San Marcos Summer Staff - New Applicants

San Marcos · Santa Barbara, California
Department San Marcos
Employment Type Seasonal
Minimum Experience Entry-level

Thank you for your interest in San Marcos!

This summer could be the best summer of your life! Nestled under Coastal Oak and Bay Laurel trees, above the beautiful city of Santa Barbara, San Marcos Christian Camp is ready to serve churches, schools, and organizations looking for a refreshing, life-changing experience.  The goal of the Summer Ministry Team is two-fold. First, we want top-notch people who want to serve Christ and see lives changed. Everything we do at SMCC— washing dishes, cleaning cabins, leading recreation, providing hospitality—points guests toward the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Secondly, we inspire your spiritual growth through regular staff worship, Bible study, and leadership development activities. When you join the Summer Ministry Team at SMCC, you join a family of believers that seeks to continually be more like Jesus. We want to share your joys, and tears, defeats, and victories as we help you grow in your walk with the Lord!

God Bless!

Tommy Garwood (SMCC Director)

Important Dates & Compensation

Summer Training begins: May 16, 2021

Summer Ends: To be determined, usually mid-August

Compensation: Summer staff salaries are between $287 (entry level) and $380 per week.  In addition to the cash salary, summer staff also receive food and housing which is valued at $821 per month.  These jobs are seasonal, full-time.

 We have two summer staff positions that make ministry happen at SMCC:

  • General summer staff participate in many aspects of San Marcos Camp, including food service, hospitality/housekeeping, recreation, program activities, groundskeeping, etc.
  • Lifeguard/summer staff have the additional responsibility of maintaining the safety of our guests using the pool and upkeep of the pool area.

Below are just a few of the general qualifications and physical requirements that we place on our employees.


  1. A commitment to Jesus Christ as evidenced by a faithful daily walk
  2. Minimum of a high-school diploma but some higher education is preferred
  3. Agreement and compliance with camp Mission, Vision, Values, Staff Handbook, and Doctrinal Statement

 Physical Requirements

  1. Abilities sufficient to carry out the essential functions of the job – to include leaning, bending over, stooping, reaching, pulling, pushing, squatting, lifting, carrying, holding, and moving heavy objects
  2. Able to sit, stand, or walk for extended periods of time
  3. Must be able to lift, hold, and carry a minimum of 30 pounds

San Marcos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Statement of Faith

 The Statement of Faith outlines the beliefs of San Marcos Christian Camp. All beliefs are listed and founded in God's Word, the Bible. 


San Marcos Christian Camp, in accordance with the historic Baptist tradition, holds to Believers Baptism by Immersion, Liberty of Conscience, the Separation of Church and state, and the Priesthood of the Believer. We also affirm the following distinctive which need emphasis at the present time:


The Bible is the inspired, authoritative and infallible Word of God and is our sole rule of faith and practice. It is the standard by which all human conduct and creeds should be tried.


There is only one true and living God who is manifested in three eternal and coequal persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  God possesses holiness, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, love, mercy, and all other perfections.  All humankind owed to Him supreme faith and obedience.


Humankind has been created in the image of God but through Adam’s fall is now sinful, lost, and condemned. By deliberate choice all participate in sin which is open rebellion to God’s law. Notwithstanding the fall, all human life through creation has value and dignity.


Human beings can be forgiven of sin and justified solely through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ who died for sinners and rose again from the dead.  Only by repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ the Lord can acceptance with God be attained.


Regeneration is the work of the Holy Spirit by which the believer receives a new nature from God. Christian growth or sanctification is the continuation of the new life principle which begins in the new birth.


The church in its widest sense includes all believers of all ages. The church is manifested visibly in the local body of baptized believers who covenant together to worship, observe the ordinances, and evangelize.


Jesus Christ will eventually return visibly at which time He will raise the dead and judge all people. Believers will enjoy an eternal state of blessedness in heaven while unbelievers will experience eternal separation from God in hell.


The church has been called to preach the gospel so that individual people can receive salvation. Also, the church is to become involved in the improvement of society by advocating biblical principles which militate against poverty, racism, violence, and all forms of injustice against humankind.


God’s design is that man and woman either be joined together in a perpetual monogamous relationship or live in a single state. Extra-marital sex, adultery, and homosexuality are inconsistent with biblical teaching.

Faith History 

At San Marcos Christian Camp we desire to have a distinctly Christian atmosphere and influence. Though campers and attendees come from many Christian and non-Christian backgrounds, all are included in chapel services, prayer, devotions, etc. Ministry team members participate in leading campers, attendees, and other staff in these and other Christian activities. In addition, no matter where one works, all staff are expected to live exemplary Christian lives before campers and staff alike. 

In applying for a ministry staff or management position, you are subscribing to a high moral, ethical and spiritual lifestyle and give assurance that you will try to lead campers and staff, in both word and deed, to practical, real faith for themselves. Therefore, to help us better understand your beliefs and Christian experience, please answer the following questions in your own words.  

Applicant Statement 

 I certify that all information provided in order to apply for and secure work with the employer is true, complete, and correct. 

I understand that any information provided by me that is found to be false, incomplete, or misrepresented in any respect, will be sufficient cause to (i) cancel further consideration of this application, or (ii) immediately discharge me from San Marcos's service, whenever it is discovered. 

I expressly authorize, without reservation, the employer, its representatives, employees, or agents to contact and obtain information from all references (personal and professional), employers, public agencies, licensing authorities, and educational institutions and to otherwise verify the accuracy of all information provided by me in this application, resume, or job interview. I hereby waive any and all rights and claims I may have regarding the employer, its agents, employees or representatives, for seeking, gathering, and using such information in the employment process and all other persons, corporations, or organizations for furnishing such information about me. 

I understand that the employer does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and no question on this application is used for the purpose of limiting or excusing any applicant from consideration for employment on a basis prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal law. 

It is my understanding that San Marcos Christian Camp is an at-will employer and by understanding this is has been explained to me that if I am hired, I understand that I am free to resign at any time, with or without cause and without prior notice, and the employer reserves the same right to terminate my employment at any time, with or without cause and without prior notice, except as may be required by law. This application does not constitute an agreement or contract for employment for any specified period or definite duration. I understand that no supervisor or representative of the employer is authorized to make any assurances to the contrary and that no implied oral or written agreements contrary to the foregoing express language are valid unless they are in writing and signed by myself and the Camp’s Executive Director. 

I also understand that if I am hired, I will be required to provide proof of identity and legal authority to work in the United States and that federal immigration laws require me to complete an I-9 Form in this regard. I agree to a background check, fingerprinting, and on-going drug testing.  

Thank you for applying to be a part of the San Marcos Ministry Team!

The work done here influences eternity! We are excited about how God is using our ministry to impact people and other ministries throughout the world. If you are hired, we hope that as you get to know us and experience God’s work here, you will love this ministry as much as we do! 

We seek to be a group of people who care for our guests and work as a team. It is our desire that every employee and their entire family feel part of the ministry team here at San Marcos Christian Camp. It is important that all employees share the mission and values of San Marcos. We hope that all our employees adopt and advance them as their own. 

                           San Marcos's mission is to help people see, know and experience God.

Our core values are: 


“Integrity is doing the right thing even when nobody is watching.” 


We will seek to protect the safety of our guests and staff. 


“Character is realized not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” 

Saying “YES!” 

We will seek to say “yes” to our guests whenever possible. 

Excellence (Exceeding our guest's expectations) 

“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.” 


“Together we can accomplish the extraordinary.” 

Initiative/Follow Through 

“What can I do to make it better?” 

Out-of-the-box Thinking 

“Can it be done better, more creatively, less expensively?” 


“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter”- e.e. cummings 

Thank You

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  • Location
    Santa Barbara, California
  • Department
    San Marcos
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience