Green River Preserve abides by the following application and screening processes for all applicants. New staff and returning staff that have had more than a 12-month gap in their employment with Green River Preserve, please follow the “New Applicants” instructions.


Application Process

To apply for a job with Green River Preserve, go to Green River Preserve hires seasonal staff for the entire summer season. If you are unavailable for any significant portion of the contract dates, please do not apply.

All applicants must be eligible for employment in the United States.

Once completed, submit your application and it will come directly to Green River Preserve. References will automatically be sent an email requesting their completion of an online reference form upon application submission. Resumes may also be submitted via email; however, all applicants must fill out a CampInTouch application to be considered for a position.

Please direct any questions about summer employment to Anne Mead, Director, at

Green River Preserve is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or age.

New applicants

Please fill out an application and set up a CampInTouch account with CampMinder. Applicants must submit names and contact information for three references for applications to be considered complete.

Returning staff

Log in to CampInTouch and update your application information.

References, Work History, Background Checks


A minimum of three written references is required for GRP Summer Camp, GRP Expeditions, and SEE. Reference request forms are sent and submitted digitally via an online form upon employment application submission. Letters of reference are also acceptable. Letters of reference should be mailed in a signed and sealed envelope to:

Green River Preserve
Human Resources
301 Green River Road
Cedar Mountain, NC 28718

References should not be related to you, the same age as you, or live in the same house.

Work History

Please list work history in order starting with the most recent and as completely as possible. Former employers may be contacted to verify employment.

Background Checks

All staff are required by the American Camp Association to have a background check annually prior to beginning work with children. If expected to drive camp vehicles, an insurance company driver license review is also required.

Personal Interviews

Personal interviews are normally face-to-face interviews conducted by one of the camp directors or their designated representative. In the event that a personal interview is not possible, a Skype or Google Hangout interview will be conducted.

Hiring Dates
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The 2018 Summer Camp season runs from June 10, 2018 – August 10, 2018. Green River Preserve hires seasonal staff for the entire summer season. If you are unavailable for any significant portion of the contract dates, please do not apply. Staff training is mandatory for all summer staff and is the key to building consistency in the staff community and providing a safe and comfortable environment for our campers.

The 2018 Spring and Fall School of Environmental Education (SEE) season run in the months of May and September. Applicants interested in the SEE season must indicate this on their application. Applicants who work the entire summer are more likely to be chosen for the SEE season.


Because Green River Preserve is an American Camp Association accredited camp, certifications must be recognized by the American Camp Association to be considered valid. Please consult this list for approved ACA certification providers.

Please note that one of the organizations referenced in the above links must be listed on the certification card to be a recognized certification at GRP.

Staff must be certified in First Aid and CPR throughout the duration of their contract.

Mentors and expedition staff must be WFA (wilderness first aid) certified.

Waterfront staff must hold current certifications in open-water life guarding or life guarding.

The Climbing Tower Coordinator must hold a current climbing certification.

Limited opportunities for certifications may be available throughout the western North Carolina camp community prior to staff training.

Copies of certification cards are required to be on file in the camp office during employment.


Workman’s Compensation Insurance covers all staff members during their time on duty with camp. The camp may contest reactivation of a chronic condition or activities not approved by the camp which may cause injury. Staff members should carry their own accident, health, and automobile insurance. Any person making a Workman’s Compensation claim is subject to a drug screening.


During a two-week base camp session, cabin counselors have one morning off (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and one long night off (6:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. the following day).

Additionally, there are 24 hour breaks between camp sessions.

Expedition staff time off will vary with sessions.

Staff Training

Staff training is one of the most important and valuable investments that Green River Preserve makes in its employees. Staff training is mandatory for all seasonal/summer staff.

2018 Staff Training Dates

(*Please note any staff taking CPR/FA through GRP will be charged a $35 course fee.)

Pet Policy

Green River Preserve has a strict no-dog policy for seasonal staff. If you wish for a dog or other pet to reside on site, please do not apply.

Essential Functions

For all seasonal positions at Green River Preserve, employees must be able to perform the following essential functions:

Physical Requirements

Employees must be able to complete moderate hikes daily with campers ranging from one-quarter mile to three miles. Employees must be able to lift and carry a backpack up to 50 pounds for up to four miles during campouts.

Dietary Restrictions

A vegetarian option is available at all meals and reasonable accommodations may be made for employees with food allergies. Employees who have other dietary restrictions should plan to supplement meals with personal food. Personal food must be stored in the staff lounge or mentor lodge (refrigeration is available). Due to the number of children with severe nut allergies, Green River Preserve strives to be a nut-free community. Products containing peanuts or tree nuts are not allowed in the Dining Lodge.


Employees must be aware that attitude, actions, and words affect the entire GRP community. Employees must be respectful to other staff members and campers at all times and must also embody the “Can Do” attitude and be willing to assist in any and all aspects of camp with a smile, even if they are outside of one’s specialty skills. The term “this is not my job” is not used at GRP.

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Activity Preferences

Green River Preserve strives to offer a wide range of activity choices as well as expert instructors. All staff receives activity specific training during staff training. Employees should be prepared to have one or two activities they specialize in and to work in those areas the entire summer.

Expedition Leader Requirements

Training Opportunities

If you are in need of certifications prior to working at camp, the following organizations offer many applicable training opportunities. Also, please check with nearby universities and colleges as many will also offer some of the required certifications.