Scripture tells us that we are all given different gifts, but are called to work together in unity to build up and equip the rest of the body for the work of ministry. Doe River Gorge offers a variety of positions and opportunities to serve. Regardless of the position, we are looking for college-age students who are grounded in their faith to serve as Christian role models. We are looking for those with energy and motivation to be mentors, big brothers and sisters, and to show God's love to the campers. Whatever the roll, every Summer Staff is vital to our mission.
Counselors are the heartbeat of our programs. Counselors are the primary caregivers for all of our participants. Counselors live with the participants, facilitate activities, share their spiritual journey, and have opportunity to lead small group Bible Studies. Each counselor will team with another staff member to ensure the safety and personal attention of each camper. Counselors attend 17 days of training immediately before the 10 weeks of summer ministry and are allowed one week off with prior notice.
High Adventure Instructors (SWAT) are well-trained to facilitate the activities...prior experience is NOT required. To ensure quality and safety, Doe River Gorge requires 17 days of training finalized with a Skills Assessment Test. Activities include: zip lines, ropes courses, rock climbs, river tubing, and more. Each High Adventure Instructor shares a cabin with a counselor in order to ensure the safety and personal attention of each camper. Along with the 17 days of staff training, High Adventure Instructors are expected to attend 10 weeks of summer ministry with the allowance or one week off with prior notice.
Wranglers are involved in ministry to students through a variety of horsemanship activities. They are responsible for camper safety along with the care of horses and facilities. Wranglers may be asked to live inside the air-conditioned cabins and aid counselors to help ensure the safety and personal attention of campers. As schedules permit, they may work alongside gift shop or office staff. Wranglers are required to attend 17 days of staff training and 10 weeks of summer ministry with the allowance or one week off with prior notice.
Leadership positions and internships are available offering increased responsibilities and ministry initiatives. These positions are usually filled by returning staff members who have proven ability to lead. However, we welcome all applicants who demonstrate initiative and desire to develop leadership skills.
Retail Managers assist, manage, and oversee the Outfitters Store (gift shop) and Sidetrack Cafe (lakeside snack shop). Responsibilities include controlling inventory, restocking, and merchandising products and snacks. Retail Managers must have an eye for detail and organization. Successful Retail Managers find satisfaction in the campers and guests.
Lifeguards are responsible for lake swim checks and river safety on the Doe River, and are waterfront-certified. A current Red Cross lifeguard certification is required. Doe River Gorge Ministries offers lifeguard training before camp begins and allows summer staff to obtain this certification free of charge. A weekly one hour in-service training is required for all certified lifeguards. Lifeguards may be asked to become High Adventure Instructors (SWAT) to ensure flexibility.Typically, lifeguards live in air-conditioned camper cabins and minister with counselors. 17 days of staff training is required for the 10 weeks of summer ministry with the allowance or one week off with prior notice.
Since vivid memories are vital to the continued effect of camp experience and visual media is a powerful way to assure this, videographers and photographers will video and photograph the activities. Applicants should have some experience in videography, video production, and photography. 17 days of staff training is required for the 10 weeks of summer ministry with the allowance or one week off with prior notice.