Help Transform Lives

Sherwood Forest is more than just a summer camp…

Our programs change the lives of children in need. We are looking for people to join our team this summer who are not only looking to work at a summer camp, but also want to help kids discover the best in themselves. Sherwood Forest staff members are passionate about the outdoors, working with children, and making the world a better place.

 

year round job opportunities

 

We do not have any year-round job openings at this time.

 

summer job opportunities

 

General Information

Click on the job titles below to learn more about the different positions we are hiring for camp this summer.

*Dates for Summer 2021*

  • Training – May 29 – Jun 18
  • Camp Sessions – Jun 19 – Jul 30
  • Post-camp – Aug 7 – Aug 9

Facilities

Sherwood Forest consists of four separate villages — Shire, Shantoah, Sycamore Springs, and Summit — each with its own campfire circle. All cabins have large porches, bunk beds, and plenty of storage spaces for campers to keep their belongings. Learn more about our facilities.

How to apply

Go online to https://sherwoodstaff.campbrainstaff.com to complete an application

 Questions

Contact Rachel Tutwiler at rachelt@sherwoodforeststl.org or (314)644-3322

Group Leader/Instructor

Position Description

Group Leaders/Instructors fill two important roles while at camp: as a grade-specific Group Leader and an activity Instructor. As a Group Leader, counselors work with and oversee a cabin group of campers. Each cabin group acts as a camp family and home base for campers.  As an Instructor, staff teach and lead activities within different department areas, providing grade-specific programs as well as programs for campers at all age levels. Some staff may have specialized department training.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 18 years old
  • Basic understanding of and desire to work with children
  • One year of post-secondary school or work preferred
  • Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Organizational, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Ability to supervise overnight trips, including learning wilderness camping skills and teaching skills to campers
  • Ability to adhere to and uphold all regulations, policies, and procedures related to health and COVID-19

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, qualifications, and time contracted ranging from $2,000 – $2,700. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Village Director

Position Description

At Sherwood Forest, cabins are organized into grade level clusters called Villages. Village Directors are in charge of the well-being and organization of individuals within the Village, including both campers and staff. This position serves as seasonal, supervisory role within the Quest team.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 21 years old preferred
  • Class E Driver’s License
  • Experience working with children
  • Prior experience with camp or other recreational activities with children desired
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with group leaders and campers
  • Ability to plan and organize camp programs and events related to their village

Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $3,100 – $3,300. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Aquatics Department Head

Position Description

Aquatics Department Head oversees all water/swimming related activities both in and out of camp. This includes proper preparation and training of lifeguards as well as non-lifeguarding staff leading or participating in water/swimming related activities. This position also serves as a supervisor within camp and will be expected to fulfill supervisory duties beyond department area.

Qualifications

  • Current lifeguard certification
  • Minimum 21 years old
  • Valid Class E Driver’s license
  • Experience instructing aquatic activities – pool and waterfront
  • Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Organizational, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of working with children
  • Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness
  • Ability to effectively assess levels of student achievement, analyze results, and prescribe action for improvement
  • Ability to work and navigate in a variety of environments and weather conditions

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $2,700 – $2,900. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Ideas Department Head

Position Description

Ideas Department Head is responsible for coordinating all activities related to writing, reading, science, and culture. This includes proper preparation and training of staff regarding Ideas activities. This position also serves as a supervisor within camp and will be expected to fulfill supervisory duties beyond department area.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 21 years old
  • Valid Class E Driver’s license
  • Experience in education of children in relation to writing, reading, history, culture and other specialty knowledge
  • Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Organizational, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of working with children
  • Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness
  • Ability to effectively assess levels of student achievement, analyze results, and prescribe action for improvement
  • Ability to work and navigate in a variety of environments and weather conditions

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $2,700 – $2,900. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Outdoor Living Skills Department Head

Position Description

OLS Department Head oversees all activities in camp related to outdoor living and appreciation for nature. This includes proper preparation and training of staff regarding outdoor living activities. This position also serves as a supervisor within camp and will be expected to fulfill supervisory duties beyond department area.

Qualifications

  • Valid Class E Driver’s License
  • Experience working with children
  • Prior experience with camp or other recreational activities with children desired
  • Knowledge of nature and ecology including, but not limited to plant and animal identification, nature craft, and gardening.
  • Experience with outdoor living skills such as hiking, backpacking, outdoor cooking, wilderness camping, astronomy, orienteering, using topo maps, knots, fire building, and Leave No Trace.
  • Familiarity with safety procedure, equipment use and care, and environmental concerns as related to outdoor living skills activities.

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $2,700 – $2,900. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Adventure Sports Department Head

Position Description

Adventure Sports Department Head oversees all activities related to games and sports within camp. This includes proper preparation and training of staff regarding all Adventure Sports activities Sports activities. This position also serves as a supervisor within camp and will be expected to fulfill supervisory duties beyond department area.

Qualifications

  • Valid Class E Driver’s License
  • Experience working with children
  • Prior experience with camp or other recreational activities with children desired
  • Experience in adventure/sports programs
  • Certified for the Tango Tower, zip lines, archery, and the low ropes course, or willing and able to be certified by the camp. Prior experience with climbing towers and/or ropes courses preferred.
  • Familiarity with safety procedures, equipment use and care related to their program area

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $2,700 – $2,900. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Arts Department Head

Position Description

Arts Department Head oversees all arts and crafts activities within camp, including daily activity offerings, evening activities, and special events. This includes proper preparation and training of staff regarding creative and performing arts activities.  This position also serves as a supervisor within camp and will be expected to fulfill supervisory duties beyond department area.

Qualifications

  • Valid Class E Driver’s License
  • Experience working with children
  • Prior experience with camp or other recreational activities with children desired
  • Experience in creative arts and simple crafts, including, but not limited to, pottery, beading, textiles, puppetry, painting, drawing, dance, music, paper- mâché, etc.
  • Experience in performing arts, such as music, dance, or theater, preferred
  • Familiarity with safety procedures, equipment use and care related to their program area

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $2,700 – $2,900. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Behavioral Health Specialist

Position Description

Behavioral Health Specialist role is a seasonal, supervisory member of the program team. They are responsible for establishing strong, positive relationships with the youth at camp, as well as serve as a resource for other seasonal program staff. The Behavioral Health Specialist will work with cabin staff to meet the behavioral and mental health needs of campers through one-off conversations, frequent check-ins, or behavior/support plans.

Qualifications

  • Degree or certificate in mental health related field; masters preferred: Social Work, Counseling, Therapy, Psychology, etc
  • Previous experience working with youth
  • Must be 21+ years old
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, the ability to obtain a Class E, pass a driver’s certification program, and be approved by insurance company
  • Must be available for all trainings and programming from mid-April through mid-September.
  • Ability to establish and sustain positive rapport with youth of all ages and diverse background
  • Puts time and energy into listening to others and is approachable
  • Ability to assess an individual’s strengths and challenges and work with them to improve their abilities
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, and resolve problems in a timely manner, gathers information skillfully, and works well with others to solve problems
  • Consistently models for staff and youth appropriate and positive interactions
  • Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events
  • Ability to make sound decisions in a timely manner
  • Open to personal growth and able to respond to constructive criticism

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $8,000 – $10,000. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Nurse

Position Description

Nurses are a critical part of maintaining a healthy camp environment for our campers and staff. Nursing staff provide regular care for the camp community ranging from treating minor injuries and illness to responding to emergencies to referring patients to local clinics or hospitals for care. 

Qualifications

  • Registered nurse (RN) with a license as required by state law, Certified Nurse Practitioner preferred.
  • At least 5 years of nursing experience.
  • CPR certified.
  • Current First Aid certification and experience in first aid and emergency management.
  • Class E Driver’s license or ability to obtain.
  • Experience in both youth and adult illness/injury care.
  • Desire to work with children and young adults.
  • Community health knowledge.
  • Establish and follow appropriate medical routines including recordkeeping in the daily medical log, disposal of medical waste, managing and safeguarding medications, and utilizing approved standing orders.
  • Ability to lift/assist campers and staff.
  • Ability to read and follow directions on medication labels, health forms, physician orders, and parent letters.
  • Ability to use a telephone.
  • Maintain written record system.
  • Ability to quickly get to remote locations on camp property over uneven terrain.
  • Observe and assess sanitation and safety conditions of the camp.
  • Ability to communicate with parents, staff, and administration about camper health concerns.
  • Possess endurance to meet emergency needs.
  • Ability to drive to off-camp health provider, physician, or emergency treatment locations.
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Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $7,000 – $10,000. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Nursing Assistant

Position Description

Student Nurses work closely with our two RN’s to support the physical health and wellbeing of the camp community. Student Nurses will be given the flexibility to work independently to assess and treat patients while receiving consistent guidance and feedback. Occasionally, nurses may be asked to provide care in backcountry and/or limited resource settings.

Qualifications

  • 3rd or 4th year nursing student
  • Valid class E driver’s license preferred
  • Previous experience working with children and youth in a healthcare setting preferred
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of working with children
  • Interest in working in alternative nursing/medical fields
  • Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Ability to work and navigate in a variety of environments and weather conditions

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $2,700 – $2,900. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Trip Leader

Position Description

Wilderness trips range from single overnights to multiple backpacking and river expeditions. Trip Leader assists Village Directors and Department Heads in the coordination and preparation of wilderness trips on camp property as well as in surrounding wilderness areas. This includes training and skills verification for staff leading or participating in wilderness trips.

Qualifications

  • Valid Class E Driver’s License, preferred.
  • Basic understanding of and desire to work with children
  • Experience with wilderness trips, including backpacking, camping, canoeing.
  • Wilderness First Aid, CPR/AED certification, WFR Preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Knowledge of proper gear usage and maintenance
  • Knowledge of safety and risk management concerns related to terrain, weather, and animals in the Ozark mountains.

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $2,700 – $2,900. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.