Instructors as campers rotate to art, science, and outdoor sessions
  • Assist with daily set-up and cleanup of camp and assist Instructors with lesson preparation
  • Provide excellent customer service to families and guardians daily
  • Maintain a safe environment and provide leadership and camp spirit to all campers
  • Contribute to and participate in daily camp activities, including camper check-in and check out, opening/closing ceremonies, snack & lunch & extended care supervision, and programming
  • Team Leaders will report to the Camp Director and receive professional development and ongoing coaching


    • Genuine love and interest in working with children and/or education
    • Ability to maintain an excellent work ethic, a high level of energy, and exceptional enthusiasm each day
    • Flexibility to meet changing needs and demands while balancing multiple tasks efficiently
    • Ability to work collaboratively on a team, with an openness to feedback and a desire to grow professionally
    • Strong organization skills and attention to detail
    • A great communicator with families and guardians
    • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the start of camp to ensure staff and campers are as safe and healthy as possible and to comply with enhanced health and safety protocols
    • Note: Galileo Learning does not sponsor employment-based visas for this position for Summer 2022.
    • Note: Galileo Learning does not provide housing or relocation assistance.


  • Must be 18 years or older by May 30th, 2022
  • College student, recent graduate, or equivalent experience preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Experience in after-school programs or leading programs for kids of a wide range of grade levels is a plus


The camp day runs, on average, eight hours for Team Leaders with a typical schedule from 7:45 am-4:15 pm, with some also working Extended Care hours until as late as 6 pm.

General Camp Staff Hours:

  • Staff may work anytime between 7:30 am and 6 pm, Monday through Friday. The number of hours and start/finish time will vary by site, position, and day
  • Staff meetings: During regular work hours before or after the start of programming
  • 2-12 hours of online training before camp begins
  • 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 1-5 hours in your last week of camp, typically some additional hours at the end of the day.

The needs of the camp and resulting staff hours may vary. We seek and make offers to staff who we believe are capable of thriving in a flexible environment, both professionally and personally.


We are committed to competitively compensating staff. Regarding compensation:

  • Compensation begins at a base pay of $15.25-16.29/hour depending on the exact location.
  • Staff is compensated at a regular hourly rate, with overtime at 1.5x the hourly rate in accordance with state and federal requirements. The exact hourly rate is based on location and is included in the offer letter.
  • Staff will be compensated at an hourly training rate for 2-12 hours of online training to be completed before camp and for 2 days of on-site setup/training
  • Summer staff positions are temporary, seasonal non-benefited positions and do not include paid vacation time
  • Free weeks of camp and/or significant camp discounts (exact details contingent on location)


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Some lifting and carrying up to 60 lbs.
  • Typing, writing, reading
  • Seeing, hearing, and speaking, both nearby and at a distance
  • Use hand and fingers to help with classroom supplies and operate equipment
  • Frequent sitting
  • Standing, walking, kneeling
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL