Employment Opportunities

at Deer Run Camps & Retreats

Employment Opportunities at Deer Run

Click on the tabs below to learn about and apply for these employment opportunities:

  • summer camp staff (counselors)
  • summer camp bus drivers
  • year-round full or part-time employment

Now Hiring 2023 Camp Staff!

Summer Camp Staff Jobs

A paid Christian ministry opportunity to serve as a camp counselor for our summer camp programs!

Step into the Deer Run story…
The creek flows trickles through the woods on a gorgeous TN day.
Laughter from hundreds of kids fills the Valley.
Camp chants and cheers are heard amongst the birds singing.
Activities and adventure are all around you.
Some are unaware, but many feel, the Holy Spirit moving.

And here you are, sweat dripping from your brow…
Your heart so full.
Life change and heart change is happening for your campers.
And it happens for you too.
You have found a summer with a purpose!
You have made some genuine friendships.

Join Camp Staff at Deer Run for a unique missions opportunity! Work alongside Jesus and see Him work through you and your friends this summer. It is nearly impossible to leave unchanged!

Being on Camp Staff at Deer Run is an opportunity to teach, encourage, mentor, guide, and lead campers. If you choose Deer Run as your place of ministry for the summer, you have the ability to positively impact the lives of kids, preteens, and youth for the Kingdom of God. You also gain incredible life experience, and many Camp Staff develop life-long friendships with other staffers.

We offer bonuses as a recruiting incentive. Invite your friends to serve on staff with you and be sure they mention your name when they apply!

QUESTIONS? A lot of your questions will be answered below.

However, if you don’t see the answer to what you’d like to know, just contact Brianna Corr at (931) 334-6655 or Josh Barrera at (615) 484-5370. Or email CampStaff@DeerRun.camp.

First, pray about this exciting ministry opportunity. Then if you believe the Lord is confirming that you become a camp staffer at Deer Run Camps & Retreats, follow the instructions below. Do not hesitate to get your application submitted. THERE ARE A LIMITED NUMBER OF CAMP STAFF POSITIONS AVAILABLE.

Complete the online application by clicking on the application button. All information submitted by applicants and personal references are held in the strictest confidence and only read by those directly involved in camp staff selection.

INTERVIEWS
A personal interview will be scheduled if Deer Run staff visit your school or if you are local to our location. Otherwise an interview will be scheduled via phone, Facetime, Google Duo, or Skype. A decision is made within two weeks of your interview.

BACKGROUND CHECKS
Background checks are completed on all applicants who are chosen to be on camp staff.

Camp staff:

  • serve elementary, middle school, and high school students in various ways and invest in them
  • create an exciting, engaging environment for God to speak to each camper
  • are loving towards campers plus share Christ with them along the way
  • are committed to the overall success of the camp program by working alongside other staff members to create a fantastic experience for the campers

Every part of Deer Run Camps should be enjoyable for each camper, but THE MAIN FOCUS IS CREATING AN EXCELLENT CAMP EXPERIENCE FOR ALL WHO ATTEND TO EXPERIENCE GOD. This requires a high level of commitment and some personal sacrifices, yet yields immeasurable eternal benefits.

  • attend team training
  • have a heart for ministry and a desire to be a servant leader
  • be willing to work hard with a positive attitude

Below are some camp staff responsibilities based on interest and skills.

  1. Camp staff get to know each camper, listen to their heart, encourage them, and provide positive role models for them.
  2. Lead campers through camp activities.
  3. Consistently pray for individual campers, speakers, worship leaders, staff, and for God to change lives.
  4. Share Jesus Christ with campers and guide them through a salvation experience or lead them to a deeper commitment to Christ.
  5. Stewardship of Deer Run’s resources through properly caring for and cleaning the facilities on a regular basis.

The following are specific responsibilities based on interests and skills.

  1. LIFEGUARD: Serve in the lifeguard rotation when scheduled during specific camps.
  2. RECREATION: Receive training and assist in guided recreation, organized games, water sports, and various other recreation activities as assigned.
  3. ADMINISTRATION: Help with administrative duties at camp such as camper check-in and organizing supplies.
  4. SOUND/AUDIO-VISUAL: Help with sound checks and set up stage lighting. Run sound and ProPresenter for worship.
  5. BIBLE STUDY LEADERS: Prepare lessons and teach God’s Word to an assigned group of campers. Themed lessons are presented, then creatively developed during training week using resources provided by Deer Run.
  6. WORSHIP: Lead and participate in worship in a variety of ways. Demonstrate an attitude of worship throughout the day while leading campers in daily activities.
  7. PROGRAMMING: Help lead and guide campers through a series of skits throughout the camp week.

CAMP STAFF LEADERSHIP RETREAT & TRAINING
Leadership Retreat: March 25-27
, 2022
Leadership Training: May 16-18
, 2022

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TEAM TRAINING: May 19-28, 2022
It is important for Camp Staff to attend Team Training.
 Be prepared for an intense time of learning.

During Team Training, you will:

  • get to know each other and build relationships
  • learn camp Bible study curriculum and tools for evangelism
  • connect with the mission of Deer Run
  • receive job assignments and guided recreation training
  • become familiar with Deer Run team members and facilities

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SERVICE/WORK DATES
Do I need to commit for the entire summer?
No, but we prefer to have Camp Staff commit to at least 4 weeks of the summer.
We are flexible with needed time off. Our Camp Directors can discuss this in more detail with you.

Deer Run is a traditional Christian camp with outdoor recreational activities.

Additionally, Deer Run hosts church groups for camps and retreats year-round. During June and July, Camp Staff provide support for these group camps and retreats in areas of recreation and food service.

DAY CAMPS

for campers age 5 through completed 6th grade

Campers arrive each morning and leave every afternoon, Monday–Friday. Staffers are responsible for leading their assigned campers through a day of fun activities. At night, day camp staffers will join overnight camp as a co-leader or be given other responsibilities.

1-WEEK OVERNIGHT CAMPS

for campers who have completed grades 3 to 10

Campers arrive Sunday afternoon and leave Friday afternoon. Overnight camp involves additional activities beyond what is provided at day camp. Camp Staff lead their cabin group through activities and come together with other cabin groups for games, worship, and an engaging, plus relevant, speaker session.

See Deerrun.camp/camps/ for more information.

2-WEEK OVERNIGHT CAMPS

for campers who have completed grades 6 to 10

Similar to 1-week overnight camp except campers are at camp 12 consecutive nights with the same camp staffer for the duration of the 2 weeks. During the weekend, Deer Run provides activities both on and off camp property for campers and their camp staffer to experience together.

FAMILY CAMPS

for all ages

Families arrive Friday at 5p and leave Sunday at 2p. Staffers come alongside families to help as needed throughout their camp experience. Responsibilities may include helping with younger children, leading camp recreation activities, helping with meal service and clean-up, etc. 

Deer Run pays Camp Staff a comparable rate to the industry standard for camp summer staff. The rate of pay varies depending on years of service and camp staff position/responsibilities. We are happy to discuss the pay rate with you!

Travel expenses to and from Deer Run are the Camp Staff’s financial responsibility.

If you travel by plane, Deer Run staff will pick you up at the Nashville International Airport (BNA) when you arrive to begin your camp staff position and will take you back to the airport for departure when your session is completed.

This past summer has changed my life, for the good of course. I’ve met some AMAZING people that have impacted me so much. I have never felt more loved in a place in my whole life. I have met some campers who have truly changed the way I look at my faith. I too was given the same opportunity for a lot of people. This summer has meant more to me than I will understand. There were some really rough times at camp and in my personal life that made me doubt what I was doing, but the Lord used those times for good. I got to use my testimony to inspire and lead other people to Jesus, which is something I never thought I’d be able to do.

Emma, Deer Run Camp Staff

I definitely grew in my relationship with God and grew as a leader. I also feel stronger and more independent than I did at the beginning of the summer. Forming friendships with the staff and growing my campers’ faith would be my biggest blessing. The time I spent with the staff and life changing moments with campers were really special.

Chloe, Deer Run Camp Staff

I came into this summer not really knowing what to expect. Honestly, that scared me. Throughout my time there, several situations arose that made me feel like I had no control. Since being home, I’ve had time to think and reflect on these moments where I felt totally out of control. Looking back, these hardest moments were also some of the moments that I saw God working. Whether it was in my life, another counselor’s life, or in my campers’ lives, God was working even when I felt like everything was falling apart. What God was teaching me was that I was never meant to be in control because He always was. He really was working all things out for my good and His glory. Having the privilege of being with the oldest group of girls most weeks was truly rewarding. Some of the relationships I made with those girls, the conversations I was able to have with them, and the growth that I got to see take place in their lives was truly incredible.

Ivey, Deer Run Camp Staff
Interested? Invite a friend to join you at Deer Run this summer!

Summer Camp Bus Driver

Serving as a bus driver to pick up and drop off day campers (age 5 to completed 6th grade) is a key role in our ministry. Your smiling welcome in the morning and cheerful goodbye in the afternoon make riding the bus an enjoyable experience for the campers.

Each bus has two bus commanders (camp staff) every morning and afternoon to check-in and check-out campers at their bus location. Bus commanders assist with being sure campers stay seated and make the bus ride fun for the campers.

  • Serve from as little as 1 week up to 9 weeks during summer camps.
  • Routes run Monday-Friday, 6-9am and 3-6pm (Hours can vary depending upon number of bus riders, but are within these times.)

If interested, contact Josh Barrera at (615) 484-5370. Or email CampStaff@DeerRun.camp.

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“Every Monday at 6 a.m. for eight weeks I’m greeted with 2 bus commanders then 50 new campers. It’s hello and welcome to Deer Run with each introduction. By Friday of each week we all became family. To me that’s very rewarding with new friendships, and love. So why do I love driving for Deer Run?? I do it for all of God’s blessings and the amazing gifts I receive daily.”

Gerry, Summer Camp Bus Driver

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Year-Round Employment

Full and Part Time Staff

We believe in serving God with the gifts and personalities He has given each of us individually and in doing our work unto Him. We believe in serving our guests and campers with excellence and in being stewards of all the resources given to us.

If you feel God is leading you to use your gifts to serve in a ministry, Deer Run invites you to look at our mission and vision and determine if you would like to be a part of impacting lives of others through summer camps, family events and retreats for churches, nonprofits, schools and community groups.

Employment Opportunities at Deer Run

Summer Camp Staff Jobs

A paid Christian ministry opportunity to serve as a camp counselor for our summer camp programs!

Being on Summer Camp Staff at Deer Run is a unique opportunity to teach, encourage, mentor, guide, and lead children and youth through week-long camp experiences. If you choose Deer Run as your place of ministry for the summer, you have the ability to positively affect the lives of kids, preteens, and youth for the Kingdom of God. You also gain incredible life experience, and many Camp Staff develop life-long friendships with other staffers.

We offer bonuses as a recruiting incentive. Invite your friends to serve on staff with you!Bus Driver

QUESTIONS? A lot of your questions will be answered below.

However if you don’t see the answer to what you’d like to know, just contact Brianna Corr at (931) 334-6655 or Josh Barrera at (615) 484-5370. Or email CampStaff@DeerRun.camp.

First, pray about this exciting opportunity. Then if you believe the Lord is confirming that you become a camp staffer at Deer Run Christian Camps, follow the instructions below. Do not hesitate to get your application submitted. THERE ARE A LIMITED NUMBER OF CAMP STAFF POSITIONS AVAILABLE.

Complete the online application by clicking on the application button. The deadline for receipt of applications and reference forms is May 1, 2022.

All information submitted by applicants and personal references are held in the strictest confidence and only read by those directly involved in camp staff selection. 

PERSONAL REFERENCES

To check on the status of your personal references, call Brianna Corr (931) 334-6655 or Josh Barrera (615) 484-5370 or email us at CampStaff@DeerRun.camp.

INTERVIEWS
A personal interview will be scheduled if Deer Run staff visit your school or if you are local to our location. Otherwise an interview will be scheduled via phone, Facetime, Google Duo, or Skype. A decision is made within two weeks of your interview.

BACKGROUND CHECKS
Background checks are completed on all applicants who are chosen to be on camp staff.

Camp staff are Christian college-age students who:

  • serve elementary, middle school, and high school students in various ways and invest in them
  • create an exciting, engaging environment for God to speak to each camper
  • are loving towards campers plus share Christ with them along the way
  • are committed to the overall success of the camp program by working alongside other staff members to create a fantastic experience for the campers
  • stay in cabins with the campers some weeks and in staff housing some weeks
  • have approximately 32 hours off each week at the end of our program camp
  • are able to disconnect from all distractions by turning in phones weekly (Electronic devices are available to Camp Staff only during scheduled “off” time.)

Every part of Deer Run Christian Camps should be enjoyable for each camper, but THE MAIN FOCUS IS CREATING AN EXCELLENT CAMP EXPERIENCE FOR ALL WHO ATTEND TO EXPERIENCE GOD. That often means Camp Staff make sacrifices of their time and sleep to make sure the camps are the best they can be and that the campers have a great experience. This requires a high level of commitment but yields immeasurable eternal benefits.

  • be available for Team Training May 19–28 AND for your respective summer session
  • have a heart for ministry and a desire to be a servant leader
  • provide 3 references regarding your Christian walk, character, and work ethic
  • raise prayer support
  • be willing to work hard with a positive attitude and sometimes with limited rest
  • MUST OBTAIN A PHYSICAL EXAM NO MORE THAN 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO TEAM TRAINING and bring a report from the exam to Team Training

Some of the following are individual assignments based on interest and skills.

  1. PRAY: Consistent prayer for individual campers, speakers, worship leaders, staff, and for God to change lives.
  2. LIFEGUARD: Serve in the lifeguard rotation when scheduled during specific camps.
  3. ONE-ON-ONE MINISTRY: Most personal ministry opportunities fall into one of two categories… a) Opportunities to share Jesus Christ with campers and guide them through a salvation experience or lead them to a deeper commitment to Christ or b) Opportunities to listen, encourage, affirm, and respond to God’s leading as you meet campers at their specific point of need.
  4. RECREATION: Receive training and assist in guided recreation, organized games, water sports, and various other recreation activities as assigned.
  5. ADMINISTRATION: Help with administrative duties at camp such as camper check-in and organizing supplies.
  6. CAMP CLEAN UP: Work with Deer Run staff to continually keep the camp clean. Help clean the camp facilities and grounds including staff cabins before being released for weekend time off.
  7. SOUND/AUDIO-VISUAL: Help with sound checks and set up stage lighting. Run sound and ProPresenter for worship.
  8. BIBLE STUDY LEADERS: Prepare lessons and teach God’s Word to an assigned group of campers. Themed lessons are presented, then creatively developed during training week using resources provided by Deer Run.
  9. WORSHIP: Lead and participate in worship in a variety of ways. Demonstrate an attitude of worship throughout the day while leading campers in daily activities.
  10. PROGRAMMING: Help lead and guide campers through a series of skits throughout the camp week.


CAMP STAFF LEADERSHIP RETREAT & TRAINING
Leadership Retreat: March 25-27

Leadership Training: May 16-18


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TEAM TRAINING
All Camp Staff MUST attend all 10 days of the 2022 Team Training, May 19-28.
It is important that camp staff arrive at Camp Staff Team Training ready to learn and work hard.

Team Training is a time for the camp staff and the leadership team to . . .

  • get to know each other and build lifelong relationships
  • work on Bible study, evangelism, and counseling training
  • learn about the philosophy of Deer Run Christian Camps
  • receive job assignments and adventure recreation training
  • become familiar with the facilities at Deer Run


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SERVICE/WORK DATES
You can choose to work the Full Summer.
OR choose to work Session 1 or Session 2.

  • FULL SUMMER Work Dates: May 30 through July 29
  • SESSION 1 Work Dates: May 30 through July 2
  • SESSION 2 Work Dates: June 26 through July 29


Do I need to commit for the entire summer?
No, but we do prefer to have camp staff commit to at least 4 weeks for the summer.
We are flexible with needed time off. Our Camp Directors can discuss this in more detail with you during your interview.

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TIME OFF

  • Time off should be communicated clearly to the Camp Directors as soon as possible.
  • Extended time off for vacations, missions trips, etc. should be communicated and are approved prior to Camp Staff Team Training which is May 19.
  • Approval for time off that is requested after Camp Staff Team Training is up to the discretion of the Camp Directors.


Exciting summer Day, Overnight, and Family Camps take place at Deer Run. All camps include worship, Bible study, relationship building, recreation, and opportunities to disciple campers of all ages.

Additionally, Deer Run hosts church groups for camps and retreats year-round. During June and July, Camp Staff provide support for these group camps and retreats in areas of recreation and food service.

DAY CAMPS

for campers age 5 through completed 6th grade

Campers arrive each morning and leave every afternoon, Monday–Friday. Staffers are responsible for leading their assigned campers through an entire day of activities. At night, day camp staffers will join overnight camp as a co-leader or be given other responsibilities.

1-WEEK OVERNIGHT CAMPS

for campers who have completed grades 3 to 10

Campers arrive Sunday afternoon and leave Friday afternoon. Staffers are responsible for 6-8 campers as they live life together the whole week. This camp involves extra activities other than those in day camp such as paintball, archery and BBs, zip lines, giant swing, archery tag, climbing tower, and various other activities.

2-WEEK OVERNIGHT CAMPS

for campers who have completed grades 6 to 10

Similar to 1-week overnight camp except campers are at camp 12 consecutive nights with the same camp staffer for the duration of the 2 weeks. During the weekend, Deer Run provides activities both on and off camp property for campers and their camp staffer to experience together.

FAMILY CAMPS

for all ages

Families arrive Friday at 5p and leave Sunday at 2p. Staffers assist families with luggage, taking care of children, and are available to help as needed throughout the camp.

 

Deer Run pays camp staff a comparable rate to the industry standard for camp summer staff. We are happy to discuss the pay rate with you!

Travel expenses to and from Deer Run is the Camp Staff’s financial responsibility.

If you travel by plane, Deer Run staff will pick you up at the Nashville International Airport (BNA) when you arrive to begin your camp staff position and will take you back to the airport for departure when your session is completed. In-bound flights should arrive no later than 2:00 p.m. (CST) for Team Training on May 19, 2022. Out-bound flights depend on your session.

Summer Camp Bus Drivers

  • 1 to 9 weeks during summer camps
  • Monday-Friday, 6am-9am and 3pm-6pm (Hours can vary depending upon number of bus riders, but would be within these times.)

If interested, contact Brianna Corr at (931) 334-6655 or Josh Barrera at (615) 484-5370. Or email CampStaff@DeerRun.camp.

Year-Round Employment

Full and Part Time Staff

We believe in serving God with the gifts and personalities He has given each of us individually and in doing our work unto Him. We believe in serving our guests and campers with excellence and in being stewards of all the resources given to us.

If you feel God is leading you to use your gifts to serve in a ministry, Deer Run invites you to look at our mission and vision and determine if you would like to be a part of impacting lives of others through summer camps, family events and retreats for churches, nonprofits, schools and community groups.