Applying to Deer Crossing

If you have any questions please contact the camp office.

Bay Area Office
690 Emerald Hill Road
Redwood City, CA 94061

Phone & Fax: (650) 369-4382

Staff Training

Staff training occurs before campers arrive. It includes nine days of intense training in camp safety, psychology, and specific skill areas.

During staff training, instructors can receive certifications in multiple areas:

  • American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard & First Aid
  • Wilderness First Aid

Certification costs are covered by Deer Crossing.

Desired Qualifications

  • 18 years or older with at least 1 year of college.
  • At least 100 hours of experience in at least one (preferably two) of the following areas: Sailing, Canoeing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, or Arts and Crafts.
  • Experience in Backpacking, Guitar or Archery a plus.
  • Safety Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Red Cross Lifeguard (not required).

We also seek experienced maintenance and cooking staff.

Benefits of Working at Deer Crossing

  • Safety certifications.
  • Beautiful High Sierra location & rustic wilderness facilities.
  • Easy access to backpacking trails, rock climbing, and lake activities on days off (one day off per week).
  • Occasional wireless internet access (2-3 hours weekly, on average).
  • Opportunity to work with genuinely friendly, good-natured, active campers.
  • Opportunity to work with a diverse, talented staff.
  • An average of 4 days of rain each summer.

Employment Period & Training

Staff Training: June 7 - 16, 2018
Camp: June 17 - August 11, 2018

Optional pre-camp work (starting roughly June 1) and post-camp work (roughly one week following camp) is also available.


Salary Range: $3500-$3800, plus bonuses for returning staff members and WFR or EMT certification valid through employment period. Includes 10 days of Staff Training and eight weeks of camp.

We provide platform tent lodging, meals, and certification in Wilderness First Aid and Red Cross Lifeguarding at no cost to employees.

Pre-camp and post-camp work options available for additional pay.

Instructor Testimonials

Deer Crossing will be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of your life.

This was not a job but an experience. You learn so much, about yourself, about the world, about others, not to mention all the skills you pick up. I’ve gained such confidence over the past 9 weeks. It’s easy to say that something has changed your life. But this is so recognizable that I can already envision what things I will do differently when I return home. To the campers and instructors that have been here, remember me for I will remember you.

Thomas Hall, Instructor

Instructors at Deer Crossing are called "Instructors" for a reason - they are not typical camp counselors. We are highly trained and create a positive impact on the lives of young people and ourselves.

This was one of the best decisions of my life. I know it will affect me always. Thank you for the opportunity to become stronger, smarter and more of a leader, but more importantly helping me to realize I could accomplish 9 hard weeks in the wilderness making differences in camper's lives.

Marin La Croix, Instructor

You will learn how attitude affects everything, and how to foster a positive attitude in campers and yourself.

Deer Crossing is a life-altering experience for campers and instructors alike. After seven years as a camper at DCC...my purpose this summer was to make DCC as memorable for these campers as the place has been for me. I walk away from DCC a stronger, more confident person, happy that the campers I’ve instructed walk away with the same feelings of accomplishment.

Evan Thomas, Instructor

If you feel ready to challenge yourself and show young people how to challenge themselves apply to become a Deer Crossing Camp Instructor this summer.

It was the most extraordinary hands-on learning experience possible.

Ryan Dabbs, Instructor

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