Christikon Staff Positions

Requirements & Responsibilities

Below, you will find important information about the staff positions and their requirements and responsibilities. This information will help you in your decisions when applying to be a member of the Christikon Staff and what your summer will entail as a Christikon staff member.

For All Staff Positions

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Commitment to the Christian faith, and a reasonable ability to articulate that commitment in ways appropriate to Christikon’s ministry and constituency.
  • Desire and ability to live together and work with other staff and with campers in an intensive and intentional Christian community.
  • Good character, integrity, adaptability, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, self-control.
  • Maturity, common sense, good judgment.
  • Desire and ability to live in, work in and move about the mountainous terrain in which the camp is located.
  • Ability to accept guidance and supervision.
  • At least one year beyond high school, and at least 19 years of age during the camping season.
General Responsibilities:
  • Carry out and provide necessary support for Christikon’s camping program in ways appropriate to Christikon’s Mission Statement.
  • Share responsibility for shaping a community of staff, campers and other guests that is grounded in Christian faith.
  • Follow and support Christikon goals, policies and procedures, and interpret them to campers, guests, and other staff.
  • Plan and lead worship, Bible study introductions, and group recreation as assigned.
  • Prepare for and participate in staff meetings and supervisory conferences.
  • Complete evaluations at the end of each camp session.
  • Lead “interest groups” during camp sessions according to one’s skills, background and interests, and as time and other assigned responsibilities permit.

Requirements for Individual Staff Positions

14 to 20 positions (about half each gender)

When on site: reside in cabin with 4-8 youth campers. Some times work shared with another counselor; some times work “solo.” Lead “family group” of 6-10 campers in program, including Bible study and discussion, work projects, hiking, games, worship, service projects, etc. Serve in support position(s) one or more sessions as assigned. Follow and support all Christikon policies and procedures relating to staff and campers. When in trails program: lead backpack groups, working closely with one other counselor Assume responsibility for safety, health, social development, and spiritual growth of assigned campers.

Responsible to: Director. At times also responsible to Support Staff who are in supervisory roles (e.g. Head Cook, Lodge Supervisor, Trails Room Coordinator, Secretary, Heath Care Manager, Maintenance Supervisor.

General Responsibility: Assume responsibility for safety, health, social development and spiritual growth of assigned campers.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Learn the likes, dislikes, hopes and special needs of assigned campers.
  2. Recognize and respond to opportunities for problem solving in the group.
  3. Develop opportunities for interaction between campers and staff.
  4. Provide opportunities for discussion of individual or group problems or concerns.
  5. Help each camper meet the goals established by the camp for camper development.
  6. Carry out established roles for supervising camper health.
  7. Carry out established roles in enforcing camp safety regulations.
  8. Instruct campers in emergency procedures.

General Responsibility: Carry out camp programs.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. In on-site program, reside in cabin and provide supervision for campers assigned to cabin, including personal hygiene, rising and retiring times, and cabin clean-up.
  2. In on-site program, lead “family group” in program activities, including Bible study and discussion, service projects, hiking and overnights, games and other recreation, small-group worship, and cleaning duties in kitchen and bath house.
  3. In trails programs, lead backpack and/or CreationCare and/or Wayfarers groups, working closely with one other counselor.
  4. Help campers plan their participation in “family group” and camp-wide programs, special events, and activities.
  5. Serve in Support Service position(s) one or more sessions as assigned.
  6. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required.

Essential Functions:

  1. Strength and endurance to maintain constant supervision of campers.
  2. Ability to communicate and work with assigned campers, and to provide them with necessary instruction.
  3. Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
  4. Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to camp activities.
  5. Mobility, strength and endurance to lead campers on hikes, overnights, and longer-term backpacks in mountainous terrain.

1 position

Supervise food preparation and meal planning according to Christikon food service policies and procedures. Supervise and train staff assigned to kitchen. Maintain menu files. Monitor food/supplies inventory, and order as needed for efficient, cost-effective use. Maintain a clean, sanitary food service. Meals are generally served family style, averaging about 70-90 persons per meal. Previous large-group cooking experience desirable.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Supervisory skills
  • Ability to relate well to others
  • Knowledge of standards of food preparation, serving, and kitchen procedures

Responsible to: Director

General Responsibility: Supervise the entire food service, according to Christikon food service policies and procedures.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Supervise all kitchen food preparation.
  2. Supervise and train Assistant Cooks and Lodge Supervisor.
  3. Supervise dish-washing program.
  4. Plan menus to provide tasty, nutritious and cost-effective meals, and maintain menu files.
  5. Supervise pantry, cooler and freezer storage.
  6. Monitor food and supplies inventory, and order as needed for efficient, cost-effective use.
  7. Provide for storage and utilization of left-overs in safe and cost-effective manner.
  8. Help receive and properly store food and other supplies.
  9. Supervise and participate in preparation of food.
  10. Maintain a clean, sanitary food service.
  11. Provide for daily recording of cooler, freezer, refrigerator and dishwasher temperatures.
  12. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required.

Essential Functions:

  1. Ability to lift, unload and move food, supplies and dishes.
  2. Ability to use kitchen equipment safely, including electrical and mechanical equipment.
  3. Ability to maintain appropriate inventories of food and supplies.
  4. Ability to determine cleanliness of dishes, food contact surfaces, and food service areas.
  5. Ability to assess condition of food.

1 position

Directly responsible to Head Cook. Assist with food preparation and other kitchen responsibilities.

Responsible to: Head Cook

General Responsibility: Assist the Head Cook with food preparation and other kitchen responsibilities.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Assist in preparing foods, including washing/peeling vegetables, preparing poultry, meats, breads, soups, desserts, etc., weighing and measuring foods.
  2. Store and utilize left-overs in safe and cost-effective manner.
  3. Clean utensils and food service area, carry pots and pans, distribute food and supplies.
  4. Help receive and properly store food and other supplies.
  5. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required.

Essential Functions:

  1. Ability to lift, unload and move food, supplies and dishes.
  2. Ability to use kitchen equipment safely, including electrical and mechanical equipment.
  3. Ability to maintain appropriate inventories of food and supplies.
  4. Ability to determine cleanliness of dishes, food contact surfaces, and food service areas.
  5. Ability to assess condition of food.

1 position

Directly responsible to Head Cook. Supervise campers and staff in pre-meal setting and after-meal clean-up of kitchen, dining area, and Lodge. Maintain a clean and well-ordered kitchen and Lodge at all times. Assist cooks with pre-meal food preparations. Appreciation for order and cleanliness, and for working with people, desirable. This position is often filled from counseling staff, on a session-by-session rotating basis.

Responsible to: Head Cook

General Responsibility: Supervise campers and staff in pre-meal preparation of the dining area and in after-meal clean-up of kitchen, dining area, and Lodge.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Supervise camper/counselor table setting prior to meals.
  2. Assist cooks with any necessary last-minute food preparation/serving tasks.
  3. Prepare sinks for dish washing after meals, according to sink procedures. Prepare table-wiping cans/cloths/towels. Assist with putting away food and condiment items.
  4. Supervise camper/counselor dishwashing and Lodge/food service clean-up after meals.
  5. Provide for dishwasher operation according to established procedures.
  6. Provide for sweeping/mopping/vacuuming of Lodge and exterior decking, dining area, and kitchen according to established procedures.
  7. Insure proper storage of Lodge/food service equipment and supplies.
  8. Oversee putting away of dishes/utensils/etc. in proper locations.
  9. Make sure that counters, tables, sinks, cart and food service area surfaces are properly cleaned and sanitized after each meal.
  10. Wash off exterior of dishwasher with warm soapy water after each meal, and dry with a towel. At the end of each day, remove and clean screen, and wipe out the interior of the dishwasher with a towel.
  11. Provide for regular washing of floor mats and their return to proper locations.
  12. Provide for regular washing, rinsing, and drying of food service garbage cans.
  13. Provide for regular sweeping and mopping of pantry and cooler.
  14. At least once a session, soak kitchen mops overnight in bleach solution. Rinse well; wring out well.
  15. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required.

Essential Functions:

  1. Ability to lift, unload and move food, supplies and dishes.
  2. Ability to use kitchen equipment safely, including electrical and mechanical equipment.
  3. Ability to determine cleanliness of dishes, food contact surfaces, and food service areas.

1 position

Assist Director with office work, record keeping, correspondence, filing, registration, reporting, handling of funds, cabin assignments, and other administrative duties as needed. Operate office equipment, including computer, typewriter, copier. Supervise operations of the Canteen. Needs ability to type, work with the computer. Previous office experience helpful.

Minimum Qualifications: Ability to type

Responsible to: Director

General Responsibility: Facilitate the work of the Director, particularly in office procedures, registration, and canteen management.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Assist with office work, including computer data entry, record keeping, correspondence, filing, registration, reporting, handling of funds, cabin assignments, etc.
  2. Operate office equipment, including computer, typewriter, copier.
  3. Supervise canteen operations; provide for a neat, clean and sanitary canteen operation.
  4. Provide for safe handling and storage of funds from canteen and registration according to established procedures.
  5. Gather outgoing mail and take it to the mailbox at the gate at appropriate times; take delivered mail to the camp office; sort mail for distribution.
  6. Organize Quiet Time folders and Bible study texts for trails use.
  7. Conduct inventory of canteen and office supplies and place orders when necessary to ensure timely arrival of supplies.
  8. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required.

Essential Functions:

  1. Ability to use computer, typewriter, copier, telephone.
  2. Ability to keep neat and orderly records.
  3. Ability to carry messages and supplies throughout the camp as needed.

1 position

Sometimes works with an Assistant. Coordinate use of equipment and food for trails programs according to Christikon trails room policies and procedures. Maintain records of inventories and equipment. Pack out and check in food and equipment for trails groups. Monitor supplies and request ordering as needed. Repair equipment. Assist in orientations. Trails experience and appreciation for detail work helpful.

Minimum Qualifications: Appreciation for order and attention to details

Responsible to: Director

General Responsibility: Prepare and coordinate use of equipment and food for trails programs according to Christikon policies and procedures.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Organize, prepare, re-package, check out and check in food and equipment items for hiking, overnighting and backpacking programs according to established policies, procedures, checklists, and authorized menus.
  2. Provide for efficient, cost-effective use of available equipment and supplies.
  3. Monitor inventory of trails room supplies and equipment, and place orders when necessary with Director or Head Cook to ensure timely arrival of supplies.
  4. Coordinate maintenance and repair for trails equipment.
  5. Keep timely records of departure and return information for all groups leaving the camp on hikes, overnights and backpacks; submit records to office for permanent keeping.
  6. Assist in orientation of trails groups prior to their departure.
  7. Maintain a neat, orderly Trails Room and a clean, sanitary food preparation area in the Trails Room.
  8. Supervise the work of the Trails Room Assistant when that position is filled.
  9. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required.

Essential Functions:

  1. Ability to lift, unload and move food and supplies.
  2. Ability to use Trails Room equipment safely, including camp stoves, electrical and mechanical equipment.
  3. Ability to maintain appropriate inventories of food and supplies.
  4. Ability to determine cleanliness of dishes, food contact surfaces, and food service areas.
  5. Ability to assess condition of food.

1 position

May be combined with another position such as Service Aid. Assist Trails Room Coordinator with all duties, as assigned. This position is often filled from counseling staff, on a session-by-session rotating basis.

Minimum Qualifications:

Responsible to:

General Responsibility:

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. TBD.

Essential Functions:

  1. TBD.

1 position

General maintenance of buildings, grounds, and equipment according to Christikon maintenance policies and procedures. Daily waste collection from all waste receptacles; daily chlorination monitoring. Supervise camper/staff work projects. Primary operator of camp truck, making weekly trips to town for supplies and garbage hauling. Monitor maintenance supplies. Must be at least 21 years old. Ability to drive manual-transmission pick-up truck and do maintenance tasks. Experience with carpentry, plumbing, etc. helpful.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 21 years of age
  • Good driving record
  • Self-starter and organizer

Responsible to: Director

General Responsibility: Provide general maintenance of buildings, grounds and equipment according to Christikon maintenance policies and procedures.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Daily collect waste from all waste receptacles.
  2. Daily check water system, filling chlorinator and replacing filter bags as needed.
  3. Daily measure chlorine levels in water, and record in log.
  4. Daily monitor all light bulbs in camp, and replace as needed.
  5. Operate, maintain, and keep records concerning the camp vehicle(s) according to vehicle policies and procedures.
  6. Make hauling trips to town or elsewhere for food and other supplies, for necessary garbage removal, and for necessary camper/staff transportation.
  7. Make purchases in town of items recorded on the “Needed in Town” list, recording purchase price on the list at the time of purchase. Save all receipts and invoices, and turn them in to the camp office upon returning.
  8. Be responsible for all camp tools and equipment according to camp policies and procedures, checking them out and in, seeing that tools are used correctly, and stored properly.
  9. Report to the Director any need for additional tools or tool repair that cannot be accomplished at camp.
  10. Supervise camper/staff service projects, helping to line up necessary materials and equipment, and making sure projects are done properly and safely. If you are going to be gone during service projects, make necessary arrangements with responsible staff; and check upon your return to see that arrangements were carried out properly.
  11. Keep the storage areas in and around the Tool Shed clean and orderly.
  12. Light campfires for evening worship, as needed.
  13. Monitor inventory of maintenance supplies and equipment, and place orders when necessary with Director or Head Cook to ensure timely arrival of supplies.
  14. Do various maintenance projects that arise: fixing, repairing, building, or replacing as necessary.
  15. Wash out garbage room each time garbage is hauled to town.
  16. Maintain inventory of maintenance supplies and equipment.
  17. Maintain grounds and facilities to reduce risk of danger or injury to persons using them.
  18. Monitor septic systems.
  19. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required.

Essential Functions:

  1. Ability to use equipment and tools safely and effectively.
  2. Ability to safely operate manual transmission vehicle(s).
  3. Ability to observe what maintenance projects need to be done.
  4. Strength and endurance to lift, dig, load, unload, repair, etc.
  5. Ability to communicate with staff and campers when supervising projects and/or providing tool safety and usage training.

1 position

Working under physician’s standing orders, supervise health care and screening of campers and staff. Maintain health records and inventories of medical supplies. Receive, store and dispense all camper medications in on-site program, and supervise medication procedures with trails staff. Assist in preparing and training other staff in health care responsibilities. Supervise infirmary. Prepare first aid kits for trails. Preference given to Registered Nurse, Graduate Nurse, EMT, or equivalent. First Aid certification provided. Daily launder kitchen and cleaning items. Stock bath house cleaning supplies. Daily clean bath house stools. Maintain clean guest rooms, bath houses, laundry, storage.

Minimum Qualifications: Current CPR and Wilderness First Aidcertifications (provided during Staff Training)

Responsible to: Director

General Responsibility: Working under a physician’s standing orders, serve as the health manger for the camp; supervise health and cleanliness standards, work with camp director and staff, and help provide adequate physical health conditions for all.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct and supervise health screening of campers when they arrive at camp.
  2. Receive, store and dispense all camper medications in the on-site program, and supervise medication procedures with trails staff.
  3. Conduct inventory of supplies and place orders when necessary to ensure timely arrival of supplies.
  4. Follow appropriate health care routines including record keeping in the daily medical log, disposal of medical waster, managing and safeguarding medications, and utilizing approved standing orders.
  5. Coordinate coverage of the Health Office; be available in the Health Office at specified times; be available of emergency health response at all times, or provide for appropriate coverage of these duties by other staff.
  6. Prepare first aid kits for trails use; check them out and in according to established procedures.
  7. Make appointments, when necessary, with health care personnel in Big Timber or other communities.
  8. Maintain in readily accessible manner health forms of all campers and adult advisors who are at camp. Take health forms to camp office at the end of each session for permanent storage.
  9. Complete and maintain accident reports and incident reports that can be used for risk-management assessment.
  10. Monitor health of all staff.
  11. Monitor and evaluate camp procedures, facilities, and conditions and suggest modifications that would create more healthful conditions in the camp.
  12. Assist in preparing and training other staff in health care responsibilities.
  13. Supervise work of the Service Aid, when that person is someone other than the Health Care Manager.
  14. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required.

Essential Functions:

  1. Ability to drive to doctor or emergency treatment locations.
  2. Ability to lift and/or assist injured/ill campers or staff.
  3. Ability to read prescriptions and health exams from physicians.
  4. Ability to get to remote locations on camp property quickly.
  5. Ability to use telephone.
  6. Ability to observe and assess unsanitary or unhealthy conditions at camp.
  7. Ability to originate, update, and monitor health care, maintain records, and implement Health Care Plan.

1 position

Responsible to: Health Care Manager

General Responsibility: Manage kitchen and cleaning laundry, and manage bath house hospitality supplies and service.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Daily launder kitchen and cleaning laundry, and provide for proper storage of all items.
  2. Daily monitor bath house hospitality supplies (toilet paper, hand towels, hand soap, etc.), and replace as necessary.
  3. Daily clean bath house stools according to establish procedures.
  4. Monitor bath house cleaning done by campers and staff to insure clean, sanitary facilities.
  5. Insure that cleaning supplies are properly stored in appropriate locations.
  6. At least once a session, soak bath house mops overnight in bleach solution. Rinse well; wring out well.
  7. Maintain a neat and clean Laundry Room.
  8. Monitor inventory of cleaning supplies and equipment, and place orders when necessary with Director or Head Cook to ensure timely arrival of supplies.
  9. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required.

Essential Functions:

  1. Ability to lift and carry cleaning and hospitality supplies around the camp.
  2. Ability to monitor cleanliness of bath houses and laundry room.

2020 Staff Salary & Benefit Information

Christikon staff salaries are a uniform as possible, though consideration is also given to experience and special responsibilities. Generally, a person is employed with a single position designation, but flexibility of job description is important. Most staff people will be rotated between counseling and support staff positions as the summer progresses.

Salary:

for 2020 is $3,460 for the basic season. This provides an average of $346 per week, for the 10-week season. Food and lodging, use of equipment,
etc., are also provided. A similar salary basis is used during any additional perils worked before or after the basic season.

Bonuses:

Modest increments are added to salary for experience and prior certifications (which must be current for the entire season), as follow:

  • For each year’s experience as full-season camp staff — $50
  • CPR certification — $10
  • Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification — $40
  • EMT certification — $100
  • Graduate Nurse serving as Health Care Manager — $150
  • Registered Nurse serving as Health Care Manager — $250
  • Staff with special responsibilities may receive additional increments.
Deductions:

Christikon is required to withhold from salaries for state income and payroll taxes, federal income tax (when employee is not exempt), and social security taxes. Deductions from salary are also made for days of work missed in excess of sick days and personal leave.

Insurance:

Statutory Worker’s Compensation is provided for all staff, covering injuries sustained while on the job. In addition, staff members are covered for
other accidental injury (up to $3,000). This latter insurance comes into play after other family or personal health insurance. Christikon will pay the deductible on any claims filed under this insurance.

2020 Staff Work Schedule

Beginning Date:

Staff employment at Christikon begins on Saturday, May 29th, 2020, with the Staff Training session.

Early arrival for certain support staff:

Staff who serve in kitchen, maintenance, trails room, office, or health care positions are encouraged to consider arriving a week or so early, when possible, to help accomplish related work that needs to be done before the staff training period starts. Actual starting dates can be negotiated with the Director.

Ending Date:

Most staff will complete their Christikon employment early on Wednesday morning, August 5th, 2020.

Staff Training:

All staff are expected to participate during the full Staff Training period, May 29th- June 12th, 2020. A second unit of backpack training is scheduled June 29th – July 4th, 2020 and is required for all staff who will be counseling in the trails program. The staff backpack is optional for staff who will not be participating in trails offerings.

Beyond the basic season:

We will need 6-8 to remain through the 23rd to help host a family retreat. We will add another $500 to your salary. Contact Mark for more information.

Time Off:

Generally there is a period of at least 24 hours free from duties for all staff people after each sessions, running from noon on the concluding day of a sessions until noon the next day. Additional full-day breaks (days off) are scheduled on June 13th – 14th, June 19th – 20th, June 27th – 28th, July 9th – 10th.