The work we do at Camp Hardtner matters. Deeply. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better—or more challenging—job in the world or a more rewarding ministry. Working and living intentionally in community will push your limits and you are sure to grow tremendously: spiritually, personally, and professionally while you impact the lives of our campers.
Permanent Staff Application Deadline
Applications will remain open through the online system as follows:
Head Counselor: November 5 (w/ interviews on November 10 in Baton Rouge)
All others: December 15
*Interview slots will be limited and will be arranged on a first-come-first-served basis as applications are received*
After receiving your application, you will be contacted by the Director to make arrangements for an interview.
Applicants who were hired last year will undergo a Zoom/Skype/digital interview. These will be scheduled on a rolling basis as your application is received.
All others will be scheduled for one of the following dates/locations. Each will have only 6 slots available.
November 10 : Baton Rouge
December 1: Lafayette
December 8: TBD
December 29: Camp Hardtner
Employment will run from May to July 24. (These dates include 36 Hrs/session planning)
Counselors: $ 1600.00 for duration of summer ($228/week, 7 weeks) Plus room and board (a $2250 value)
Head Counselor: $ 2000.00 for duration of summer ($285/week; 7 weeks) Plus room and board (a $2250 value)
Head Driver & Admin Asst: $ 1800.00 for duration of summer ($257/week; 7 weeks) Plus room and board (a $2250 value)
Individuals with Lifeguard/Waterfront certification will receive an additional $100 for the summer.
Returning staff will receive an additional $100 for the summer for each consecutive year they have served on staff.
All staff receive time off of between each session. Requests for additional days off must be approved by the Director BEFORE the summer.
Description of Responsibilities
The primary job of a Permanent Staff member is to give of themselves in every moment to create an amazing, transformative, and safe atmosphere for the campers.
It’s not all sacrifice for nothing, however. Through the tireless effort, work, and energy (and despite the measly pay), a counselor receives something amazing and transformative of their own. On top of that, you will develop skills that will draw on for the rest of your life—in your professional life and in your personal life.
All Permanent Staff
Responsible to the Director.
Act as a positive role model.
Intentionally builds and maintains relationships between campers and with fellow staff.
Ensures that campers feel loved and accepted.
Participates in and contributes to the spiritual life of the Camp community.
Puts needs of others ahead of own.
Takes a stand for what is right even if unpopular
Works consistently, follows through on commitments, and puts in a strong effort even when taxing
Uses good judgment
Has strong work ethic
Has sense of humor
Counselor – Must be 18 years of age and high school graduate at time of application.
Directly supervised by the Head Counselor.
Works collaboratively and creatively with other staff members to plan, prepare, and implement the camp program.
Serves as counselor in a residence cabin group for up to 12 campers, and working with cabin mate shares the responsibility of all cabin duties, and the health, morale, and cleanliness of the group.
Carries out specific tasks as assigned by Head Counselor.
Responsible for engagement with campers and encouraging camper participation.
Responsible for leading daily group discussions, worship, and cabin reflections consistent with each camp session’s theme.
Resolves disputes or conflicts with other staff members; informs Head Counselor of issues as necessary.
Safely leads and supervises all campers in camp activities.
Mentor Counselors in Training (CITs) as assigned
Head Counselor – Must have at least 1 summer’s staffing experience at Camp Hardtner.
Coordinates/manages/directs/supports/oversees the Permanent Staff in the daily implementation of camp program and Camp Hardtner culture.
Provide support and guidance to the Permanent Staff serving as a resource for the staff to “take things up a level.”
Convenes and leads the Program Staff for meetings as needed (including Staff Check and Staff Meeting)
Remains perceptive to the on-goings of Camp, responding when necessary. Ex: mediating conflict among campers or counselors.
Acts as a liaison between the Camp Staff and Permanent Staff.
Prepares daily schedule of counselor assignments.
Prepares cabin and small group lists.
Serves as primary CIT shepherd, leading daily check-in.
Communicates recommendations and concerns to the Director.
Seeks and creates ways to include and involve Camp Staffs, Nurses, & CITs.
Head Driver – Must be over 21 years old with a clean driving record.
Makes town runs for supplies, brings campers to hospital/doctor.
Operates camp vehicles in safe manner according to vehicle safety training.
Maintains receipts and works with Director to purchase in line with budget.
Responsible for vehicle cleanliness.
When not fulfilling driver duties, participates in program as member of Permanent Staff.
Works closely with the Director to provides office and administrative support in the following areas:
Reminder emails, Camp store sales and inventory, Camp picture, meal counts, and other behind the scenes tasks
Collects and distributes daily camper mail
Takes pictures and manages digital media; Ex: daily uploads photos to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Other special assignments based on individual skills/interests
*There is the possibility for combining the Head Driver & Admin Assistant duties into one position, if interested.
Must be 18 years of age and high school graduate at time of application.
Must be able to become certified in First Aid/CPR.
Must submit health history record and examination form prior to first day of work.
Must pass a drug screen.
Ability to interact with all age levels.
Must be able to complete online child abuse awareness and prevention training (Safeguarding God’s children) prior to first day of work.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Understand the development needs of youth.
Ability to relate to youth and adults in a positive manner.
Demonstrate knowledge and skill in designated camp program areas.
Set an example of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ on a daily basis.
Demonstrate strong moral and Christian values consistent with the Episcopal Church’s teaching.
Willingness to lead daily group discussions, worship, and reflections consistent with each camp session’s theme.
Physical Aspects of the Job:
Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.
Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours with limited time off; and daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs.
Stamina to carry out camp programs in hot and humid climate over extended period of time.
Physical ability to run, jump, play, and negotiate hilly terrain and trails; and walk several miles per day.
Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
Ability to lift up to 50lbs.
If you have any questions about the job requirements, application process, or experience, please don’t hesitate to contact me.