We recognize that while CIMI is an incredible place to work, it is also a unique one. Find answers to our most frequently asked questions below. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our directors.

Jeff ChaceProgram Director, Toyon Bay
Heather PetersonProgram Director, Fox Landing
Britt SwanwickProgram Director, Cherry Cove


Is there cell phone reception?

There is cell phone reception in parts of Catalina Island (including the town of Avalon), but not in our facilities at Toyon Bay or Fox Landing. Cherry Cove has limited cell phone reception, but it can vary by service provider.

Is there wireless internet?

There is limited wireless internet at our facilities. Due to a limited amount of bandwidth, the speed varies depending on how many people are using it. Streaming movies is not commonplace!

Can I bring my car?

Due to regulations on Catalina Island and limited space at our facilities, we do not allow employees to bring personal vehicles to camp. Company vehicles are available for employee use within certain capacities and guidelines.

How do you get to and from Catalina Island?

The Catalina Express operates ferry boats that travel between mainland California and Catalina Island. Depending on which port you leave from and the current weather, the ferry ride takes approximately 1 – 1 ½ hours.

Can I bring my dog/cat/pet?

Due to restrictions put in place by the Catalina Island Conservancy and the communal nature of camp living situations, we do not allow employees to bring any household pets to camp.

What is the provided housing like?

Camp housing is quite simple and functional. Housing layouts can vary greatly between and within our facilities. Some units are houses, some are dorm-style, and some are like small apartments.

Can you accommodate vegetarian/vegan/restricted diets? 

Our kitchen staff regularly accommodate guests and staff with food allergies and dietary restrictions. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and/or dairy free options are provided at each meal (depending on the current make-up of our staff).

What is there to do in time off?

Staff will take vehicles or boats to adventure around the island, or go snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding… the list goes on! Many of our staff are also scuba certified and, after a check-out process, may use company cylinders to go diving.