We are excited about your interest in our program.  The fact that you have made it to this page says that you have read enough about our program and feel like you may be interested in a position here at Camp High Rocks.  Below are some directions and different options to High Rocks. Be sure to read through all the details and expectations so you have a good understanding about the position. If you have any questions or concerns, please drop us a line or give us a call. We will be happy to help you out.

Woody Noland, Associate Director

Job Description

Responsibilities and Duties

Most staff will have the primary responsibility of a field instructor/outdoor educator.  Depending on the school group, you will be paired up with an additional staff member to lead a group through various activities for program.  The paired teams will lead many of their group’s activities.  Some activities may include an additional field technician to assist such as our high ropes course or rock climbing. Our main activities have been listed previously. Field staff can also expect other activities that include running, swimming, driving, trail hiking, overnight camping, and similar events you would expect to see at an outdoor education program.

Field staff typically stay overnight on the property or with the groups in the field.  This could include overnight camping in tents, primitive shelters, or chaperoning a cabin of 6-8 students.

The job is all-inclusive.  You can expect to help out with meals, setup and clean-up for programs, and participate in staff training.


Our field staff typically have at least Wilderness First Aid, but Wilderness First Responder is preferred, and required for the trip leader. These wilderness medicine courses are typically available through camp before the season at a discounted rate. Many of the specialized activities may require certifications or previous demonstrated skills including teaching or mastery of certain levels.

Many of our staff will be selected to drive as part of their job. This can include a car, minivan, or 15-passenger van. Staff will be selected, evaluated, trained, and oriented for these duties prior to their needs.

We are looking for staff with leadership experience working with youth on trips and programs in the outdoors. We are looking for individuals with technical skills in multiple areas and, more importantly, strong interpersonal skills. Preferred staff are self-starters, ready to step in and assume a leadership role often times without being asked to do so.

Physical Needs

The physical demands described here are a representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the staff is regularly required to stand, walk, run and sit for prolonged periods of time on uneven terrain in a mountain top environment. They are also required to use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The staff member may occasionally have to move or lift a minimum of 30 pounds.

Mental Abilities

Communication skills are a very important part of this job. Here are some of the details:

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence on a weekly basis.
  • Ability to speak effectively with teachers, administrators, and staff members of the camp.

It is also important to have the mental ability to handle the needs of the students you are charged with supervising. Staff need to be able to supervise, reason, and mentor a wide range of young children from the age of 10 to 18. This includes getting them oriented, helping them through rough patches, being a resource, and even helping them with their general hygiene.


Our spring season typically begins the first or second week of May and only lasts a few weeks.  Our fall season usually begins in mid-August and wraps up around the middle of October. Combine our LEAP seasons with one of our summer camp positions for a full six months of outdoor employment, then you can play all winter long!

Full and partial season positions are available. We are more than happy to have folks just work a couple programs or all of them. Please contact us for details. Priority is given to staff who can commit for a whole season.


Daily salary is $90-125/day. Other benefits include room, board, and free laundry facilities; staff lounge with wifi; extensive professional discounts; an incredible location with over 1000 acres of wilderness; adjacent to DuPont State Forest, and a 15 minute drive to Pisgah National Forest; some of the best wilderness and highest mountains on the Eastern Seaboard. Bonuses available for staff working every program day.

In Summary

This job description has excluded the marginal function of the positions that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and requirements are essential job functions. All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the counselor occupying this position. Counselors will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor. Minimum requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.

Apply for a Position

You have a couple of options when applying. If you have looked through our site and are ready to apply for a position, you can use our online application (preferred) or print an application and fill it out.

  • Online Application: This is the preferred method. It allows you to add your information easily online at your own pace. You will create a login so that you can come back to finish your work, if needed.
  • To print an application go to our Printed Staff Application. You can print the form, fill it out and send it to us.  If opening the application in Adobe Reader (not just a generic pdf viewer). You can save the file locally and fill it in on your computer, then email it to us. (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or higher)

When filling out the application, be sure to make it as complete as possible paying particular attention to references. Please make references previous employers, teachers, coaches, etc. Do not use friends or family members.  Please try to attach a picture if you have one.

Once we receive the application, we will be in touch!

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