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As of  2/2/21

The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center is seeking part-time/seasonal kitchen staff to start immediately as well as for summer months. 


The Mountain is an inclusive retreat and summer camp in Highlands, NC. Kitchen staff prepare and serve three balanced meals a day as well as catering for guests using local, ethically sourced ingredients, including from our on-site farm, whenever possible. Must have food service experience, agree to our mission and values and have the ability to work variable, flexible hours including weekends and some holidays. On-site housing available if necessary. 


To apply, email with a resume, availability and contact details. 

MountainCamp Staff 2021

To apply for Mountain Camp staff 2021 click on the apply button. Create or log into your Campwise account via the portal link. Then select "Mountain Staff 2021" (there will be two of these options they are the same) and then select and complete the form for the desired job role. 

Cabin Counselor (x12)

Responsible for everyday camp and cabin life. Cabin Counselors are responsible for upholding camp rules, cabin covenants, and MountainCamp health and safety protocols. They facilitate the daily schedule and make sure each of their campers are safe, clean, healthy and are prepared for each camp day. Cabin Counselors work together to ensure that the community comes together as a whole outside of cabin life.


Cabin Counselors will be trained in facilitation of all workshop areas (aquatics and athletics, Appalachian studies/outdoor team, arts and crafts, spiritual exploration and social justice, and STEM) and are responsible for developing and facilitating workshops in rotating assigned program areas to diversify offerings, under the guidance of the Programs Coordinator.


Cabin Counselors will also be scheduled to be a part of field time to maintain camp supervision, and they will be responsible for planning and executing cabin time with their cabin groups. Cabin Counselors will also do a peer review of their co-leader at the end of each session and participate in all camp activities/ programs as assigned. Reports to Programs Coordinator and Camp Directors.

(18+ required)

(Current Lifeguard Certification preferred)

Programs Coordinator (x1)

This position oversees the planning and execution of all workshops to ensure each camp day is filled with a balanced number and content of workshops; this involves checking in with Cabin Counselors prior to each session and during workshop execution to make sure that workshops are adequately prepared and running smoothly.


The Programs Coordinator collaborates with the Camp Directors and Cabin Counselors to ensure that field time activities are planned for demonstration or that a self-selected activity is available to campers. This person also oversees the planning of evening programs and camp activities such as theme day. This person works in partnership with the Cabin Coordinator to develop the camp and staff schedule. Reports to Camp Directors.

ASCENDER Mentor (x1)

The ASCENDER Mentor is responsible for the implementation of the 6-week ASCENDER (All Summer Campers Exploring Nature’s Delights and Experiencing Recreation) program, during which rising 11th through 12th graders experience hands-on work rotations in a variety of Mountain departments while developing interpersonal skills and having fun. The mentor coordinates, supervises, and evaluates the performance of the ASCENDER campers, as well as works to organize and optimize leadership opportunities for ASCENDER participants. To be considered:

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age

  • Hold a current state issued drivers license

  • Have demonstrated skills in supervision, organization, and facilitation

Camp Directors (x2)

The Camp Directors are responsible for the support and management of the Programs Coordinator, CIT and Ascender Mentors, OSA Lead, and Cabin Counselors. This includes developing the camp and staff schedules, leading the oversight of evening programs and night activities, and performing duties related to logistics and execution of all MountainCamp operations.

CIT Mentor (x1)

The Counselors in Training (CIT) Mentor is responsible for facilitating this 6-week counselor training program for up to six rising 12th graders. Mentor duties include training, supervising and evaluating the CITs, creating leadership training opportunities for CITs, managing the day-to-day logistics of the program, and working with Cabin Counselors to help them serve as role models for the CITs. To Be Considered:

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age

  • Hold a current state issued drivers license

  • Have demonstrated skills in supervision, organization, and facilitation

Health Center Coordinator (x2)

The Health Center Coordinator assesses the general health needs of campers and distributes medications. The Health Center Coordinator will also be responsible for the implementation of health and safety protocols, including COVID-19- specific guidelines. The Health Center Coordinator maintains a visible presence in camp, being available in the case of an emergency and determining the need for professional healthcare. We prefer applicants that are registered nurses or EMTs, but those with substantial coursework toward becoming a registered nurse or a certified EMT will be considered. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older; must have a current valid driver’s license.

OSA Lead (x2)

Outdoor Skills and Adventure Leaders (2) lead outdoor adventure day trips and overnights and plan, coordinate and lead the 2-week Outdoor Skills and Adventure camp and the CIT/ASCENDER out-trip. The Outdoor Skills and Adventure Leaders should have significant outdoor experience and skills, including - but not limited to - backpacking, high / low ropes, group facilitation, rock climbing/ belaying, canoeing (both flat and white water), rafting, and water front safety (lifeguarding certificate preferred), should be at least 21 years of age, and must possess a valid driver's license. Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification is a plus.