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Living Jazz offers work opportunities in the following areas:
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Living Jazz hires a limited number of professional artistic faculty each season.

All artistic faculty must be experienced performers and educators with specific experience teaching middle school age children. Our focus is encouragement and support with hands-on classes taught by ear in a group format.

If you are interested in teaching at Jam Camp West and you would like more info, please email Stacey Hoffman at Stacey@livingjazz.org[/wptabcontent]

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Counselors-in-Training (CIT’s)
The CIT program is a very rewarding experience for young people who have the desire to explore being a camp counselor but are not yet 21 years of age. Being a CIT is truly a “win win” relationship where young aspiring educators can learn a valuable skill and insight into a significant career path while performing an important service for younger children who will benefit from learning from their peers.

As a CIT, you are assigned to a counselor “mentor” and are “on” at the same times as your counselor. You will learn about being a camp counselor by assisting staff with activities and helping with day to day living skills under the direct supervision of your designated counselor. Your major role at camp is to be actively involved in all camp activities, assisting counselors with their duties and acting as an enthusiastic, responsible role model for campers. We expect you to take your job seriously, and to take the role of supervising adult with the campers, but the final word on issues comes from the counselors and the head counselor. Upon successful completion, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Minimum age of 17
  • Ability and desire to work with children
  • Enthusiastic, responsible, patient
  • Good communication skills
  • Love of music, the outdoors, and interest in inspiring success in young people
  • Ability to accept guidance and supervision
  • Ability to demonstrate proper etiquette (behavior, safety, emergency procedures, cleanliness, etc.)
  • Willing to be in leadership roles with youth and work cooperatively
  • Commitment to camp policies agreement
  • Be able to volunteer for full camp session

Responsibilities:
The CIT’s will be subject to the same code of behavior and policies as regular program staff
and will participate in all aspects of camp life. Under supervision of the Counselor, the CIT will:

  • Help provide a safe environment for campers and self
  • Act as a positive role model while serving as a big buddy for campers
  • Communicate with the “mentor” Counselor regularly and attend staff meetings
  • Assist in supervising cabin group throughout the day, including wake up, cabin clean-up, meals, cabin time, activities, bedtime, etc.
  • Help to enforce camp safety regulations
  • Supervise cleaning and meals
  • Help provide a fun, safe and supportive atmosphere for campers

Benefits: CIT training and full room and board for duration of camp session

Applying For A Position:
To apply for any of the positions above, send a cover letter, resume, and the phone numbers of three references to:
Living Jazz – Jam Camp West
2501 Harrison Street- change to 1728 San Pablo Ave.,
Oakland, CA 94612
Attention: Stacey Hoffman

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[wptabtitle] Counselors [/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]
As counselors, the needs of our campers come first. Our goal is to guide campers, serve as role models, and help them to make good decisions. Doing this is not easy and requires us to think of others before ourselves. Being a camp counselor or staff member is an incredibly rewarding experience. The position must be taken seriously because of the time commitment and the responsibility for the emotional and physical safety of children. We expect our counselors to be responsible and dedicated role models for children and other staff. To have the opportunity to have a significant positive impact on young people is an invaluable experience, and one that will serve you well regardless of what field you choose to pursue.

COUNSELORS
Under direction of senior staff, counselors are primarily responsible for well being of their assigned group of approximately 8 campers (with the assistance of a designated CIT). Counselors serve as the nurturer, ‘big brother/sister’ and friend for campers, making sure they know where and when to go during the day, and that they feel at home with their group and at camp. Counselors sleep in a cabin with their campers. Counselors are also responsible for keeping their assigned CIT on track, and are considered to be their “trainer and mentor”, with the support of the Head Counselor.

Basic Staff Qualifications:

  • Desire and ability to work with children and live in a close-knit environment
  • Team Player
  • Ability to set a good example for campers and others including cleanliness, punctuality, sharing clean-up and chores, and sportsmanship
  • Willingness to follow camp rules and regulations pertaining to smoking, alcohol and drugs
  • Respect for personal property, camp equipment, and facilities
  • Enthusiasm for the outdoors, music and the program Jam Camp offers
  • Accepting of diversity in religions, ethnicity, culture, and race
  • Able to treat all campers and staff fairly
  • All counselors will be required to attend a one and a half day of training, including one overnight on the camp site.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Age 21 and up
  • Ability and desire to work with children
  • Enthusiastic, responsible, creative, and good sense of humor
  • Good communication, leadership, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to accept guidance and supervision
  • Ability to demonstrate proper etiquette (behavior, safety, emergency procedures, cleanliness, etc.)
  • Good character, integrity, ability to be flexible and patient
  • Musical proficiency not necessary but preference will be given to candidates with music or naturalist background
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification

Responsibilities:

  • Provide a safe environment for campers and self
  • Act as a positive role model for campers
  • Communicate with Head Counselor regularly
  • Follow through with all required paperwork as required
  • Develop opportunities for interaction between campers and staff
  • Supervise cabin group throughout the day, including wake up, cabin clean-up, meals, rest hour, showers, activities, bedtime, etc. Know location and activity of each camper at all times
  • Assist in teaching or leading one to three activities, as assigned
  • Enforce camp safety regulations
  • Instruct campers in emergency procedures
  • Carry out other duties as designated

Salary: 470.00 per session, full room and board for camp duration

To apply for this positions, send a cover letter, resume, and the phone numbers of three references to:

Living Jazz – Jam Camp West
1728 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
Attention: Deborah Knapp

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[wptabtitle] Head Councelors [/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]
As counselors, the needs of our campers come first. Our goal is to guide campers, serve as role models, and help them to make good decisions. Doing this is not easy and requires us to think of others before ourselves. Being a camp counselor or staff member is an incredibly rewarding experience. The position must be taken seriously because of the time commitment and the responsibility for the emotional and physical safety of children. We expect our counselors to be responsible and dedicated role models for children and other staff. To have the opportunity to have a significant positive impact on young people is an invaluable experience, and one that will serve you well regardless of what field you choose to pursue.

HEAD COUNSELOR
The Head Counselor should be a mature person with a proven interest in working with young people. Under the direction of the Camp Director, she/he is responsible for monitoring, leading, and supervising all counselors and campers. Additionally, the Head Counselor coordinates and implements the recreational and nature focused programs and activities for all non-class phases of the program. Areas of responsibility include camper-counselor interactions, social activities of campers (i.e. ‘icebreakers’, all-camp non-performing arts activities like stargazing, group games, carnivals, etc), and the arbiter of discipline and support for both counselors and campers.

Basic Staff Qualifications:

  • Desire and ability to work with children and live in a close-knit environment
  • Team Player
  • Ability to set a good example for campers and others including cleanliness, punctuality, sharing clean-up and chores, and sportsmanship
  • Willingness to follow camp rules and regulations pertaining to smoking, alcohol and drugs
  • Respect for personal property, camp equipment, and facilities
  • Enthusiasm for the outdoors, music and the program Jam Camp offers
  • Accepting of diversity in religions, ethnicity, culture, and race
  • Able to treat all campers and staff fairly
  • All counselors will be required to attend a one and a half day of training, including one overnight on the camp site.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to work with young people
  • Enthusiastic, mature, responsible, creative, and good sense of humor
  • Good communication, leadership, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work well with other staff members
  • Love of music and the outdoors. Musical proficiency a plus
  • Good references supporting your character and past employment
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification

Responsibilities:

  • Uphold all rules, regulations, and principles of Jam Camp West
  • Program and facilitate Counselor and Counselor in Training ( CIT ) training (pre-camp: in town in spring for one day, at camp one day)
  • Provide instruction and leadership to CIT participants
  • Guide regular meetings for counselors and CITs at camp, and provide group activities for CITs as appropriate
  • Help organize and implement evening activities
  • Act as a positive role model
  • Serve as arbiter of personal conflicts
  • Inventory all supplies before and after session
  • Fully participate in the opening and closing of the camp
  • Provide precise and accurate feedback and assessments of camper’s attitudes, needs and progress as required
  • Communicate with Camp Director regularly
  • Perform counseling duties with passion and enthusiasm, and address all problems, issues and/or challenges that may arise in a calm, thoughtful and measured manner

Salary: DOE, full room and board for camp duration

To apply for this positions, send a cover letter, resume, and the phone numbers of three references to:

Living Jazz – Jam Camp West
1728 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
Attention: Deborah Knapp

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To apply for any of the staff positions, send a cover letter, resume, and the phone numbers of three references to:

Jam Camp West
1728 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
Attention: Deborah Knapp
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