"I have been attending Camp Taloali for 4 years as a camper and three years as a staff member. This place is truly one of the safe spots where [youth] can attend and feel comfortable with themselves. I have made so many friends and memories at Camp Taloali that will remain me for the rest of my life." - Taylor

Camp Taloali Program 2019

For a staff job: Click on this link to apply, which should show you Staff Application. Just click on the gold button that says "add" and follow the prompt. Applicants must be age 18 and above.

For Counselors in Training (CIT): Click on this link to apply, then choose Counselor in Training Program. Click on it then choose the gold button that says "add" then follow prompts. This is only for mature campers aged 16-17.

Staff job descriptions

Adventure Course Specialist

Archery Instructor - Become Archery Instructor with Level 1 Instructor Certification



Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

Healthcare Assistant (First Aider)

Healthcare Manager (Nurse)

Interns / volunteer


Kitchen Assistant


Oregon Public Camp Waterfront Lifeguard Certification Equivalency

Maintenance Assistant

Nature Education Specialist

Our Philosophy

Our camp program is designed to provide a unique atmosphere where youth are respected, nurtured, challenged and empowered. Under the guidance of our staff, campers participate in activities that build self-esteem, develop skills, increase knowledge, enhance teamwork & cooperative behaviors, and of course HAVE FUN! Camp Taloali is a member of the American Camp Association, which is a national organization that sets high standards for the health and safety of campers and staff and the delivery of quality programs.

We value the role that staff members play in bringing the camp mission to life. Working as a team, we create a caring and supportive environment that respects each child as an individual and allows them to feel good about who they are. We are looking for individuals who share this commitment to making a difference in the lives of youth.

Our Campers

Our campers are youth ranging in age from 6-17 by June and who represent a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are looking for staff that will thrive and promote our inclusive environment at all of our camps. Youths who attend our resident camp program come from all over the Pacific Northwest, with many attending from other states.


All hired staff members will have the opportunity to complete training through licensed educators and once qualified, receive credentials from American Camp Association, a good opportunity to boost your resume and future career. This mandatory training teaches critical leadership skills every staff member needs to effectively deal with intense social, behavioral, disciplinary, and supervisory challenges. Each staff will be assigned specific training that relate to their specific job and experience. This is paid staff time and is mandatory for all camp positions. Training occur within the week (M-F) prior to campers arrival and includes workshops on health and safety, child development, programming planning and leading, traditions, behavior management, client services, skill verification, team-building, and... the WHAT to do, HOW to do it and WHEN to do it! 


Campers are not the only ones to benefit from camp. You will gain amazing experience that can be used throughout your entire life.

  • ASL immersion
  • Experience working with kids
  • Leadership skills and experience
  • Connections and networking not only in the field of outdoor programming, recreations and environmental education, but to those in other fields and industries who know what it takes to thrive (and survive) and summer of camp- you’re sure to impress them
  • Leave the camp with credentials to boost your career.
  • Free housing and food with pay!

A Summer at Camp vs. the Intern

If you, or someone you know is pondering a summer at camp or an internship, check out this great blog entry posted in The New York Times, The Camp Counselor vs. the Intern. We provide training that give you credentials to boost your career after employment with Camp Taloali.