Internships at Tall Timber

The Internship Program at Tall Timber is designed to equip young adults with a deeper understanding of Christ-centered leadership through the development of professional skills, ministry preparedness, and hands on experience within a Christian camp environment. The Internship Program is designed to challenge participants spiritually, vocationally, and personally while gaining practical work and ministry experiences. This occurs through behind-the-scenes work, interactions with campers and guests, mentoring relationships, and partnering with the intentional community of Tall Timber staff. Interns at Tall Timber will share and implement the Vision and Mission of Tall Timber alongside the staff.


Internships begin December 27th 2017 and end August 31st 2018

 
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Program Intern

Become part of a family who will come alongside you in your journey to discover more about summer camp programming in the offseason and the rewards of all that hard work in a summer leadership role. 

 
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Facilities Intern

Do you like to serve but prefer to do it behind the scenes in housekeeping, maintenance and upkeep? Would you like to know how a 136 acre property functions in all four seasons? Does learning how to maintain facilities and repair equipment sound like an adventure you want to tackle? Then this is the role for you. 

 
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Food Service Intern

Food is a part of our daily rhythm. There are three opportunities a day to show your great love for people through the hospitality of serving great food at Camp. You will learn to prepare, serve, order and even inventory for groups of up to 225 people and as small as 25. These skills will be a great base for experiences to come. If you love food preparation and learning, this is the role for you. 


Description

The Internship Program at Tall Timber is designed to equip young adults with a deeper understanding of Christ-centered leadership through the development of professional skills, ministry preparedness, and hands on experience within a Christian camp environment. The Internship Program is designed to challenge participants spiritually, vocationally, and personally while gaining practical work and ministry experiences. This occurs through behind-the-scenes work, interactions with campers and guests, mentoring relationships, and partnering with the intentional community of Tall Timber staff. Interns at Tall Timber will share and implement the Vision and Mission of Tall Timber alongside the staff.

Purpose

In following the Great Commission set forth by Christ (Matthew 28:16-20), Tall Timber is dedicated to making disciples. The Internship Program will send participants into the world with a knowledge of Christ and a set of skills that will allow them to use their gifting with joy, purpose, and effectiveness. Our desire is to disciple young adults looking for education, experience, and personal growth with Christ through Christian Camping and service.

Qualifications

  • A heart for serving others

  • An authentic commitment to Christ

  • A desire to experience the realities of Christian camp ministry

  • Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and in person, as well as on the phone

  • Ability to undertake responsibilities in a friendly, respectful, and detail-oriented manner

  • Flexible to work in every department and handle multiple projects and issues at the same time

  • Can work as part of a team with other staff and supervisors

  • Able to work outdoors through seasonal weather, including snow, rain, and heat

Professional Development

There are four primary departments at Tall Timber: Administration, Programs, Food Services, and Facilities. Each intern will spend time learning about, and working in all departments at various times throughout the year. The Internship Program is personalized, so that each participant can get the most out of their experience. Throughout the year, interns will be primarily assigned to one department in order to gain proficiency in that area. During peak times, and when serving large groups, interns may be assigned work in multiple departments throughout the day to fulfill the needs of the camp.

Professional Goals

  • Develop skill, professionalism, and leadership in camping ministry

  • Gain hands on work experience and a deep knowledge of Tall Timber

  • Understand Christian camping from an administrative level

Personal Development

The Internship Program will provide the opportunities for personal growth through the unique dynamics of serving and living in a beautiful, but isolated setting. Interns will also be challenged with the shifting dynamics of running in-house camp programs, as well as hosting guest groups and schools through outdoor education. On a personal level, interns will be given high expectation for timeliness and professionalism. They will be given the responsibility of learning the policies and procedures of Tall Timber. They will also experience the blessings and challenges of seasonal schedules, as well as heavy workloads balanced with the off season need for self-motivation. They will grow through the development of teamwork, while working together in community with the staff.

Personal Goals

  • Given individual responsibility for time management and learning new systems

  • Work through seasonal changes and responsibilities with fluctuating hours

  • Learn the importance of teamwork and working within Christian community

Spiritual Development

The spiritual formation of the Internship Program is a priority for Tall Timber. This program is not only focused on work and camping, it is about furthering a walk with Christ and providing the space for honest reflection. For that reason, each department will work hard to maintain a balanced schedule for each intern so that they have the time to grow and rest with Christ. The second level of development will come from hands on, personal discipleship from our staff through individual monthly meetings. As part of these meetings they will develop topics of study and personal plans for growth. The interns will also have monthly meetings as a team alternating with both the Executive and Assistant Directors. Interns will be given an appropriate workload so that time can be available for reflection, prayer, study, and growth.

Spiritual Goals

  • Receive the space and encouragement for personal intimacy with God

  • Be discipled by, and learn from Tall Timber staff

  • Live in Christian community and grow through group studies and activities

Supervision

The internship program is overseen by the Executive Director, who will also meet with the group for the administrative teaching portion of the program. The Assistant Director oversees the spiritual development of the program. The Directors of each department will supervise and guide the work and schedule of each intern.

Meeting Schedule

Each intern will have at least three meetings a month as part of their regular schedule. The purpose of these meetings is to connect with full time staff, as well as encourage and develop the professional, personal, and spiritual goals of the program. Worksheets will be prepared and filled out by supervisors during every individual meeting to set goals and review progress. Because of the seasonal changes with the camp schedule, they will not always follow a regular time of the month. For that reason, it will be up to the supervisor and intern to set the following month's meeting at the end of every meeting. Interns will also attend at least one Christian Camping conference throughout the year.

  • Weekly Staff Connect

  • Monthly individual meetings with department supervisor

  • Monthly intern group meetings alternating with the Executive and Assistant Director

Compensation

Each intern will receive a salary of $750 per month. They will receive free housing and utilities.  Meals are provided when guests are being served. Each intern can also raise up to $250 a month in additional support from personal donors, which will be added to their monthly salary. Checks can be mailed to the Tall Timber office with a memo line “internship donation.”