Staff FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How many weeks will I be working?
Our programs vary from 4 weeks to 10 weeks depending on campus location. We do not have any sessions shorter than 4 weeks, and staff are required to work the entire session. This includes a five day staff orientation before our students arrive to learn the policy and procedures, emergency protocols, and getting to know your fellow team members. 

Is this a paid position?
Yes, you will receive a compensation at the end of the program. The compensation varies from $1,100 - $3,200 based on amount of weeks worked. You will also receive room and board, a full schedule of activities you will participate with students, and round-trip transportation.

How will I get to the program?
Summer Discovery provide round-trip transportation via plane or train depending on distance. You are responsible for getting yourself to your home airport/train station, and we will arrange pick-up to take you to campus when you arrive.

What is the application process and timeline? 

  • Step 1: Complete an application form.
  • Step 2: Our staffing team will review your application, and if you are a good fit, you will receive an invitation to complete your video interview. This process can be done from a laptop or cell phone with video capabilities. You will be asked a series of recorded questions from the Summer Discovery team, and you will record your answers. This is a great way for us to get to know you a bit better. 
  • Step 3: Once your video interview is reviewed, we will schedule a conversation for you to speak with one of our Staff Recruiters. This will give us an opportunity to speak to you in detail about the position and answer any questions you may have. At this time, we will determine the best campus location for you based on your experience and geographic location. 
  • Step 4: References, Background and DMV Checks
  • Step 5: Sign an employment contract
  • Step 6: On-boarding process 

Will I get time off?
This position is a full-time commitment, and we need our staff to be all-hands-on-deck, for the session you are employed. This means you will have limited time for yourself and need to be present to supervise our students, according to your daily schedule. You may find free time on your schedule throughout the day to check email, do laundry, work out, grab a coffee or a bite to eat at the campus cafe, or hang out with a fellow staff member. You will receive a day(s) off based on contract length, for you to explore the area, and not be on the daily schedule for the day. 

What qualities do you look for in a staff member?
•    Passion for working with students
•    Able to develop fun, positive relationships with middle school and high school students
•    Concern and proactive approach to safety for our students (emotional, mental, and physical)
•    Be a positive mentor in an academic and residential setting 
•    High energy
•    Postiive, "can-do" attitude
•    Strong work ethic and ability to be flexible, creative and adaptable in every situation

There will be late nights and early mornings. You may have to take attendance in a class, help out in the office, grab a quick lunch and then on to the next task on your schedule. There is not a lot of down time, but there will be lots of laughs and great memories being made. Our staff need to have energy, enthusiasm, sense of humor, a great attitude, patience and self-control. Things will constantly change to meet the ever-changing needs of our students, so we hope you have a go-with-the-flow attitude and team mentality. 

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