Summer Staff

Join Our Ridgecrest Summer Staff

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Are you looking for a paid summer job where you can serve at an incredible place with amazing people who desire to see lives impacted for God’s glory? We are looking for college-age young adults who have an authentic and growing relationship with Jesus to serve alongside us this summer.

Ridgecrest Conference Center has the privilege of serving over 30,000 guests from all over the country between the months of May and August! We offer opportunities to learn and develop skills that are useful in future careers and everyday life. Through training and hands-on experiences, you will learn about the responsibilities and rewards that come with a variety of work roles.

In addition to your pay, you will receive meals and shared, dorm-style housing, plus a chance to meet new friends and make connections. Your spiritual walk will be strengthened and challenged as you perform your job duties and through small-group interaction and fellowship. Summer Staffers will also attend weekly chapel services, participate in planned activities, serve together and have free time to enjoy God’s creation. 

Come and be a part of our Ridgecrest Summer Staff Program. It is more than just a job—it will transform your life.

    • Authentic, growing relationship with Jesus Christ
    • Desire to serve others with excellence and grace
    • Affirm and abide by Ridgecrest Conference Center’s Statement of Faith and Policies
    • Serve full-time hours in assigned work areas
    • Be willing to serve on other conference center teams to provide support during busy times
    • Strong, clear communication skills
    • Self-motivated
    • Flexible and teachable
    • Mature
    • Mentally, physically, and emotionally able to work long, busy days with hard work
    • Attend required weekly chapel service and Bible study
    • Attend all required activities as scheduled
    • Eligible to work in the United States

Join our team and become a part of impacting lives for God’s glory.

Food Service
This department offers an excellent opportunity to work and learn about the various functions of a large food service operation in a Christian setting. You will develop customer service skills as you work side-by-side as a team player in a diverse setting. Receive plenty of hands-on training and learn marketable skills. There are multiple areas you will potentially get to be a part of:

    • Buffet/Catering – Gain some great customer service know-how in this role. Greeting the guests and making sure they have a great experience during meal times is the number one priority. 
    • Kitchen – Are you task oriented? Do you love cooking and creating? Here you will have the opportunity to help prep, cook and bake food for our guests.
    • Dragon – Keeping things clean is so important! See an immediate impact after washing, scrubbing, mopping and deep cleaning.
    • Outlets – Quick service operations in our coffee shop, ice cream shop/eatery. Learn how to be a barista, run a register, flip a burger and so much more.

Qualifications

    • Desire to make a huge impact for God’s glory
    • Flexible
    • Have a “Whatever It Takes” attitude
    • Good work ethic
    • Able bend and lift repeatedly
    • Ability to do tasks repeatedly
    • Follow directions well

Guest Spaces
This department provides a welcoming setting for our customers by keeping things clean and safe. Starting each day with a devotion and prayer, our team works together to get the job done. There are three areas in Guest Spaces you will get to be a part of:

    • Housekeeping – This job is very physically challenging, but it is rewarding knowing you are a part of helping our guests to relax, focus, and renew. Responsibilities include refreshing the guest rooms and thorough room cleaning. Bending, stooping, lifting and guest interaction are integral parts of this job. Independent and team-working skills are a must!
    • Custodial – Do you enjoy a fast-paced work environment and moving from place to place? Come join our Custodial Unit! Custodial duties include maintaining public areas such as restrooms, lobbies, elevators and floors. Be a part of setting the stage where all the action takes place! This is a physically challenging but rewarding job that has a lot of guest interaction!
    • Laundry – Do you have a disdain for stains? Laundry responsibilities include folding, sorting, bundling, washing and delivering supplies. Doing laundry is physically challenging work that includes standing for long periods of time, bending, stooping and lifting. Come be a part of an impressive laundry facility that produces 36 to 40 loads per day!

A/V Conference Services
There are three specific areas within this department, so please specify which you prefer when applying. For all areas, you must be self-motivated, have a solid work ethic, good interpersonal skills, good problem-solving skills, enjoy working as a part of a team and have a strong willingness and desire to learn.

AVCS Audio Technician (Experience Required)
The role of the Audio Technician Summer Staff is to provide excellent, intentional, problem-solving audio engineering support to groups coming to the Ridgecrest Conference Center campus. Success in this position results in our guests, bands and artists having the best live sound experience possible in any of our many venues and conference meeting spaces.

Responsibilities and Duties:

    • Assists the Chief Audio Technician in running live sound for events on campus.
    • Interacts in a professional manner with speakers and artists on stage.
    • Organizes and owns the storage of all audio gear across campus in any of our AV closet locations.
    • Helps to carry out maintenance on designated audio systems, applications and equipment.
    • Works in close proximity over long hours with your team members.
    • Researches trends and advancements in audio engineering and reports on them to the Chief Audio Technician bi-weekly.

Qualifications:

    • 2-3 years of experience running live sound
    • Skills in running sound on both analog and digital consoles, setting up and breaking down PA systems and basic computer literacy
    • Certifications in AQIP (Audio Over Internet Protocol), Dante or similar, preferred but not required
    • A background in electrical work (i.e., soldering, wiring, audio cabling repair)

AVCS Lighting Technician (Experience Required)
The role of the Lighting Technician Summer Staffer is to provide excellent, intentional, problem-solving lighting engineering support to groups coming to the Ridgecrest Conference Center campus. Success in this position results in our guests, bands, and artists having the best lighting experience possible in any of our many venues and conference meeting spaces.

Responsibilities and Duties:

    • Assists the Chief Lighting Technician in running lighting for events on campus.
    • Organizes and owns the storage of all lighting gear across campus in any of our AV closet locations.
    • Helps to carry out maintenance on designated lighting systems, applications and equipment.
    • Creates and customizes lighting experiences for various events and artists.
    • Interacts in a professional manner with speakers and artists on stage.
    • Works in close proximity over long hours with your team members.

Qualifications:

    • 2-3 years of experience running lighting
    • Skills in operating lighting consoles, setting up and breaking down systems and basic computer literacy
    • Experience with the Chroma-Q Vista 3 software, preferred but not required
    • Must be able and prepared to do a good amount of walking and physical labor (i.e., moving tables, chairs, lighting equipment, etc.)
    • Being able to handle heights from a ladder or catwalk
    • A good sense of humor
    • Abundant creativity

AVCS Back of House
Clean and set-up classrooms and auditoriums to create a space that is both functional and inviting for our guests. Receive and deliver packages for guests and employees.

Responsibilities and Duties:

    • Keeps the classrooms, floors and corners clean at all times.
    • Keeps all surfaces clean at all times.
    • Reports any items that need repair.
    • Able to move and set up tables and chairs in configurations that will meet guest needs (requires strength and stamina).
    • Understands detailed instructions on conference space set-up with an eye for detail, plus a servant-heart and attitudes
    • Set-ups A/V equipment in classrooms as needed checking to see if it is properly placed and in working orders
    • Operates loading dock. Receives and delivers packages to guests and employees. Enters packages into the receiving log. Keeps the dock area clean and organized.

Qualifications:

    • Desire to make a huge impact for God’s glory behind the scenes
    • Good work ethic
    • Able to lift 50 lbs. repeatedly
    • Follows directions well
    • Good eye for details

Adventure Recreation
Adventure Recreation staff work hard so our guests can play! Adventure Recreation staff facilitates the high ropes course, climbing tower, zipline, organized group games, team-building activities, laser tag, sports tournaments and assists in daily operations at the Rec Shack. Taking a team approach, Adventure Recreation staff will also serve in other areas, such as Grounds and Guest Spaces or help with special projects as needed.

Applicants must have a positive attitude, good sense of humor, strong communication skills, be detail-oriented and self-motivated. Adventure Recreation staff must be open to learning, hardworking and willing to serve coworkers and guests. Previous high ropes course and/or rock-climbing experience is preferred but not required. Work is physically demanding. Applicants must be able to work on a high ropes course and able to perform key job responsibilities at heights in a variety of weather conditions. Must have a willingness to grow personally, and professionally in a fast-paced Christian environment.

While serving at Ridgecrest, we expect you to learn and live out our mission: Cultivating experiences, nurturing relationships, impacting lives for God’s glory. We also expect you to know and live out our Core Values.

Our program sets us apart from a normal summer job. This is a safe place to grow in your walk with the Lord and deepen your relationship with Him. We have chapel service and Bible study each week that staffers are expected to attend, as well as events, enrichment and service projects throughout the summer. Some of these will be required and many will be optional.

We have Assistant Coordinators that will be available to you anytime throughout the summer. Their desire is to help you grow spiritually and encourage Christ-like behavior. They will be intentional in praying for you and checking in with you, and will oversee planning and organizing events, service projects, activities, chapel services and more. Some departments will have staffers called Leads that will run shifts and have more responsibility put on them.

Housing is provided and rooms are similar to a college dorm. There is a community space, kitchen and laundry room available for you to use. Meals are provided and available three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in our dining room.

If you are looking for a unique experience with a great community to encourage your life, then this is the place to be! For more information, please contact Chris Fenske at (828) 669.3589.

Can I request my roommates?
Sure! We will do our best to honor your request. We will send you a questionnaire to fill out to help match people up well.

What are the rooms like?
We offer dorm-style housing with 4 twin beds in each room. Your room will also include a sink, 1 desk with 2 chairs, a closet and 2 storage units. There are bathrooms and showers with private stalls in a separate room down the hallway from the rooms. 

What is the community space?
We have an air conditioned space called the Staff Center available for you to gather with friends for fellowship. There are cozy sitting areas for relaxing or games and puzzles to keep you entertained. The kitchen is located within this space for your convenience. 

Do I get time off?
Absolutely. Everyone gets at least 1 day off each week with no obligations to Ridgecrest.

How many hours will I have to work each week?
It is hard to nail down specific hours since each department is so unique. Plan on about 50 hours each week being designated to Ridgecrest. That includes chapel, Elevate groups, service projects, activities and scheduled work time.

How many staffers are in the program?
Our goal is to hire around 120 incredible team members this summer.

What is chapel?
Once a week we gather as a group to encounter Jesus by having church together. This might include a worship time and a message from a team member or a local pastor.

What is Elevate?
An opportunity to be a part of something that can help take your faith to the next level. There will be a variety of options to choose from based on your interests. Some examples are; The Power of your Testimony, Biblical Health and Fitness, Scripture Journaling, Personal Development, Finances God’s Way, Being Mission Minded. 

What are the service projects like?
We highly encourage staffers to give back by participating in service projects throughout the summer. There will be many to choose from based upon your work schedule and interest. Most range from 2-4 hours of time. Some things available to do are garbage pick up, vbs at local churches, letter writing, visiting people at nursing homes, landscaping at the children’s home, etc.

What is enrichment?
We offer hands-on experience such as outdoor survival skills, changing a tire, baking, wood working, planting, sharing the gospel and more. These will be scheduled at all different times throughout the summer, and we hope you will participate in them. 

Is there any fun time?
Of course. We plan optional weekly activities, and since we are located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, there is a lot to see and do. Some things we have on campus are hiking trails, volleyball, mini golf, gaga ball, baseball, basketball, corn hole, badminton and disc golf. 

How large is Ridgecrest?
We are on 1,300 acres, have over 650 lodging rooms, and host nearly 65,000 guests every year.

“Working as a Ridgecrest Summer Staffer was one of those God-ordained, monumental life experiences. I did not expect it–yet, now I find myself wondering what my life was like pre-Ridgecrest. My life was changed in endless ways in the span of three months. My spiritual life flourished, I established so many of what I like to call forever friendships, and I learned an immeasurable amount about what it looks like to serve well. Ridgecrest truly wrecked my life in the absolute best of ways.”

“The program has helped me grow with my walk with God and personally. God has taught me a lot about how He sees me throughout my time at Ridgecrest. I have also been able to develop more skills that will help me in the future.”

“Each day was an adventure whether at work or with friends.”

“Ridgecrest has shaped me in more ways than I can count. I have grown so much as a believer and as a leader. I am so thankful for the two summers I’ve been able to spend on staff and for the life-long friendships that I’ve made here.”

“Part of our mission statement here at Ridgecrest is cultivating experiences. As part of rec staff you get to do that everyday. Whether it’s helping kids have fun on the ropes course or at laser tag, or helping them face their fears. You get to encourage kids to have experiences that they remember for a long time.” 

“Getting to be on summer staff at Ridgecrest for two summers has been THE BEST! It is such a wonderful way to serve the Lord and His people. I grew in my faith, learned valuable skills, & had so much fun! The environment and the team members you work alongside are encouraging and intentional. It was a unique opportunity to create lasting friendships with people from all over the world. Thankful that this is a place where Jesus is our center and everything flows from that.”

“While at Ridgecrest the past two summers, I learned how to truly be open and honest with those around me without the facades I typically put up. I was able to develop meaningful relationships with the fellow summer staff. Through these deeper relationships, I gained a community that has held me accountable and helped me grow in my walk with Christ. Ridgecrest has changed my life for the better in so many ways and I couldn’t have chosen a better way to spend my summer.” 

Matthew 17:20

“For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
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