Staff FAQ

Do I have to be a previous camper to apply to work at Green River Preserve?

No. We encourage anyone who has the desire to work with children and loves the outdoors to apply to work at the Green River Preserve. Each summer we have returning counselors and we also have many new staff members who bring wonderful energy, experiences, and ideas to our program.

Can I earn credit for school?

There are many aspects of an employee’s job at GRP that can qualify the experience for an official internship, complete with college credits. We are happy to work with staff and their school department to make working at summer camp apply to school department internship requirements.

Will working at a camp enrich my resume?

Of course!  Most professionals understand that camp is much more than capture the flag and camp fires.  You are responsible for the safety, enrichment, and supervision of several campers 24 hours a days.  This is a job that requires you to make positive choices quickly, work in a team atmosphere, and be able to perform with a great attitude after long hours and sometimes high-pressure situations. Your job at camp will provide training throughout the summer to continually grow your skills as a youth development professional.

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Where do I live while working at camp?

The counselors live in the cabins with the campers. Mentors live in the mentor lodge and share a room and bathroom with another mentor. The camp nurses are housed in the infirmary. Expedition staff live primitively in the field.

What is a typical day like at Green River Preserve?

A typical day at camp begins with a morning mentor hike. Mentors (with counselors assisting) lead a group of campers on hikes throughout the preserve. Exploration of waterfalls, caves, mountaintops, and valley floors are part of these hikes.
Activities are held in the afternoon. Each camper picks his or her activities, and staff members serve as instructors in two to three activity areas based on their personal preference, skill level, and past experiences.

Campouts and Group Learning Projects highlight the multi-week sessions.

How many staff members are hired each summer?

For the summer at base camp, 32 cabin counselors and about 10 mentors are hired to work at camp. Each session there are 2 nurses that generally work by session. There are 3 expedition staff members for each expedition.

How old are the campers at Green River Preserve?

Green River Preserve campers at base camp are rising 2nd through rising 9th graders. Expedition programs are for rising 9th graders to rising college freshmen.

What is the salary for working at Green River Preserve?

The starting salary for a position at the Green River Preserve is comparative with other camps in our area. The base salary can increase according to your responsibilities, skills, experience, and applicable certifications. Room, board, and laundry are included for the duration of your employment.

Do staff have to work all summer?

We hire counselors and expedition staff that are able to work the entire summer. If you are unavailable for any significant portion of the contract dates, please do not apply. Mentors and nurses can be hired by session as long as they are available for staff training or have previous Green River Preserve experience.

Where do the campers and staff come from?

Many of our campers are from North and South Carolina, but we have campers from all over the country and a few from different parts of the world. Many of our staff are also from North and South Carolina, however we have a growing number of employees from all over the country!

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What are meals like at camp?

GRP food is yummy and nutritious. 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 (refrigeration is available). In addition to the meal entrée, breakfast includes a cereal bar and a fruit and yogurt bar; lunch and dinner include a salad bar, and an alternative option of rice or couscous and beans.  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. The Green River Preserve farm is one of our sustainability projects and provides fresh produce for our farm to table meal program.

Will I be able to communicate with the outside world?

Unplugging from the world of electronics and phones are a bonus of working at camp. If you want to stay in touch, the staff lounge is equipped with wi-fi internet access and a staff telephone. There is no cell service in our valley. The staff lounge also contains a refrigerator and additional personal food storage space.