Dear Grief and Growing Weekend Staff Applicant,
Thank you for your interest in working at the Grief & Growing Weekend for Bereaved Individuals and Families.
Please review the important dates and times listed in the 2019 Staff Schedule. Please also review the Descriptions of positions available, to determine which best suits your experience and abilities before completing the on-line application form below. If you prefer, you may download this 2019 New Staff Application and return it to us via hard copy mail, fax, or email. You may also include additional information about yourself, or samples of your work that you would like us to have.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. We’re looking for people who have professional and/or volunteer grief care experience working with children and/or groups of adults; are comfortable witnessing the expression of strong emotions in others; have some clinical, para-professional, volunteer, or therapeutic background; are willing to share in the tasks of running a 3 day residential program doing grief work with a very diverse community and can put the needs of others before their own. We expect our staff to offer support, comfort and resources for the expression and healing of grief, not individual or group therapy.
The weekend program will begin at 1:00 pm on Thursday, August 22 and will end at 4pm on Sunday, August 25. Staff will be “on duty” until about 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights and begin at about 8am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. While we do not provide transportation to Westminster Woods (near Occidental, Sonoma County, California), we will try to arrange car pools for staff.
In addition to a two-hour preparatory session in San Francisco on August 4th, we provide a comprehensive mandatory orientation for all staff starting at 2:00 pm on Thursday, August 22nd, and going through participants’ arrival Friday afternoon. This multi-part orientation, led by the camp directors including Rabbis Eric Weiss and Natan Fenner, Lee L. Pollak, LCSW, Debby Graudenz, LMFT and Abra Greenspan, will provide an opportunity for staff to meet one another, to get an introduction to the weekend, debrief their own grief experiences and to explore together the best ways for serving our grieving participants. The orientation takes into account the varying skill and experience levels of the staff.
We are looking forward to working with you to create a unique and beautiful program of grief support for mourners.
Lee, Eric, Natan, Abra, and Debby