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Job Opportunities

We are thrilled that you are interesting in working at John Knox Ranch this summer! Serving as part of the Summer Staff at JKR is an honor and a privilege. You will work hard, but your life will be enriched because you will make a difference in the lives of children and youth. Please read over the various summer job descriptions, and give some thought as to how your gifts and talents might make the biggest impact at summer camp. Please make sure that you are available for all staff training and employment dates. If you are unable to be here for all of the dates, please call or email JKR Staff about those times you must be absent prior to employment.

Important dates:

  • May 22 -26 Upper Leadership Staff Training
  • May 26-June 4 Summer Staff Training (Counselors & Program Staff)
  • June 4–6 Junior Counselor Training 
  • June 6–9 Summer Camp starts with Rookie Camp
  • June 10–July 28 Summer Camp
  • July 30–August 2 Camp Braveheart (we serve as staff)
  • August 4–5 Finish up summer camp work
  • August 3-12                    Family camp (optional) 

Staff receives three hours off each day, as well as scheduled 24-hour breaks. We also have a 5 day break in the middle of the summer (noon July 8-July 14 @ 2 pm).

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Counselor

Summer Camp Counselors live with 5 to 9 campers and act as friend, parent, guide, mentor and disciplinarian to the campers throughout the week. Working alongside and with a co-counselor, they lead activities for their cabin of campers. For 1 to 2 weeks out of the summer, a counselor may be put in a support staff role. As support staff, an individual can expect to lifeguard, help in the kitchen, and do light maintenance. In all areas, counselors help foster a climate of spiritual growth. Counselors will receive pre-camp training and preparation, including Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR/AED certification. Age: 18 and up, preferred one year of college.

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Junior Counselor

Our Junior Counselor (JC) Program is part of JKR's Leadership Development Program, with 2 sessions each summer (two 3-week sessions. JCs live on-site with different cabin groups each week. During the day, JCs supervise Day Campers; in the evenings, JCs help Counselors with their Resident Camp cabin groups. All JCs must participate in a 3-day orientation before the start of the summer (Dates: June 4-6). Age: Rising High School seniors.

  • Junior Counselor Session 1: June 10-June 30
  • Junior Counselor Session 2: July 1-28 (week off 8-14)

 

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Summer Camp Director

The Summer Camp Program Director will work with the Executive Director to supervise staff and camp activities on a continual basis; write mid- and end-of-summer staff evaluations; help plan, organize and lead staff training; manage the waterfronts; facilitate evening activities; handle any discipline problems as they arise; as well as help out with any and all aspects of camp at all times. As part of the JKR Staff, these persons will receive pre-camp training and preparation, including Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR/AED certification, and be expected to serve in these areas as needed. Age: 21 and up, preferred 3 years of college/graduate.duate.

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Day Camp/Junior Counselor Director (2)

Day Camp/JC Director will plan, coordinate and lead the 6-week Day Camp program for 4-10 year-olds. It will also oversee the Junior Counselor program, consisting of orientation, Day Camp supervision, Resident Camp supervision, break time activities and spiritual development of Junior Counselors. Day Camp/JC Directors will work with the Executive Director and Summer Program Assistant to plan and implement the schedule of activities for participants. As part of the JKR Staff, these persons will receive pre-camp training and preparation, including Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR/AED certification, and be expected to serve in these areas as needed. Age: 21 and up, preferred 3 years of college.

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High Adventure Directors (2)

The High Adventure Directors (2 positions available) are responsible for leading campers through high and low challenge activities as well as climbing and rappelling activities. They must possess leadership skills, knowledge and the willingness to participate in all of these activities. Ropes Directors will work with Summer Camp Director and will be responsible for checking equipment, logging equipment usage, and maintaining and enforcing all safety policies at all times. This person must be certified in both low and high ropes, or be willing to be certified. As part of the JKR Staff, these persons will receive pre-camp training and preparation, including Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR/AED certification, and be expected to serve in these areas as needed. Age: 20 and up, preferred 2 years of college.

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Leaders in Training Director (2)

The Leaders in Training Directors (1 male and 1 female) will implement the LIT / State Park Adventure program consisting of our trip and travel camps to various State Parks and work with TPWD staffs including the Texas Ambassador program.  The LIT Program Managers will work with the Executive Director and Summer Program Assistant before camp to plan and implement the LIT curriculum, which will consist of learning leadership skills, both personally and within group settings. As part of the JKR Staff, these persons will receive pre-camp training and preparation, including Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR/AED certification, and be expected to serve in these areas as needed. Age: 20 and up, preferred two years of college.  Experience with Texas Ambassador program/interns preferred.

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Arts & Crafts Director

The Arts and Crafts Director (1 position available) is responsible for the planning, preparing, and executing Aarts and Crafts activities for resident campers. Duties include inventorying and ordering supplies needed, teaching skills, and encouraging campers in their artistic pursuits. This person will also be responsible for leading music and songs for Resident Camp. This includes leading and coordinating music/songs at the opening and closing campfires, closing worship, songs after meals, and/or anytime music is needed. This position may be combined with another, e.g., Media Director, depending on the applicant's gifts. As part of the JKR Staff, this person will receive pre-camp training and preparation, including Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR/AED certification, and be expected to serve in these areas as needed. Age: 19 and up, preferred one year of college.llege.

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Health Care Director/Nurse

The Healthcare Director (1 position available) provides for the health of campers and staff; distributes medication; manages the infirmary; screens campers for health issues upon arrival; maintains health care records; administers minor first aid per doctor's standing orders; as well as participates in overall leadership and decisions regarding camp requirements. First Aid/CPR/AED certifications required. Prefer RN, LVN, EMT, WFR, Advanced First Aid or students in the health care professions will also be considered. Age: 21 and up, preferred 3 years of college.

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Kitchen / Site Support Staff (2)

Do you want to be involved in the life of summer camp, yet feel like you’re not quite ready to be a counselor? Do you like to cook, or do you want to learn how? Enjoy working with your hands to repair and build things. Are you hard working, dependable, and can you learn quickly? Kitchen and site support staff will help the JKR Cooks prepare and serve meals during camp and assist the facility director with repair and construction. Tasks will involve everything from cutting vegetables and preparing the salad bar, to baking bread, to helping with dishes, to taking care of the tasks required to feed and serve campers and staff. Age 17 (rising high school senior) and up.

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Camp Mom / Dads

Are you and ex counsellor of camp and want to help for a week? This new program is designed to mentor counsellors and help camp management with parent contacts. for more information please contact us

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