Summer Jobs

GET PAID TO ADVENTURE!

You want adventure and excitement. You want to make a difference in someone’s life. But you also want a job that will help you get ready for whatever is next in life. However, the pressure is real to get a job where you will gain resume-worthy experience. We get it – you want adventure but you need experience. The good news is you don’t have to settle; you can have both at Amnicon!

Amnicon is looking for people who…

Are open to participating in a faith-based community with caring and compassionate words and actions.
Are trustworthy for the responsibility of facilitating safe and positive wilderness experiences.
Are willing to be Christ-like servant leaders for their groups and among the staff.
Are passionate about participating in God’s work of peace, wholeness, justice, and harmony by serving youth and adults from all walks of life.
Are ready to have their lives and the lives of their campers changed by an entirely unique experience of community, service, and wilderness.
Have a sense of adventure, and aren’t afraid to get dirty for the sake of others.

How to begin your adventure:

1. Apply now! – Don’t worry, filling out an application doesn’t commit you to anything, and it only takes a couple minutes. It’s just the first step on the journey.

2. Get in touch! Email our hiring director, Brad, at brad.damon@amnicon.org to ask any questions you have.

3. Interview – We will be in contact once we receive your application to set up a time to talk more about what a job at Amnicon could look like for you!

Summer JOBS

Wilderness Guide

Qualifications

  • Present for the entirety of staff training
  • At least 19 years of age, or having completed one year of college
  • Emotionally prepared for hard work in the service of others
  • Organized and self-motivated; able to work without direct supervision or specific daily direction
  • A flexible thinker with demonstrated problem-solving ability
  • Able to work comfortably alone or with others for long periods of time
  • Able to collaborate and work constructively with others to accomplish short- and long-term objectives
  • You do NOT need to identify as Christian to work at Amnicon, however, you must be willing to engage in and lead faith-based activities with your campers and with the staff community, an intentionally Christian community focused on compassion and service
  • Able to sustain physical activity for several hours at a time (i.e. paddling, hiking, lifting, etc.)
  • Excited about working with youth and having a positive impact on their lives
  • Enthusiastic about living and working in the outdoors. (Extensive wilderness/camping experience is not required. Enthusiasm, determination, and positivity are all preferred over previous wilderness experience)

Responsibilities

  • Lead a variety of wilderness trips during the summer season, including Montreal canoeing, flat-water and white-water canoeing, and hosting groups on site
  • Lead and teach wilderness skills, including canoeing, outdoor cooking, and Leave No Trace camping techniques
  • Actively seek opportunities to engage your campers in conversation, always putting their interests and well-being first
  • Lead open and guided group discussions centered around Bible study, devotions, environmental education, and care for Creation
  • Take responsibility, usually with a co-guide, for the health, safety, and well-being of small groups of teenage campers and adults
  • Act as an encouraging Christ-like role model of compassion for others and care for Creation
  • Assist with various in-camp duties when not on trail

Compensation

Salary: $300/week = $3,600 for the whole summer

Certifications:

  • Wilderness First Aid ($400 value, lasts 3 years)
  • Wilderness Water Safety ($200 value, lasts 2 years)
  • CPR/AED ($50 value, lasts 3 years)
  • Mental Health First Aid ($100 value, lasts 1 year)

Housing & Food for the whole summer

Base Team

Qualifications

  • At least 19 years of age, or having completed one year of college
  • Emotionally prepared for hard work in the service of others
  • Organized and self-motivated; able to work without direct supervision or specific daily direction
  • A flexible thinker with demonstrated problem-solving ability
  • Able to work comfortably alone or with others for long periods of time
  • Able to collaborate and work constructively with others to accomplish short- and long-term objectives
  • You do NOT need to identify as Christian to work at Amnicon, however, you must be willing to engage in faith-based activities with the staff community, an intentionally Christian community focused on compassion and service

Responsibilities

  • Be the experts in the room about what’s happening at base camp and the status of the site
  • Be the eyes on the ground and the first responders to any problems that arise while groups are in base
  • Assist the guiding staff and their campers by being available and ready to help with anything
  • Keep the buildings and public areas looking great
  • Pack out food and equipment for wilderness trip groups
  • Participate in programmatic elements (i.e. evening campfires) as able
  • Serve as an Assistant Guide or Co-Guide (depending on experience level) for at least one wilderness trip each summer; potentially more
  • Assist the Kitchen Coordinator with food prep and serving meals
  • Assist the Maintenance Coordinator with projects on Amnicon’s property
  • Flexibly assist with other in-camp duties as needed and as time allows
  • Be ready for ANYTHING! In base life is sometimes more unpredictable than the wilderness adventures we facilitate. You never know what the day will hold!

Compensation

Salary: $300/week = $3,600 for the whole summer

Certifications:

  • Wilderness First Aid ($400 value, lasts 3 years)
  • Wilderness Water Safety ($200 value, lasts 2 years)
  • CPR/AED ($50 value, lasts 3 years)
  • Mental Health First Aid ($100 value, lasts 1 year)

Housing & Food for the whole summer

Summer Assistant Director

Qualifications

  • Emotionally and spiritually prepared for hard work in the service of others

  • Willing to engage in the life of faith with the camp community

  • Worked at least one summer at Amnicon in another position

  • Self-Motivated, Team-Oriented

  • Over 21 years of age, or have completed 2 years of college

Responsibilities

  • Work with the Director team to create amazing outdoor experiences for our campers, guests, and summer staff

  • Guide at least one wilderness adventure

  • Supervise, train, and coach our Wilderness Guides & Base Team members

  • Be flexible, and willing to jump in wherever needed

Compensation

Salary: $325/week = $4,200 for the whole summer

Certifications:

  • Wilderness First Aid ($400 value, lasts 3 years)
  • Wilderness Water Safety ($200 value, lasts 2 years)
  • CPR/AED ($50 value, lasts 3 years)
  • Mental Health First Aid ($100 value, lasts 1 year)

Housing & Food for the whole summer

Rostered Guide

Position Description

Rostered Guides are individuals who would prefer to be available to lead programs at Amnicon now and then, rather than living on site for several months during a typical seasonal position. Rostered Guides choose their own schedules and live off-site throughout the year, unless actively leading a program through Amnicon’s base camp. Rostered Guides must have a full season of guiding experience with Amnicon, or comparable wilderness experience. Rostered Guides also maintain current certifications in Wilderness Water Safety, Wilderness First Aid, and CPR, and must participate in one training trip with Amnicon each year. Amnicon is widening its training trip and certification program options, and there will be at least 5 trips throughout the year that will meet the “training trip” requirement for Rostered Guides, and an additional training weekend in the spring to gain all required certifications in just three (jam-packed) days.

If you are interested in Rostered Guiding, please contact Brad at brad.damon@amnicon.org to find out how to get on Amnicon’s guiding roster.

Qualifications

  • Have completed a full summer season as a Wilderness Guide at Amnicon or have comparable wilderness and leadership experience
  • Fully certified in Wilderness First Aid or higher, Wilderness Water Safety, and CPR
  • Complete at least one Amnicon training trip annually – this can be one of the summer staff training trips, or one of the skills-based open enroll trips throughout the year
  • Emotionally prepared for hard work in the service of others
  • Organized and self-motivated; able to work without direct supervision or specific daily direction
  • A flexible thinker with demonstrated problem-solving ability
  • Able to collaborate and work constructively with others to accomplish short- and long-term objectives
  • You do NOT need to identify as Christian to work at Amnicon, however, you must be willing to engage in and lead faith-based activities with your campers and with the staff community, an intentionally Christian community focused on compassion and service
  • Able to sustain physical activity for several hours at a time for multiple days in a row (i.e. paddling, hiking, lifting, etc.)
  • Excited about working with youth and having a positive impact on their lives
  • Enthusiastic about living and working in the outdoors.

Responsibilities

  • Participate in a monthly phone call throughout the year to check in, update availability, and opt into trips and programs you would like to lead
  • Be prepared to lead a variety of wilderness trips and other programs, including Montreal canoeing, flat-water and white-water canoeing, day trips in the Twin Cities, and hosting groups on Amnicon’s site
  • Lead and teach wilderness skills, including canoeing, outdoor cooking, and Leave No Trace camping techniques with groups for whom you are responsible
  • Lead open and guided group discussions centered around Bible study, devotions, environmental education, and care for Creation
  • Take responsibility, with a co-guide, for the health, safety, and well-being of small groups of teenage campers and adults
  • Act as an encouraging Christ-like role model of compassion for others and care for Creation

Compensation

Salary: $300/week

Certifications:

  • Wilderness First Aid ($400 value, lasts 3 years)
  • Wilderness Water Safety ($200 value, lasts 2 years)
  • CPR/AED ($50 value, lasts 3 years)
  • Mental Health First Aid ($100 value, lasts 1 year)

Housing & Food for the weeks you are guiding

“Before working at Amnicon I didn’t know what ‘being at peace’ meant,

but now not only have I truly experienced peace, I’ve learned the skills

to teach and guide other people to experience peace as well.

And thats pretty cool.” Nate (Wilderness Guide)

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