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Summer Staff

Young adult leadership is critical to SSP’s mission to mentor and guide youth, young adult, and adult volunteers in their service learning work with our partner communities. Every year we hire young adult staff members to run all aspects of our programs.

Being a member of the SSP staff team is an incredibly rewarding and challenging experience – unlike any other summer job you will ever have. Teams of 6 to 8 SSP staff members typically live and work together for up to 10-1/2 intense weeks, running all aspects of 6 to 7 weeks of summer service-learning for 200 to 400 volunteers.

Although each position has unique responsibilities, all staff members share in the responsibility for safeguarding the health and safety of the whole community. All staff and volunteers are required to follow SSP’s Medical Advisory Council’s Covid-19 Safety Guidelines. In addition, each staff member contributes to modeling and creating a safe, supportive environment of growth for all participants.

Sierra Service Project is now accepting applications for summer staff positions. Learn more about working on summer staff:

  • ​Food Service Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator​
  • Supply Coordinator
  • Project Coordinator
  • Home Repair Coordinator

We will be serving with three partner communities during the 2023 summer.

Volunteer program schedule:

Partial or full summer staffing opportunities are available, between May 31 (when training begins) and August 13 (when debrief concludes). A secondary training will be provided mid-summer for those with scheduling conflicts earlier in the summer.  It is preferable for Site Directors to work the entire summer from May 31 to August 13, 2023 without interruption.

Prior to full-time work during the summer dates, Site Directors work part-time throughout the winter and spring to interview applicants, communicate with their staff team after hiring, visit partner communities, and prepare for staff training. This is mostly asynchronous work, increasing in frequency as the summer approaches, and based on the Site Director team availability. Site Directors meet on Zoom for training and planning sessions for one hour every other week, increasing to weekly in the weeks leading up to the summer.

Qualifications:

  • Suitability to work with and act as a role model to youth
  • Mature and flexible leadership among people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Capability in conflict resolution, communication, and organization
  • Able to work with no or limited interruption for the duration of your employment. Please identify your schedule limitations within the application.
  • A background check will be run on all hired applicants; any convictions may lead to a job offer being revoked.

Deadlines:

Site Director Applications are due December 11, 2022.

General applications are accepted in two phases:

  • Early Applications: Due December 18, 2022 (offers will be extended in January)
  • All Applications: February/March 2023 (offers will be extended by late March)

Application Process:

Complete this online application, which includes essay questions and identifying references. We will send an online questionnaire to your references via email, and advise you to give advance notice to allow them sufficient time to complete this reference.

We suggest writing and editing your essays in a separate document and copying and pasting your responses into the fields. With your essays, demonstrate how you have grown since you were last on staff, particularly in the areas that were identified as opportunities to grow.​ Take the essay questions seriously, but limit your responses to 150-250 words. If you prefer, you may answer any question via a 1 to 3 minute audio / video response. List n/a in the essay response field.

Interviews:

After completing this application, someone in the SSP office will contact you.

Staff Pay

Meals and room-and-board are included, and transportation from Sacramento, California to your site location and back.

Salaries for SSP summer staffers are determined by the experience required to do each job and the difficulty of the job. The salary calculation for each job is:

Salary = Standard Base Salary + Experience Additional Pay

Standard Base Salary

The standard base salary for all positions, for 7 weeks of volunteers, is $4,415 (which includes a 29% increase for 2023). This is calculated on a schedule of 7 weeks of volunteers (75 days); it will be reduced for those who have partial summer employment.

In-Person Experience Additional Pay

Individuals who have worked for SSP in the past receive additional pay according to the number of years they have served on staff in-person. This pay is received regardless of whether you have done a particular job before or not. It is based on 7 weeks of volunteers and may be reduced for those who have partial summer employment.

  • 1 year: $200 additional pay
  • 2 years: $500 additional pay
  • 3 years: $900 additional pay
  • 4 or more years: $1,300 additional pay

Site Directors will also be paid $1,150 throughout the spring for pre-summer work including reviewing staff applications, hiring weekend, regular check ins, and site visits.

Examples:

  • If it is your first summer on staff, your pay will be base $4,415.
  • If you worked for one summer in-person, your pay will be the base $4,415 + $200 additional pay = $4,615.

Not quite ready to apply?

Ask any questions you have in the contact form below and someone will get back to you within 72 hours.

    Job Descriptions

    * All staff are paid a base salary plus additional pay based on the number of years they have served on staff in-person. This is calculated on a schedule for seven weeks of volunteers (75 days); it will be adjusted based on the number of days for partial summer employment based on the number of days worked.

    Project Coordinator

    There are generally three Project Coordinators at each site. They work together as a team who are responsible for the selection and completion of home repair and community projects, taking care of work teams, and managing the site’s tool and building material budgets.

    Base Salary: $4,415 per summer*

    Supply Coordinator

    Another model is two Supply Coordinators (SCs) who work as a team with a Home Repair Coordinator (HRC). This team is responsible for taking care of the home repair projects and work teams each week, supplying them with tools, materials and construction guidance.

    The position of Supply Coordinator is considered an entry level SSP job.  Many individuals have started their SSP staff careers at the Supply Coordinator position and have moved on in subsequent summers to other positions.

    Base Salary: $4,415 per summer*

    Home Repair Coordinator

    The Home Repair Coordinator (HRC) is the leader of the construction team who works with the two Supply Coordinators (SCs). The Home Repair Coordinator is responsible for the selection and completion of repair projects and managing the site’s tool and building material budgets. HRCs are also responsible for teaching and coaching SCs in planning projects and providing construction guidance to work teams.

    Base Salary: $4,415 per summer*

    Food Service Coordinator

    There are two Food Service Coordinators (FSCs) at each site. These individuals work together as a team. The FSCs are responsible for providing healthy food for all volunteers who have a variety of dietary needs. The FSCs control over one third of the site budget.

    The position of Food Service Coordinator is considered an entry level SSP job.  Many individuals have started their SSP staff careers at the Food Service Coordinator position and have moved on in subsequent summers to other positions.

    Base Salary: $4,415 per summer*

    Program Coordinator

    The Program Coordinator is responsible for the creation and implementation of the spiritual program for the summer. The Program Coordinator also assists all other staff members as necessary with their jobs.

    Base Salary: $4,415 per summer*

    Site Director

    The Site Director (SD) is responsible for the overall operation of the site: supervising the staff and ensuring that everyone involved in SSP (volunteers, staff, and community partners) has a safe and meaningful experience.

    Site Directors are selected as early in the year as possible and participate in the hiring of the rest of the staff.

    Base Salary: $4,415 per summer*

    Site Directors will also be paid $1,150 throughout the spring for pre-summer work reviewing staff applications, hiring weekend, Zoom check ins, and site visits.

    Sierra Service Project works to build strong connections and resilience among communities. Join us in home repair work so residents throughout the Western United States can safely age in place.

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