Your job-related questions, answered

How do I apply?  For what position or site should I apply?

Our application process is designed to welcome as many exceptional people into our community as possible – apply for the position and location that feel best, and if you’re invited to a phone interview, we’ll work with you to find the best match.  To apply:

  • View our list of camp locations, and apply for the region that includes your preferred location
  • Review the positions on the Summer Jobs page to find the right (or closest) fit
  • Select the position in your desired region, and tell us your specific location preferences in your application


I want to work at camp but can’t commit to all summer dates. Should I still apply?

We’re looking for applicants who are available for all camp dates. Although our full summer season runs from early June through mid-August, some sites begin later or end earlier. If your schedule allows you to work the full summer at any site, we encourage you to apply. In addition to hiring full-time, full summer staff, we hire a number of staff to fill shorter commitments at multiple locations over the course of the summer as substitute staff members. If you are open to this type of role, we encourage you to apply, provided you are available for at least 20 days between early June and mid-August.


When is Staff Training?

Staff Training generally takes place the first weekend of June (all day Saturday and Sunday) at Mills College in Oakland. Specific dates will be available when we begin accepting applications in December.


I have a conflict with the Staff Training dates. Should I still apply?

Both days of Staff Training are mandatory for all camp staff and we do not offer alternative training dates. If you cannot attend both days, we encourage you to apply again in the future, when you’re available to attend Staff Training.


Is housing provided for summer camp staff?

As Galileo operates day camps, housing is not provided for campers or staff.


I applied for a position! What happens next?

Once you’ve successfully applied, next steps in our hiring process will be communicated via email. You’ll always hear from us, regardless of our decision regarding your candidacy. If you submitted an application and have not heard from us within five business days, check the spam folder of your email account, then call us at 510.595.7293 x2.


I’m not quite 16 years old. Can I apply to be a Summer Intern?

It is our non-negotiable policy that all staff must be 16 years old by the start of summer (the first day of Staff Training). If you don’t quite make the cutoff, we hope you’ll apply in future seasons, post-sweet 16.


Are the job openings on your website current and still open?

If you see a position open on our website, it’s most likely still available at one of our sites. Because we hire for hundreds of positions on a rolling basis, we aren’t able to update our listings each time a staff member is hired. We ask you to be as open as possible to other positions and locations if your first choice isn’t available. If you’re invited to a phone interview, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss position and location availability in more detail.


I am an international candidate interested in applying. Am I eligible to work at Galileo?

We accept applications from all candidates who are eligible to work in the United States. International staff must have a visa that allows the holder to work for any employer (not only the visa-sponsoring employer). Most student visas only allow employment related directly to coursework, and so generally cannot be used for employment with Galileo. International applicants must be able to provide proof of employment eligibility. If you have questions about whether you are eligible to work in the U.S., please contact the agency that issued your visa.


Do staffers get a discount if they sign up their kids for a Galileo camp?

Summer staff members are eligible to receive one free week of camp, and 50% off additional weeks for their kids. This discount does not apply to other family members.