Camp Hammer

An Experience of a Lifetime

Over the past 50 years, Camp Hammer has changed the lives of thousands of campers and staff. This is not just a job, it is an adventure that will leave you with unforgettable memories, lifelong friends, and a new home in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains.

Every summer, our forest comes to life with the joyful sounds of and laughter as campers settle in for one of the best weeks of their year. Our program provides themed messages, worship, high adventure rides, night games, delicious food, and so much more.

This experience is largely shaped by the summer staff, which is why we take great care to hire the best team possible. We are looking for dedicated and mature people with a passion for God, service, and laughing until your stomach hurts. Want to join us?


To join our team, we require that you meet a few qualifications:

  • Practice the Christian faith
  • Complete an online application
  • Submit 3 personal references
  • At least 18 years old exceptions for Kitchen Assistants, Lifeguards, Accommodations Assistant
  • Availability June 12 - August 14. Must be able to attended orientation June 12 - June 16. 

Job Descriptions

Cabin Leader

Cabin leaders are responsible for the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of nine to twelve campers each week. Near constant time is spent with campers while leading cabin devotions, and participating in recreational activities. Most importantly, applicants must be able to articulate in a clear and concise fashion how to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

General Camp Cabin Leader

      • 4th-12th grade campers
      • Have completed one year of college (or equivalent) perfered

Apostle Cabin Leader

      • 10th-12th grade campers
      • Tent camping required
      • 20+ years old preferred

Program Assistant

The program assistants serve alongside the director in creating and implementing all program activities. Applicants should be self-starters who can set an example of positive attitude, spiritual maturity, team unity, and hard work for the rest of the summer staff.

Office Assistant

The Office Assistant helps with the process of registration, scholarships, and communication with parents/guardians. This position also requires you to assist as a program assistant when not serving in the office.

Snack-Shack Manager

The Snack Shack Manager is responsible for the overall function of the Snack Shack, cash accounts of each camper, ordering merchandise, and marketing merchandise to campers.

Video Tech

The Video Tech is responsible for filming the adventures of campers and staff throughout the week and creating a highlight reel of their experience which is shown as part of the weekly program.

  • Proficiency in Final Cut Pro or equivalent
  • Excellent time management required

Worship Team

The worship team is responsible for leading all worship services for both staff and campers. To be considered, applicants should be accomplished musicians with worship band experience. When not serving in the band, this position adopts the responsibility of a program assistant.


Lifeguards are responsible for guarding the pool during all pool-related activities, pool maintenance, and assisting in evening program activities.  

  • Lifeguard certification required
  • Age 17+ required

Medical Technician

The Medical Technician is responsible for serving all campers health needs, and lovingly comforting homesick campers.

  • Minimum requirement: advanced first aid and CPR certification
  • Preferred: RN, EMT, wilderness first aid certification and experience

Accommodations Assistant

The Accommodations Assistant is responsible for assisting the Facilities Supervisor in daily housekeeping duties, overseeing Apostle campers in service work, and overseeing craft activities during free time.

  • Age 17+ required

Kitchen Assistant

The kitchen assistants work together in two shifts to prepare, cook, and clean all meals going through the camp kitchen. Applicants should be willing to learn quickly and receive instruction with a cheerful attitude.

  • Age 17+ required


Applications will open January 1st. Click here to apply.


Click here to submit a reference.