Talent Acquisition Process
The most important ingredient to an outstanding summer is the 100 talented men and women who make up our counselor staff.
Thank you Yates and Marisa for hiring incredible individuals, running an amazing camp, and bringing three generations of men in our family closer together!” -Amanda Simons from Richmond, VA (Parent)
Step 1: Are we a match for you?
Do your research. Make sure Falling Creek fits your philosophy and feels like the right place for you. Everyone at camp, above all else, needs to want to work with kids. If you’re male, you’ll likely be a cabin counselor and teach an activity or two. If you’re female, you won’t live in a cabin with campers, but everything else is the same.
Step 2: Apply to work at Falling Creek
Everyone must complete our online application. Our directors thoroughly read every completed application. They will review your qualifications and experience to determine if you’re a fit. (View our Application Tips below.)
Step 3: The Personal Interview
If our directors feel you are a possible match, we will contact you for a brief preliminary interview to learn more about you, answer any questions, and begin the process of getting to know each other. We will then set up a personal, face-to-face interview. Please plan for at least an hour when scheduling the interview.
Our preference is that you visit camp for the interview, but we understand that distance and busy schedules can be a hindrance for many college students. In this case, we’ll arrange a trip to meet you at your school, or use other technology options available to us. (View our Interview Tips below.)
Step 4: We’re not done yet!
We think you’re pretty special if you’re at this point. But we have several more steps to complete on our end before offering you a contract for employment.
We’ll check the references you listed in your application, we’ll run a criminal background check, sex offender database check, and a social media check. For full-time and returning staff, background checks are processed annually prior to the summer.
If that is all satisfactory, our owner/director Yates will contact you for a final phone-interview before formally offering you a position and sending a contract.
- Please write in complete sentences and use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. (sms = /ignore, lol)
- Think about and fully complete your answers.
- References should not be related to you, the same age as you, or live in the same house.
- Select a photo that shows your eyes and face, without hat or sunglasses.
- Be on time.
- Look your best. Suit and tie is not required, but definitely look professional.
- Keep your cell phone in your pocket. Turned-off is best, but silent is acceptable.
- Give a firm handshake. (It’s important, because it’s something we’ll ask you to do when meeting camp parents!)
- Ask questions that aren’t answered on the website or video. (This shows us that you’ve done your homework.)
- If you’re an artist, bring a portfolio. If you play a sport, bring some ideas with you about games and drills you can teach our campers. If you’re applying for a trip-leader based activity, bring a log of the trips you’ve been on and or led.
- Think about and articulate your answers. It’s your time to shine!
- Use appropriate language.
- If you get lost, stuck in traffic, or are just running late, please call the interviewer and let him know. We understand that “life happens.”
- Oh… and please leave your six-week-old puppy at home. It happened. Seriously.