Staff FAQs How old do I have to be to be a counselor? You have to have completed at least a year in college in order to apply for a job at Marimeta. We do have Junior Counselors, but they were campers at camp. Where does the staff come from? We have staff from round the world! Although the majority of our counselors are American, we have staff from England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, Columbia, Israel…the list goes on and on. We believe that having staff from overseas brings a priceless aspect to camp and are very proud of our international contingent! What are the specialty positions available? Most of our counselors are classified as general counselors. This means that they live in the cabins with the campers and teach activities too. All of our staff need to be comfortable leading an activity. We do have a few specialty positions that we hire for each summer. Our specialist counselors also live in the cabins with the campers. These positions are Waterfront Director, Arts and Crafts Director, Waterski Director, Swim Director and Tennis Professional. We also hire 2 camp nurses each summer. Do you hire male counselors? Because all of our counselors live in the cabin with the campers we cannot hire male counselors. We do hire male kitchen staff though. What training is involved if I am a counselor? Training starts before the summer for our counselors. We use a website called Expert Online Training, which is developed by a child psychologist, Dr. Chris Thurber. There are a set of videos and quizzes to complete before the summer begins. All staff are required to be at camp a week before the campers arrive for our pre-camp training week. This is an essential ingredient in becoming the best counselor you can be! There is ongoing training throughout the summer with weekly meetings too. What time-off will I get? During regular activity days you will get an hour off per day. You will get the choice of 2 nights and a late night (from 10.30pm onwards) or a day off and a late night off per week. The first and last weeks of camps are different and time-off is limited during this time. Are there any opportunities to make some extra money? If you are an American staff member and wish to work for an extra week before pre-camp starts, there is the chance to earn some more money. It is a great week of setting up camp! Lots of hard work but also lots of time for fun and getting to know some fellow staff members! Please contact us if you are interested in this great opportunity! If you are from overseas don’t feel left out! You will most likely be staying for post season- a week of family camp and a few days of closing camp- and this is your chance to make some extra cash! Do I need any certifications to work at camp? If you wish to work on the waterfront it certainly is a huge bonus to have your lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor, swim qualification or boat drivers license. You will learn CPR and First Aid during pre-camp training week, and any previous experience with working with children is a bonus! What if I have more questions? Please feel free to email or call us at anytime! You are crucial to our campers having a phenomenal summer and we are here to help always!