Our camp staff is an extraordinarily committed group of people who reflect the diversity of our camp participants. We intentionally hire staff who can create an inclusive, fun environment that promotes a sense of belonging. Our staff members participate in intensive, hands-on training that covers topics such as, working with youth in developmentally appropriate ways, encouraging respect for all, ways to address and prevent bullying, and creating an emotionally as well as physically safe environment. Additionally, the majority of camp staff are certified in CPR & First Aid. We love working with youth and take our responsibility seriously.
Join our Camp Staff!
We are looking for fun and creative individuals who are passionate about youth work to deliver a high-quality social and environmental justice camp experience to our Hidden Villa campers.
We are hiring for:
- Summer Camp Activities Specialist
- Summer Camp Backpacking Trip Leader
- Summer Camp Lifeguard/Counselors
- Summer Camp Nurse/ Health Care Manager
- Summer Camp Residential Counselor
- Summer Camp Unit Leader
- Seasonal Summer Camp Assistant Director
Learn More About Working at Hidden Villa Camp
What is Hidden Villa?
Hidden Villa is a nonprofit, educational organization that uses its organic farming, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice. Hidden Villa stretches over 1,600 acres of open space in Los Altos Hills California. You can learn more about Hidden Villa’s unique history on our website.
Where is Hidden Villa located?
Hidden Villa is located about 40 miles south of San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose. Hidden Villa is in a rural setting and is 4 miles from downtown Los Altos. Basic amenities such as food, grocery, shopping, banking, and healthcare can be found in nearby Los Altos and other nearby towns.
What’s the Climate like at Hidden Villa?
Summers at Hidden Villa are long, comfortable, arid, and mostly clear. Temperatures highs are generally in the 80’s. Temperature lows are generally in the 50’s. A cool fog sometimes cascades over the Santa Cruz Mountains and cools down the valley where Hidden Villa is located. The dry climate supports a very low mosquito population making for a less itchy outdoor experience.
Where do counselors sleep?
Activity specialists, Unit Leaders, Camp Nurse, and Seasonal Assistant Camp Director are assigned communal indoor space located on the property. Bedrooms are assigned as both singles and doubles.
Camp Counselors and Backpacking Unit Leaders sleep on platforms in the beautiful outdoors under the stars. Access is provided for restrooms, shower, and laundry facilities. Weatherproof containers are provided for personal belongings.
Hidden Villa is closed to the public when Camp is in session.
What will I eat at Camp?
Hidden Villa Summer Camp proudly partners with Epicurean Group to provide healthy meals for our residential campers and Camp Staff. Epicurean Group is a food-service management company headquartered in Los Altos and dedicated to sustainable dining. An independent, woman- and minority-owned business, Epicurean Group is dedicated to environmentally and socially responsible food service management practices. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are always available.
Can accommodations for food allergies or special diets be made?
Please contact the camp office to see if Epicurean can accommodate any specific allergies or dietary requests.
When do I get time off?
Every session, all staff will receive a:
- 2-hour break each day
- 6-hour evening ‘off’ (this replaces the 2-hour break during the day for this day)
- Full day off (24 hours)
What are some activities I might be leading?
- Activities utilizing the farm such as making sun tea from herbs harvested from the garden or taking a goat on a walk!
- Arts & Crafts
- Ropes Course
- Farm Chores
- Rainbow Tag
- No-Fire Campfire
- Trashion Show
- And more…
What does a day at residential camp look like?
See a typical day in the life of an overnight Hidden Villa camper!
Watch this video to see and learn more about Hidden Villa.