Summer Instructor (Science, Engineering, Tech, Art, or Outdoor Play)

Galileo Learning - Palo Alto, CA - Full time


Now offering signing bonuses up to $1000 for select positions at our Belmont, San Carlos, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Menlo Park, and Summer Camps @ the Tech sites in California.

Passionate about working with and having an impact on kids? Believe the world needs innovators? Ready to have a career-defining summer? Have a love for art, science, technology, team-building or education?

Lead Instructors are the staff most well-placed to bring innovation to life at Galileo. We believe that our approach to learning isn’t merely a pedagogy—it is a tool that will help shape the worldview of future innovators. Lead Instructors interact with their curriculum—planning ahead, reflecting daily and viewing improvements as opportunities. Lead Instructors bring to life Galileo's curriculum, thoughtfully created by our year-round curriculum design team. They are our ultimate partner in consistently looking for new ways to bring the Galileo Innovation Approach to our campers.

We value having divergent thinkers who bring various experiences and viewpoints to the table at Galileo. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.


The camp environment is demanding, requiring intense dedication and work ethic from each staff member. Depending on the time of summer or the specific week or day, the needs of camp and resulting staff hours may vary. We seek and make offers to staff who we believe are capable of thriving in this environment and contributing to camp’s success.

The camp day runs, on average, 8-9 hours for Lead Instructors. Lead Instructors typically work 7:45am-4:45pm, M-F

  • Staff meetings: During regular work hours before or after the start of programming

• Before setup days begin, complete between 2-12 hours of online training

• Training and setup days: Participate in two mandatory training and setup days in the days before camp starts


• Commitment to educational programming for children

• Flexibility to meet changing work needs and demands

• Ability to work collaboratively on a high-functioning team

• Openness to feedback and desire to grow professionally

• Ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently and accurately

• Strong organization skills and attention to detail

• Ability to communicate clearly, maturely and compassionately with families

• Ability to maintain an excellent work ethic, a high level of energy and exceptional enthusiasm


• College graduate

• Experience with the grade level you will be teaching (ranges from pre-K to 8th grade)

• Experience with the subject you will be teaching

• Experience working with kids or in a camp setting a plus


• Review curriculum for your subject prior to staff training

• Prepare for and deliver Galileo curriculum to groups of up to 24 campers

• Implement the curriculum as written, adapting as needed and capturing feedback to share with curriculum developers

• Provide leadership, energy and camp spirit, constantly assessing group dynamics and the needs of individual campers

• Supervise Assistant Instructors while they are working in your classroom

• Set, work toward, and achieve measurable professional development goals

• Support camper check-in and check-out processes

• Provide excellent customer service to families

• Assist with daily set up and cleanup of camp

• Contribute to and participate in daily camp activities

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Experience Level

Any experience level

Galileo Learning

Galileo is a summer education program on a mission. But our mission isn't just to help our campers on their paths to becoming innovators. We also give our summer staff--from experienced educators and artists to high schools students--the opportunity to learn and practice a comprehensive approach to thinking and acting like an innovator both in and out of the classroom. We believe in the astounding power of this ripple effect. Our staff take 21st century tools back to their school-year pursuits, inspiring their peers, students and colleagues. We were recently named one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area by the SF Business Times for the sixth year running, and over 97% of our summer staff said they would recommend working for us.

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