Camp Cooks, Program Staff, Lifeguards, & More

Camp Big Bear is looking for positive role models who love to teach, love the outdoors, & enjoy working with youth for the summer season.
Camp Description
Camp Big Bear is located in the beautiful area known as Boulder Bay, directly on the shore of Big Bear Lake. We host thousands of campers every summer.
Job Description

There are seasonal job openings for individuals who want to be a part of an amazing summer team working with youth and teens at a lake-front camp.  Be a part of an amazing group of people that find working in the residential camping industry as more of a calling than an actual job. We are hiring for the following positions:

  • Cooks
  • Kitchen Aides
  • Housekeepers
  • Program Specialists (Ropes Course and Archery) 
  • Lifeguards 

These are all very demanding positions both physically and mentally. But the reward of being part of an experience that will last a lifetime for all the campers that visit our camp is a reward that is just unexplainable and something well worth experiencing for a season or many seasons to come. 

  • You must be a minimum age of 16 to work for Camp Big Bear and a minimum age of 18 to be a lifeguard, program specialist, or cook.

  • All staff are required to attend staff training. Exact dates and times will be announced.

  • You must be willing and able to work in very fast paced and sometimes stressful situations. 

  • All of the above positions require you to be on your feet and physically active the whole time you are on duty. 

  • Prepping food, cooking and doing dishes for hundreds of people at a time for every meal. 

  • Climbing trees, setting up ropes course elements, and belaying climbers for hours at a time. 

  • Teaching campers archery who have never even seen a bow and arrow before. 

  • Launching and retrieving canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and peddle boats.

  • Walking up and down stairs to and from the lakefront several times a day.

  • Temporary and limited housing is available to staff from out of the area. Separate male and female lodging and bathroom facilities are provided. No co-ed housing for couples is available.

  • Meals provided while on duty


Applicants must be able to commit through mid-August / early part of September.   All applicants are background checked for Criminal and Sexual Offender clearance.  Camp Big Bear is a smoke-free, alcohol-free, and substance-free workplace with a zero-tolerance policy.  All Staff must complete the Safety and Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Trainings & other assigned training courses prior to their start date.  Staff must be punctual and responsible to their assigned schedule; be able to lift & carry upwards of a minimum of 50 pounds or more depending on the job; be able stand, walk, climb stairs, sit, bend, squat, kneel, and be in good physical health; and be able to create and maintain a safe and caring environment for the campers and guests of Camp Big Bear. 

If any of the above positions sound interesting to you, and you want to be a part of an amazing team of dedicated individuals, please take the time to look through our job announcements and apply for the position(s) you would be most interested and qualified for.  Staff members are typically cross-trained to work in more than one area.  Applicants interested in more than one position, please indicate your interest in the application.  

Essential Functions

See job postings on our site for job descriptions and essential functions for all open positions. 

Required Certifications

Candidates must have current certifications such as CPR, AED, First Aid, & Lifeguarding.