Recreation: Camp Counselor

City of Sunnyvale
25) per week $18 - $21 Per hour CA Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, United States



(Recreation Assistant Job Code: 9325

Hours: Casual non-benefited employees are limited to working no more than twenty-five (25) hours per week and no more than 900 hours in a fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Seasonal non-benefited employees are limited to working no more than six (6) consecutive months and no more than 900 hours in a fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

The City of Sunnyvale is seeking self-motivated, energetic, responsible individuals interested in summer employment to assist with recreation programs serving youth and teens from 5 to 14 years old. The summer recreation programs are held at various parks and schools throughout the City of Sunnyvale.
The summer camp program runs June 17 – Aug. 9, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 pm. Mandatory Training June 10 – June 16.

Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):

  • Organize and lead recreation activities including arts and crafts, sports and games
  • Supervise participants, teen volunteers, field trips, swim days, special events and all activities held at camp
  • Take attendance, and assist with record-keeping
  • Issue, maintain and store equipment and supplies
  • Interact and communicate effectively with children, parents, caregivers, volunteers and City staff 
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of program participants and teen volunteers 
  • Attend staff trainings and meetings
  • Be prepared to be loud, excited, outgoing and energetic as you lead kids in activities
  • Ability to work independently in the absence of supervision or in a team with other staff
  • Must complete mandatory training hours by attending scheduled trainings or must get approval to arrange alternative training dates 
Position requires regular sitting, standing, walking, reaching, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination. Additionally, the position requires near and far vision in reading reports and work-related documents and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing personal customer service. The need to lift, drag and push, pull objects weighing up to 10 pounds is also required. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.

Minimum Qualifications

Counselor I 

  • Minimum age is 16 years old
Counselor II
  • Minimum age is 17 Years old
  • One (1) year or season of experience working with youth in a recreation setting 
Licenses/Certifications: Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C CA driver's license and a safe driving record OR the ability to supply alternate transportation as approved by the appointing authority.

  • Bilingual in Spanish, Mandarin or Farsi 
  • Possession and continued maintenance of a valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record
  • College courses in education, social service, recreation, human services or related majors 
  • Experience interacting with the public 
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions 
  • Ability to work independently in the absence of supervision or in a team with other staff 
  • Experience working directly with the public in a recreation or education setting
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Application and Selection Process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a completed application and responses to the supplemental questions to the Department of Human Resources.

City application forms, completed in full and responses to the supplemental questions are required. Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience and/or skills relevant to this position. *Relevant work experience must be listed under the Work Experience section of the application. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the application, please do not indicate "see resume." Electronic applications may be submitted online through the City's employment page; go to, Search: Jobs. Late or incomplete applications will also not be accepted. Please submit application materials as soon as possible to be considered for this position as this job posting may close without notice.

Applications competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the qualified candidate applications will be forwarded to the hiring department for review. Application materials will be evaluated for job-related skills, experience and education.

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and information regarding next steps in the recruitment process will be sent via email. Please check your email regularly for status updates. If you have not heard back within five working days, please contact Faye Brand at or 408-730-3015.

Any candidate that is selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, as well as medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly- hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.

For more information regarding this employment opportunity, contact Jessica Truong, Recreation Coordinator 1, at 408-730-7331 or by email to . For information relating to the application process contact Faye Brand, Human Resources Technician at 408-730-3015 or email: .The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.