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Camp Counselor

POSITION:                            Camp Counselor (13 – 14 Positions Open)

REPORTS TO:                        Camp Director

STATUS:                                 Seasonal Camp Worker (as defined in Section 18897 of the Health and Safety Code)

                                                Will be needed roughly between Thursday, 6/15/23-Sunday, 8/13/23

JOB CLASSIFICATION:       Associate I 


SALARY RANGE:                   Daily Rate of $75.29-$85.29/day (per CA Labor Code 1182.4)

APPLICATION DEADLINEBy 4/28/23 or until filled, whichever is sooner


As a residential camp for the blind, counselors are responsible for the overall provision of a traditional camp experience to all blind and visually impaired campers. This includes but not limited to: inventing new blind-friendly programming, motivating campers to use non-visual techniques, adapting all activities so that all campers can participate fully regardless of their level of vision. Counselors should encourage active participation in camp meals, clean-up and other daily functions through fun activities. Counselors provide supervision to recreational activities, create educational experiences, promote independence and supervise the health and safety of children and adults. Applicants must also have the ability to work with campers that have secondary disabilities (developmental, hearing impairments and/or mobility restrictions).


  • Must be 18 years of age or older 
  • High School graduate 
  • Some college education preferred 
  • Current First Aid and CPR certifications 
  • Previous work in a camp, school, or community service setting 
  • Experience working with individuals who are blind/visually impaired preferred 
  • Knowledge of Braille and/or sign language preferred 


  • Must be willing to live on camp premises 
  • Must be able to lift 70 pounds 
  • Ability to enforce safety and emergency procedures 
  • Ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity 
  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situation requiring first aid 
  • Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness or injury) 
  • Possess the endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers 


  • Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their living unit, within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes 
  • Apply basic youth and blindness development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth 
  • Assure campers are properly supervised at all times 
  • Be aware of and implement safety guidelines 
  • Participate in the development and implementation of program activities for campers within the mission and outcomes. 
  • Responsible for leading and assisting with the teaching of activities. 
  • Actively participate in all program areas as assigned. 
  • Provide for the progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities. 
  • Assist in program areas such as waterfront, nature, all camp activities, and arts and crafts as directed. 
  • Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff. 
  • Provide the daily care of each camper within your supervision including recognition of personal health needs. 
  • Ensure that campers receive their medications as directed by health care manager. 
  • Be alert to campers and staff needs and assist them with personal and/or health problems, and discuss with camp health manager and/or resident camp director when appropriate. 
  • Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care, and maintenance is adhered to; report repairs needed promptly to camp director. 
  • Be a role model to campers and staff in your attitude and behavior. 
  • Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures. 
  • Set a good example to campers and others in regard to general camp procedures and practices including sanitation, schedule, and sportsmanship 
  • Contribute to verbal and written evaluations and communication as requested 
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning, and leading those as assigned 
  • Participate as a member of the camp staff team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions 
  • Stay current on best practices by reading/viewing instructional media and active participation before and during camp 
  • Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Expectation of Employees:

As employees, we should: 

  • Read, understand and adhere to all agency policies and procedures 
  • Conduct ourselves in a professional manner on and off the job, knowing that we are representatives of LightHouse 
  • Perform all job responsibilities 
  • Maintain a positive and respectful attitude toward everyone 
  • Communicate regularly and appropriately with our supervisors and colleagues within our own departments 
  • Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing 
  • Demonstrate efficient time management and the ability to prioritize our assignments 
  • Consistently report to work on time and be ready to begin performing our assigned duties and responsibilities 
  • Work productively 
  • Continue to learn and communicate a blindness-positive philosophy based on current best practices in the field 
  • Maintain the confidentiality of campers and staff relating to issues such as health, behaviors, and other situations that may arise 
  • Be culturally sensitive


LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is an equal opportunity employer to all. We strive to maintain a scent-free environment and a drug-free workplace. We also operate under a mutual “employment at will” policy.

Equal Opportunity

LightHouse is an equal opportunity employer. LightHouse policy and the law prohibit discrimination and harassment based on an individual’s race, ancestry, religion or religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, age (40 and over), sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin (including language use restrictions), marital status, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), physical or mental disability (including HIV and AIDS), military or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions, denial of Family and Medical Care leave, height and weight, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws, regulations, or ordinances.  Our policy and the law prohibit co-workers, third parties, supervisors, and managers from engaging in such conduct.

LightHouse personnel are employed on an at-will basis.  Employment at-will means that the employment relationship may be terminated, with or without cause and with or without advance notice at any time by the employee or the Agency.

We strive to maintain a scent-free environment and a drug-free workplace.  Employees are expected to behave in accordance with these objectives.

All employees at LightHouse are hired for an indefinite and unspecified duration and consequently, no employee is guaranteed employment for a specified length of time. Employment is at the mutual consent of the employee and LightHouse. Accordingly, either the employee or LightHouse can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause (“employment at will”).


Please submit a cover letter and résumé as Word attachments (no. PDFs please), to hr@lighthouse-sf.org, including the job title in the subject line. We will not consider videos or hyperlinks to online profiles. Due to time constraints, we will only respond to complete submissions in which there is serious interest, thanks for your understanding. We strongly encourage applicants from the blind community to apply!

Let Your Fingers do the Reading: Get Ready for the 2022 Braille Challenge

Let Your Fingers do the Reading: Get Ready for the 2022 Braille Challenge

LightHouse is thrilled to announce the upcoming 2022 Northern California Braille Challenge! We have had the privilege of hosting the event at our headquarters in San Francisco in previous years, most recently in February of 2020. For many years LightHouse, the California School for the Blind, and the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired have participated in this annual event that honors Braille literacy in a fun and friendly competition for blind and low vision students across the San Francisco Bay Area and other regions of northern California.

This year the Braille Challenge will be hosted by our friends at the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Saturday March 5 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Vista Center, located at 101 N. Bascom Ave in San Jose, California.

We invite all blind and low vision students in grades1 through 12 who are knowledgeable of or in the process of learning Braille to join us in this fun academic contest that will put your Braille literacy to the test! Show off your Braille reading and writing capabilities as your fingers glide across the embossed pages and dance atop the buttons of a Perkins Brailler! This is the only academic Braille contest of its kind, so don’t miss out!

You can register for the 2022 Braille Challenge here, registration deadline is Monday, February 7, 2022. For more information about the event, please visit the Vista Center website. If you have any additional questions, please contact ajine@vistacenter.org.

We can’t wait to see all this year’s blind and low vision scholars showcase their Braille knowledge! Good luck to all participants, and we’ll see you on March 5!

Industry Leading HR and Payroll Company ADP Works with LightHouse to Enhance Accessibility of Products to Blind Users

The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco and blind LightHouse staff members reached an agreement with the Professional Employer Organization ADP TotalSource® to enhance the accessibility and usability of the ADP Workforce Now® solution to LightHouse staff who are blind or have low vision and use screen-reading software to access digital content.

LightHouse, a 120-year-old nonprofit which supports and promotes the independence, equality, and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision in northern California, uses ADP TotalSource products for its human resources and payroll needs.

ADP is working with a leading web accessibility expert to help enhance the accessibility of its Workforce Now solution for the blind or those who have low vision. The group will audit the ADP Workforce Now web and mobile applications to help ensure they conform to the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), version 2.1, Level AA.

ADP is also rolling out an enhanced policy that reaffirms its commitment to accessibility and outlines its procedures for incorporating accessibility into the development and testing lifecycle for its solutions.  ADP will also provide enhanced training to ADP TotalSource associates to ensure a deeper level of service that will help them provide greater technical assistance to individuals who use screen readers to access ADP Workforce Now.

LightHouse’s CEO, Bryan Bashin, said, “This agreement is a major commitment by ADP TotalSource to building an accessible workplace environment for LightHouse’s blind employees, managers and executives to participate efficiently alongside their sighted peers. We expect that this commitment represents an important step towards bringing an accessible workplace environment to any blind employee in the vast workforce ADP TotalSource serves.”

“I am pleased that this work will result in my having greater access to essential human resources and payroll functionality, and I am excited that many other blind and visually impaired users of ADP’s services will also benefit from these changes,” said Frank Welte, Senior Accessible Media and Braille Specialist at LightHouse.

“We are delighted that ADP has committed to the on-going accessibility of its products, through the implementation of an Accessibility Policy that will incorporate accessibility into development and testing of its products,” said DRA Senior Staff Attorney Meredith Weaver.

“At ADP we highly value digital inclusion and are committed to ensuring our solutions are accessible to our clients and their employees, including those who are blind or visually impaired. We have taken substantial measures to provide quality user experiences and we will continue to evolve our solutions to meet digital access needs,” said Bob Lockett, Chief Diversity and Talent Officer, ADP.

About LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides education, training, advocacy, and community for blind individuals in California and around the world. Founded and based in San Francisco since 1902, the LightHouse is one of the largest and most established comprehensive blindness organizations in North America, with a wide variety of programs to suit a wide variety of needs, as well as a rich network of blindness advocates and professionals. Visit www.lighthouse-sf.org for more information.

About Disability Rights Advocates

DRA is one of the leading non-profit disability rights legal centers in the nation. With offices in Berkeley and New York City, DRA’s mission is to advance equal rights and opportunities for people with all types of disabilities nationwide. To advance that mission, DRA regularly advocates for greater access to modern technology. DRA has negotiated access improvements to several types of popular technologies including audio described content on HBO Max. For more information, visit www.dralegal.org.

About ADP

Designing better ways to work through cutting-edge products, premium services and exceptional experiences that enable people to reach their full potential.  HR, Talent, Time Management, Benefits and Payroll.  Informed by data and designed for people.  Learn more at ADP.com



Get Your COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations at Our San Francisco headquarters

Get Your COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations at Our San Francisco headquarters

We are pleased to welcome members of our community, their friends and families and members of the wider community to receive a booster shot on four Tuesdays, from November 23 to December 14. Each vaccination clinic runs between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

And while you’re there, why not also have your flu shot. Both will be available at our LightHouse 1155 Market Street HQ. You will need to register by phone to have your booster vaccination at the LightHouse location.

To register to attend the LightHouse vaccination clinic at 1155 Market Street, you will first need to make an appointment by calling the Vaccine Call Center at 628-652-2700.

On that call you will be able to make an appointment for your booster vaccination at the LightHouse site.

When you call this number, you will be asked for some basic personal information:

  • Name of vaccine site you wish to go to
  • Where and when you got initial COVID-19 shot(s)
  • Date and time you’d like for your booster shot appointment
  • First and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Home address
  • Email address

This appointment line is open and staffed from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday thru Friday.

Voicemail messages can be left for call back outside of these hours.
This line is available to speakers of both Spanish and English. Other language interpreters are available once you leave a voicemail requesting a call back.

Please note: If you have not registered by making an appointment through the Vaccine Call Center, you will not be able to get the vaccine at our headquarters. We are only accepting appointments (no drop-ins) at LightHouse.

Please note: Any of the COVID-19 vaccines can be used for booster vaccination, regardless of the vaccine product used for primary vaccination. Both Pfizer & Moderna booster vaccines will be available during the four clinic dates. These clinics are for booster vaccinations only and the clinics are for people ages 18 and up. Vaccines for children ages 5-11 years old will not be available at the LightHouse, however staff can refer to other sites in the city offering pediatric vaccines.

Pfizer & Moderna COVID-19 vaccine recipients:

The following recipients of an mRNA primary series may receive a single COVID-19 booster dose (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or J&J) at least 6 months after completing their primary series.

J&J COVID-19 vaccine recipients:

  • People aged ≥18 years who received a single dose J&J primary series should receive a single COVID-19 booster dose (Pfizer, Moderna or J&J) at least 2 months (8 weeks) after completing their J&J primary series.

You are encouraged to consult with your primary care provider if you have questions about which booster vaccine type to take.

Dates & Location

Tuesday, November 23; Tuesday, November 30; Tuesday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 14 all from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
San Francisco headquarters
1155 Market Street, 10th floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

Getting to Your Appointment

Please visit the directions to San Francisco LightHouse webpage for detailed information on how to get to your appointment by public transit and rideshare.

Please note masks are mandatory indoors at the LightHouse and we practice six feet social distancing.

The LightHouse is proud to be able to offer our headquarters as a central, easy, and welcoming location for our extended community to receive booster vaccinations.



Tours are hosted by our Information Concierge Esmeralda Soto by appointment. Email esoto@lighthouse-sf.org to schedule an individual or group appointment.


In 2016, the LightHouse completed the move from its old location at 214 Van Ness Ave., where it was situated for more than two decades, to a new, state-of-the-art headquarters at 1155 Market Street in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

A rare example worldwide of physical space designed by and for blind individuals, with the leadership of world-renowned architect Mark Cavagnero and blind architect Chris Downey, the New LightHouse is not only a blindness center fit for the 21st Century, but has dozens of subtle but meaningful features which may not be obvious to those unfamiliar with universal design. Held together by an elegant three-story staircase which serves as the top-floor office’s centerpiece, the New LightHouse also includes short-term residential facilities, a large teaching kitchen, a HAM radio room, technology centers, studios and computer labs, among many other technological and practical meeting spaces for blind education, community building and skills training.