Applications for Summer Staff

Application Process - We are currently hiring for summer 2022!

We now have one online application for anyone who would like to work at Riverside in the summer! You will also be able to save your application as you go. This includes cabin leaders, junior cabin leaders, and all of our support staff positions. 

  1. Fill out an application by clicking here or by clicking the large button below.

  2. Log in to the online system.

    1. If you worked for us in Summer 2021, you already have a USERNAME and PASSWORD. If you have forgotten it, please DO NOT create a new account. Email or call our office and we will remind you of your login information and reset your password. (email RLBC@RiversideLBC.org or call 515-733-5271)​

    2. If you have been a camper at Riverside, you probably already have a profile, and we'd LOVE to keep your existing profile. Please email or call our office and we'll give you your own USERNAME and PASSWORD (so your parent/guardian can still keep theirs). (email RLBC@RiversideLBC.org or call 515-733-5271)​

    3. If you are completely new to Riverside, you will create a new user account - click on the "Create New Account" button once you've clicked the big button below to apply and step through the personal info data entry. 

  3. Once logged in, it will take you to your Dashboard. In the right-hand column, you will find a green button that says "Apply for Position". Click on the button. Then click the box for 2022 Seasonal Staff. Lastly, click Save/Next at the bottom right.

  4. Choose your position - either Camp Summer Staff or Kitchen Team Member. Click Save/Next. (Unless you are a high school student from the Story City area who only wants to work hourly in the kitchen, select "Camp Summer Staff".)

  5. References (You need to submit three references. This is the first part of the online application. One of your references must be someone of the opposite sex.)​​

    1. Pastoral/Ministry/Small Group Leader Reference​

    2. Employer/Professional/Other Reference

    3. Family Member

  6. Answer all of the questions

  7. Upload your essay question responses

    1. In the right-hand column of the Dashboard, you will find a Forms section at the bottom. Choose the Download Forms tab. You will find the Application Essay Questions, a VERY important part of your application process. You will answer these questions by creating your own document that you will then upload into your Dashboard.

    2. Once you have saved your document with the responses to the essay questions, click on the Upload Forms tab. Choose Application Essay Questions from the dropdown menu, choose your document file, then click on the blue Upload button. Shortly after clicking on the Upload button, you should receive a pop-up message saying, "Form upload was successful."

  8. Submit Application - You can return to your Summer Staff Application at any point by clicking on the Online Forms tab of your Dashboard. You'll see your application there in blue and can click on it to return to it. Until all required data fields are completed, it will show a red message saying, "Required Items Missing . . . ". Once all is completed, that message will turn green and you can go up to the Positions section of the Dashboard and click on the Submit button. CONGRATS!! You have successfully made it through, and we'll be in touch soon!

  9. Interview - Someone from our team will be in touch in order to schedule an interview.

  10. Letter of Call - Once you have submitted your application, interviewed, and references completed, our team will let you know if we will extend a Letter of Call for you to join the Riverside team for summer 2022!

If you have any questions throughout this process, you can contact Lute Olson at Lute@RiversideLBC.org or call the office at 515-733-5271 and ask to talk with someone from the program team about working at Riverside for the summer. You can also click on the button below titled, "Instructions Document" for instructions for the online application process.

Summer Positions Available
Cabin Leader (See description below)
Adventure Leader (See description below)
Junior Cabin Leader (See description below)

Summer Support Staff Positions
Wrangler
Evening Kitchen Lead
Maintenance Assistant
Other Summer Support Staff Positions
Program Director
Day Camp Director
Discipleship Team
Aquatics Director
Rec Fun Director
Art Fun Director
Media Director
Mime Director
Camp Store Assistant
Ministry Assistant
Contact Lute Olson at Lute@RiversideLBC.org with any questions in regards to summer positions.
 
Job Descriptions
Cabin Leader (Must be at least 1 year removed from high school in June of 2022.)

What can I look forward to as a summer staff member at Riverside?

Our desire is that our summer staff would first and foremost walk away from the summer knowing more of our Father's heart, our Savior's life, and our Spirit's power. WE WANT YOU TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE LOVE OF CHRIST! That is our number one goal. Our number two goal is that summer staff would be better equipped and able to share the love and heart of God with others. This is a program designed to help you grow in Christian leadership. At Riverside we are very intentional about spiritual development. We have structured discipleship all summer long, ranging from staff devotions, to set times you can spend with God, to personal one-on-one discipleship opportunities. It is our greatest desire for you not only to minister to others during the summer, but that you also come to know Christ in a deeper way in your personal life as well!

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What do we do each week?

Campers stay in cabins with two cabin leaders (That's you!) and participate in everything on the main camp site. This means that you get to lead them throughout their day, build relationships with youth, have fun, live life with your campers, and point your campers to Christ! Cabin leaders have responsibilities including helping with program events such as chapel, Bible studies, campfire, skits, pool, camp store, shares, and art fun. Cabin leaders are also responsible for teaching and at times disciplining youth. Cabin leaders are expected to be good role models by being appropriate in all things, at all times, and following ALL camp rules. Cabin leaders may occasionally find themselves on "support" staff. Support staff weeks are spent primarily working on maintenance or in the kitchen. During support weeks, all staff are expected to stay at camp and be involved in the programming each evening, except for a possible night off.

How much would I get paid?

You will be paid $210 per week at Riverside plus room and board. (+$10 per summer you have been on staff in the past) 

You will also get paid the two weeks you are at training. Our week of family camp is not a full week, so you will be paid on a pro-rated scale for family camp.

What if I have more questions?

Do not hesitate to call the office at 515-733-5271 or email Lute Olson at Lute@RiversideLBC.org with any questions you may have about working at Riverside!

What's the summer schedule like?

We have two full weeks of training (May 29-June 10), with 9 weeks of summer camp to follow. The last day of camp is August 12. You will have every Saturday off (except for August 6 for our Quilt Auction and 5K), as well as an extended weekend off for July 7-9. You are welcome to stay at camp for any weekend (We have laundry and food available.), but you are allowed to leave site for the weekend if you would like. If you need a week off during the summer, we may allow you to take a week off, as long as we have enough advance notice and know that we will have enough staff available to accommodate your request. 

During your 9 weeks of programming at Riverside, you can expect to be in a cabin of 8-12 youth with another cabin leader "on-site" at Riverside for 5-8 weeks of the summer. You will also go on 1-3 day camps (similar to VBS) at various churches across Iowa. This is a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel outside of the camp setting, and it helps to break up the 24/7 responsibilities you have as a cabin leader. You may also be assigned for a week or two to help out on maintenance or in the kitchen. While "on-site" in a cabin, you will always have one hour off every day, without any responsibilities with your campers.

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Adventure Leader (Must be at least 1 year removed from high school in June of 2022. Adventure leaders also serve as cabin leaders.)

What is an adventure leader?

Adventure leaders have all of the same fun as cabin leaders (see above), except they also have the opportunity to be an adventure leader for 1-4 weeks of the summer. This consists of camping in tents, canoeing, rock climbing, and spending some quality time outdoors. There will be an adventure training weekend for all adventure leaders. Contact Jessie Van Roekel at Jessie@RiversideLBC.org with any questions about our adventure program!

"There is really nothing like being in a place where you are genuinely cared about and being prayed for, while constantly being surrounded by love from people and from Christ." -Summer Staff Member

Junior Cabin Leader (Must have completed junior or senior year of high school in June of 2022.)

What can I look forward to as a junior cabin leader at Riverside?

Our desire is that our summer staff would first and foremost walk away from the summer knowing more of our Father's heart, our Savior's life, and our Spirit's power. WE WANT YOU TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE LOVE OF CHRIST! That is our number one goal. Our number two goal is that summer staff would be better equipped and able to share the love and heart of God with others. With that in mind, this is a program designed to help you grow in Christian leadership. There will be specific time set aside every week for junior cabin leaders to come together and meet with camp leadership staff for discipleship, guidance, study, and relationship building. There will also be times for every junior cabin leader to meet one-on-one with leadership staff several times throughout the summer for discipling, guidance, prayer, sharing, and evaluation.

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What do we do each week?

Campers stay in cabins with two cabin leaders (That's you!) and participate in everything on the main camp site. This means that you get to lead them throughout their day, build relationships with youth, have fun, live life with your campers, and point your campers to Christ! Junior cabin leaders have responsibilities including helping with program events such as chapel, Bible studies, campfire, skits, pool, camp store, and art fun. Junior cabin leaders are not expected to be responsible for teaching and at times disciplining youth. This is the cabin leader's responsibility, although we do expect our junior cabin leaders to be available to assist the cabin leaders and support them. Junior cabin leaders are expected to be with their campers at all times and be good role models by being appropriate in all things, at all times, and following ALL camp rules. Junior cabin leaders may occasionally find themselves on "support" staff. Support staff weeks are spent primarily working on maintenance or in the kitchen. During support weeks, junior cabin leaders are expected to stay at camp and be involved in the programming each evening.

What's the summer schedule like?

Junior cabin leaders have one full week of required training (June 5-10), with 7 weeks of summer camp. If you cannot make it to training due to school still being in session, be sure to contact us, as you may still be eligible to serve as a junior cabin leader. The last day of camp for junior cabin leaders is August 12. You will have every Saturday off (except for August 6 for our Quilt Auction and 5K), as well as July 2-9 off. Our high school week is July 24-29, so you will not be working that week, but you are able to attend as a camper for free as part of being a junior cabin leader at Riverside for the summer! It is definitely one of the highlights of the year. You are welcome to stay at camp for any weekend (we have laundry and food available), but you are allowed to leave site for the weekend if you would like. You just need to communicate with your parent(s)/guardian(s) of your weekend plans. Junior cabin leaders are required to work 5 out of a possible 7 weeks of the summer, but most junior cabin leaders help 6-7 weeks.

During your 5-7 weeks of programming at Riverside, you can expect to be in a cabin of 8-12 youth with another cabin leader on-site at Riverside for 3-6 weeks of the summer. You may also be assigned for 0-3 weeks of support staff help on maintenance or in the kitchen. While on-site in a cabin, you will always have one hour off every day, without any responsibilities with your campers.

How much would I get paid?

You will be paid a stipend of $50 per week at Riverside plus room and board. You will also get paid for the week you are at training. Our junior cabin leaders are also able to come to high school week for free, as a way of extra payment for your service all summer! If you are a returning junior cabin leader, then you will get $60 a week.

What if I have more questions?

Do not hesitate to call the office at 515-733-5271 or email Cait Svacina (JCL Coordinator) at Caitlin@RiversideLBC.org with any questions you may have about being a junior cabin leader at Riverside!