Application Process

We are excited about your interest in our program.  The fact that you have made it to this page says that you have read about our program and feel like you may be interested in a position here at Camp High Rocks.  Below are some directions and different options to apply to High Rocks. Be sure to read through all the details and expectations so you have a good understanding of the position. If you have any questions or concerns, please drop us a line or give us a call. We will be happy to help you out.

Elizabeth Gentle, Director
zoob@highrocks.com
828-885-2153

Job Description


Responsibilities and Duties

Many male staff will have the primary responsibility of a cabin counselor as well as an activity instructor. As a cabin counselor, you will be charged with the safety and well-being of the campers in your cabin. Each “Age Group” of 4-6 cabins will have an Age Group Head. This person will be the primary person you report to regarding your campers and cabin life.

Staff will teach in one or two activities during the day. You will report to your activity head for this part of your job. Your activity will be determined by your personal ability and prior experience along with our needs for different areas. Our main activities have been listed previously. Counselors can also expect other activities that include running, swimming, driving, Disc Golf, trail hiking, and similar events you would expect to see at a boys’ summer camp.


Qualifications

At a minimum, our staff have completed their first year of college and/or are at least 19 years of age. All of our staff are required to have a minimum of First Aid and CPR certification. Our backcountry staff are required to have at least Wilderness First Aid, but Wilderness First Responder is preferred and required for the trip leader. These wilderness medicine courses are typically available through camp before the season at a free or discounted rate. Many of the specialized activities may require certifications or previously demonstrated skills including teaching or mastery of certain levels.

Many of our staff will be selected to drive as part of their job. This can include a car, minivan, or 15-passenger van. Staff will be selected, evaluated, trained, and oriented for these duties prior to their needs.


Physical Needs

The physical demands described here are a representative of those that must be met by a counselor to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the counselor is regularly required to stand, walk, run and sit for prolonged periods of time on uneven terrain in a mountain top environment. The counselor is also required to use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The counselor may occasionally have to move or lift a minimum of 25 pounds.


Mental Abilities

Communication skills are a very important part of the job as a summer camp counselor. Here are some of the details:

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and parent/guardian correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively with parents and staff members of the camp.

It is also important to have the mental ability to handle the needs of the campers you are charged with supervising. Staff need to be able to supervise, reason, and mentor a wide range of young men from the age of 7 to 16. This includes getting them oriented, guiding them through rough patches, being a resource, and even helping them with their general hygiene.


In Summary

This job description has excluded the marginal function of the positions that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and requirements are essential job functions. All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the counselor occupying this position. Counselors will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor. Minimum requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.


Apply for a Position

You have a couple of options when applying. If you have looked through our site and are ready to apply for a position, you can use our online application (preferred) or print an application and fill it out.

  • Online Application: This is the preferred method. It allows you to add your information easily online at your own pace. You will create a login so that you can come back to finish your work if needed.
  • If you are applying for a support position (child care, housekeeping, maintenance and grounds, kitchen assistant, line cook/chef), please use the Support Staff Application
  • To print an application go to our Printed Staff Application. You can print the form, fill it out and send it to us.

When filling out the application, be sure to make it as complete as possible paying particular attention to references. Please choose references that are previous employers, teachers, coaches, etc. Do not use friends or family members.  Please try to attach a picture if you have one.

Once we receive the application, we will be in touch!

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