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Big Lake is an amazing place to work!

Q: Why would I work at Big Lake?
A: Um, because of its AWESOMENESS. Who doesn’t love being in the middle of the pristine outdoors, hangin’ with positive peers, and frolicking through the wood chips?! But in all seriousness, Big Lake is a great summer job. Many Adventist colleges will even match some or all of your pay. As a staff member at Big Lake Youth Camp you are able to learn life long skills, make life long friends, and create life long memories.

Q: How old do I have to be to work at camp?
A: The general starting age for staff is 17.

Q: What time of year does the hiring process start?
A: Great question!!! We will start accepting employment applications for the 2018 Summer on November 30, 2017. Hiring decisions for summer staff are generally made in March.

In the fall, winter and spring, Big Lake Youth Camp’s facilities are available for rent to the public. If you are interested in a maintenance or guest relations position during our rental season, please contact our office at (503) 850-3583 or

Q: How do I apply to work at Big Lake?
A: There are a number of steps one must take to apply to work at Big Lake Youth Camp

(1) Carefully read through our Job Descriptions.

(2) Please read our Culture and Policies, to make sure Big Lake Youth Camp is the right fit for you.

(3) Complete the appropriate application. If you worked at Big Lake Youth Camp in 2017, please complete the Returning Staff Application. All other applicants, including former Big Lake Youth Camp staff who worked in 2016 or before, please complete the Summer Staff Application.
*Applications for employment during the 2018 summer will be accepted November 30, 2017-February 9, 2018.

(4) All applicants must fill out the Skills and Interests Form.
*Skills and Interests Forms for the 2018 summer will be accepted November 30, 2017-February 9, 2018.

(5) All applicants, except for those who worked at Big Lake Youth Camp in 2017, need to have a Dean/Teacher, Pastor and Work Supervisor each complete a recommendation form – a total of 3 recommendations must be submitted on your behalf. If you worked at Big Lake Youth Camp in 2017, you do not need to have recommendations filled out on your behalf.
Dean/Teacher Recommendation Form
Pastor Recommendation Form
Work Supervisor Recommendation Form
*Recommendation forms will be accepted November 30, 2017-February 15, 2018.

(6) Interviews will occur in January and February. Les Zollbrecht, Director of Big Lake Youth Camp, will be visiting and conducting interviews at a number of schools. Please check with your school’s front office or Chaplain for the interview sign-up sheet. If you do not attend one of these schools, please schedule a phone/Skype interview.

School Interview Dates:
Columbia Adventist Academy: January 12, 2018
Livingston Adventist Academy: January 5, 2018
Milo Adventist Academy: January 30, 2018
Portland Adventist Academy: January 9 & January 23
Rogue Valley Adventist Academy: January 31, 2018
Walla Walla University: January 16-18, 2018

Q: What if I want to volunteer at Big Lake this summer?
A: Wow! We would love to have you donate your time by volunteering at camp. Simply complete the Volunteer Form and we will get back to you.

Skype/Phone Interview Dates:

To schedule a Skype/Phone interview please email your contact information for Skype, FaceTime, and phone AND your top three time preferences to

Skype/Phone interviews will be held at the Oregon Conference Office, 19800 Oatfield Rd, Gladstone, OR 97027. If you are in the area, an in-person interview is preferred.
***Links to the above items can be found on our Documents page.

Q: I’m a staff alumnus and am wondering if there are any reunions that happen at camp?
A: In 2014 Big Lake hosted its first annual Big Lake Strong Alumni Work Week. This awesome week allows alumni to reconnect, meet our current staff, and support Big Lake Youth Camp. There are always lots of projects that need to be completed at camp and your talents and presence is always appreciated. In 2017 and 2018 we are taking a break from our traditional work week because we have been blessed to have Maranatha International scheduled to come help us with projects. If you would like to assist Maranatha at Big Lake, dates are June 3-17, 2018 and September 5-19, 2018. You do not need to be alumni to participate. For more info click here. Register online at