Howdy! Ranch Camp has several ways to get involved and be a part of the camp magic in the summer. We have paid positions, Internship positions and volunteer opportunities. Check out the information below and find your fit. We’re glad you’re here!  

Join the Team

Thank-you for considering spending your summer with us at Ranch Camp changing lives and changing the world! We promise it will be an experience you won’t forget and a summer filled with fun, laughter, friendships and memories. Below are the positions we are hiring for. Click on the link to learn more about each position and find your best fit.  

Counselor Coordinator

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old with two years of college preferred
  • Complete a background check, drug test and TB test
  • Prior camp experience and experience working with individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities preferred
  • Leadership experience preferred
  • Abstain from tobacco, alcohol and drug use during your camp contract
  • Be willing to support counselors and campers in a compassionate way

The counselor coordinator position is a leadership position over all cabin teams at camp. This person provides leadership and support to our counselors, campers and ranch hands. They assist in problem solving any camper or counselor challenges and strives to set all cabin teams up for success. This position assists in making weekly cabin assignments, holds cabin staff accountable and ensures they are adequately meeting their job requirements to ensure campers are having a safe, fun and successful camp experience. This position helps with the coordination and training of ranch hands (CIT’s).

Program Coordinator

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old with two years of college preferred
  • Complete a background check, drug test and TB test
  • Prior camp experience and experience working with individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities preferred
  • Leadership experience preferred
  • Experience planning and implementing programming preferred
  • Current lifeguard certification or willingness to obtain during training
  • Abstain from tobacco, alcohol and drug use during your camp contract
  • Be willing to support program staff in a compassionate way

The program coordinator position is a leadership position over all program areas at camp. This person provides leadership and support to the program rover and rec. ranger interns. This position develops camp activities and events in conjunction with the program rover and interns. This person will maintain program supply inventories for planned activities. This person holds program staff accountable and ensures activities are safe and create a quality camp experience for our campers and staff. This person will serve as the aquatics supervisor over water activities and assist with lifeguard as needed. This position assists with the coordination and training of rec. ranger program interns.

Program Rover

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old with one year of college preferred
  • Complete a background check, drug test and TB test
  • Lifeguard certification or willingness to obtain during training
  • Prior activity development and implementation experience preferred
  • Abstain from tobacco, alcohol and drug use during your camp contract
  • Enjoy being outdoors for extended periods of time

The program rover position serves as the primary lifeguard for all camp water activities. This person will maintain water activity safety as their top priority ensuring a safe and fun water experience for staff and campers. When not overseeing the pool and fulfilling lifeguard duties, the program rover will assist the program coordinator in all aspects of camp activities and program. This may involve assisting with activity set-up, leading activities, planning activities and providing additional support to the rec. ranger interns as needed.

Camp Counselor

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old with one year of college preferred
  • Complete a background check, drug test and TB test
  • Abstain from tobacco, alcohol and drug use during your camp contract
  • Enjoy being outdoors and being involved in activities
  • Have a heart for working with campers who have a developmental or intellectual disability
  • Be willing to live in a cabin with other camp staff and campers
  • Desire to have fun, make memories, and grow as a person in the best possible way

Camp Counselors are the heart of our camp staff and get the privilege of directly serving our campers and helping them experience that camp magic. Our counselors work with a co-counselor and ranch hand to serve eight campers in their cabin team each session. Counselors will assist their campers as needed with aspects of camp life to include cabin time, daily living skills, activities, camp events and meals. You’ll sing camp songs, do arts and crafts, go swimming, hang with horses and other ranch animals, roast marshmallows, play sports and games, fish, canoe, dance, make up cabin cheers and play pranks.

Camp Nurse

Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Complete background check, drug test and TB test
  • Abstain from tobacco, alcohol and drug use during your camp contract
  • Must have an RN, LVN, LPN or EMT current certification
  • Prior experience handling and passing medication
  • Ability to live on-site at camp during camp sessions
  • Compassionate and organized

Our camp nurse provides nursing support to our campers and camp staff. This position is responsible for handling and dispersing all camper and staff medications, responding to any medical emergencies at camp, administering first aid and making medical recommendations as needed. This person will check-in all camper medications, create MARS forms for campers and organize med passes for camp to ensure campers and staff receive their medication as needed. This position will be overseen by the RN of the Down Home Ranch medical staff in addition to the camp manager.

Kitchen Assistant

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete background check, drug test and TB test
  • Abstain from tobacco, alcohol and drug use during your camp contract
  • Must have or be willing to obtain a food handlers certification
  • Prior professional kitchen experience preferred

The kitchen assistant position works under the kitchen manager assisting with menus, meal prep, dishes and food inventory. The kitchen assistant maintains health department standards, food safety standards and a safe work environment at all times. This position assists with camper and staff dietary restrictions and adjusts the menu for these individual restrictions as needed. This position may or may not live on-site during the summer depending on needs of candidate.

Rec Ranger (Program Intern)

Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age with one year of college preferred
  • Complete a background check, drug test and TB test
  • Abstain from tobacco, alcohol or drug use during your camp contract
  • Be majoring in an area of program interest or have a hobby/experience in the program area of interest
  • Be comfortable leading an activity to a group of people
  • Be organized and able to create activity plans
  • Be able to commit at minimum to one full camp session plus orientation

The Rec Rangers serve as activity directors over a specific activity area of camp. The four positions available are arts and crafts, nature and barnyard, sports and games, and creative arts. Each position is in charge of planning specific activities for their activity area and completing activity plans ensuring safety and quality standards are met. Rec. Rangers will also assist with evening camp events such as the talent show, cookout, banquet/dance and theme night. This is a great opportunity to get hands on program experience in a fun and creative environment. Stipends for internship positions may be available. Room and board is included for internship positions.

Ranch Hand (Counselor-In-Training)

Requirements

  • Must be 15-18 years old
  • Complete a drug test and TB test
  • Have transportation to and from camp each day
  • Be able to commit to at least one full camp session plus an orientation
  • Be interested in working with campers with a developmental or intellectual disability
  • Enjoy being outdoors and participating in camp activities.

This is an exciting position for high school students interested in serving at camp and wanting to learn the ropes of being a counselor! Ranch hands will be assigned a cabin team to work with for the week. We accept eight ranch hands each session, four male and four female. As a ranch hand you’ll work directly with the counselors assisting them with cabin time, meals, and activities and be in on all the fun and excitement camp has to offer. Ranch hands must to commit to at least one session of camp and serve Sunday evening-Friday morning. At this time Ranch hands are not permitted to stay the night at camp so will need to leave camp in the evening and return in the morning. Meals while at camp are provided.

We’d love to visit with you more about camp and positions. Contact [email protected] or 512-856-0128 extension 120 for more information. To apply for a position please complete and submit an application here. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Commitment

Camp is AWESOME and you’re not going to want to miss one minute of it! Camp runs eight, one-week sessions with two weeks of training. We are seeking staff who can commit to all 10 weeks of awesomeness! Rec. Ranger and Ranch Hand positions need to commit to at least one full session of camp but are welcome to commit to several sessions or the entire summer.  

  • Training Dates: May 23rd through June 3rd  
  • Session 1: June 5-10 
  • Session 2: June 12-17 
  • Session 3: June 19-24 
  • Session 4: June 26-July 1 
  • Session 5: July 3-8 
  • Session 6: July 10-15 
  • Session 7: July 17-22 
  • Session 8: July 24-29 

Training

If you think training is going to be two solid weeks of boring classroom lectures, you’re wrong. This is camp not school and many staff rate training weeks a highlight. You can expect team-building, adventures, bonding, activities, fun and lots of enthusiasm! We’ll teach you all the ins and outs of camp and give you the tools you need to excel at your job and make this your best summer yet!  

Rec. Rangers and Ranch Hands who aren’t serving all summer will attend a camp orientation prior to jumping into camp.  

Volunteer Opportunities

INDIVIDUALS 

Opportunities vary but may include assisting with activity preparations, sorting and filing paperwork, teaching an activity skill or other supportive camp roles. We’d love to visit with you about your talents and how we can put them to work serving at camp.  

GROUPS 

We are looking for groups to help complete work projects prior to camp getting our cabin and activity areas open and ready for campers. Projects vary by time of year, group size and skill but we’d love to visit with you more about how your group can serve our camp program.  

In the summer we are looking for groups to serve on Thursday evenings to decorate and set-up our pavilion for camp banquet and serve our campers dinner. Banquet is a special evening to close out our last night of camp each session. Banquet is themed each week and the pavilion decorated in that theme. Campers dress up for banquet, enjoy being served a nicer meal and then enjoy a night of dancing under the stars. This is a fun and memorable way to be a part of creating awesome experiences for our campers.  

For more information on volunteer opportunities, or to sign up, please contact [email protected] or call 512-856-0128.

Camp Staff and Volunteer FAQs

Will I get paid to work at camp?

Our camp staff positions all receive a weekly salary in addition to their room and board covered. Salaries vary by position, but are all priced competitively in the camp market. Counselor salaries starts at $285/week with bonuses for returning staff. Internship positions may have a stipend available in addition to room and board. Ranch Hand positions have meals provided while at camp. Of course, regardless of where you're serving at camp, the smiles, laughs and memories are plentiful and you can't put a price on that!

Do I get time off?

Camp sessions run from Sunday afternoon to Noon on Friday. Staff have a 48 hour break between sessions. Staff will also receive one night off a week and one rest period off.

Where will I be living?

The majority of our staff live in air-conditioned cabins with the Campers. Cabins have bathrooms with showers, bunk beds and large porches with rocking chairs.

Do I need to have experience working with individuals with special needs?

No, but you do have to have a heart for serving others. We'll teach you the rest! Honestly, the Campers aren't that different from you. They just might need some extra support to make their camp experience a success.

Is there a place to do my laundry?

Yes, we have laundry facilities on site and promise we won't make you wear dirty clothes all summer.

What is camp food like?

Better than you probably think it is! We offer a main menu for each meal with some al a carte items available. Highlight meals during the week are cookout, where cabin teams cook dinner over a fire, and banquet night, where staff and Campers are served a sit-down themed dinner. We also offer camp canteen every afternoon where Campers and staff can get snacks and treats.

What camp activities will I participate in?

Seriously, let the fun begin! We offer diverse activities including arts & crafts, sports & games, nature activities, geocaching, barnyard with horses and chickens, fishing, canoeing/kayaking, outdoor cooking, drama, swimming and lots of fun evening activities such as talent show, camp dance and campfire with s'mores.

What do I need to bring to Camp?

We'll send you the official packing list once you're on Team Camp, but you need weather appropriate clothes for camp activities, a foot-locker is recommended, twin bedding for your bunk, closed-toe shoes, hygiene products, games and bunk décor (optional).

Any COVID-19 Policies?

Our COVID policies follow the CDC and local health department guidelines. We have extra disinfecting protocols in place and the health and well-being of our staff and Campers is priority. We strongly encourage staff and Campers to be fully vaccinated prior to coming to Camp. Please note that these protocols are evolving as guidelines and recommendations change. We'd be happy to discuss specific concerns or questions with you.

Have Additional Questions?

If you have specific questions not answered, email [email protected] or call (512) 856-0128 x120.