Work at Camp Michigania Walloon
Working at Camp Michigania in northern Michigan could very well be one of the most memorable jobs of your life. You’ll meet and network with amazing U-M alumni, get to know children and adults who will change your life, and make friends you’ll keep for a lifetime.
Each summer, around 75 passionate people are hired to help ensure Camp Michigania Walloon remains the special place it has been for over 50 years. Both current students and alumni can be a part of the Camp Michigania staff.
Staff members are hired to work in a specific program area and share responsibilities for the effective functioning of the Camp as a whole. You can expect to work six days per week, and even though working at a family camp offers more off-work hours than a kids camp might, you are still expected to be a role model 24 hours per day.
Below you will find links to info on each individual program area, general info, and job requirements for working at Michigania.
Basic Requirements for Employment
- All hired staff members must be at least 19 years of age or have completed their first year of college when summer starts.
- All first-year staff members must be able to stay for the entire contract period listed below to be considered in the first round of hiring.
- All hired staff must be CPR/AED and first-aid certified prior to the start of the contract (specific areas may have other specialty certifications required (e.g. Swimming & Boating require Lifeguard Certification).
- All hired staff must commit to training requirements prior to the summer, during the winter and spring semesters.
- Previous experience working at a children’s camp is suggested, but not required.
Important Dates for the 2018 Season
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- Nov. 1, 2017: Employment application goes live
- December 2017/January 2018: Group interviews for new candidates begin
- Jan. 31, 2018: First-round hiring closes
- January/February 2018: First-round interviews take place
- March 1, 2018: First-round job offers go out via email
- May 25 – June 5, 2018: All staff report to Camp Michigania for training
- June 16 – Sept. 1, 2018: Camp Michigania Season
First-round eligibility is reserved for those who apply by Jan. 31, 2018, and are available for the whole term of employment (reference each program area for their term of employment). Plan on moving in a day prior to your start date. Work will begin at 8 a.m. on your start date (unless otherwise listed) and will end at the end of the work day on Sept. 1. Due to the importance of staff training, and to the fact that we expect that all weeks of camp will be filled, strong preference will be given to those applicants who are able to work the complete length of the contract. If you have any conflicts with the dates listed, it is your responsibility to bring them forward before or during your interview.
Program staff members are responsible for ensuring a successful and enjoyable experience for all campers. The teaching of skills and enhancement of abilities is a major function of all staff members. Enforcement of safety rules and guidelines for each area is a responsibility shared by all staff members. Staff members work with and report to their Area Leaders. Although program staff members are hired primarily for a specific program area, they may be expected to assist in different areas, or even be reassigned, as needed.
Area leaders are responsible for the program in their specific areas. They report to the Associate/Assistant Director(s). Area leaders supervise and work with other staff members in their areas. Being an Area Leader will require additional training and preparation prior to camp, starting as early as January.
Area Coordinators complete work in addition to that of a typical Area Leader, either programmatically or logistically. They may directly supervise staff in more than one area or complete tasks outside of the scope of the Area Leader role. There were four Coordinators for the 2017 summer: Ceramics, Arts & Crafts (CAC), Waterfront (Boating & Swimming), Riding and Kids Programs.
The Area Leadership Retreat typically precedes camp, sometime between May 25 and June 1, 2018, for the upcoming summer; otherwise Area Leadership term of employment for each position corresponds to their area’s start date or is negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
Below you will find information on each individual program area. When applying, you will have the opportunity to select your top choice and alternative program areas, as well as explain what experience or skills you have in those areas.