Miniwanca Jobs

Communications Specialist

General Overview
Communications Specialists write daily blog posts, create frequent social media posts, assist with camper family email communications, and write longer articles for the AYF monthly email newsletter.

Essential Functions

  • Write and upload daily blog posts documenting life at camp to WordPress
  • Draft at least three social media posts each week for all Miniwanca social platforms
  • Work with Communications Manager to write and schedule email summer family email communications
  • Write at least two longer articles for Founder Sparks the AYF email newsletter.
  • On occasion, assist with Main Office, Boys Camp, or Girls Camp office management, or a Darer or Four Trails Cabin at the request of the coordinators.
  • Promptly discuss any difficult situations that arise in camper or staff relationships and other areas of concern with the Director
  • Establish personal and professional goals for the summer and work toward those goals
  • Complete all job functions, including written reports, and other duties as assigned.

General Functions

  • Encourage leadership development, healthy community living, Best Self practices and balanced Four-Fold growth according to the philosophy of AYF by instruction and example.
  • Protect the safety and health of campers by adhering to community expectations and following all policies and procedures outlined in the Staff Handbook, including our alcohol-, drug-, and tobacco-free camp policy and AYF COVID-19 Staff Eligibility and Expectations.
  • Fully participate in and be present at all community activities and staff training

Required Skills

  • Strong long-form and short-form written communication skills
  • Strong emotional and mental health. Must be adaptable and exhibit good judgement.
  • Effective communication with youth participants and adult staff across a wide range of identities and backgrounds. Ability to foster positive relationships.
  • Ability to understand, promote, actively include, and work effectively with diverse perspectives and identities
  • Thorough understanding of critical issues shaping the lives of young people in the U.S., especially racial and gender equity, inclusivity, justice, ethics, and cultural competency

Vision for All AYF Employees

  • Show commitment to the AYF Core Values of investing in youth, stewarding the environment, enkindling inner sparks, belonging in community, and growing together.
  • Support the organization’s mission, vision, and ethics by displaying the following behaviors:
    • Integrity, openness, and honesty, listening and understanding, giving, and receiving constructive feedback, seeking a balance between personal and professional lives, dependability, and accountability.
  • Adhere to all policies and guidelines as described in the AYF employee handbook.

Work Environment 

  • Position is located at Miniwanca in Shelby, Michigan. The Miniwanca site necessitates the ability to move through rugged terrain.
  • Communications Specialists will live onsite during staff training and during the two camp sessions. Housing and all meals are provided.

Education, Experience, or Certifications  

  • Must be 21 or older and one year post-high school graduation experience
  • Strong communication and writing experience required (ideally journalism, marketing, PR, or other communications classes or experience)
  • Experience working with children, adolescents and/or young adults preferred
  • Current certification in CPR and First Aid (training available for accepted applicants)


  • Weekly pay: $500
  • Communication Specialist will receive one day off for every six days worked.

What should I know before applying?

Communications Specialists...

  • Are excited to capture the beauty and fun of camp.

  • Love working with kids and being outside.

  • See themselves as positive role models for the youth of Miniwanca.

  • Have experience with writing social media content for organizations or businesses

  • Want to build their writing portfolios

  • Frequently Asked Questions

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

    It is not uncommon for staff to be experiencing camp and Miniwanca for the very first time. Staff should be open to new experiences and ways of operating when they come to Miniwanca, especially if this is their first time at Miniwanca or at a summer camp in general.

    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.

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

    Miniwanca will pick up staff members on specific days from local airports and bus stations. If you do not have a car and are interested in using public transportation to get to camp please talk to your supervisor about what options are available to you.

    What is the time commitment for this position?

    Communications Specialists must commit six to seven weeks of their summer to Miniwanca. This includes a one- to two-week training period and six weeks of camp.

    Are food and housing provided?

    Yes, food and housing is provided for the entirety of your contract with Miniwanca.

    What a summer at Miniwanca looks like: