Big Lake is an amazing place to work!

Q: Are you interested in working at Big Lake as a new staff member either in winter (January thru March) or summer?
A: Here is the NEW staff application (for anyone who has not been on payroll for Big Lake before): NEW staff application
A: Here are the three recommendation forms you will need to email out, to one person in each category:
Dean/Teacher Recommendation:
Pastor Recommendation:
Work Supervisor:
A: Here is the Staff Health Form you will need to fill out: Staff Health Form

Q: Have you been on Big Lake payroll before and are interested in returning as either a winter worker (January thru March) or a summer staff member?
A. Here is the RETURNING staff application: RETURNING staff application
A: Here is the Staff Health Form you will need to fill out: Staff Health Form

Q: Are you interested in work during the summer either on the waterfront, with the horses or in children’s programing for staff children?
A: You will need to fill out this application, in addition to the application above, to work on the waterfront: Waterfront Application
You will need to fill out this application, in addition to the application above, to work with the horses: Wrangler Application
You will need to fill out this application, in addition to the application abobe, to work with the staff children: Children’s Programing Application

Q: Why would I want to 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 18, but we do hire some 17 year olds.

Q: What time of year does the hiring process start?
A: Great question!!! Applications are now open. Hiring decisions for international summer staff will be done by the first part of January and all other staff, decisions are generally made in February or early March.

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.

(4) Interviews: International staff interviews will take place in December via Zoom. You will be contacted to set up an interview once we receive your Application AND completed Staff Health Form (if you are a returning staff member), or once we receive your Application, completed Staff Health Form AND Recommendation forms (if you will be a NEW staff member). All other staff interviews will be in January and February, hopefully in person. Les Zollbrecht, director of Big Lake Youth Camp, and, Liesl Schnibbe, associate director, will be conducting these interviews. If you live close to one of these schools, but don’t attend the school, please contact the school and make arrangements to have your interview at the school. All other invertiews will be done either in-office in Gladstone, or via Zoom. Please contact if you do not live near any of the following schools, or if we have already come to your area and need to schedule an interview.

Interview Places and Dates:
Columbia Adventist Academy: Friday, January 13, and Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Livingston Adventist Academy: Friday, December 9, 2022
Milo Adventist Academy: Thursday, January 5, 2023
Oakwood University: Wednesday, February 1, and Thursday, February 2, 2023
Portland Adventist Academy: Monday, January 9 through Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Redlands Adventist Academy: Thursday, March 2, 2023
Rogue Valley Adventist Academy: Friday, January 6, 2023
Southern Adventist University: Monday, January 30, and Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Walla Walla University: Monday, January 23 through Wednesday morning, January 25, 2023
Walla Walla Valley Academy: Wednesday afternoon, January 25, 2023

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 if your particular skill set is needed.

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 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.  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, you do not need to be alumni to participate. For more info click here. Register online at

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