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 students and young adults who have an authentic and growing relationship with Jesus to serve alongside us this summer. This summer, we have the privilege to serve over 30,000 guests from all over the country between May and August! We offer an opportunity for those in the program to learn and develop skills that are useful in future careers and everyday life. Through training and hands-on experience, you will learn about the responsibilities and rewards that come with a variety of work roles.
Come be part of our Ridgecrest Summer Staff Program which is more than a job; it will transform your life! You will receive meals and shared, dorm-style housing (two-sets of bunks) in addition to your pay. Your spiritual walk will be challenged through your job duties as well as 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.
-Authentic, growing relationship with Jesus.
-Desire to serve others with excellence and grace.
-Affirm and abide by LifeWay Christian Resources' Statement of Faith and Policies.
-Eligible to work in the United States.
-Serve full-time hours in assigned work areas as well as on other conference center teams to provide support during busy times.
-Strong, clear communication skills -Self-motivated.
-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.
Would you consider joining our team and being part of impacting lives for God's glory?
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. This 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 three 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. All Positions Filled!
-Food and Retail Outlets - quick service operations including our coffee shop, ice cream shop, and retail shop. All Positions Filled!
-Kitchen/Back of House - help in the salad room, bakery, and prepare lunches for off-site outings.
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: -Housekeeping - This job is very physically challenging, but is rewarding to be a part of helping the guest to relax, focus, and renew. Responsibilities include refreshing the guest room and thorough room cleaning. Bending, stooping, lifting, and guest interaction are an integral part of this job. lndependent 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! lt is a physically challenging but rewarding job that has a lot of guest interaction! -Laundry - Our Laundry Unit could just be the job for you to hone your skills. Responsibilities include folding, sorting, bundling, washing, and delivering supplies. 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 36-40 loads per day!
A/V Conference Services - All Positions Filled!
A summer staff position in A/V Conference Services at Ridgecrest is an opportunity to learn skills in many different areas such as operating state of the art audio and lighting equipment for the 7 auditoriums on our campus. The opportunity also includes the setup and maintaining of classroom space for guests including the 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 - All Positions Filled!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-669-3589.
Q & A
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 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, core group, and fun activities as well as work time.
How many staffers are in the program?
Our goal is to hire around 90 incredible team members this 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 core groups like?
There will be 4-8 summer staffers in each group led by a Ridgecrest team member.
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.
What does the service part of the program look like?
What does the service part of the program look like? You will have the opportunity to serve in different areas around campus. See below for a glimpse of what you might be doing...GUEST SPACES:
- Folding laundry
- Cleaning rooms on turnover days
- Scooping ice cream
- Greeting guests
- Wiping tables
- Stacking tables and chairs
- Setting up conference rooms
- Pulling weeds
- Picking up garbage