Volunteer & Intern Programs
Volunteer Workamper Program
Our volunteer program is designed to help supplement the program and service departments of the YMCA of the Ozarks from March 1 through November 30. We require a minimum stay of six weeks, with each “workamper” providing at least 25 hours per week.
In order to allow other families the opportunity to participate in our popular program, we limit workampers to a maximum 12-week stay. All volunteers in this program must have a camper or live-in RV. (Tent or primitive camping is not available.)
Pets are allowed, but you must provide proof of vaccination. Due to the nature of our business, background checks are required by the YMCA, the state and our insurance carriers. You will be asked to complete these forms before your arrival at the YMCA of the Ozarks.
In the best situations, we will use your talents where they are best suited. In return for your efforts, we will provide three meals per day, per person, in our Trout Lodge dining room, as well as water, electricity and septic hook ups for your camper/coach. You will meet many staff and families that live and work on property, and have the opportunity to be part of our YMCA community. We are a recreational facility that offers many activities, to which you will be given access.
The YMCA of the Ozarks is one of the largest YMCA family and conference centers in the nation. Our reputation for quality programs and trainings is unsurpassed. We are a branch of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis, the fifth largest YMCA in the United States. We offer year-round internship opportunities. While we cannot offer an intern stipend, we offer housing, meals and access to our many recreational activities, as well as invaluable experience in the following:
- Put classroom learning into practice
- Earn academic credit
- Experience the rewards and rigors of an entry-level position
- Test career choices
- Enhance your resume with professional level employment experiences
- Obtain employment references
Internships are available in several fields. We have many opportunities and can be flexible. If a student has more specific interests, we can work together to develop an internship that meets their needs.
YMCA Trout Lodge and Camp Lakewood reserves the right to change department and volunteer position offerings based on business needs. This information is subject to change without notice.
General Maintenance Assistant
Respond to problems with customer facilities and complete basic repairs in plumbing, heating, electrical and carpentry. Uses a variety of power, hand and carpentry tools.
Grounds Maintenance Assistant
Responsibilities include trash service, recycling, litter pick-up, yard work, snow shoveling. Work outside in varied weather conditions. Uses yard and power equipment.
Lodge Maintenance Assistant
Respond to problems with guest lodges and complete basic repairs in plumbing, heating, electrical and carpentry. Uses a variety of power, hand and carpentry tools.
Conference Services Assistant
Assists with needs of conference groups including checking in and out of accommodations. Sets up and cleans conference rooms. Uses office equipment. Assists with reception desk as available.
Food Service Worker
Responsibilities include food preparation, serving, washing dishes, cleaning kitchen and dining rooms, busing tables.
Cleans cabins and rooms. Assists in other areas where needed. Must be able to carry 30 lbs. up and down stairs.
Assists Housekeeping Department where needed, laundry, stripping linen from lodges and cabins, cleaning, stocking, preparing cleaning supplies for housekeepers.
Counselor - Adventure Teen Program
Program counselor for high school aged youth that provide leadership through planning, organizing, and supervising youth in a variety of outdoor adventure activities and initiative skills, under all weather conditions.
Responsible for the safety of youth in their care with the ability to identify and respond to safety problems. Able to be lifeguard certified. Able to be Wilderness First Aid certified. Fluent in speaking English.
Counselor - Day Camp
Provides leadership through planning, organizing and supervising youth in a variety of outdoor adventure activities and initiative skills, under all weather conditions. Responsible for the safety of youth in their care with the ability to identify and respond to safety problems. Fluent in speaking English. Please specify age groups you prefer to lead.
Day Camp Registrar
Handles registration for all day camp programs to ensure that each child is registered properly, through computer data input, verbal communication and handling of money transactions. Possesses good organizational, communication and customer service skills. Computer/keyboard skills preferred. Fluent in speaking, writing and reading English.
Provides basic medical treatment for guests and staff. Coordinates management of First Aid Station. Must secure Missouri RN license. Must provide proof of Hepatitis B vaccination. Exempt position with rotating shifts, extended work hours to care for patients including occasional overnight responsibilities.
Arts & Crafts Specialist
Develops projects and instructs children and families in a variety of arts and crafts projects, providing them with a safe and fun experience. Must have teaching skills, arts & crafts background. Responsible for the safety of children in their care with the ability to identify and respond to safety problems. Fluent in speaking English.
Craft Shop Instructor
Teaches arts and crafts to people of all ages and abilities. Must have teaching skills, arts & crafts background.
Plan, schedule, and conduct programs for guests of all ages.
Leads hikes on and off property for guests and YMCA staff. Must have outdoor leadership skills and experience. Must possess strong hiking background. Certification through CMC, NOELS, OWB, WEA, AMGA desirable. Willing to work in all weather conditions.
Outdoor Environmental Education Instructor
Teaches outdoor education classes to elementary and middle school students. Plans, instructs, and supervises classes including water and forestry ecology, geology, animal adaptations, cultural history, hikes, night hikes/campfires, and adventure based programs. Develop new classes, create materials, and document curriculum. Must have education in natural sciences, outdoor recreation, leisure studies, teaching or related field.
Ropes Course Instructor/Adventure Specialist Rock Climbing Instructor Tour Leader
Gives tours of the property via van, tram or pontoon boat. Also leads “Pirate Pontoon” and fishing boat trips. Drives guests to off-site field trips for elder programs and summer camps.
Wranglers Front Desk/Phones Clerk
Checks guests in and out of accommodations. Uses telephone and reservations system. Answers variety of questions. Uses verbal and written communication clearly. Uses office equipment.
Reception Desk Assistant
Answers guest questions about the YMCA, and general area. Loans out games and books. Uses office equipment. Computer literate, prefer previous knowledge of area.
Supervises mini-golf, tennis, and registration for all on-site activities. Communicates rules and safety guidelines. Assists with Country Store retail sales as available.
Certified First Responder Retail Sales Clerk
Sell merchandise, operate electric cash register. Stock merchandise, clean display cases and windows. Scoop and serve ice cream, coffee and sodas.