Camp Ondessonk’s Outdoor Education Staff wear many hats. Camp functions in many different ways between summers. In addition to our main function as an outdoor education facility, Camp Ondessonk is also a retreat center, event venue, hiking and trail riding destination, public campground, and horse ranch. Therefore, the role of the Outdoor Education Staff can change from day to day, even hour to hour. Although an outdoor education instructor first and foremost, every member of the staff throughout the season will step into the role of cook, dishwasher, custodian, wrangler, campground host, groundskeeper, housekeeper, among others. In light of this, it is crucial to have a strong but flexible work ethic to juggle the many required tasks of the position. In addition to the diversity of duties, we live where we work, and we work where we live. Camp is a small community with only about a dozen people living on-site year-round in a secluded setting. Having an open and welcoming sense of community will be an asset to anyone who has the unique pleasure of working and living at Camp Ondessonk.

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Tagged as: Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding, Support Staff, Teaching/Education


• 21 years of age
• At least 2 years of college credit or comparable lived experience
• Previous experience in a camp setting and basic knowledge of outdoor education
• First Aid/CPR/AED certified or ability to become certified within 30 days of employment
• High levels of personal integrity, emotional maturity, patience, adaptability, and self-motivation
• Energy, a good sense of humor, and a passion for the out-of-doors

Required Skills:

• Ability to hike at least 3 consecutive hours over moderate to difficult terrain and lift at least 50 pounds

Preferred Skills:

• Strong group facilitation, communication, and interpersonal skills, and a high degree of job flexibility
• Wilderness First Aid or Responder, Lifeguard, American Canoe Association, Certified Interpretive Guide, archery, rock climbing, equestrian, or other certifications

About Camp Ondessonk

Since 1959, Camp Ondessonk has provided children and children-at-heart the opportunity to experience first hand the beauty of God’s creation. Camp Ondessonk offers programs to many different groups throughout the year. During the fall, winter, and spring we offer outdoor education programs to school and youth groups, challenge and high ropes courses, conference and retreat facilities, and a variety of special interest weekends and Open Houses.

A great camping experience requires more than just a facility and a program. One of Camp Ondessonk’s greatest strengths is the large number of staff and volunteers that work throughout the year to facilitate and support programs. These individuals strive to be positive role models, living lives committed to the spiritual and emotional growth of participants

Application Instructions

Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Nolan Hurst at [email protected] by January 3rd, 2022. For full job description visit, https://ondessonk.com/wp-content/uploads/OE-Job-Description-Spring-2022.pdf

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