Summer Staff

Covenant Harbor offers a number of different staff positions for you to serve God this summer! Each position will be challenging, satisfying, and have plenty of opportunities to impact campers’ lives through Jesus Christ.

Do you remember what it felt like to have an awesome camp counselor who really impacted your life? Wouldn’t you enjoy getting to play with kids everyday…as your job? Not only play with kids but impact their lives … forever!

Covenant Harbor exists to draw people from their routine into opportunities to enjoy creation, recreation and relationships so that all will experience God through Jesus Christ.

The ultimate goals of our camp programs is to love kids, to share the great news of the Gospel with them, and to encourage their growth with Christ. We look for applicants with servant hearts, positive attitudes, and willingness to cooperate in whatever capacity necessary. We need staff that are clearly called to serve at camp and are committed to regular Christian fellowship, Bible study, and service. We desire for our staff members to have a contagious love for Jesus, a fun-loving personality, and a commitment to evangelism and discipleship.

We want our summer staff to enjoy Christian community, study the Word of God, and have an absolute blast serving kids. We are not looking for perfect people, but for people who are willing to be a Christ-like role model 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If this is what you’re looking for, we hope to have you on our team!

Please carefully read over the details of the following job descriptions as you consider applying for summer staff. Note that all positions require staff to live on-site for the duration of the summer.

Counselor Positions

Day Camp Counselors - Positions Available

Overnight Counselors - Positions Available

Job Descriptions for Counselors

Non-Counselor Positions

Activity Team Member - Positions Available

Administrative Assistants - Positions Available

Audio Tech - Positions Available

Facilities Specialists - Positions Available

Logistics Coordinator - Positions Available

Parent Liaison - Positions Available

Photo Tech - Positions Available

Student Nurses - Positions Available

Team Counselors - Positions Available

Waterfront Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor - Positions Available

Waterfront Team - Positions Available

Worship Leader - Positions Available

Video Tech - Positions Available

Job Descriptions for Non-Counselors

Program Positions

Program Directors - Positions Available

Assistant Program Directors - Positions Available

Alpha Counselors/Assistant Directors - Positions Available

Job Descriptions for Program Positions

The ministry of Covenant Harbor is dependent upon summer staff that are committed to carrying out our mission. Summer staff, in any role, have the incredibly large responsibility of being a Christ-like example to all campers. We expect summer staff to live a life that honors God at all times, not only while camp is in session. Therefore, it is necessary for all applicants to:

- Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
– Demonstrate the love of Christ in all of their words and actions
- Maintain a positive attitude throughout challenging and exhausting situations 
- Abstain from the use of tobacco, alcohol, and/or illegal drugs, regardless of personal beliefs
– Serve wherever needed, regardless of job description
- Use discernment in choice of dress, appearance and language
– Follow all guidelines listed in the Staff Handbook

-Abide by the standards of the lifestyle covenant (available upon request)

Because of the commitment summer staff make to teaching campers about Jesus, it is essential that each staff member believes:

- The Bible is God’s inspired word
– Only one true and living God exists
– Jesus Christ is God’s son, sent to earth as a sacrifice
– Salvation is by faith alone

Thank you for your interest in serving at Covenant Harbor. We look for applicants with servant hearts, positive attitudes, and willingness to cooperate in whatever capacity necessary. We need staff that are called to serve at camp and are committed to regular Christian fellowship, Bible study, and service. We desire for our staff members to have a contagious love for Jesus, a fun-loving personality, and a commitment to evangelism and discipleship. We are not looking for perfect people, but for people who are willing to be a Christ-like role model 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If this is what you’re looking for, we hope to have you on our team!

Application Instructions

1. Prayer – Start the application process by praying that God would give you direction for this summer. Pray for God’s will, for Covenant Harbor, and for the team that will be assembled.

2. Application Process

A) Fill out application

B) Contact references to give them the reference form link.

C) You will be directed to contact us to schedule an Interview

3. Hiring Decisions – We begin interviewing in November and will make hiring decisions until all positions are filled.

Applications

Summer Staff 2015 Application

Application for new staff applicants - includes detailed instructions.

Former Summer Staff 2015 Application

Application for staff who served at Covenant Harbor during the summers of 2013 and 2014 only.

Reference Form

Our reference form comes in the form of an online survey. Information from the reference form will be immediately and confidentially sent to Covenant Harbor staff. Direct your references to “http://covenantharbor.org/reference_form/” 

Representatives from Covenant Harbor will be visiting the following college campuses to recruit students for summer staff:

North Park University

We will be on your campus on February 11th, 2015!

Judson University

We will be on your campus on October 22, 2014!

Olivet Nazarene University

We will be on your campus on November 13th, 2014!

Hope College

We will be on your campus on January 20th and 21st, 2015!

Trinity International University

We will be on your campus on January 26th, 2015!

Don’t see your school?

Contact Kelly Zuiderveen at (262) 248-3600 or via email.

North Park University Camp Grant

Current NPU students

North Park University (NPU) offers $500 (towards their tuition, $250/semester) to students who attended NPU and return the next school year after working at a Covenant Camp in the summer. This Grant must be applied for in the spring semester. Contact North Park University for more information.

High School Seniors entering NPU in the fall

Alpha Team or Day Camp Staff members who have volunteered or worked for 6 weeks, either in one summer or part of two, who attend NPU directly after their senior year in high school are now eligible for the Camp Grant.

Sterner Scholarship Fund

History

The Ronald Lee Sterner Trust Fund was established by the Sterner family in 1957 in memory of their son who was adopted through Covenant Children’s Home and Family Services

Applying for the Grant

Applying for the Sterner Fund is easy. Download and print a Sterner Fund Application Form, then send it to the address listed. Applications will be considered within a few weeks of receipt. You can even apply before you’re officially hired, the decision will be dependent on your employment. 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Covenant Harbor. Though many of our staff positions are filled by students who make a full summer commitment, volunteers are a crucial part of the success of our programs. We’re looking for volunteers who are willing to serve in a variety of capacities to support the summer programs. We need volunteers who are committed Christians and who are willing to step in and help wherever needed.

Because Covenant Harbor is a child care provider, we must maintain the highest standards for any people who work with our campers. Therefore, it is necessary for all volunteers to go through an application process and also be trained in the areas in which they will serve.

Opportunities

We need volunteers for a variety of different positions:

- Waterfront (must have lifeguard certification)

- Maintenance

- Day Camp

- Counseling (only open to returning staff)

- Other areas around camp

How to Apply

We do just as much screening for volunteers as we do for summer staff, therefore you will need to fill out a summer staff application form and send in four references. Just write ‘volunteer’ in the position lines and write the weeks you would like to volunteer in the availability section. After applying you will be directed to set up an interview.

Former staff (staff who served in 2013 or 2014) wanting to volunteer can fill out a former staff application and need only one reference. This application will be available this upcoming February.

sarahSarah Augustson, Director of Youth Ministry

Having started on Summer Staff in 1999, Sarah now oversees the entire department, focusing on long range planning and vision casting. She and her husband, Brad, are parents to four (yes – four) children. Their kids love spending time at camp – especially swimming at the waterfront!

 

 

 

Jamie Leslie, Logistics CoordinatorJamie Leslie - Logistics Coordinator

Having spent two years as an intern at Covenant Harbor in a range of positions, she joined the team in May 2013. Taking care of the logistics of Summer Camp, she loves getting to see campers and staff alike growing and learning.

 

 

 

kellyKelly Zuiderveen, Children’s Ministry Coordinator

After graduating from Trinity Christian College, she joined the team in October of 2012. With several years of experience serving in camping ministry and a passion for working with young children and summer staff, she is great fit for our team.

 

 

 

Brad Hutchison, Youth Ministry Coordinator

The newest member of the team, Brad came to Covenant Harbor in May 2014 from San Diego, California. He’s served in camp ministry since 2003 and cares a lot about building unique and relevant programming.