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Summer Counselors

Must be at least 18 by May


We are looking for counselors to work with all four different programs: Group Camp, Day Camp, Sports Camp, and Summer Camp. As a counselor you will be trained in all four programs and throughout the summer you will rotate between them.
Submit a video of yourself: Tell us who you are and why you’d be a great addition to our team!


Candidates must be at least one year out of high school. Each week co-counselors (mostly working in co-ed teams) will lead 20-30 junior high and high school students through purposeful and pre-planned experiences using the incredible adventure activities at Black Diamond Camps. Displaying the love of Christ, counselors guide campers all hours of the day. They are part of creating flexible schedules that cater to each group’s needs; they lead Bible studies, build relationships and facilitate activities/group development that provide opportunities for scripture to come to life. Counselors sleep in nearby dorms with other counselors unless the group requests otherwise. They assist in daily behind-the-scenes programming and do whatever it takes to keep camp running smoothly (including cleaning, dishwashing and necessary work projects).


Candidates must be at least 18 years old. Day Camp Counselors work with our youngest campers, starting with campers entering Kindergarten through 6th grade (Ages: 5-12). They begin first thing in the morning at parent drop-off through mid-afternoon when parents pick up their campers. These counselors are required to be high energy with a passion and desire for fun! The day camp experience is a Monday – Friday camp, with other supporting camp roles on the weekend. Counselors will work in pairs to take care of their cabin groups and work together to make sure their campers are having an incredible summer camp experience. Counselors are in charge of leading their campers in activities, group development, Bible studies, and many other high energy activities.


Candidates must be at least 18 years old. As part of the Summer Camp and Sports Camp programs, 3rd through 10th-grade campers come for a week of adventure camp. Staff will be paired with partners of the same gender as they stay in the cabins with campers and lead them in adventure activities, Bible studies, and evening experiences.

Service Team Leader

Candidates must be at least one year out of high school. Service Team leaders support high school students for three weeks at a time as they learn about behind-the-scenes service in a hands-on environment. Leaders lead by example, managing students as individuals and as a group while working alongside them, helping teach and mold them in their efforts to be more like Jesus. In this 24/7 position, leaders live with students, train and disciple them, lead Bible studies and plan, organize and run activities for them. This endeavor requires a great deal of responsibility and energy, but most of all, it is imperative that leaders have a heart for servant-leadership.

Worship Leader

Candidates must be at least one year out of high school. We are searching for worship leaders for three different programs: Group Camp, Day Camps, and Family Camp. In the interview process, you can let your interviewer know in which program you are most passionate and excited about serving. Black Diamond Camps is seeking multi-talented people with vocal, guitar (acoustic, electric, bass) and percussion (full set and hand drums) experience. Worship leaders help prayerfully plan sets appropriate for staff, campers (based on program) and youth pastors from all denominations. They sing on-stage and on-location throughout camp and help with programming and behind-the-scenes needs as necessary to keep camp running smoothly. Please email your demo to

Summer Support Staff

Must be at least 18 by May

Rainier Campus Staff

Rainier Staff is a team assigned to host and facilitate activities for our retreat groups up at Black Diamond Camps at Rainier. Duties include, but not limited to, belaying rock climbers, leading mountain biking, housekeeping tasks, preparing and cleaning group meals, and facilitating group games. This group of individuals must have the heart to serve in a more behind-the-scenes environment and live in a more remote location (still with access to wifi & cell service though). Our Rainier Campus is located in the woods outside Mount Rainier National Park.
Submit a video of yourself: Tell us who you are and why you’d be a great addition to our team!


Duties include preparing for our guests by servicing and cleaning hotel and dorm rooms and other living/service areas. Employees must be willing to serve with a grateful heart and provide our guests with exceptional customer service. Duties include servicing and cleaning hotel and dorm rooms, public spaces and restrooms, and other living/service areas. As with all positions, housekeeping staff are asked to help with any responsibility to help camp function smoothly (i.e. washing dishes, work projects, etc.).


Retail Staff is responsible for helping coordinate the operations of each Coffee Shop, Snack Shop, Camp Store, and other retail locations on campus. Black Diamond Camps’ retail operations play a vital role in the overall camp experience and allows campers and leaders alike the opportunity to relax and fellowship.Retail Staff have the opportunity to grow spiritually and become proficient as baristas and problem solvers while developing leadership and management stills. In addition to working normal shifts, duties include: stocking and maintaining retail spaces, supervising shifts, training other summer staff, and cash handling. As with all positions, retail staff are asked to help with any responsibility to help camp function smoothly (i.e. washing dishes, cleaning rooms, work projects, etc.)

Buildings & Grounds

Employees must work well both alone and with others to keep Black Diamond Camps looking its best. Building & Grounds staff expect long days and enjoy a sense of accomplishment while doing hard work. Responsibilities include but are not limited to basic facility upkeep, landscaping and grounds maintenance, general building maintenance, vehicle maintenance, special projects and security.

Food Services

Employees work in all phases of cafeteria food service production including cooking, cleaning, hosting, dishwashing and service. They help with both indoor and outdoor meals and contribute to a pleasing environment and healthy food experience. As with all positions, food service staff are asked to help with any responsibility to help camp function smoothly (i.e. cleaning rooms, work projects, etc.).


Medical staff address camp-wide health needs for all guests and campers, specifically within Group Camp, from a ministry-driven and servant-minded perspective. Employees must be organized, detailed and assertive self-motivators confident in their medical skills and ability to stay calm and in control in all situations.

Digital Media

Videographers and photographers with editing skills work with our full-time team to capture campers’ daily adventures and create highlight films and image libraries.

Activity/Ropes Staff

This is a diverse position mainly responsible for setting up, tearing down and belaying adventure activities. Enjoy the flexibility of working with various activities while ministering to students during peak learning opportunities. Activity/Ropes staff must work cooperatively with others, quickly and easily learn new skills, and present clear instructions to guests.

Summer Staffing FAQ’s

What is the compensation?
We provide a stipend for all summer positions that begin at $1500/summer, plus room and board.
What should expect for housing?
You will be housed with staff within your program/department, share common spaces (kitchen, living room, bathroom), and share bunk-style rooms.
What is the application process like?
All potential Summer Staff must fill out an online application, submit 3 references, have an initial screening interview and then a placement interview. Interviews can take place via phone, Facetime or in person. Before being officially hired as a Summer Staff member, applicants must fill out further paperwork (background check information, work history, pre-contract, commitment agreement)
Do you offer internships?
Yes! We are able to accommodate many summer internships. Please find out your school’s requirements and send them our way so we can determine if this might be a good fit for you. Email details to
What's Black Diamond's mission?
We exist to inspire Christ-like change through outdoor adventure, authentic relationships and Biblical truth.
Do I get time off?
Yes. Each week you will get a 24-hour period off that will fluctuate based on program/department and camp needs.
Am I stuck at camp all summer?
No, not ALL summer! There will be specified times when you can leave campus and head into some of our surrounding areas, if you choose. In Seattle, you’ll find great food, culture, art and city life. We are also surrounded by an incredible landscape with fun places to explore!
Is there a dress code?
All Black Diamond employees are expected to maintain personal dress and appearance appropriate for their work position. Please use your best judgment, and dress in a manner that would not be offensive or cause others to stumble.
What programs can I work for?
Please see the available positions listed on this page HERE. For more information, contact
What are the Dates for Summer 2019?
It will vary by program, but general dates are June 2nd, 2019 – August 31st, 2019. We also offer half-summer positions, please contact
How do I get to camp?
You can drive yourself, fly into SeaTac Airport, or ride the train. If you fly or arrive by train, we will make arrangements to shuttle you from the airport/station back to camp.
What is required of me before arrival?
Black Diamond Camps requires that every employee complete a Sexual Abuse Awareness Training through MinistrySafe, as well as undergo a background check.
Other things to expect?
All Summer Staff will be asked to do a little bit of everything – this could mean: cleaning, washing dishes, picking up trash and serving guests any other way possible. No job (either full-time or seasonal) is above this expectation! We love be the hands and feet of Christ as much as we can, and we believe in the model of servant-leadership. Our staff are not afraid to get dirty!
Is there a place where I can wash my clothes?
Yep, we’ve got you covered. All summer staff will have access to a communal laundromat on campus.
I have dietary restrictions. Can you help me?
We can try! With actual dietary needs – doctor’s note required – we can accommodate those who are gluten-free. We also serve a salad bar at almost every lunch and dinner.
Internet and Cell Phones?
We try to limit cell phone usage as much as possible, so you can be focused on the guests and serving the Lord. There is wireless internet available during time off and we are sometimes able to accommodate online classes (with permission from your direct supervisor). We do allow cell phone use for work-related things while on the job in order to communicate with our staff in a timely fashion.
Can people come and visit me?
Yes! But there are a few stipulations. Visitors can visit only during approved times and all visitors must gain approval at least two weeks in advance of their intended visit. Upon arrival, visitors must check in at the Retreats Office. All visitors must pay for their room, board and activities during their stay at Black Diamond. Overnight stays are limited to availability and are only available on time off. Your guest must arrive after cleaning and will not be allowed in their rooms until 5 p.m. on check-in day. Your guests will then have to check out before 10:30 a.m. on check-out day.
How do I apply?
Go to and fill out the preliminary application. After your application is complete, we will contact you for an interview.

For more detailed information about what to expect and bring, please read over this Summer Staff Information Packet.

As people come to us from all over the country (and sometimes beyond), our goal is to proclaim the Gospel and provide an opportunity for God to move radically in the hearts of those who earnestly need Him. We are always looking for others to join us in stepping into the unknown, the uncomfortable, the messiness of human life and who are willing to learn what it means to serve others humbly and wholly.

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