Authentic | Family | Fun | Growth
We are a traditional family owned-and-operated California summer camp located north of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Uniquely located on a spacious 900 acre ranch, our summer camp is co-ed and for kids ages 7 to 16.
About Mountain Meadow Ranch Summer Camp
Here at MMR we strive to create a very unique environment. An environment that is contrary to contemporary culture. Where technology is traded for all-present conversations and authentic friendships. Where true fun is had without the help of any substance. Where there is no pressure or expectancy for romantic relationships and everyone is viewed as family. We want to move away from the norm and fight for greatness. We desire to prove the world wrong and be young people that stand up for wholesome living. Camp is an intensive short-lived time, filled with kids that need us to be present in every moment. We want staff that are willing to give up themselves for the kids and live a unique lifestyle. If you seek a summer of fun alone, we encourage you to look elsewhere. To say camp is fun is an understatement, fun is a given. But MMR isn't just a summer camp. It’s a place where fears are conquered and identities are found. It’s a place where genuine relationships are born and flourish. We are growth, unplugged, wholesome adventure. We practice stewardship, inclusiveness, empathy, encouragement and integrity. As we celebrate authenticity, we help each other as a family, find joy in our uniqueness and encourage all to dance outside their comfort zones. We believe all this starts with our counselors.
The Employee Experience
A day in the life of a counselor at Mountain Meadow is an opportunity to genuinely love and care for kids while providing them with a safe atmosphere that challenges and grows them. As a counselor, you and one or two co-counselors will have your own cabin of campers that you live with. In a cabin, there are roughly 10-15 campers and it is equipped with bunk beds, showers, restrooms, and storage for our staff. While you only spend rest periods and evenings in the cabin, it is a place where much of the connecting and growing will happen. Here you are expected to practice communication with your co-staff, learn about your kids, and ensure that they are taken care of both physically and emotionally. Outside of the cabin, counselors work at a specified activity area. This is where you will have an opportunity to share your passion, help campers overcome a fear, and enjoy the great outdoors. We have two activity periods - one before lunch and one after lunch. As directors, we know these days can get long, but don't fear, we have set aside an hour each day for our counselors to take a break and you will also have 24 hours off each week!
MMR is notorious for its high return rate and our small camp size allows for a true family atmosphere. What we believe sets us apart from other camps is our 100% focus on the kids, staff that are willing to go without drugs and alcohol for the summer, our technology free environment, and the practice of servant leadership throughout the camp family. Being apart of the Mountain Meadow family is a life changing experience and we are so excited to invite new staff to join us!
- At least 18 years-old with one year of college education.
- Ability to believe in and follow our Mission Statement.
- Can commit to an entire summer at Mountain Meadow Ranch.
- Loves the outdoors and working with kids.
Room and Board
Room, board, meals, and laundry are all apart of the deal at Mountain Meadow - we do not dock your pay or charge you a fee.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Initial transportation to Mountain Meadow can be arranged by airport via the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. We will arrange your pick-up from the airport and your return to the airport at the end of camp. Once at camp, the only need for transportation will be during your 24 hours off. There is no public transportation near camp and carpooling among counselors is the most popular way to travel on days off. If you are able, bringing your own vehicle to camp is a great way to get around.
If you like the outdoors, there will be no shortage of fun and adventure on your days off. Camp is located close to some spectacular country including the Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lake Tahoe, and in our own backyard, the Plumas-Lassen National Forest. Hiking, rock climbing, visiting the National Parks, camping, swimming, and fishing are all apart of our staff's typical down time. And for those who prefer to stay in town on days off, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, as well as a movie theater, and riverside trails to enjoy.
We have openings for the following positions, all of which include being a cabin counselor:
- Fishing Instructor
- Backpacking Guide
- High Ropes Course Instructor
- Wake Board/Ski Instructor
- Class B Driver for Out Trips
- Horseback Riding Instructor/Trail Guide
- Archery Instructor
- Mountain Biking Guide
- Small Animal Care Educator
- Boat Driver for Ski/Wake Activity
All positions require CPR/First Aid Certification and aquatic based activities require Lifeguard Certification.
Staff training starts June 4th for counselors requiring additional education regarding their activity and all staff will begin our official Staff Week on June 8th. Camp begins on June 16th and ends on August 10th. We require that all staff be present for the entirety of the summer, including Staff Week.
Join the Mountain Meadow family as a Camp Nurse for the summer of 2018! We offer commitments for as short as two weeks between the dates of June 16th and August 10th with $1,000 compensation per week. Enjoy your own cabin in the heart of our 900 acre ranch that caters to a normative population of 100 male and female campers, ranging in age from seven to sixteen. The position entails dispensing daily medications, tending to any bumps and bruises, and having the freedom to enjoy our camp! A California License is required and pediatric experience is preferred. The ability to exchange work for one camper's tuition is available!
Seeking applicants for position at ranch/summer camp who are self starters, able to complete tasks without constant supervision, have basic maintenance and grounds keeping skills, problem solving skills, and a pleasant, sunny disposition!
Responsible for basic repairs/small jobs around ranch according to employees abilities. Maybe any of, but not limited to, the following repairs:
Plumbing- basic problem solving and replacing, installing a new and or fixing the following: toilets, faucets/fixtures, sinks, hot water heaters, thermostats, elements, etc plunging toilets and operating a snake, etc.
Electrical- basic problem solving and replacing, installing a new and or fixing the following: lights, light switches, heaters etc.
General Building up keep and fix it jobs- basic problem solving and door knob repair, door replacements and or repair, window replacements, fixing broken windows, dry wall repair/patch, light carpentry when needed, carpet repair/installation, deck repair and installations, small concrete repairs, etc.
Ranch Work- fence building and repair, cattle and horse care/feeding and doctoring, hauling and stacking hay, dragging meadows, irrigation, etc.
Grounds Keeping- lawn mowing, weed eating, hedge trimming, raking, fixing and replacing sprinkler system, some aerating, thatching and fertilizing.
HOUSING AND MEALS PROVIDED - PAY DEPENDS ON EXPERIENCE
How to Apply
The application process begins when you visit our website and submit an online application. Once we have received your application, we will contact you via email should we be interested in pursuing your application. You will not receive a letter of rejection until our hiring process is complete in late-May, so hang tight! We receive a ton of applications each year and we want to be able to give our full attention to all our prospective counselors. Interviews happen after our initial contact and will be via FaceTime or Skype should we be unable to meet in person.