Summer Employment

IGRC Camping and Retreat Ministries

Need a summer job? Our Illinois Great Rivers Conference Camps at East Bay (Bloomington-Normal area) and Little Grassy (Carbondale) are currently hiring for the following positions:

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Note: All summer employees are required to attend training prior to deployment at camp sites. Failure to attend or to make alternative arrangements will disqualify applicants from employment. Also, not all positions are offered at every camp.

In some cases summer employees may serve in multiple staff positions depending on the camp’s need. Also, job descriptions may vary slightly from site to site. All seasonal staff must participate in general and site-specific training before they are hired.

Assistant Program Director (East Bay and Little Grassy)

Assistant Program Directors are responsible for supervision and spiritual growth of counselors, programming, camper management, and counselors' daily schedule. Great administrative and communication skills and previous camp counselor experience are required.

Counselors (East Bay and Little Grassy)

Counselors care for and/or live with children as care-givers and Christian role models. One of the most important roles of a summer counselor is to nurture faith and discipleship. As facilitators of the camper experience, counselors strive to raise self-esteem and foster the cabin/site dynamic by actively participating in all camp activities. Excellent communication skills, childcare experience, and love of outdoors are essential.

Crafts Instructor (East Bay and Little Grassy)

Crafts instructors are supervised by the program director. They manage the crafts program for elementary through high school aged campers using in various media. They inventory and order supplies as needed, organize the use and storage of all craft supplies, conduct classes for campers who participate in the craft program, and develop and create samples of unique class projects.

Facilities Worker (East Bay and Little Grassy)

Facilities workers paint, repair, mow, and do a variety of maintenance tasks. These workers must be 18 years or older to operate a number of camp vehicles and equipment. They must be able to pass insurance screening to drive camp vehicles. Training is provided.

Food Handler or Helper (East Bay and Little Grassy)

Kitchen staff members learn how to prepare meals, serve, and nourish our campers and guests. They must be able to work in an environment that is often warm and stand for extended periods of time. Training is provided.

Lifeguards (East Bay and Little Grassy)

Lifeguards must be professionally certified in Waterfront Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR. They must be able to stand for extended periods of time, maintain visual supervision of pool and/or waterfront area, and observe the campers’ behavior, assess its appropriateness, and enforce appropriate safety regulations. Additional training and certification is given to those working the beachfront. At camps where there is a head lifeguard, he/she will, in addition to the above tasks, work with the site program manager to schedule appropriate staff coverage for water activities, supervise and support lifeguard staff, inventory, and pack and close down waterfronts at the end of the camp session.

Recreation Leader (East Bay)

Recreation leaders are supervised by the program director. They oversee and run daily recreation time, set up and take down recreation fields for each recreation session, and build relationships with campers while providing a Christ-like example. Recreation leaders will sometimes assist with emergency coverage responsibilities as defined by the Program Director.

Videographer/Photographer (East Bay and Little Grassy)

The videographer/photographer is responsible to the program director. Responsibilities may include operating a digital camera, operating digital video camera, and compiling video footage of campers from each week into a highlight video set to music.

Worship Leader (East Bay)

Worship leaders are musicians that will lead campers of various ages in worship. Supervised by the program director, the worship leader will plan and execute a worship program with various components in collaboration with the program director.

For more information or employment applications, contact Curt Franklin at (309) 365-7531 or email Curt at