National Leadership Conference Jobs

Activities and Logistics Specialist

NLC’s Activities and Logistics Specialists are creative, collaborative people from diverse backgrounds who enjoy making large group activities fun and meaningful.

Our days are simpler. We challenge often but have more fun. The outdoors is our home. We work together to create a community where individuals are respected, and where our values guide our actions. We gain confidence, share, and have fun.

Set on 360 wooded acres and a mile of private Lake Michigan shoreline, Miniwanca is a breathtaking and inspiring setting for growth. Towering sand dunes and pines line our beach. This creates a perfect environment for discovering and developing your personal best.

The Activities and Logistics team makes so much of what happens during NLC possible. They bring the energy, the entertainment, and the organization that make our community great. The A&L team designs community events including Interest Groups, Nights Doings, Assembly, and the Community Cup.

Activities and Logistics Specialists typically:

  • Love organizing and thinking creatively with a team

  • Are enthusiastic about making meaningful connections with others.

  • Have a willingness to learn and problem solve with a diverse group of peers.

  • Create activities that enhance the participants' conference experience.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the dates of employment?

    Staff training begins on June 10th. NLC begins on June 13th and runs until the 21st. Employment, therefore, runs June 10th-21st.

    What do we do in staff training and how long is it?

    From June 10th-13th, 2019, leaders will learn all about the mission, philosophy, and values of the American Youth Foundation. They will learn how to work with participants, how to facilitate activities, and will work to build our positive community. By the end of staff training, leaders will be prepared to facilitate large group activities, organize important events, and keep camp running smoothly.

    Are food and housing provided?

    Yes, food and housing are provided for the entirety of your time at Miniwanca.

    What do the living arrangements look like?

    There are a few options for housing during NLC, but it’s important to recognize that those spaces are really only used for sleeping. Most leaders will live in our rustic cabins with a few other staff members. Some of our cabins have open windows with no screens on them and have flaps that roll down to cover the windows in inclement weather. We suggest leaders bring mosquito netting to cover their twin size bed. We also have housing available in our Seay and Compton dorm buildings.

    What is the salary?

    NLC positions are volunteer positions. We do offer a $200 travel stipend for everyone hired onto the NLC Staff Team.

    I don’t have a car. How do I get to camp?

    Miniwanca will provide transportation on the 10th from the Grand Rapids airport and bus station. It’s also common for staff members to carpool from different cities. A travel form will be made available once you are hired where you can let us know what your travel arrangements are.

    I have never been to camp before. Is that okay?

    That is totally okay! We are always looking to build a staff that is representative of our participant community, and many participants will be new as well. So long as you are open to new experiences and people, we are open to having you join our team.

    What does a typical day as an A&L Specialist look like?

    A&L is composed of a team of 6-10 creative individuals who plan and organize many of the activities throughout Conference. They think artistically about the story they want to tell, and logistically about how to tell that story. A&L develop fun and meaningful nighttime activities (called Nights Doings). They make sure there are speakers and microphones for evening reflections to be heard. They generate content and inspire acts for Assembly, and make sure there are people to perform those acts. Overall, the A&L team is creating fun and impactful ways for participants to connect, and connecting with participants through that work.

    What if I have dietary needs?

    Miniwanca is able to work with a variety of dietary needs and allergies. At each meal, Miniwanca will provide a dairy free, gluten free, and vegetarian option. Miniwanca is peanut and tree nut aware and will not serve anything with those products in it. Some snacks and desserts may be created in a facility that uses peanuts or tree nuts, and safe alternatives will be offered when those are the general option.

    “Being on A&L allows you to connect with participants in a totally unique way. We aim to provide fun, structure, humor, creativity, and community so that participants can shine their lights and be their best selves. The most rewarding part is the implementation of our work and seeing the entire camp come together to have fun.”

    Kaitlin Bell, A&L Specialist

    What a summer at NLC looks like: