For a fun and rewarding summer experience, apply for a seasonal job at Wesley Woods and join our ministry team! Gain leadership experience across a board range of skills, build your resume, make friends and memories to last a lifetime!

Year Round Jobs

  • Site Director: Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center (Dowling, Michigan) seeks an experienced full-time year-round site director to lead its team through the fulfillment of its strategic and master plan. The site director reports to the executive director of a three-site, program-oriented nonprofit organization born out of The Michigan Conference of the UMC. Bring your leadership skills, passion for outdoor ministry, enthusiasm for innovation, growth and vision. Be part of the launch of a new brand that helps break down the barriers between us and God, and and amongst  each other — giving time and space for the building of community based on forgiveness, inclusion, hope and and love. To apply, send a letter and resume to David Berkey, Executive Director.

Great Summer Jobs

If you are looking for exciting and rewarding seasonal employment where you can make a real difference in a child’s life, this is the place for you!  If you are looking for a summer job filled with crazy games, God moments, serving others, encouragement, playing hard, forever memories, leading others, facilitating faith-filled adventures, and the chance to inspire then we are waiting to hear from you! Camp has a life-changing impact on both campers and staff. There is no better way to spend the summer.

Wesley Woods provides a warm and friendly environment for new and former staff members and campers! Our camp staff goals include ensuring that all campers feel comfortable, make friends, grow in faith and learn new skills. We are looking for people who are willing to put others first and themselves last, team players who are willing to love an accept children and youth for who they are, to embrace being outdoors and getting messy, those who appreciate procedures, and have a desire to passionately serve God and share God’s love with everyone. 

Wesley Woods is a co-ed, overnight camp for ages 5-18 located on Clear Lake in Dowling, Michigan. Summer includes eight weeks of children’s camp. There are also two weekends of Family Camp and a Grand Camp, depending on your availability. Most jobs can be residential and provide room and board. Let us know your needs and we’ll work with you!


General Information

Camps run from Sunday Afternoon to Saturday Morning. Most evenings off. Some weekend work is needed. Housing is available but optional. Meals are provided when camp is in session.

Staff Expectations

Ability to self-regulate own behavior while living and working in a communal setting, this includes but is not limited to: 

  • Contribute to a positive camp atmosphere by being respectful to others, the Camp and yourself. 
  • Use of appropriate language that is inclusive, polite, positive, avoids gossip, avoids profanity, and leaves personal life outside of Camp. 
  • Ability to have support from family or friends outside of Camp. 
  • Use of cell phone only during non-instruction hours of each day. 
  • Abide by all policies and procedures in the staff code of conduct.


Maintenance and Grounds Positions

Seasonal Maintenance Assistant

This 30-hour/week seasonal job entails a variety of work including groundskeeping responsibilities and general maintenance projects, such as mowing lawns, raking, trimming, painting, removing brush and general landscaping. Also assists with general maintenance of outdoor equipment, plumbing, buildings, and occasional housekeeping tasks. Reports to Operations Manager. March – October


Guest Services Positions

Assist the camp director and guest services coordinator in general office duties and organizing hospitality needs for all camps. Help with daily cleaning of restrooms and facilities. Assist where needed in camp.


Program Positions

All program positions will be cross-trained to serve in each area of camp. As a faith-based camp, learning to serve others in a variety of areas is a great asset to you and to camp.

Ministry Intern

In partnership with the Young Adult Ministry of the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. Paid summer staff, training for valuable ministry and life experience. including programming, lifeguard, or maintenance.

    • Leadership Development Training June 5-16
    • $600 per week


Our camp counselors are the core of the camp staff and should be caring, enthusiastic, and have a genuine concern for children. Counselors supervise, lead, guide and live with a group of 3-10 children. These positions require maturity, creativity, and strong commitment to children. Candidates must be at least age 18 and have graduated from high school before January 1, 2023.

Benefits include room & board, laundry available on site, wireless Internet access, beautiful location, making a difference, supportive staff community, delicious meals with vegetarian options and FUN!


The Lifeguard works as a team with the other pool/waterfront staff to organize and implement a safe, comprehensive and fun watersports program geared to the interests and abilities of campers. Water activities include swimming (pool), canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding.

Required Qualifications:

  1. 18 years of age or older. 
  2. Ability to live on-site. 
  3. Certification in First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and Lifeguard. Or Willing to be trained.
  4. Sufficient visual, auditory, communication and cognitive abilities to coordinate a waterfront program and to teach and communicate with groups participating in the waterfront program. 
  5. Training and/or equivalent experience involving swimming and small watercraft such as canoes and kayaks. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience in working with children.
  2. At least one year of pool/waterfront experience.
  3. Certification in WSI.
  4. Motorized boater safety instruction.  

General expectations: Receive and follow general instructions; plan, lead, and participate in meaningful activities; ensure a positive camping experience for each camper. Observe camper behavior and assess its appropriateness, enforce necessary safety regulations, and apply proper behavior management techniques. Operate small watercraft for extended periods of time; assist in the setup of watercraft activities which may involve some lifting. Stand for extended periods of time when required.


Food Service Positions

Head Cook

Responsible for cooking and helping to manage kitchen assistants. Duties include organizing and helping to prepare, cook and serve meals for 100+; supervising staff; monitoring safety and cleanliness and being in charge of the kitchen five full days a week plus Saturday morning. A varied knowledge of cooking is required. Seasonal position (with possible expansion), 45 hours per week, 5 days per week, June – August, 2022. Room and board provided, but is optional.

The ideal candidate seeks a positive work environment and knows good camp food is more than just chicken nuggets. This position requires some flexibility in scheduling, but your schedule will generally be fixed. This is a summer camp. Attitude is very important. You will work closely and be in contact with campers and staff. A camp appropriate demeanor is a constant requirement. Recent culinary graduates are encouraged to apply.

This is also a teaching and training position, as kitchen assistants may be new to this area of work.

Prep Cook/Kitchen Assistant

Responsible for helping to prepare, cook and serve meals for 100+, monitoring safety and cleanliness. Previous cooking experience desired. The ideal candidate seeks a positive work environment and knows good camp food is more than just chicken nuggets.

This position requires some flexibility in scheduling, but your schedule will generally be fixed. A wide variety of cooking will be required so knowledge is good, but a willingness to learn will make up for a lack of experience.

This is a summer camp. A positive attitude is very important. You will work closely and be in contact with campers and staff. A camp appropriate demeanor is a constant requirement. A good fit for our kitchen is more important than lots of experience. Culinary students are encouraged to apply. You may also be asked to perform other tasks around camp as needed.


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    • 1700 Clear Lake
      Dowling, MI 49050

      Nicole Holton, Site Director
      Office: 269-721-8291

      Summer Camp Registrar: 989-534-6587, registrar@umcamping.org

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