Hidden Villa

Emily and Harvey
Archery in the summer
Summer Camp!

Now hiring for the 2022 Summer Camp season!

We develop young leaders who are committed to social and environmental justice and are equipped with a sense of awe for natural and human beauty, tools for non-violent, multicultural community building, as well as the confidence to make positive change in our families, communities, and world.

Hidden Villa stretches over 1,600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco.

About Hidden Villa

Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization, whose  mission is “to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land, and legacy.” 

The Employee Experience

Hidden Villa is made up of a dynamic team of staff, interns, volunteers, and visitors, and even non-human critters! We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all who come to work, intern, and volunteer. 

Ideal Candidate

Ideal candidates are committed to youth development, social justice, environmental stewardship are excited to work at camp, and want to do the best job they can. They are flexible, like the outdoors are game for meeting new people, being silly in front of children, having fun, role modeling healthy communication and focusing on our core themes of Environmental Stewardship, Race and Class, Farm and Food, LGBTQ+ and the Duveneck Family Legacy. Ideal candidates also share a genuine interest and desire to contribute to the world in a positive.

Room and Board

Sleep under the stars! Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack served daily.

Employee Perks

Breakfast, lunch. dinner and a snack provided daily.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Bikes are available for use and no public transportation reaches Hidden Villa. We are within 1.5 miles of the closest bus stop and about 5 miles from the closest Caltrain stop.

For Fun

Hidden Villa’s mission is to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land and legacy. We are an educational non-profit located on 1600 acres situated on the north east side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the farm taking up approximately 40 of those acres.  The rest of the property is hilly and wooded and has its own trails that connect you to the trail system of the Santa Cruz Mountains. A mix of riparian woodland and chaparral ecosystems dominate the area, meaning hot and dry in the summer, and relatively cold and wet in the spring (watch the life cycle of the California Buckeye, its awesome).

Our location is out of the fog belt well known for nourishing all of the Redwoods on the other side of the mountains but is tucked into hills so especially in the winter time it can take a while for the sun to break. Deer are as common as squirrels and you’ll likely encounter coyotes and bobcats at least once.  Though sightings are rare, we also host Mountain Lions. Hidden Villa is also on the radar for many birders- if you enjoy birding you will be thrilled during spring and fall migrations. The farm itself has a number of production fields, an educational garden, and two barns.  Its animal life consists of pigs, chickens, cows, goats, and sheep.

The farm is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday, so there are usually people on the property, especially during weekends.  However, San Francisco and San Jose are both close and available by public transportation.  There is also a wealth of parks, restaurants, movie theatres, etc within closer communities.  Exploring the area is a great way to feel more at home at HV. 

How to Apply

For all Summer Camp positions please visit our website.

Once you have selected the job you wish to apply for, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and you will be able to click through to our application page where you will be asked to create a user and submit a new staff application. If you have any additional questions, please email us at campjobs@hiddenvilla.org.

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