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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 summer program.

Being a member of the SSP staff is an incredibly rewarding and challenging experience – unlike any other summer job you will ever have. Our staff live and work together for 9-1/2 intense weeks, running all aspects of 6 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 all. In addition, each staff member contributes to modeling and creating a safe, supportive environment of spiritual growth and exploration for all participants. Staff take part in all aspects of each week’s spiritual program, with the understanding that the program is rooted in Christian principles of service and love.

Sierra Service Project is now accepting applications for 15 to 18 summer staff positions. 

Staff Team

Staff work together on a seven or eight person team. All staff are paid a base salary plus an additional amount based on prior SSP staff experience. Meals and room-and-board are included, and transportation from Sacramento, California to your site location and back. Review the full job descriptions and learn more about working on summer staff:

Employment Dates for 2022 Summer Program

  • June 15: staff training begins
  • August 20: staff debrief ends

Staff will begin and end their summer in Sacramento, California. If you have any questions about your availability, please reach out to Megan Taylor.

Applications

Applications are open and are due March 7, 2022. Apply now.

Staff Retreat

Staff alumni from 2019 through 2021 are invited to spend a weekend together at a staff retreat in Sacramento. Exact dates TBD based on the current omicron surge. We’re hoping to reschedule for March. You will need to provide your own transportation to Sacramento, but SSP will provide the meals and housing (we’ll have the entire hostel to ourselves!) Saturday morning we’ll serve together, and the rest of the weekend will be for catching up, teambuilding, and community care. Express interest in the staff retreat.

Staff Pay

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 is $3,425 (which includes a 10% increase for 2022).

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 for a particular program. This pay is received regardless of whether you have done a particular job before or not.

In-Person Summer Program

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

Online Summer Program

  • 1 year: $100 additional pay
  • 2 years: $250 additional pay

Site Directors will also be paid $1,000 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 $3,425.
  • If you worked for one year during the online summer program, your pay will be the base $3,425 + $100 additional pay = $3,525.
  • If you worked for one year during the online summer program and one year during the in-person summer program, your pay will be the base $3,425 + $100 additional pay + $200 additional pay = $3,725.

Qualifications

  • High school graduate plus at least one year of college or work experience
  • Interest in growing as a leader 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.

Application Process

The application includes essay prompts and references. After everything is in place, you will be scheduled for an interview. You’ll be notified of our hiring decision by the end of March. If you are offered a position, we will be asking for a firm commitment from you within 24 hours. 

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 for a particular program.

    Construction Coordinator

    There are generally three Construction Coordinators (CCs) at each site. CCs work together as a team who are responsible for the selection and completion of repair projects, taking care of work teams, and managing the site’s tool and construction material budgets.

    Base Salary: $3,425 per summer*

    Supply Coordinator

    Another model of a construction team is made up of 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: $3,425 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 construction material budgets. HRCs are also responsible for teaching and coaching SCs in planning projects and providing construction guidance to work teams.

    Base Salary: $3,425 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: $3,425 per summer*

    Spiritual Life Coordinator

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

    Base Salary: $3,425 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: $3,425 per summer*

    Site Directors will also be paid $1,000 throughout the spring for pre-summer work reviewing staff applications, hiring weekend, Zoom check ins, and site visits.