Work at Camp Michigania Walloon

Employees at Camp Michigania

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 michigania-staffing@umich.edu.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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.

Basic Requirements for Employment

  • 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.

Important Dates for the 2020 Season

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).

  • Nov. 1 – Employment application goes live for the upcoming summer.
  • December–January – Group Interviews for new candidates begin.
  • Jan. 31 – First-round hiring closes (priority consideration). Applications are accepted year-round.
  • January–February – Individual Interviews for new and returning candidates take place.
  • March 1 – 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, Aug. 29, 2020
  • Boating/Horseback Riding/Riflery/Ropes Staff: Saturday, May 29, 2020 – Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020
  • Teens/789s Staff: Sunday, May 31 – Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020
  • All additional program areas: Monday, June 1, 2020 – Saturday, Aug. 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, Aug. 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.

Staff Responsibilities

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.

Wellness

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.

Facilities & Housing

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.

WiFi 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.

Camp Life

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 six days a week with workdays 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.

Program Areas

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.