Year-Round Employment
Summer Staff


Summer Staff


Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp is committed to hiring a highly professional team of employees with specialized skills who are personally dedicated to our mission of empowering children and adults with developmental disabilities.


Our programming is led by passionate, enthusiastic, and kindhearted people who believe in helping us create a magical camp culture. Their hard work and commitment to success bring new opportunities for independence and personal growth to all the children and adults who attend Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp.


Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp is an inclusive and diverse community committed to mentorship, collaboration, creative engagement, compassionate and quality care, and joy. If we are having fun doing jobs we love, campers, counselors, and staff will reap the benefits our programs have to offer.


Each summer, we hire nearly 100 summer staff and have over 200 volunteers to help make the magic of Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp possible. Are you a future Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp summer staffer? Explore opportunities to join us!


Summer Staff Requirements:


-Attend All Staff Virtual and In-Person Training and any additional role-specific training.

2024 Training Dates: TBD

-Pass a background check.

-Be Adult CPR/First Aid/AED Certified or obtain by the required date. Adult and Pediatric certification is required if working kid week.

-Have an Oregon Food Handler’s Permit or obtain it by the required date.

-Be fully vaccinated (booster included if eligible) before the time of employment. Medical and religious exemptions are permitted with approved documentation.

-Refrain from the use of drugs (including cannabis) and alcohol while on contract. MHKC is a drug and alcohol-free camp as we are on federal land.

-Most positions are required to live on the property with lodging and meals provided.

-Most positions require a 2-week session commitment. We encourage working 2 sessions (4 weeks). *If you would like a job description for any position email

2024 Session Dates:

Session I: June 23-July 6th

Session II: July 7-20th

Session III: July 21-Aug. 3rd

Session IV: Aug. 4-17th

Camper Care Team

*All Camper Care positions require a two-week session commitment: 1st-week Sunday-Saturday, 2nd-week Monday-Saturday

Counselor Supervisors (CS): Supervises and facilitates assigned group of campers, counselors, and staff, ensuring members’ safety and well-being, group functioning, and program engagement. Coordinates camper care, provides mentorship, leads team meetings, and ensures paperwork is completed accurately and on time. Previous MHKC experience highly preferred; Education and/or 3+ years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities required; 21 years or older.

Assistant Counselor Supervisor (ACS): Assists with the overall supervision and facilitation of assigned group of campers and counselors, including camper care and program engagement. Serves as a model for counselors, supports group functioning, and ensures group safety and well-being and that paperwork is completed accurately and on time. Experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities required; 18 years or older.

Logistical Floater: Assists the Programs and Leadership Teams with all things camp. Supports camp functioning by filling in as needed, running errands, supporting program areas and groups, and supporting morning, break, and night duty coverage. This is a behind-the-scenes job requiring initiative, time management, and flexibility. Previous MHKC experience required; must attend Oregon Intervention Systems (OIS) training through MHKC; 21 years or older.


Certified Staff

Behavioral Support: Provide additional support to staff and counselors including coaching on behavior intervention techniques, monitoring campers’ behaviors, and preparing communication and behavior support materials. Shares responsibility with Leadership Team in providing coverage during morning, break, and night duties. This position works Sunday-Wednesday of week one and Monday-Wednesday of week 2 for all adult weeks and the full weeks for kid week. Previous MHKC experience is typically required; certification is preferred. Required to attend Oregon Intervention Systems (OIS) training through MHKC.

Camp Nurse: Directs all aspects of the health and safety of campers and staff. Duties include health and medicine reviews during camper check-in, medication pouring and dispensing, providing first aid and general health care, and assisting with any emergencies. RNs and LPNs only; one-week commitment required: 1st week of session Sunday-Saturday, 2nd week of Session Monday-Saturday.


Program Staff

*All Program Staff positions require a two-week session commitment: 1st-week Sunday-Saturday, 2nd week Monday-Saturday. In addition to leading and facilitating specific program areas, all program staff is assigned to a group of campers and counselors as support staff, assisting with camper care dependent upon schedule. Program staff also assist with planning and leading evening activities including hikes and skits/songs.

Adventure Course Facilitator: Leads and delivers programming at MHKC’s Adventure Course including a rock wall, zipline, flying squirrel, stream crossing, and giant swing. Will be course trained on-site during an additional training weekend. Must be 18 years or older.

Arts and Crafts Facilitator: Leads and delivers arts and crafts programming. Prepares, rinses, and cleans tie-dye shirts and maintains cleanliness and organization of art building. Must be 16 years or older.

Horseback Riding Facilitator: Leads and delivers horseback riding programming. Manages and cares for MHKC’s four horses. Previous horse care experience required; additional weekend on-site training. Must be 18 years or older.

Lifeguard- Pool: In charge of lifeguarding all pool-related activities. Responsible for basic care of pool facilities. Current Lifeguard Certification or willing to obtain by required date; additional weekend on-site training. Must be 16 years or older, lead guard must be 18+.

Lifeguard- Waterfront: In charge of lifeguarding all lake-related activities, including canoeing, at Trillium Lake. Responsible for keeping all MHKC property out at the lake secure. Current Lifeguard Certification or willing to obtain by required date; additional weekend on-site training. Must be 18 years or older.

Recreation Facilitator: Creates, leads, and delivers recreation programming including adaptive bikes, team-building activities, field games, and fishing. Must be 16 years or older.


Other Paid Positions

Kitchen Staff: Assists MHKC’s Chef with all food and dining services including preparation, serving, cleaning, and dishwashing. One week commitment required; 16 years or older.

Custodian: Maintains the cleanliness and maintenance of the camp facilities including lodging, restrooms, and common areas. One week (Monday-Saturday) commitment; 16 years or older.

Bus Driver: Transports campers, counselors, and staff to off-site programming including canoeing at Trillium Lake, bowling in Gresham, and white-water rafting in Maupin. Bus License required.


Volunteer Positions

Jr. Counselor (volunteer): For volunteers that are 16-17 years old. Jr. Counselors are assigned a group to be a part of and support throughout their week. They assist with camper care and program engagement. Jr. Counselors may have the opportunity to support the facilitation of program areas if they desire.

Counselor (volunteer): Assigned a group to be a part of and support throughout their two-week session. Paired with camper(s) and assist with camper care, ensuring campers’ safety and well-being, and program engagement. *This is a volunteer position NOT receiving Credits; 18 years or older.

Learn More About The Staff Roles
Mandatory Training Dates