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.  If you would like more information, email: sophia.peterson@ridgecrestnc.com.

If you would like to apply for summer staff at Ridgecrest, click the blue button below!

    • 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.


2023 Summer Staff, Lead Coordinator

Description

$375/week. Free housing! Free meals! Unforgettable summer!

Our Lead Coordinators (LC’s) provide support for the Support Staff Coordinator and Summer Staff team members by helping plan and implement the Summer Staff Program. The LC’s serve Summer Staff through prayer, spending intentional time with them, and creating a community that reflects Christ’s love. LC’s also oversee planning and organizing fun weekly and monthly events, service projects, activities, chapel services, and more.

LC’s work approximately 40 hours before summer (at home) to prepare ahead. They arrive 1 week earlier than the program starts and stay 2 days later than the end date to ensure everything is taken care of. The summer staff program for 2023 will run from May 21 to August 7.

Overview

  • LC’s share the love of Christ by praying for staff daily
  • Being in the Word and keeping spiritually fed to be able to lead others well
  • Be an encourager and provide emotional and spiritual support to Summer Staff
  • Serve as a liaison between Ridgecrest leadership and Summer Staff
  • Mediate conflicts between staffers, bringing in Supervisors as necessary

Program

Weekly Chapel

  • Decide on a theme/plan for the summer to guide Chapels
  • Coordinate Chapel Speakers and Worship Leaders for each week
  • Assist speakers and worship team as needed

Community Group

  • Plan a Pre-Summer Community Group leader training
  • Check in with Community Group leaders throughout the summer
  • Develop or select Community Group discussion guide/curriculum
  • Lead Community Group when leaders are unavailable

Service Projects

  • Partner and communicate with local churches/organizations to plan service projects

Our college-aged Summer Staff are a dynamic team who have a genuine desire to come alongside us in our mission of Impacting Lives for God’s Glory as they have the incredible opportunity to interact with and serve guests from all over the world from May-August. Our program is designed to be a life-changing experience. We want you to experience God and encourage you as you grow in your relationship with Him, equip you with skills you will carry with you for years to come, and build a strong community among our team where you will undoubtedly meet lifelong friends. Here are a few things you will get to be a part of:

Weekly chapel/CORE groups/service projects

  • Attend planned events on campus such as COLOR WARS, Summer Staff Olympics, organized team sports, swing dances, and more!
  • Intentional Discipleship

Requirements

  • Be on call 24/7 in the event of health/personal emergencies
  • Work alongside other summer staffers in various departments on campus (at least 15 hours per week) as assigned by Supervisor
  • Check in with Department Supervisors to learn about praises and concerns they have with Summer Staff
  • Post weekly information on the Staff Center information boards and social media
  • Take pictures daily to use on social media
 
 
Description

$300/week. Free housing! Free meals! Unforgettable summer!

The Guest Spaces team provides a welcoming setting for our customers by keeping our campus clean and safe. We start each day with a devotional and prayer, and our team works together to ensure that we are creating purposeful hospitality. 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, refocus, and feel renewed. Responsibilities include refreshing the guest rooms and thorough room cleaning. Bending, stooping, lifting and guest interaction are integral parts of housekeeping. It is important that you can work both independently and as a team.
  • 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!

Our college-aged Summer Staff are a dynamic team who have a genuine desire to come alongside us in our mission of Impacting Lives for God’s Glory as they have the incredible opportunity to interact with and serve guests from all over the world from May-August. Our program is designed to be a life-changing experience. We want you to experience God and encourage you as you grow in your relationship with Him, equip you with skills you will carry with you for years to come, and build a strong community among our team where you will undoubtedly meet lifelong friends. Here are a few things you will get to be a part of:

  • Weekly chapel/CORE groups/service projects
  • Attend planned events on campus such as COLOR WARS, Summer Staff Olympics, organized team sports, swing dances, and more!
  • Intentional Discipleship
Requirements
 
  • A genuine desire to make a huge impact for God’s glory
  • Self-motivated
  • Have a solid work ethic
  • Excellent interpersonal skills?
  • Enjoy working as a part of a team
  • Ability to bend and lift repeatedly
  • Have a strong willingness and desire to learn
 
 


$280/week. Free housing! Free meals! Unforgettable summer!

Nibble Nook Grill and Ice Cream Shop offers an excellent opportunity to work and learn about the various functions of running a quick-serve restaurant. You will develop customer service skills as you take orders and interreact with guests in a diverse setting. You will develop food service skills as you learn how to grill, use, and maintain various cooking equipment. You will receive hands-on training and learn marketable skills you will be able to take with you beyond your time at Ridgecrest. There are multiple areas you will serve in:

  • Preparing and serving hot food such as burgers and fries
  • Scooping ice cream
  • Cleaning and sanitizing work areas, utensils, and equipment.
  • Cleaning service and seating areas
  • Running the cash register
  • Stocking items and keeping inventory

Our college-aged Summer Staff are a dynamic team who have a genuine desire to come alongside us in our mission of Impacting Lives for God’s Glory as they have the incredible opportunity to interact with and serve guests from all over the world from May-August. Our program is designed to be a life-changing experience. We want you to experience God and encourage you as you grow in your relationship with Him, equip you with skills you will carry with you for years to come, and build a strong community among our team where you will undoubtedly meet lifelong friends. Here are a few things you will get to be a part of:

  • Weekly chapel/CORE groups/service projects
  • Attend planned events on campus such as COLOR WARS, Summer Staff Olympics, organized team sports, swing dances, and more!
  • Intentional Discipleship
Requirements

  • A genuine desire to make a huge impact for God’s glory
  • Previous food service experience preferred but not required
  • Flexibility
  • Excellent Customer Service Skills
  • High energy and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to work late night shifts


 

$300/week. Free housing! Free meals! Unforgettable summer!

Our Grounds Summer Staff have an important task in keeping our campus looking beautiful for our guests. Our Grounds Summer Staff maintain an outdoor environment that contributes to the Conference Center mission: Impacting lives for God’s glory through purposeful hospitality! You will receive hands-on training and learn marketable skills that you will be able to take with you beyond your time at Ridgecrest.  Some of these skills and responsibilities include:

  • Supporting lawn care through mowing, edging grass, and mulching
  • Preserving plant care by pruning, spraying, trimming, planting and fertilizing
  • Maintaining a clean outdoor environment by removing campus trash

Our college-aged Summer Staff are a dynamic team who have a genuine desire to come alongside us in our mission of Impacting Lives for God’s Glory as they have the incredible opportunity to interact with and serve guests from all over the world from May-August. Our program is designed to be a life-changing experience. We want you to experience God and encourage you as you grow in your relationship with Him, equip you with skills you will carry with you for years to come, and build a strong community among our team where you will undoubtedly meet lifelong friends. Here are a few things you will get to be a part of:

  • Weekly chapel/CORE groups/service projects
  • Attend planned events on campus such as COLOR WARS, Summer Staff Olympics, organized team sports, swing dances, and more!
  • Intentional Discipleship
Requirements

  • A genuine desire to make a huge impact for God’s glory
  • Be flexible, hardworking, and willing to serve coworkers and guests
  • A willingness to grow personally, and professionally in a fast-paced Christian environment
  • Ability to work cooperatively with team members
  • Ability to see how work impacts overall guest experience
  • Attention to detail
  • Servant-hearted
Description

$300/week. Free housing! Free meals! Unforgettable summer!

Our Food Service 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. You will receive hands-on training and learn marketable skills that you will be able to take with you beyond your time at Ridgecrest. There are multiple areas you will serve in:

  • Buffet/Catering – You will gain great customer service. Greeting the guests and making sure they have a great experience during mealtimes is the number one priority.?
  • Kitchen – Are you task oriented? Do you love cooking and creating? Do you love food? Here, you will have the opportunity to help prep, cook, and bake food for our guests.
  • Dragon – Keeping our kitchen clean is so important! You will see an immediate impact after washing dishes and making sure the area is pristine.

Our college-aged Summer Staff are a dynamic team who have a genuine desire to come alongside us in our mission of Impacting Lives for God’s Glory as they have the incredible opportunity to interact with and serve guests from all over the world from May-August. Our program is designed to be a life-changing experience. We want you to experience God and encourage you as you grow in your relationship with Him, equip you with skills you will carry with you for years to come, and build a strong community among our team where you will undoubtedly meet lifelong friends. Here are a few things you will get to be a part of:

  • Weekly chapel/CORE groups/service projects
  • Attend planned events on campus such as COLOR WARS, Summer Staff Olympics, organized team sports, swing dances, and more!
  • Intentional Discipleship
Requirements

  • A genuine desire to make a huge impact for God’s glory
  • Flexibility
  • Bring a “Whatever It Takes” attitude to work everyday
  • Excellent work ethic
  • Ability to bend and lift repeatedly
  • Ability to follow directions well

 

Description

$280/week. Free housing! Free meals! Unforgettable summer!

Clouds Coffee Shop offers an excellent opportunity to work and learn about running a coffee shop and learn how to be a barista. You will develop customer service skills as you take orders and interact with guests in a diverse setting. You will receive hands-on training and learn marketable skills you will be able to take with you beyond your time at Ridgecrest. Here are several things you will do in a typical day in Clouds:

  • Preparing and serving hot and cold drinks such as smoothies and specialty coffee
  • Cleaning and sanitizing work areas, utensils, and equipment
  • Running the cash register
  • Stocking items and keeping inventory
  • Opportunity to work with volunteers from across the country

Our college-aged Summer Staff are a dynamic team who have a genuine desire to come alongside us in our mission of Impacting Lives for God’s Glory as they have the incredible opportunity to interact with and serve guests from all over the world from May-August. Our program is designed to be a life-changing experience. We want you to experience God and encourage you as you grow in your relationship with Him, equip you with skills you will carry with you for years to come, and build a strong community among our team where you will undoubtedly meet lifelong friends. Here are a few things you will get to be a part of:

  • Weekly chapel/CORE groups/service projects
  • Attend planned events on campus such as COLOR WARS, Summer Staff Olympics, organized team sports, swing dances, and more!
  • Intentional Discipleship
Requirements

  • A genuine desire to make a huge impact for God’s glory
  • Previous barista experience preferred but not required
  • Effective Communication with team members and guests
  • Excellent Customer Service Skills
  • High energy and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to work early morning shifts as well as late night shifts
Description

$280/week. Free housing! Free meals! Unforgettable summer!

Adventure Recreation staff work hard so our guests can play! They facilitate the high ropes course, climbing tower, zipline, organized group games, team-building activities, laser tag, sports tournaments, and assist 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.

Our college-aged Summer Staff are a dynamic team who have a genuine desire to come alongside us in our mission of Impacting Lives for God’s Glory as they have the incredible opportunity to interact with and serve guests from all over the world from May-August. Our program is designed to be a life-changing experience. We want you to experience God and encourage you as you grow in your relationship with Him, equip you with skills you will carry with you for years to come, and build a strong community among our team where you will undoubtedly meet lifelong friends. Here are a few things you will get to be a part of:

  • Weekly chapel/CORE groups/service projects
  • Attend planned events on campus such as COLOR WARS, Summer Staff Olympics, organized team sports, swing dances, and more!
  • Intentional Discipleship
Requirements

  •  A genuine desire to make a huge impact for God’s glory
  • 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 be able to perform key job responsibilities at heights in a variety of weather conditions
  • Be flexible, hardworking, and willing to serve coworkers and guests
  • A willingness to grow personally, and professionally in a fast-paced Christian environment
  • A positive attitude
  • Good sense of humor
  • Strong communication skills
  • Detail-oriented
Description

$280/week. Free housing! Free meals! Unforgettable summer!

The Audio-Visual Conference Services summer staff team helps to provide a welcoming setting for our guests by assisting the Chief Audio Technician and the Chief Lighting Technician in running live sound and lighting for events on campus as well as keeping our classrooms, floors, and corners clean and organized. The ACVS team works together to ensure that we are creating purposeful experiences for our guests.

Our college-aged Summer Staff are a dynamic team who have a genuine desire to come alongside us in our mission of Impacting Lives for God’s Glory as they have the incredible opportunity to interact with and serve guests from all over the world from May-August. Our program is designed to be a life-changing experience. We want you to experience God and encourage you as you grow in your relationship with Him, equip you with skills you will carry with you for years to come, and build a strong community among our team where you will undoubtedly meet lifelong friends. Here are a few things you will get to be a part of:

  • Weekly chapel/CORE groups/service projects
  • Attend planned events on campus such as COLOR WARS, Summer Staff Olympics, organized team sports, swing dances, and more!
  • Intentional Discipleship
Requirements

  • A genuine desire to make a huge impact for God’s glory
  • Previous experience with running live sound and lighting is preferred but not required
  • Ability to organize the storage of all audio gear across campus in AV closet locations
  • Ability to help carry out maintenance on designated audio and lighting systems, applications, and equipment
  • Ability to move and set up tables and chairs in configurations that will meet guest needs (requires strength and stamina).
  • Ability to keep classrooms, floors, and corners clean
  • Ability to understand detailed instructions on conference space set-up with an eye for detail
  • Be flexible, hardworking, and willing to serve coworkers and guests
  • A willingness to grow personally, and professionally in a fast-paced Christian environment
  • A positive attitude

While serving at Ridgecrest, we expect you to learn and live out our mission: Impacting lives for God’s glory through purposeful hospitality! 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 Sophia Peterson 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.” 

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