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. We are looking to hire individuals who are committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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.

Questions about the application process? Contact Julia Roberts, Assistant Director, at

At Camp Michigania, we are looking to hire individuals who are committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) as defined by the Alumni Association’s DEI strategic plan:

We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective. We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status. We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that the Alumni Association (including Camp Michigania) is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups on campus (and at camp) and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.

We know that historically, Camp Michigania has not been representative of the diverse University of Michigan community amongst its campers or staff. This is why we are being deliberate in our recruiting efforts to not only support our DEI plan, but also to help better represent the University community as a whole.

  • 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.

The employment application opens on Nov. 1. First-round eligibility is reserved for those who apply by Jan. 31, and are available for the whole term of employment (reference each program area below for their term of employment).

    • November 1 – Employment application goes live for the upcoming summer.
    • December–January – Group Interviews for new candidates begin.
    • January 31 – First-round hiring closes (priority consideration). Applications are accepted year-round.
    • January–February – Individual Interviews for new and returning candidates take place.
    • March 1st – First-round job offers go out via email (if not before!).
    • March–May – On a continuing basis Second-round interviews/offers.

Term of Employment:

  • Area Leadership Staff: Friday, May 22, 2020 – Saturday, August 29, 2020
  • Boating/Horseback Riding/Riflery/Ropes Staff: Saturday, May 29, 2020 – Saturday, August 29, 2020
  • Teens/789s Staff: Sunday, May 31 – Saturday, August 29, 2020
  • All additional program areas: Monday, June 1, 2020 – Saturday, August 29, 2020

Applications are accepted for candidates unable to commit to the entire term of employment. Please indicate and address this in your interview. New candidates are not eligible for a first-round job offer unless they’re available for the entire term of employment.

If you are hired as a program staffer at Camp Michigania, plan on moving to camp the day before your start date. Your first day of work will begin at 8 a.m. on your start date unless otherwise listed on your employment agreement and will end after the end of the workday Saturday, August 29, 2020. Move-out is not required until the following day. Due to the importance of Staff Training and the fact that we expect all weeks at camp to be at capacity, strong preference will be given to candidates who are able to work the complete term of employment.

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 2018 summer: Ceramics, Arts & Crafts (CAC), Waterfront (Boating & Swimming), Riding and Kids Programs.

Interns have responsibilities that vary depending on their program area and the requirements of their internship program (if pursuing academic credit for the internship). Many positions at camp can be completed as internships, and full-time staff are dedicated to mentoring interns. Michigania ensures that each intern will have informal and formal opportunities to network with campers. If you are interested in an internship at Camp, please indicate it on your application.

The Area Leadership Retreat typically precedes camp and starts as early as Memorial Day weekend 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.


Boating staff work with the Michigania fleet of 50+ boats (butterflies, hobie cats, flying scotts, ensigns, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, windsurfers, and a walloon). The staff teach lessons, lead excursions, skipper boats, and maintain the Michigania fleet.

It is required that boating staff become lifeguard-certified on their own before their start date at Camp Michigania.

2019 Term of Employment: June 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Last summer, nine staff were hired to work Boating.

Camp Store

Staff working in the camp store interact with campers of all ages when they come to purchase candy, ice cream treats, postcards, travel toiletries, and many kinds of Michigania clothing and merchandise.

Store staff are expected to engage campers and oversee the use of our camp point-of-sale system. No experience is required.

2019 Term of Employment: June 4, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Last summer, two staff were hired to work in the Camp Store.

Ceramics, Arts, and Crafts (CAC)

CAC staff provide programs for both adults and children on a daily basis (including ceramics, silk painting, batiking, glass fusion, beading, lanyards, leatherwork, etc.). The staff demonstrate and teach these crafts while maintaining the supplies and equipment in the area.

CAC staff will be internally trained to work with ceramic and glass kilns and to teach all crafts.

2019 Term of Employment: June 4, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Last summer, seven staff were hired to work CAC.

Challenge Ropes Course

Ropes staff provide a challenge-by-choice program that includes low-ropes group initiatives, a high ropes course, and several additional elements, including a giant’s swing, two racing zip-lines, the leap of faith, the giant’s ladder, and a climbing wall.

Ropes staff are trained and certified at camp to belay and maintain the course, including the use of clic-its for the ropes course, an auto-belay system on the climbing wall, and a device that simulates free-fall as an exit to the ropes course.

2019 Term of Employment: June 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Last summer, five staff were hired to work Ropes.

Field Sports and Archery

Field Sports staff run camp-wide athletic events, field games, and the archery field and range (recreational archery lessons are given and achievements can be reached by campers). Field sports include soccer, softball, sand volleyball, bocce ball, table tennis, golf chipping, dodgeball, etc.

Archery/Field Sports staff will be internally trained to know archery safety guidelines and rules to all sports offered at camp.

2019 Term of Employment: June 4, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Last summer, three staff were hired to work Archery/Field Sports and one staff member was half-time Archery/Field Sports and half-time in another program area.


Our fitness program has included yoga, yoga-pilates fusion, cardio drumming, Zumba, aerobics, water aerobics, kayaking, paddle boarding, the Michigania Mile race, hikes, running, dance, and collaborations with other program areas (cardio tennis, fitness ropes, etc.) or supervision of our fitness facilities.

Fitness staff are expected to have some relevant experience and may require certifications depending on the offerings. Staff hired to teach yoga must be certified before arriving at camp.

2019 Term of Employment: June 4, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Last summer, one staff member was hired to work Fitness, one staff member was hired to work Yoga, and one staff member was hired to work half-time Fitness and half-time in another program area.

Horseback Riding

Riding staff (and our 30 horses!) provide a recreational riding program of various level lessons and trail rides, as well as various special events.

Riding staff are expected to have experience with horses and will be trained internally on safety expectations and camp-specific lessons.

2019 Term of Employment: June 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Last summer, seven staff were hired to work Riding.

Kids Camp (0-6 year olds)

Kids camp provides structured programming for kids ages 0-6. Age groups are split into 0-2 years old, 3 & 4 years old, and 5 & 6 years old.

Kids camp staff are expected to have some experience with children and will rotate through the age groups from week to week.

2019 Term of Employment: June 4, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Last summer, 12 staff were hired to work Kids Camp.


Maintenance staff assist with groundskeeping, repairs, and other daily camp tasks for upkeep of the facility and grounds. These staff members serve on call some evenings to take care of any camper concerns that come up.

2019 Term of Employment: June 4, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Each summer, two seasonal staff members are hired to join our full-time Maintenance team of four.


Nature staff provide nature hikes, educational programs, boat trips, crafts, demonstrations, astronomy programs, and rock-polishing.

Nature staff are trained internally on an ongoing basis and learn about the fauna and flora that surround the beautiful Walloon Lake and Camp Michigania in addition to the various crafts, programs, and projects the staff provide.

2019 Term of Employment: June 4, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Last summer, four staff were hired to work Nature.

Networking and Internships

Working at Camp Michigania provides an unparalleled opportunity to tap into the U-M alumni network. Camp provides a recreational setting that allows for many informal networking opportunities with more than 1,100 alumni and their families throughout the summer. Through our Mentor Matching program, campers volunteer to be matched with staff who have similar career interests while they are at Camp. Each week we host a speed networking event, which allows connections to be made between summer staff and Michigan alumni. Many summer staffers leave Camp with professional connections that result in job-shadow opportunities, interviews for internships or jobs, mentors, and introductions in their field.

Camp now offers a variety of positions at camp as internships. As an intern at Camp, you can gain the skills and networking experience of a classic internship, but with beautiful Walloon Lake as the backdrop. Some schools or colleges have requirements for internships to receive credit, and Michigania’s full-time staff are committed to helping students fulfill requirements necessary through projects, mentoring, and performance evaluations. Indicate your interest in an internship on your application and/or contact to investigate the options available to you.

Office/Program Floater

The Office Assistant provides service for campers in the camp main office and supports the full-time administrative staff that handles all camp billing, records, logistics, communication, and other administrative functions. On alternate days, the staff trained as office assistants will work in other program areas, “floating” to either a scheduled area to fill out the staffing schedule there or as needed, determined by the unique needs of the week, or on non-area programming like running sessions of the Michigania Escape Room.

Experience working in an office is not necessary, but preferred.

2019 Term of Employment: June 4, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Last summer, two staff were hired to work Office/Program Floater.


Riflery staff run a .22 range for both kids (ages 7+) and adults, as well as a trap range for shotguns (ages 15+), including specialty events to challenge excellent marksmen.

Riflery staff will be internally trained in gun safety and care. NRA certifications are provided if no staff hired have existing certifications.

2019 Term of Employment: June 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Last summer, two staff were hired for Riflery and an additional three staff were hired to work half-time Riflery and half-time in another program area.


The Sustainability staff member works with the camp recycling program, composting/food waste program, the Michigania garden, and other educational opportunities.

2019 Term of Employment: June 4, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Last year, one Sustainability Coordinator was hired.


Swim staff guard the Michigania swimming area and provide swimming lessons; in addition, they also provide special events and activities for campers of all ages (water carnival, inner tube water polo, etc.).

It is required that Swim staff become lifeguard-certified on their own before their start date at Camp Michigania.

2019 Term of Employment: June 4, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Last summer, four staff were hired to work Swimming.

Teens/Pre-Teens/789 Programs

Teen staff provide evening programs for campers ages 10-17 (Preteens: ages 10-12, Maize teens: ages 13 & 14, Blue teens: ages 15-17), including events like capture the flag, outdoor movies, improv games, and bonfires.

2019 Term of Employment: June 3, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Teen staff create age-appropriate programming for the three age groups and have half-time assignments working in other areas and with other age groups, such as the 7-9 year olds (referred to as 789s). Last summer, six staff worked Teens.


Tennis staff provide recreational tennis instruction for all ages, including pickleball lessons and tournament, host tennis tournaments, and maintain the various tennis courts across camp.

Tennis staff are expected to have tennis experience and ability. Teaching experience is preferred.

2019 Term of Employment: June 4, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2019. Last summer, one staff member was hired to work Tennis and two staff were hired to work half-time tennis and half-time in another program area.

While working at Michigania the wellness of our staff is of the utmost importance.

As a member of the Camp staff you will have access to:

Self-care training from the Wolverine Wellness staff. As well as digital and phone access to CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) for anyone needing to get some professional help.

An array of fitness activities including yoga, weights, and special classes just for camp staff.

Best of all, the camp atmosphere is very serene and relaxing. When not working, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the camp scenery and take care of yourself. Whether it be running, reading, or just recharging, there is something for everyone.

At camp, you will live in staff cabins with your fellow colleagues in an area that is dedicated to just camp staff.

Generally, each staff member will have a roommate and share a bathroom between 2-4 people depending on their housing assignment.

In your free time, staff members have access to use camp facilities.

Wi-Fi is available in our Education Center, which is our main lodge on camp, where there is a staff only lounge with camp computers staff can use. Of course, you can always bring your own device.

Living at camp provides a lot of opportunities to build long-lasting connections with friends and to build your network of U-M Alums and staff.

Typically, staff work 6 days a week with work days starting at 8:15 a.m., and regular work hours ending at 4:45 p.m. Outside of these typical hours, there will be times each week where staff will be assigned to work programs in their primary area and general areas of camp in the evening.

All meals are provided, trust us, the food is great!

Staff are provided with t-shirts and sweatshirts to wear as uniforms and camp has free laundry facilities.