College-age Summer Staff

Build leadership skills and invest in the lives of children.

college-age-summer-staffCamp Tilikum is looking for 26 amazing young adults to serve at camp for Summer 2019! As Summer Staff you will spend each day showing the love of Jesus to kids and teaching them about their Creator as you hike the hills, swim in the lake, and play (you might even say frolic) in the fields alongside your peers. A summer at Tilikum offers an incredible experience that will push you toward deeper communion with God and others, and also add some valuable skills to your repertoire such as goat herding, canoe rescue, and group management… just to name a few.

We hope to see you there!


Which program fits you best?

Day Camp staff

Day Camp is a program for children entering 1st – 6th grades. Each week, Day Camp Staff are responsible for teaching and supervising a variety of program activities such as archery, Bible discussions, canoeing, swimming, the Big Swing, nature hikes, crafts, and more!

Applicants must be 18 years or older and at least one year out of High School to work as Day Camp staff.

Fill out the online application.

Adventure Program staff.

Adventure Program staff are responsible for facilitating two programs: QUEST (grades 6-8) and High Adventure Camp (grades 9-12).  Campers develop their relational skills and deepen their faith through facilitated activities on the Challenge Course. Each Adventure Program staff member will be trained as a Challenge Course facilitator and have an opportunity to lead Bible discussions, games, and other activities.

Applicants must be 20 years of age and at least two years out of high school to work as Adventure Program staff.

Fill out the online application.

Important dates

  • Applications Due March 8, 2019 Extended to March 22, 2019
  • Lifeguard Training May 24-27, 2019
  • Summer Staff Program May 28 – August 6, 2019 (2 weeks of training; 8 weeks of counseling)

Pay and benefits

  • Housing provided at Tilikum and George Fox University. Tilikum also provides lifeguard, CPR, first aid, and program training.
  • First Year Staff – $2500
  • Lifeguards – $2,600
  • Returning staff – $2700

Tilikum Summer Staff are expected to be present for the entire program. Limited exceptions are made to this and must be negotiated before hire.

Want more information?

Email Rommie Christiansen/Camp Program Director, or call (503) 538-2763 ext.106.

Detailed job descriptions

Support Staff (returning staff preferred)

Tilikum Day Camp Program Staff

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Tilikum Adventure Program (TAP) Staff

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College-age Summer Staff

Interested in working at Tilikum this summer as College-age Summer Staff? Click the button below to fill out an application.