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Staff Benefits

Competitive Salary

In addition to the personally rewarding experience of working with children, plus food and lodging, our salary ranks among the best offered by the finer camps in the country. All staff members are paid on a similar scale based on previous experience as a counselor or CILT. Staff members are paid every other week during the summer, and compensation is subject to Social Security Taxes and Federal and State Withholding Taxes, all of which are required by law to be withheld and forwarded to the Internal Revenue Services unless the employee qualifies for exemption. 

Coastal Living & Three Daily Meals

Room and board are included. As a counselor, you’ll eat family-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner with both campers and participants.


In all seasons, you will receive scheduled time-off periods, where you are welcome to leave Camp. 

Time off is organized according to a definitive written schedule to fit the opening and closing of each session and established so that all activities and cabins are properly supervised at all times. Special time off can be requested on an individual basis, but under no circumstances should it exceed three days. 

Time off for summer cabin counselors each week includes:

  • One day off: Either Saturday or Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • One long night off: Either Tuesday or Thursday from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • One short night off: Either Monday or Wednesday from 10 p.m., or after all campers are in bed, to 12:30 a.m.
  • One lunch leave off: Either Tuesday or Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

All staff members are expected to spend their time off consistent with Camp’s policies and their responsibilities as leaders of young people. 

Professional Development

Camp is invested in your development and your success. Our objective is to fully equip you with the leadership skills that will enable you to be an effective leader at camp, at school, and in today’s workforce. Our leadership development program reflects 21st-century skills that are vital for success in today’s world. We focus on building excellent skills in the areas of collaborative teamwork, effective communication, creative thinking, problem-solving, and effective management skills.

Year-round we also offer a Value(d) program where we focus on staff members; provide value through leadership development, personal growth, goal setting, and "real world" assistance; and help staff feel appreciated at all times.  We send daily thoughts for the day via text message, host book clubs, hold virtual alumni speaker series that can help staff determine career paths, and provide trainings to develop leadership and interpersonal skills.

Summer Internship Opportunities

We offer internships for staff members who would like to explore this option. All internships are paid roles. Talk with your advisor to find out more about necessary benchmarks and to determine if Camp is a good fit. Once you have been hired at Camp Sea Gull or Camp Seafarer, we will be happy to assist with the next steps. 

Certification Courses

Different roles at camp require certifications. If we require you to have a certain course, we’ll coordinate with you to get it. This may include CPR, Lifeguarding, US Sailing, US Powerboating, and other national and internationally recognized certifications.


Being a Camp staff member allows you to connect to our vast alumni network of former counselors and parents. As business owners and employers, they recognize that seeing Camp Sea Gull or Camp Seafarer on a resume shows the applicant’s commitment to character. Sharing Camp with alumni and parents is a common language that demonstrates your dedication, ability to work on a team, and a strong work ethic. We are frequently asked to refer our most talented staff.

Pro Deals

During the summer you’ll have access to various companies that offer industry professionals discounts. Examples of products in these pro-deals include clothing, sunglasses, outdoor equipment, and foul-weather gear.