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Summer Employment Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the age requirement for paid summer positions?
I want to work at SAMBICA, but I can’t work the whole summer. Should I still apply?
What if I cannot attend staff training?
Do you accept volunteers?
What do summer staff get paid?
When do you start interviewing people?
I live in a different state, but I would like an interview. What do I do?
Do you provide First Aid and CPR certification during staff training?
Do you also provide lifeguard certification as a part of staff training?
If hired, do you pay for travel expenses?
Why can’t we get new tattoos or piercings while we are employed at SAMBICA?
Do summer staff stay at camp on weekends?
If I don’t have a car at camp, how can I get to the store for personal items?
What is the weather like in the summer?
How much time off do we get?
Are you affiliated with a specific church or denomination?
How do I get to church on Sunday?

What is the age requirement for paid summer positions?
We prefer students who have graduated from high school or are 18 years old or older. There are certain roles that are considered for younger students. If you are in high school, please consider applying for our High School Crew that serves in various areas of camp. These roles will be filled as we receive applications, but will not be assigned a specific role until the spring months shortly before summer.

I want to work at SAMBICA, but I can’t work the whole summer. Should I still apply?
Yes. Please apply. In some cases, we may be able to accommodate your schedule. Bear in mind, strong consideration is given to those who can work for the entire summer, though some counselor positions are not needed all summer. Make sure when you apply that you specify which dates conflict with our summer schedule. Time off must be written on your contract and cleared through the Program Director prior to hire.

What if I cannot attend staff training?
There will be two options of weeks for training for most positions this year, at the beginning of summer (June 18-22) or mid-summer (July 22-27). If you know that you cannot attend staff training in part, or in full, I would still encourage you to apply. Some exceptions can be made. If hired, we would require you to attend a First Aid and CPR training class near you, at your own expense. There may be additional requirements depending upon position. All team members must complete our online training before arrival.

Do you accept volunteers?
Yes. Call us to arrange your applicability. Volunteers must still undergo the same application process and submit to a background check.

What do summer staff get paid?
Summer Team positions in 2017 paid $150/week and Leadership positions paid $175/week, but we are working to raise the weekly salary to around $200/week or more for 2018. All returning staff will receive an additional $10/week for each summer they are returning. Each position also has the ability to raise extra support if desired. Please click here for additional information on raising support.

When do you start interviewing people?
We will set up interviews with applicants as soon as possible after having received their application. Usually this will be within two weeks of applying. Feel free to contact Ashlyn, the program manager, at any point in the process by calling the office at (425) 746-9110 x17 or emailing her at . We do our best to hire people as they apply, so the sooner you apply the better.

I live in a different state, but I would like an interview. What do I do?
No worries. We are perfectly comfortable conducting Skype and/or FaceTime interviews (preferred) but can also conduct a phone interview if necessary. We will check your references…so pick people that really know you well.

Do you provide First Aid and CPR certification during staff training?
Yes. If you do not currently have Standard First Aid and CPR certification, we will provide instruction and certification during staff training for $50. Each certification will be $25, please let us know if you need one or both. All summer team members are required to have current First Aid and CPR certification.

Do you also provide lifeguard certification as a part of staff training?
No. If you are applying to be a lifeguard, we ask that you attend a lifeguard certification class near you, at your own expense. Please make sure that your certification includes waterfront training.

If hired, do you pay for travel expenses?
Ordinarily we do not. Depending upon our staffing needs, we may consider advancing pay for travel expenses. If you would like to volunteer during the summer, SAMBICA will consider paying for your travel expenses. This must be negotiated at the time of hire, approved by the Program Director, and written into your contract.

Why can’t we get new tattoos or piercings while we are employed at SAMBICA?
New tattoos and piercings are a health issue for our summer team. Many of the activities we have at camp involve getting into the waters of Lake Sammamish. Lake Sammamish is a fairly clean lake, but infections still happen. By choosing to get a new tattoo or piercing during the summer you open the door to getting an infection that could prevent you from doing your job. We are not taking a theological stand about tattoos and piercings. You are welcome to have healed tattoos and piercings prior to employment with SAMBICA.

Do summer staff stay at the camp on weekends?
Yes. There is no need to find another place to stay on weekends. Camp is your home for the summer. We have a staff fridge which we try to keep stocked with leftovers on weekends. Several washers and dryers are available for staff use. On some weekends we have required staff activities, such as the team banquet. The other weekends are your time off. On you time off, you are welcome to come and go from camp at your leisure.

If I don’t have a car at camp, how can I get to the store for personal items?
Many of our summer team do have cars. So in some cases you could get a ride from another team member. If needed, we are able to bus team members into town occasionally. There is also a bus route down the road from camp that will take you to the store or even downtown Seattle for a day of fun.

What is the weather like in the summer?
You couldn’t ask for better weather. Summers are always warm. Typically temperatures range from 70 – 85 degrees with low humidity. Every once in a while we will have temperatures in the 90s. On average we will have only a couple days of rain between June 25 – Aug 25, but with global warming who knows what the summer will bring.

How much time off do we get?
All positions can expect between 3 and 5 (1 hour) break times during the week (might be in the evening). Also, team members get time off on the weekends from Friday at 10pm to Sunday at 3:30pm. Leadership team members are required to be back on camp by 2:30pm on Sunday. This schedule excludes the team banquet weekend.

Are you affiliated with a specific church or denomination?
No. SAMBICA is a non-denominational ministry.

How do I get to church on Sunday?
For our summer staffers, church attendance is strongly encouraged. Due to the diversity of denominations represented, our summer staff will sometimes scatter to attend several different churches on Sunday morning. Many of our staff carpool to church. We also bus staff to at least one or two churches each Sunday throughout the summer. While SAMBICA does not endorse a specific church denomination, the following churches are some of the favorites for our summer staff: Overlake Christian Church, Eastlake Community Church, Crossroads, and The City Church.

 
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