Young Adult Leadership

Young adult leadership is critical to SSP’s mission to mentor and guide youth and adult participants. Every year we hire young adult staff members to run all aspects of our programs. Being a member of the SSP staff is an incredibly rewarding and challenging experience – unlike any other summer job you will ever have. Staff run all aspects of 4 weeks of our online summer program.

Although each position has unique responsibilities, all staff members share in the responsibility for safeguarding the emotional and spiritual safety of all participants. All staff participate in and contribute to all aspects of each week’s spiritual program, and are expected to model the Christian spirit of love and service at all times.

Benefits of Working on Staff

  1. Training to learn about your job and meet other staff
  2. Develop real-world, transferable skills:
    • Leadership
    • Conflict resolution
    • Problem solving
    • Time management
    • Technology
    • Public speaking
  3. Work with other outstanding young adults who are dedicated to SSP’s mission

Job Descriptions

Staff work together on a five or six person team consisting of these positions:

Summer Schedule

Our summer dates are June 16 through July 30

  • Staff Training begins: June 16
  • Participant weeks: June 28 – July 23
  • Debrief ends: July 30


Before we open applications to new candidates, we are first honoring our 2020 employment commitments to summer staff. We will be reaching out directly to those hired for the 2020 season and offering them these positions first. Commitment forms for those hired for the 2020 season are due at the end of February and we will be making staff teams in March.

If you have not served on summer staff before, we invite you to add your name to the waitlist, and apply to be a Staff-in-Training (SIT). If you have served as an SIT before, we encourage you to join us again in 2021 as an SIT, or participate in the online program as a young adult.


  • Over 18 years old and at least one year of college or work experience
  • Ability to engage and communicate with youth and adult participants and community partners over Zoom
  • Creativity and willingness to develop new online program components


Online summer staff will be paid hourly for work which begins in March. Hours will be irregular and as needed until June 15. Total hours prior to Staff Training range from 10 to 50, depending on the position. See job descriptions above for details. Online summer staff can work a maximum of 7 hours a day, up to 35 hours per week from June 16 to July 30.

Base pay starts at $14 per hour for all staff with one year of experience. Additional pay is increased by $1 per hour for each additional year of experience.


Please contact Megan Taylor with any questions.

Six San Diego staff members smiling on Zoom.
Examples of Minecraft creations from summer activities.