Haley Skov

You're invited to apply for 2017 summer staff — the best job you'll ever have!

Every staff member, regardless of role, is primarily concerned for camper care, safety and spiritual life. Considering this, all staff can expect to be asked to perform duties not under their specific job responsibilities. Teamwork and flexibility are essential.

Camp sessions last 3 to 6 days for campers ages 4-18. Our unique program is small-group based; relationships grow deep and life changes occur often. The primary goal is building a welcoming Christian community.

Schedule: Staff training begins mid-June. The camp season consists of seven one-week sessions. Camp ends in late August with family programming and “close camp days.”

Weekly assignments depend upon individual camp session needs. Counselors may rotate into support positions. Staff receive at least 24 hours off each week.

Benefits: training, lodging, meals, staff shirt, laundry, first aid and CPR instruction. Some receive lifeguard or ropes training. Ask us how camp builds your résumé better than almost any other summer job.

Salaries for summer staff are highly competitive in the industry and based on position / training. Returning staff receive a bonus. Staff receive a room and board package valued at $3,000. Since basic needs are provided, most staff save more of what they earn compared with friends in other jobs.

Job Descriptions

Program Director

  • Responsibilities: Planning, scheduling, and safe implementation of weekly resident camp programming, including staff supervision and volunteer support/management. Assist in the management of the overall camp operation at the direction of the Executive Director.
  • Requirements: Background in education, outdoor education, youth development, or youth ministry desired; Experience in a summer camp setting; Current certification in challenge course operation or documented experience and training (or ability to earn certification); Current certification in first aid and CPR (or ability to earn certification).
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Program Manager

  • Responsibilities: Plan and manage trip and travel program; Deliver a fun adventure challenge program to campers; Ensure that camp staff and campers know and follow safety and educational procedures in adventure challenge; Support counseling staff by role modeling high level of engagement with campers; Support in Program Administration.
  • Requirements: Background in education, outdoor education, or youth development/ministry desired; Age 21 preferred; Experience in a summer camp setting; Current lifeguard certification and certification in challenge course operation or documented experience and training (or ability to earn certification); Current certification in first aid and CPR (or ability to earn certification); Valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) desired, though not required.
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Program Specialist

  • Responsibilities: The Program Specialist furthers the mission of the camp by offering high quality and safe programming in 3 principal areas: faith formation, ropes/adventure, waterfront.
  • Requirements: Background in Christian Education and Faith Formation. Current certification in challenge course operation or documented experience and training; first aid and CPR; and lifeguard training or equivalent (or ability to earn these certifications).
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Operations Manager and Program Assistant

  • Responsibilities: To further the mission of the camp by offering high quality support in four main areas: Wanakee Wilderness 5K (WW5K) Event Support, Office/Store Management, Counselor Support, and Program Administration.
  • Requirements: Background in marketing, customer service, and/or event management; experience in a summer camp setting; current certification in challenge course operation or documented experience and training (or ability to earn certification); current certification in first aid and CPR (or ability to earn certification).
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  • Responsibilities: Assist the Executive Director in furthering the mission of Wanakee by maintaining quality customer service and hospitality for campers, parents, retreat groups, and volunteers, while keeping accurate records of camper and retreat registrations, finances, and communications.
  • Requirements: Experience in database management, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), Google Apps; Relational and hospitable with diverse families, volunteers, and staff; Exceptional attention to detail; Professional, enthusiastic telephone skills; Ability to thrive in fast-paced, unpredictable summer camp office, self-starter; Able to maintain confidentiality of camp records.
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Waterfront Director

  • Responsibilities: Direct and supervise a safe and fun waterfront program; Train and supervise waterfront staff; Manage the physical facilities and equipment in the waterfront program area; Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities.
  • Requirements: Previous experience in residential camping; Current (or ability to obtain) certifications in lifeguarding, first aid, and CPR, as well as NH Boating License; LGI or WSI preferred; Prior experience in the delivery of water-based recreational programs; Experience in supervising others especially peers is desirable.
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Counselors (Interns)

  • Responsibilities: Counselors are the primary caregivers for each camper. The Counselor is responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out activities and guiding campers in their personal, social, and spiritual growth and daily living skills.
  • Requirements: Must be 18 years of age or high school graduate. Must be able to obtain or become certified in First Aid/CPR.
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Head Cook

  • Responsibilities: The Head Cook directs the overall food-service operation of the camp including purchasing, preparation, nutrition, service, sanitation, security, personnel management, customer service, and record keeping. In keeping with Wanakee’s Christian mission, they work to cultivate a staff culture of service and generosity.
  • Requirements: Experience in institutional or large food service setting. Must hold current certification or license for operating a kitchen in New Hampshire.
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Kitchen Assistant

  • Responsibilities: The Kitchen Assistant assists the Head Cook in preparing and serving nutritious meals and in maintaining the cleanliness and sanitation of the kitchen and dishwashing area.
  • Requirements: Knowledge of food preparation and serving, storage of food and dishwashing procedures is preferred. Must be at least 17 years of age (18 strongly preferred).
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Maintenance Supervisor

  • Responsibilities: Facilitate planned camp maintenance schedule for grounds, buildings and equipment. Order and maintain inventory of necessary supplies. Supervise staff and volunteers.
  • Requirements: Previous knowledge and experience in facilities. Ability to supervise and work with others. Valid and current driver's license.
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Maintenance Assistants

  • Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Executive Director, assist in the cleaning, maintenance, and repair of the camp’s buildings, grounds, equipment and other facilities consistent with the mission and established policies and procedures of the camp.
  • Requirements: A high school diploma or its equivalent or two years of experience in a facility and site maintenance, construction, or grounds keeping business. Valid and current driver's license. Age 18 strongly preferred.
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Employment philosophy

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Wanakee Staff

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Wanakee United Methodist Center proclaims in word and deed the Gospel of God's Love revealed in Jesus Christ. This love is exemplified and discovered as campers, led by staff and volunteers, live, worship, work, and play together in a Jesus-centered group in the out-of-doors.

Wanakee United Methodist Center seeks to hire staff who have decided to follow Jesus, who seek to become a full participant in the Christian camp community, who participate regularly in worship at a local church and who accept this philosophy.

As an expression of their faith in Jesus Christ, all staff during their time of employment (including time-off) will set an example that honors God, other staff members, volunteers and campers through:

  • Wholesome caring relationships
  • Care for God's creations
  • A lifestyle free from abuse, waste and excess
  • A willingness to give freely of themselves
  • The practice of self-care

Equal Employment Opportunity

Wanakee provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Wanakee complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the camp has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Wanakee expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Wanakee’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

How to apply

  1. Read the Wanakee Staff Application Letter
  2. Complete the online application.
  3. Participate in an interview.
  4. Participate in staff training.
  5. Begin the best job of your life.

Applications are accepted fall through spring until positions are filled. Applying early ensures your choice of positions is still available.