• Volleyball
  • Royal Gorge Sunrise
  • House Keeping
  • Guest Spaces Summer Staff
  • Nibble Nook
  • Grilling
  • Cleaning Up
  • Guest Spaces Summer Staffers
  • Cooking
  • Summer Staff at Biltmore
  • Nibble Nook Summer Staffer

Are you looking for an experience this summer where you can serve at an incredible place with amazing people that desire to see lives impacted for God's glory? We are looking for college students and young adults who have an authentic and growing relationship with Jesus to serve alongside us this summer. We have the opportunity to serve over 30,000 guests from all over the country between May and August!

Come be part of our Ridgecrest Summer Staff Program, which is more than a job; it can be life transforming. As part of the program, in addition to your job duties, you will be challenged in your spiritual walk through small group interaction and fellowship. Staffers will also attend weekly chapel services, participate in planned activities and have free time to enjoy God's creation.

We offer an opportunity for those in the program to learn and develop skills that are useful in everyday life. Through training and hands-on experience, you will learn about leadership and the responsibilities that come with it.



- Summer Staff will serve full-time hours in work areas. At times, summer staff will serve with other conference center teams to provide support during busy times.
- Summer Staff must affirm and abide by LifeWay Christian Resources' Statement of Faith and policies.
- A Summer Staffer should have great communication skills, and be self-motivated.
- Summer Staff should anticipate long/busy days and should be prepared to work hard both mentally, and physically.
- The program includes a weekly bible study and chapel service that Summer Staff will be required to attend.
Additional Information
Outstanding applicants will have an authentic and growing relationship with Jesus, possess a sincere desire to serve other with excellence and grace, be flexible, teachable, and hard-working, demonstrate maturity and be eligible to work in the United States.


Would you consider joining our team and being part of impacting lives for God's glory?


APPLY NOW (Returning staff apply here.)




Food Service

The 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.  These will help you develop customer service and organizational skills. You will work side by side as a team player in a diverse setting. There are 3 specific areas you can apply for:

- Front of House/Catering - this includes working the buffet lines in the dining room and catered events throughout campus.

- Food and Retail Outlets - quick service operations including our coffee shop, ice cream shop, and retail shop.

- Kitchen/Back of House - help in the salad room, bakery, and prepare lunches for off-site outings.

Guest Space

Do you love to clean? We mean LOVE to clean. If the sound of a vacuum motor really gets you revved up and you live for that squeaky-clean feeling, chances are Guest Spaces would be a great fit for you! We desire to provide a clean and comfortable space where guests can focus on their relationships with God with no distractions.

We are seeking those who are efficient and hard working with a good eye for detail. Responsibilities will include scrubbing, sweeping, folding, and dusting on a daily basis. Excellent customer service skills are a must while serving on the front lines and interacting with many guests. This job requires bending, stooping and lifting; being physically fit will be important. This is a fast paced job that requires high energy and quality performance.

Training is provided and we believe you will gain knowledge and life skills in this position. Schedules vary based on the needs of the conference center. We spend time together in the Word and in prayer each day before we begin our shift. We encourage each other and do our best to live out our mission of Cultivating experiences, Nurturing relationships and Impacting lives for God's glory.

A/V Conference Services

A summer staff position in A/V Conference Services at Ridgecrest is an opportunity to learn skills in many different areas. In this department, you will have the chance to learn and operate state of the art audio and lighting equipment for the 7 auditoriums on our campus. The opportunity also entails the setup and maintaining of classroom space for guests. This work is comprised of detail cleaning and moving of tables and chairs. The hours of work will vary due to the nature of our business. There will be days of long hours and long weekends but there will, of course, be lots of fun. You will need to be able to walk for long periods of time (we average 12,000 steps/day) and be able to lift 50lbs (we move a lot of tables and chairs). You will need to be a problem solver and enjoy high-pressure situations. You will need to have a good sense of humor and be ready for a fun and fulfilling summer with a great team.

Adventure Recreation

Adventure Recreation staff work hard so our guests can play! Adventure Recreation staff facilitate the high ropes course, climbing tower, zipline, organized group games, team building activities, laser tag, sports tournaments and assist with daily operations at the Rec Shack. Taking a team approach, Adventure Recreation staff will also serve in other areas, such as Guest Spaces, when 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, be flexible, 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 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.


For more information, please contact Chris Fenske at chris.fenske@lifeway.com or 828-669-3589.

Q & A

Are these paid positions?

Yes! All positions are paid and compensation varies based on the department and job responsibilities.

Do you provide housing and food?

Similar to a college dorm room, there is a twin bed and you will share the room with 1 to 2 others. There are shared bathrooms available on each floor. Meals are provided in the dining room.

Can I request a roommate?

Sure, we will do our best to honor your request.

Do I get time off?

Absolutely.  Everyone gets at least 1 day off a week.

How many staffers are in the program?

Our goal is to hire around 75 incredible team members each summer.

Is there any fun time?

Of course, we plan weekly activities, and since we are located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, there is a lot to see and do on or off campus.

What are the small groups like?

There will be 4-8 summer staffers in each group, led by 1 or 2 Ridgecrest team members.

What is chapel?

Once a week we gather as a group to have church together.

How large is Ridgecrest?

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

Additional information

Outstanding candidates for a Ridgecrest Summer Staff program will:

  • Have an authentic, and growing relationship with Jesus.

  • Possess a sincere desire to serve others with excellence and grace.

  • Be flexible, teachable, and hard-working.

  • Demonstrate maturity.

  • Be eligible for work in the U.S.

  • Housing

  • Meals (when dining room is open)

  • Weekly Pay (based on the department)