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Employment

Opportunities

Sanborn Western Camps have several types of positions available for qualified men and women. A strong desire to work closely with children is necessary for all of them. All positions are for the full summer season. Please read complete position descriptions below.

Responsibilities for All Positions Include:

  • Being a responsible, dedicated role model to the campers and other staff;
  • Providing organized, punctual and intentional leadership, creativity, direction and supervision during activities, trips and around the camp;
  • Utilizing the Sanborn mission statement as a framework for your work as a Youth Development Professional;
  • Being capable of sustaining effective and appropriate interaction in our fast-paced, youth centered, community living program.
  • Taking ownership for your personal attitude, behavior and knowledge building;
  • Working with other staff members to provide a quality experience for all members of the camp community;
  • Adjusting one’s personal habits to the philosophy, policies and ideals of the camp including a comprehensive understanding of and respect for our time-off/alcohol policies and procedures.
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Counselor

Open to men and women 2 years out of high school — traditionally college sophomores and older. This position is residential and is all about working, teaching and living with children and creating a respectful community.

Counselor Specific Responsibilities:

  • Living, working with and having charge of a group of campers
  • Assisting and/or leading on or off-camp trips, activities, programs and special events.
  • Being responsible for table supervision at meals.
  • Providing tent or cabin coverage for other counselors and staff as needed — occasionally requiring you to spend the night in another tent.
  • Writing weekly letters to parents on campers’ wellbeing and maintaining up-to-date documentation on camper growth.
  • Being flexible, in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities when camp is underway.
  • Actively participating in Counselor-in-Dishroom (CID) assignments (preparing the kitchen/lodge for meals and cleaning up afterwards on a rotational basis).

Benefits: $2300.00, lodging, meals, laundry, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children in the out-of-doors

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Assistant Counselor

Open to men (current high school seniors or college freshmen) or women (current college freshmen) who have demonstrated work experience and a desire to work in a camp community. This position is residential and is all about working, teaching and living with children and creating a respectful community.

Assistant Counselor Specific Responsibilities:

  • Working within a team of unit counselors to provide leadership and care for campers.
  • Assisting trip leaders and senior staff members on off-camp trips, activities, programs and special events.
  • Assisting and/or leading on-camp trips, activities, programs and special events.
  • Being responsible for table supervision at meals.
  • Providing tent coverage for counselors as needed — requiring you to spend the night in another tent.
  • Being flexible in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities when camp is underway.
  • Preparing the kitchen/lodge for meals and cleaning up afterwards on a rotational basis.
  • Deep cleaning the lodge every Saturday morning.
  • Working with fellow Assistant Counselors in the dishroom and lodge during Friday night, Saturday and Sunday meals and assisting in program as assigned those same days (as determined by time off schedule).

Benefits: $2300.00, lodging, meals, laundry, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children in the out-of-doors

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Junior Camp Counselor

Open to men and women 2 years out of high school — traditionally college sophomores and older. This position is residential and is all about working, teaching and living with younger children.

Sanborn Junior Camp Counselor Specific Responsibilities:

  • Living and working with and having charge of a group of campers age 7-11
  • Assisting and/or leading Junior Camp trips, activities, programs and special events*
  • Being responsible for table supervision at meals
  • Being flexible, in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities when camp is underway.

Please note: The Junior Camp is a unique “camp within a camp” program consisting of four separate two week sessions. The Junior Camp program has a set of age specific activities and trips that are only for Junior campers. There are opportunities to work in the general camp program, but the majority of your responsibilities involve specific Junior Camp activities and programs on the property.

Benefits: $2300.00, lodging, meals, laundry, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children in the out-of-doors

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Wrangler

Open to men and women 3 years out of high school — must be 21 years and older. This position is residential and encompasses a variety of roles: wrangler, counselor, peer supervisor, trip leader, and logistics coordinator. Wranglers are members of the Senior Leadership Team.

A highly qualified Wrangler candidate will:

  • Have a high degree of self-motivation and have experience with and be comfortable leading western-style horseback rides to all ages (grade one through staff)
  • Packing pack horses for trips of up to 5 days; teaching basic horsemanship skills on the ground and while mounted
  • Completing daily chores around the barn
  • Counseling children ages 7-16 in the residential camp setting
  • Working with and managing riding counselors to create a safe and fun experience at the barn
  • Modeling healthy choices and behaviors for all campers and staff
  • Leading safe, fun and enriching trips and activities
  • Mediating conflicts in the living units and on trips
  • Representing the goals and mission of the organization
  • Acting with integrity and maintaining impeccable judgment
  • Assisting to create a respectful community

Specific Wrangler Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist the Riding Program Directors with preparing the horses for camp.
  • Planning, executing and leading on or off camp trips, activities, evening and weekend programs and special events.
  • Maintaining a gentle, professional and educational tone at all times when working with both animals and people.
  • Being responsible for management of all campers and staff while they are at the stables.
  • Keeping all equipment, the stables, arena, horse pens, and all out buildings clean, organized and in good repair.
  • Cultivating clear communication between riding program and other areas of the camp program.
  • Early morning horse round-up on a rotational schedule with staff and other wrangler assistance.
  • Assist the Ranch Manager with movement of livestock, fence repair, and other projects as they arise.
  • Taking care of basic veterinary needs of horses.
  • Being responsible for table supervision at meals.
  • Taking over duties for Ridge Leaders when they are on time-off or on trips (including evening Ridge walks).
  • Being flexible in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities and assignments when camp is underway.
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