Work at Camp Winnarainbow

Year-Round Jobs

Please check back for future postings!

Summer Seasonal Jobs

Applications for summer seasonal jobs are now open! Please email for the link!

Camp is always looking for experienced and certified adult staff in the specialties listed:

  • Medical (Camp Nurse – Licensed RN, MD, PA)
  • Lifeguard (will also usually be a tipi counselor)
  • Kitchen (Cook, Prep, Dishwashers with current ServSafe certification)
  • Maintenance (Contractor/Skilled Trades)
MESH (Mental Emotional Social Health) Wellness Professional – Job Announcement


The MESH Wellness Professional is responsible for dealing with mental and emotional health needs of campers and staff as they arise at Camp. Often, the MESH Wellness Professional is called in to help a camper or staff member assess what help they might need and then advise the Directors and leadership team as to what action is needed.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • Professional background in social work, psychology, counseling, family therapy, school social work or similar field. Licensure preferred.
  • Have a background working with children in one of the above disciplines
  • Have a background working with children in crisis situations
  • Ability to lead and problem solve
  • Expertise in restorative justice practices      
  • Ability to deal with mental health crisis situations in a calm manner
  • Ability to advise camp director and other leadership team members in taking action when a camper or staff member might be in need of services beyond what Camp can provide
  • Ability to prepare, file, and maintain all requisite reporting documentation and incident reports
  • Clear oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to be on site at Camp in Laytonville from June 12 – July 29, 2023

Reports To: Program and Managing Directors

Duration: Summer Program

Salary: $950 – $1150 per week, depending on experience, housing/board included on site at Camp

To Apply: Please submit CV/Resume and Cover Letter to No calls please!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • While we prefer to hire a California licensed mental health individual, this position is one of community mental and emotional health wellness; the wellness person will not practice as a licensed individual therapist at Camp; therefore, no California license is needed. The Directors can discuss this in further detail with interested candidates.
  • In collaboration with the Camper Advocates, identify campers or families who need a ‘camper agreement’ at the beginning of the session, help them achieve and assess their goals, and/or put campers on agreements during the session if warranted.
  • Meet with campers and staff members as needed to assist them with mental or emotional health struggles. The Camp leadership team may direct the camp wellness person to meet with a camper or staff member who is struggling and needs to talk or be assessed for whether they need further intervention outside of Camp.
  • Help calm and soothe campers or staff members who might be in crisis and call for additional supports from the leadership team to ensure safety during the response.
  • Create a plan for helping a camper or staff member who is struggling so that they can be successful at Camp and/or discuss what further intervention might be needed if the camp wellness person and Directors decide that the person should not remain at Camp.
  • If needed, speak to parents or guardians of campers who are struggling and brief them on their child’s struggles and collaborate with them to create an action plan in conjunction with the Directors and leadership team.
  • Attend leadership team meetings to learn about potential campers who need help, brief the leadership team on campers with whom the camp wellness person has met and the related plans for them.
  • Meet with staff members who may be in crisis or may be thinking of leaving because of mental health struggles, and then brief the Directors and leadership team on whether they may be able to stay or not, and help put an action plan in place.
  • Prepare paperwork and talk with members of state welfare agencies if a child alleges abuse at home or in their home community, or for any mandated reporting reasons.
  • Follow the Camp health and safety guidelines, including guidelines regarding camper or staff suicidal thoughts and thoughts or actions of self-harm, or harm to others.
  • Other duties as assigned or needed.

Essential Physical Functions

Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to appropriate camper activities, environmental and other hazards.

Ability to traverse uneven, outdoor terrain.

Willingness to camp/sleep in a remote, rustic, outdoor setting for at least seven weeks of the summer.

Ability to operate with daily exposure to sun / heat and other variable weather conditions.

Ability to lift 25 lbs.

About Camp

Camp Winnarainbow (CWR) is a transformative children’s performing arts and circus program located in central Mendocino County, California. CWR was founded in 1975 by Woodstock veteran Wavy Gravy and his wife Jahanara with the mission to provide children from diverse racial and economic backgrounds the means to learn circus skills in the embrace of community. Their philosophy, that children playing together will break barriers and build compassion, has produced generations of children who are now leading the planet in creating a mindful, just, and collaborative society. CWR serves the children of over 400 families each summer, of which more than 25% receive financial assistance.

Camp Winnarainbow is an Equal Opportunity Employer

CWR believes that a diverse society enriches all individuals and communities and is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the principles of having a diverse and inclusive workplace. CWR does not discriminate in its hiring based on gender, age, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression. BIPOC candidates are encouraged to apply. COVID-19 primary vaccination sequence & current boosters are mandatory.