Summer Staff

Greetings from Camp McDowell!

On behalf of all the year-round Camp McDowell staff, the Department of Camp McDowell, and the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, I welcome your prayerful consideration to apply for Summer Staff at Camp McDowell for the 2017 summer season! Camp McDowell is a special and joyful place, where lives are changed and where you can make a difference that can be carried out into the world. If you are interested in applying for a summer job at Camp McDowell, read on...

Staff members have a deep impact in the lives of campers. At Camp McDowell, the expectation is that each summer employee serves as a model of sacramental ministry, fulfilling an example of loving and servant leadership to the campers and to one another. Every position on the Summer Staff must be approached as a ministry to the campers (rising 1st-12th graders), one that requires constant energy, enthusiasm, integrity, patience, and perseverance. We welcome young adults who are seeking to live into their own potential in this way.

If you are interested in applying, please carefully read all the information about the positions and the hiring process below. Please note the changes from previous years. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or

  • God's Peace,
  • Stratt Byars and Susanna Whitsett
  • Summer Camp Coordinators for Camp McDowell

About Summer Staff

Serving as a Camp McDowell Summer Staff member is very fun and very hard. It involves early mornings and late nights, hot days and loud groups, being a leader and being a friend. It is all about teamwork and living as a model of sacramental ministry, where outward and visible actions are a sign of an inward and spiritual grace.

If all the above characteristics of working on Summer Staff were thrown into a pot and stirred for long enough, the result would look a lot like servant leadership--the Summer staff serves campers and families, each other, and the Kingdom of God with grace, patience, and love.

Every staff member is invited and expected to participate fully in the life of the community. This includes program, worship, and afternoon and evening activities. Whatever the job ALL STAFF POSITIONS are valued and important parts of the team. The norm is fulfilling one’s specific role…and then some. The whole staff works together attending to the many details that make summer camp happen in the context of Christian community.

Bethany Village and Clear Creek Staff

For 2017, Camp McDowell is introducing the first ever summer staff at Bethany Village. For those that are familiar, we'll still hire twenty-eight summer staff members for the Clear Creek Camp, but we'll be supplementing that group with four to eight staff members that will be focused on the programs and ministries central to Bethany Village. This includes routine farm work, support roles for the Conference Center groups that utilize Bethany Village during the summer, and critical counselor and leadership roles within some of Camp McDowell's unique summer programs.

The Summer Staff on Clear Creek will see little change in 2017. We are seeking fourteen cabin counselors and fourteen support staff that are willing to give up of their own needs to serve the needs of their campers. Most job descriptions posted below are only relevant to the Clear Creek Staff applicants.

Summer Staff Manager/RA (New Position)

For 2017, Camp McDowell is offering a brand new position for an experienced and qualified applicant--are you that person?

The Summer Staff Manager will reside and work primarily in Bethany Village and will manage a staff of six to eight summer staff members as they serve as counselors, farmers, and live in community for the duration of the summer. Applications will be accepted until February 1st. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resumé to Stratt Byars at Please see the job description below for a full picture of the scope of the position.

Requirements for Hire

  • Participation in Summer Staff Interview Day is required. Summer Staff Interview Day for 2017 will be on Monday, January 2nd, 2017, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Please plan to be with us the entire day. If you are unable to join us on that day, please let us know ASAP.
  • Applicants must be out of high school at least one year by May, 2017.
  • Staff Training will begin at camp on May 17, 2017. Attendance is mandatory for all staff.
  • The last day of summer employment is Monday, August 7, 2017.
  • All summer staff must complete certifications in CPR and First Aid PRIOR to or during staff training. A list of training dates & locations will be made available to those hired.
  • The Water Front Director and Lifeguards must hold a lifeguard certification, as well as Red Cross Professional Rescuer PRIOR to staff training.
  • The Environmental and Ropes Director must hold appropriate low & high ropes certifications and first aid certifications.
  • The following staff positions are requested to be lifeguard certified prior to staff training: Head Counselor, Summer Camp Manager, Activities Director, Environmental and Ropes Director, Music Director.
  • It is helpful, though not required, for Cabin Counselors to be lifeguard certified.
  • NOTE: Camp McDowell will partially supplement the cost of certification courses.
  • A program entitled “Safeguarding God’s Children” - a sexual misconduct prevention training - will be conducted during staff training. An on-line course is required of all hired staff, to be completed prior to training.
  • Background checks will be conducted on all hired staff.
  • Drug testing may be conducted at the discretion of Camp leaders.

If you are a returning staff, CIT, or volunteer, please DO NOT CREATE A NEW login. All staff applicants (Clear Creek and Bethany Village) will use the same application procedure. Use your previously created login information. If you have forgotten it, please contact Stratt to have it reset. Thank you!

Job Descriptions & Requirements


The Summer Staff application will be open from November 7, 2016 through December 15, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted. To apply, CLICK HERE.