iThe Bear Trap Ranch Staff Program offers a unique and challenging opportunity to learn what it means to work hard, live, serve, and grow together in community. For over 60 years students have been dedicating their summers to impacting lives for God’s Kingdom.
Our mission at Bear Trap Ranch is to further the Kingdom of God by serving His people and those who are seeking Him. Bear Trap is a retreat center which hosts college students, youth groups, families, churches, schools and ministries based both locally in Colorado’s Front Range, and around the world. Located at 9100ft elevation in a forested valley just eight miles southwest of Colorado Springs, Bear Trap’s setting has provided a gateway for thousands of guests and campers to experience God and His creation in new and wondrous ways. Bear Trap is a place of wonder, beauty, peace and adventure.
The staff at Bear Trap Ranch is dedicated to advancing God’s Kingdom by serving each one of our guests well. We aim to provide a space where campers are free to hear God speak directly into their hearts and to see Him work in their lives. We work together as a team to ensure that the camp runs smoothly to that end. Our staff is a small one, even in the summer when we have a full complement of staff, which means that we get to know each other very well! We see this as one of the greatest gifts that God gives us at Bear Trap because it means that we get to dive into community in both our work and our play. We seek God individually and corporately, and He honors our seeking by showing up for our staff in amazing ways each and ever year! If you want community, and a chance to experience God’s presence as you serve His people, we want YOU!
If you are interested in any of the positions listed above, please download and complete the application and reference forms below, and return to Chris Miller at [email protected] or to the following address:
Bear Trap Ranch
attn: Summer Staff Program
8655 Old Stage Rd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
We are currently seeking applicants for the following positions for the summer of 2022:
Food Service Staff are responsible for meal preparation, baking, serving meals, and general clean-up. Bear Trap is famed for its delicious food, and our food service staff are dedicated serving up some of the best recipes around! Experience is helpful but not required.
Maintenance Staff are responsible for repairing and maintaining our facilities. Projects are diverse and may include carpentry, painting, auto repair, and construction, as well as frequent use of power tools and heavy equipment. Experience is desirable but not required.
Guest Services Staff are responsible for the overall cleanliness of the camp, and for creating the atmosphere of warm hospitality that welcomes our guests the moment they arrive. The guest services team oversees daily tidying and laundry, as well as supervising cabin clean-up between camp sessions. Experience helpful but not required.
Mountaineers lead our guests in many of the recreation options that we have available including rock-climbing, rappelling, rescue-course, low ropes, and guided hikes. Mountaineers also form a part of one of the other teams (food service, maintenance or housekeeping) when they are not guiding recreation times. Technical experience is required.
Our summer runs from mid-May to mid-August, and preference will be given to students who can work for the duration of that time.
Bear Trap also offers a variety of experiences for students and recent graduates interested in a three to twelve month internship. We have two programs for recent graduates (a Career Field Internship and a Camp Ministry Internship), as well as a School Related Internship for students still working towards their degree. The dates for the School Related Internship coincide with our summer staff program.
We are seeking qualified applicants for internships the following areas in 2022:
Food Service Intern This position will assist the Food Services Manager to prepare and serve meals to our staff and guests. Responsibilities include planning and organizing of day-to-day operations, managing summer kitchen crew, and fulfilling management role on Manager’s days off. Leadership and food service experience desired.
Maintenance Intern Supervised directly by the Facilities Manager, this position assists in the planning, organizing and managing the facilities and maintenance department. Must be able to take charge of tasks, as well as work independently. Experience with electrical, plumbing, heating, carpentry, and/or mechanics desirable, but must be willing to learn on the job.
Guest Services Intern Our Guest Services Intern assists the Guest Services Manager in planning, organizing, and managing the day-to-day cleanliness and upkeep of our cabins. This position must work well with others, as well as be able to take on a diverse range of tasks and work independently.
Historic Bear Trap Ranch is a sacred 30-acre property located in Colorado Springs, CO that has served God's Kingdom for over 60 years.
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