Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working with us! ​Working with Camp Fire can be a truly rewarding experience whether you’ve been with us for years or it’s your first summer.
We invite you to be a part of the magic of Camp Fire!

Summer Positions

  • Des Moines & Ames Seasonal Positions
  • 2019 Camp Hantesa Seasonal Administrative Positions
  • 2019 Camp Hantesa Seasonal Counselor/Activity Specialist Positions
  • 2019 Camp Hantesa Seasonal Support Staff
Des Moines & Ames Seasonal Positions

Summer Day Camp Staff- Various Locations (Ames, Des Moines, West Des Moines)

Summer Day Camp staff positions are open in Ames and Des Moines for Summer 2018! Qualified staff members are energized every day to work with campers and share a passion for learning through experience. These positions do require staff to be outdoors throughout the day and to actively engage with all youth throughout the entire programming period. We are looking for Site Directors, Literacy Coordinators, and Camp Counselors. If you enjoy working with youth and being active outdoors, apply today using the application button provided below! Be sure to check out each of the position descriptions too!

2019 Camp Hantesa Seasonal Administrative Positions

Camp Hantesa Administrative Team

The administrative team at Camp Hantesa is comprised of eight department coordinators who directly oversee a specific program at camp. They are responsible for planning and scheduling activities, supervising the staff in their department, and making sure everyone (kids & staff) are having a great time at camp! Click on any of the open administrative positions below to view the full job description.


2019 Camp Hantesa Seasonal Counselor/Activity Specialist Positions

Camp Hantesa Counselors/Activity Specialists

At Camp Hantesa our staff serve a dual role as both cabin counselors and activity specialists. Each counselor chooses a particular department to be a part of and then is trained to lead activities within that department. Counselors are responsible for the day-to-day supervision of campers and implementation of camp programming. Counselors will have the opportunity to work with both day camp and resident camp programs. Counselors live in cabins with a co-counselor and children of the same gender during overnight sessions. The buttons below show the departments that still have open positions. Click on any of the buttons to view the full counselor job description.


2019 Camp Hantesa Seasonal Support Staff

Camp Hantesa Support Staff

The support staff are an essential part of the team at Camp Hantesa. In short, support staff ensure that camp is running smoothly. They provide food, transportation, and functional work/living spaces for our staff and campers. Open support staff positions are listed below, to apply follow the link at the top of the page to our online application.

Bus Driver

Minimum Age: 21
Salary: Starting at $70.00/day
Number of Openings: 1
Description: Responsible for the safe and timely transportation of campers from the Des Moines Service Center to Camp Hantesa and back. Additional responsibilities include transportation of campers to the lake and miscellaneous field trips, basic vehicle maintenance, and positively interacting with other staff, campers, and parents. Class B CDL with Air Brakes Endorsement is required to apply.

Maintenance Assistant

Minimum Age: 18
Salary: Starting at $8.50/hour
Number of Openings: 1
Description: Assists the Camp Caretaker with a variety of maintenance projects including plumbing, vehicle maintenance, carpentry, and other projects/needs as they arise.

Office Manager

Minimum Age: 18
Salary: Starting at $8.50/hour
Number of Openings: 2
Description: Responsible for the organization of Camp Hantesa summer programs. Office Manager must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs and must be comfortable talking on the telephone with parents and vendors. Preference given to candidates with previous customer experience.

Chef/Chef’s Assistant

Minimum Age: 21 (preferred)
Salary: Starting at $10.00/hour (Chef), $8.50/hour (Chef’s Assistant)
Number of Openings: 4
Description: Responsible for providing healthy and balanced meals daily for the camp community. Chef must have meal planning experience and must have experience preparing meals for people with dietary restrictions such as non-dairy and gluten free diets.

Year-Round Positions

  • Full-Time Positions
  • Part-Time Positions
Full-Time Positions
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:

Camp Hantesa, a co-ed Camp Fire, year-around camp located in Boone, Iowa is seeking a qualified Program Manager. Camp Hantesa has been in operation continually since 1919. We offer various summer camp programs, school year day camps, family camps, outdoor recreation programs, conference and retreat services, and many other programs and activities. This position will be utilized to work with the camp directors to oversee the promotion and growth of the camp and all of our programs, including our ropes course, and out-of-camp trips. Qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, a minimum of 2 seasons of experience in program leadership. The ability to work irregular hours, juggle multiple priorities, build teamwork and create excitement and energy in others are a must for this position. Compensation includes: salary, employer sponsored health, dental and vision insurance and 401(k) as well as generous paid time off. Living quarters consisting of an on-site house is provided as well as basic utilities. This is an onsite position. For more information, or to apply please send resume, cover letter, and three references to michael@campfireiowa.org.

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Part-Time Positions

There are no part-time positions available at this time.