Summer Staff

Each summer we hire a group of about 80 people to do a bunch of hard, exciting, challenging, and somehow completely wonderful jobs. We hire a lot of very different people who always find a way to come together as a huge, impressive team that sometimes seems like it can do the impossible. Each year we’re looking for musicians, tech types, artists, people great at games, counselors, leaders, and a lot more. Whether you’re a counselor who is with kids all summer, or an audio tech making things happen behind the scenes a summer at Covenant Harbor is a potentially life changing experience for our staff and every kid we serve.

Explore the tabs below for more information about specific jobs we’re trying to fill and they type of people we’re looking for. Then, fill out an application and we’ll be in touch.

Covenant Harbor is a busy place that serves a lot of people, especially during the summer. Our summer youth programs all hinge on two goals: Love Kids and Share Jesus; they’re the reason for everything we do as staff, for campers. We serve thousands of kids, each summer, from kindergarten through high school across 5 different programs: Day Camp (4K-6th), Kishwauketoe (1st-3rd), Pier 30 (3rd-8th), Alpha (9th-12th), and BaseCamp (9th-12th). Summer programming at Covenant Harbor is an enormous undertaking that pays off in immeasurable ways, for staff and campers alike. Click the link below to learn more about the faith, philosophy and makeup of Covenant Harbor.     

Learn More About Who We Are

Positions for Summer Staff 2016 have been filled. Check back here later this fall for Summer Staff 2017 positions!

Once Summer Staff 2017 positions are posted, please carefully read over the details of the 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.

Former Staff, We Would Love To Have You Volunteer! Click here for Volunteer Opportunities.

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

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

All positions for Summer Staff 2016 and volunteering for Summer Camp 2016 have been filled at this time. Summer Staff 2017 applicants can follow the below instructions to complete an application:

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

– Pray

– Fill out application online (We will review your application and contact your references)

– You will be directed to contact us to schedule a first interview

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


The link to the online Summer Staff 2017 application will be posted later this fall.

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

North Park University

Date for Summer Staff 2017 recruiting coming soon!

Judson University

We’ll be on your campus on Wednesday, October 5th!

Olivet Nazarene University

Date for Summer Staff 2017 recruiting coming soon!

Trinity Christian College

We’ll be on your campus on Thursday, September 29th!

Hope College

We’ll be on your campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 17th and 18th!

Taylor University

Date for Summer Staff 2017 recruiting coming soon!

Indiana Wesleyan University

Date for Summer Staff 2017 recruiting coming soon!

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


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.