We are now hiring Summer Staff for 2022!! See more details below. To apply, click here.
Check out the opportunity to do voluntary service as our Sustainability Assistant, starting in October, 2022.
Sustainability Assistant at Camp Friedenswald
Voluntary Service Position
Camp Friedenswald is seeking a candidate to serve as Sustainability Assistant beginning in October of 2022 (beginning date is flexible). The Sustainability Assistant will aid in implementing organizational goals related to environmental and sustainability education, energy use, waste practices, sustainable food sources, biodiversity, and social justice issues. Specific duties will include teaching outdoor education classes, helping with ecological restoration, monitoring Camp compost, and tracking metrics related to goals mentioned above. There will be time available during the course of the year for the sustainability assistant to work on a “passion project” to be determined in conversation with the sustainability and outdoor education director.
Benefits include free housing and utilities, high speed internet, a monthly stipend, a flexible work schedule, food when the Dining Hall is open, and the opportunity to be a part of a fabulous team working to create resilient and sustainable change in the beautiful setting of the Peaceful Woods.
Summer staff: Why serve at Camp Friedenswald?
- Gain valuable leadership experience
- Build your resume with job skills that are relevant to any/all career paths
- Help foster in campers a love of God and the natural environment
- Serve as a mentor and role-model
- Create lasting friendships among peers
- Live in the peaceful woods – a restorative place in Creation
- Experience the joy of a polar bear plunge and an evening campfire in Mosquito Hollow.
Positions available for Summer 2022:
- Leadership Staff including:
- Waterfront Director
- Program Assistant
- Worship Leader
- Communications Coordinator
- Activities Coordinator
- Arts and Crafts Coordinator
- (please contact our Program Director for more information about any of the leadership positions)
- Camp Counselor/Rotational Staff (see job description below)
Camp Counselor / Rotational Staff Job Description:
Facilitate the summer camp program experience for children, youth and family campers.
Unless otherwise assigned as part of the hiring process, all summer staff are hired as a camp counselor who will serve, on average, three out of four weeks of youth camps as a counselor. Other jobs will be assigned as needed to support the running of camp, including kitchen assistant, land stewardship assistant, or waterfront assistant. If you have a strong preference for one assignment or another please discuss this as part of your interview process. We strive to place staff in the role where they most wish to serve.
- Provide a Christ-centered child-first atmosphere where all campers feel valued and loved.
- Care for and tend to campers’ needs (physical, emotional, spiritual), seeking help where needed.
- Walk with campers on their journey of faith.
- Lead and supervise a group of 8-10 campers (on average) alongside a peer “co-counselor.” Tasks include guiding campers through rhythms of daily camp life, engaging campers in conversation, managing mealtime and cabin clean-up duties, leading activities, and actively participating in all aspects of camp life.
- Guide cabin groups in age-appropriate thoughtful discussion and sharing during “cabin quest” and evening devotions; participate in worship and provide prayer, story, song, etc. as needed.
- Instill in campers an appreciation for the natural environment and a sense of stewardship, modeling respectful use of resources throughout the course of daily camp life.
- Seek to live out Camp Friedenswald’s Core Values and mission
- Implement policies and procedures outlined during staff orientation, including adherence and compliance with all COVID-19 precautions.
- Care for and help clean cabins (daily) and other camp facilities at the close of a week. This includes participation in “all camp clean up” after campers depart at the end of a week.
- Attend staff orientation and daily staff meetings, including a final “wrap-up” meeting at the conclusion of the week.
- Engage in thoughtful evaluation and reflection on how the week(s) are going, sharing any concerns with your supervisor.
- Participate in the life of the staff community. While optional, we strongly encourage summer staff to use their time off on the weekends to build authentic relationships with one another.
- Other duties as assigned
- On a journey of Christian faith
- Appreciates and understands Mennonite/Anabaptist beliefs and practices
- Ability to work cooperatively as a team member
- Genuine interest in working with and caring for youth (and people of all ages)
- Responsible and flexible to changing circumstances
- Good listening and communication skills
- Appreciates nature
- Willingness to serve in whatever capacity is most needed
- Authentic commitment to reflective learning of new skills and information
- Enthusiastic engagement in daily camp life
- 18 years or older to work with youth
Dates of Summer 2022 Employment
Summer Staff Orientation – June 6-10
Youth Camps – June 12 – July 8
Family and Adult Camps – July 11-31
Band/Other Camps – Aug 1-Aug 20
*Not all staff are needed/required to serve the entirety of the summer schedule. Please note your availability during the application process and dates will be confirmed as part of the contract process.
- Apply: Submit a completed application form (new summer staff or returning summer staff) online
- References: Provide names of three references on your application that camp will contact to complete a reference form for you.
- Interview: Camp will schedule an interview (via Zoom) to learn more about you and your interest in working at Camp Friedenswald.
Once your application, references and interview are complete, camp is then able to make a hiring decision. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis. If offered a position, each staff member will need to provide information for a background check. Please be aware that information obtained from the background check may disqualify you from employment. Once the background check is completed, you will receive a contract to review and sign.
Benefits & Pay
The rewards of working at camp are more than the money, but we know that college (or other endeavors) require financial resources. Camp Friedenswald offers compensation including housing & food (valued at $350/week), and a weekly stipend. Health insurance is not available through camp. Weekly stipend includes:
- First-time employees: $150 per week
- Leadership positions: $200 per week
- Returning staff bonus: $20 per week (year 2), $40 per week (year 3)
Welcome & Inclusion
At Camp Friedenswald we hire people who are the best qualified candidates (see list of qualifications above) and resonate with our core values and mission. We wholeheartedly affirm the full participation of LGBTQ+ people at Camp as we seek to authentically live into our mission and core values. We are on a journey of learning how we might better provide genuine hospitality to LGBTQ+ staff, campers, and guests. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff for further conversation of what this means at Camp Friedenswald.
Camp Friedenswald is a partner of Central District Conference (of Mennonite Church USA) and affirms the Conference’s discernment around inclusion and welcome of LGBTQ+ people in the life of the church.
Camp Friedenswald provides hospitality to over 12,000 people annually. We depend on caring, skilled, and committed staff in order to provide quality retreat and camping experiences. Employment opportunities are posted here as they arise. If you have any questions, email our Executive Director or call 269-476-9744.