Summer Staff 2021
Lazy F is hiring a group of phenomenal young adults to form our 2021 day camp staff. Together, they will make the magic of camp happen for a bunch of Kittitas County kids in need of a summer outside with peers. We hire staff who desire to play hard, work hard, and serve hard as positive role models for our campers in the Christian community we create here.
Camp is more than a paycheck. It is a real opportunity for personal and professional development. Our staff set goals for themselves each summer. We train and coach to those goals and celebrate success as it comes.
We hope you decide to get paid to play and grow with us this summer. If a full summer of work is not in the cards for you this year, we would be happy to discuss volunteer opportunities or employment in future summers with you.
We hire most of our summer staffers to serve in the counselor and support staff position. As counselors these staffers are directly responsible for the safety, supervision, growth, and fun experience of our campers. They guide campers through the day, teach faith and values in a hands-on way, and participate in the fun the campers are having.
Some people applying for this position will take on the role of support staff. Support staff are the extra hands—and brains—that help get the behind the scenes of camp done so that the magic can happen. They also provide break and time-off coverage for counseling staff. Because every day at camp is a new adventure, support staffers should expect the unexpected and be ready to help out in any way that they can.
This position is paid $14/hour and should expect to work 35-40 hours per week.
Assistant Day Camp Director
The assistant day camp director works closely with the program director to ensure the quality execution of the day camp program. This is a primarily supervisory and administrative role. The assistant day camp director works to iron out weekly staffing and activity schedules, regularly communicates with parents to solve problems and provide information, performs support activities as needed, and mentors the counseling staff.
This position is paid $15/hour and should expect to work 35-40 hours per week.
We are hiring staff to work weekdays from June 21st – September 3rd. Trainings will be held on weekends throughout the Spring. Exact dates forthcoming.
We understand that summertime is a limited resource. We can accomodate reasonable requests for time off.
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If you have any additional questions, we would love to help. Reach out!
What are the minimum qualifications to be on staff at Lazy F?
For all summer staff positions, we have these minimum qualifications:
- Be 18 years of age by the end of staff training.
- Have a positive attitude and optimistic outlook about working with children.
- Be willing to be coached and trained.
- Speak English at a conversational level.
- Maintain a supportive attitude toward the United Methodist Church.
- The willingness and ability to work on a team.
- The ability to traverse stairs and uneven terrain, to live and work in varying weather conditions, to hike up to four (4) miles in steep terrain, to move up to 30 pounds of luggage or supplies to the bed of a pickup truck, and to reach, climb, grasp, push, pull, reach above and below shoulder level, squat, and bend.
- Willingness to spend long hours supervising campers.
- No criminal background, positive references.
- Finally, applicants should be able to maintain their well-being and a positive attitude while working outside for all or most of the day.
The Assistant Day Camp Director position also carries the following requirements:
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- At least 6 combined months of childcare/camping experience.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills appropriate for parent communication in the camp setting.
A highly qualified applicant for Assistant Day Camp Director will also possess the following:
- Knowledge of safe foodservice practices and the ability to assist foodservice staff when needed.
- Experience with a variety of administrative computer/mobile applications and the ability to learn new applications quickly.
- A desire to see others at Lazy F grow in the role they find themselves.
How much do summer staff get paid at Lazy F?
Counselors are paid $14/hour and should expect to work 35-40 hours each week.
The assistant day camp director is paid $15/hour and should expect to work 35-40 hours each week.
Staff trainings, which are held on weekends throughout the spring, have a mandatory “learning focused” portion which staff are compensated for. There are also strongly encouraged but not required staff bonding opportunities throughout the spring which staff are not paid for, but which Lazy F will pay the costs of.
Staff are provided breakfast and lunch during each shift.
Summer staff do not receive any paid time off. If you do require time off during the summer, that can be arranged during the hiring process; however, you will not be compensated for that time.
Staffers receive their pay for the month by direct deposit on the 25th of each month.
What does the weekly work schedule look like?
Great question. Our program runs Monday-Friday from 7:30a-5:30p.
Counselors/support staff work 4 week days from 7:30a-5:30p with a 1 hour break each day. This means each staffer in this position will have one week day off.
The assistant day camp director works every week day for 7.5 hours with a 30 minute break. The assistant day camp director will work with the program director to create a schedule that best meets the program’s needs.
This also leaves several hours each week for staff meetings, in-services, and other trainings. A best time for these will be determined during staff training.
I’m not a Theologian/Methodist/Protestant/Christian/Religious. can I still work at Lazy F?
Resoundingly, YES! We only have two requirements of our staff with regard to faith and belief.
First, we ask that you hold a positive attitude toward our ministry at Lazy F and the ministry of the United Methodist Church. Our goal at Lazy F is not to indoctrinate our campers in the minutiae of Methodism, but it is rather to love as Christ has loved us and connect campers to the greater, global church.
Second, we don’t expect our staff to be theologians. We do require staffers to engage with our curriculum and share what they have learned about it with our campers. We will train you in our curriculum. We will help you learn how to navigate difficult questions. Most importantly, we have pastors on site who are a resource. You don’t need to have all the answers; it’s okay to say that you don’t know!
At the end of the day, we believe that God’s Will and Way are greater than our own. If you’re unsure whether or not Lazy F is right for you, but feel called to apply, we will prayerfully consider the opportunity with you.
I live in another region of the USA or in another country. Do you accept applicants in situations like this?
Sadly, this year, due to COVID-19, we can only hire staff who will be residing in Kittitas County through the Spring and Summer.
How do I know I will be a good fit for the Lazy F staff?
Consider these words from Alex, our Program Director:
“I started at Lazy F in January 2020, without ever having served on summer staff or attended Lazy F as a camper. The staff and community surrounding camp have been so welcoming. Summer staff are some of the most open and engaging people. You’ll easily make connections on staff as long as you’re willing to have fun and play a few board games. I strongly believe that Lazy F is one of the most inclusive places I’ve worked—in the real sense of the word inclusive—and I don’t see that changing any time soon.”
Where exactly is Lazy F?
Lazy F is tucked into a beautiful canyon in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in central Washington. We’re about two hours from Seattle, 45 minutes from Yakima, and 20 minutes to downtown Ellensburg. Our location provides for access to shopping, dining, nature, and tourism on the weekends or breaks.
What is the staff housing arrangement?
It is typically expected that day camp staff live off-site. However, if staff need to live on-site, arrangements can be made. This typically involves a withholding from the staffer’s paycheck as a form of rent.
Apply for Lazy F Summer Staff
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