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Graduate Assistantships


Graduate Assistantships at HoneyRock

Sharpen your skills and equip yourself to become an exceptional leader in experiential formational ministry to youth and young adults in camps, colleges and churches, by being a Graduate Assistant at HoneyRock, Outdoor Center for Leadership Development of Wheaton College.

All residential graduate students at HoneyRock learn and serve in teams as program and support role coordinators in this “leadership laboratory.” They also lead and facilitate the “place apart” experience as retreat staff for our guests at HoneyRock. They are guided and mentored by experienced professional staff and faculty in these roles, and are industry leaders in bridging theory and practice. See GA expectations here. 

Apply now for a Graduate Assistant position at HoneyRock. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and must be preceded by completed applications to the graduate program.

High School Ministries Team Graduate Assistantships

This position will work under the supervision of the High School Adventure Program Manager to coordinate the 2:22 High School program.  This includes the hiring and training of staff, and assisting the Manager in staff training through the School of Adventure Leadership Training (S.A.L.T.). This position requires previous wilderness experience, as this is one of the more wilderness intensive programs at HoneyRock.  This position is based at HoneyRock year-round.  Applicants must be willing to commit to appropriate understudying roles from mid-May. 

This position will work under the supervision of the High Shool Adventure Program Manager.  The Wilderness Tripping Coordinator helps coordinate wilderness trips and provides trip related support throughout the school year. They will also run the Voyageur and Wilderness Passage programs during the summer.  The role includes program planning, logistics, maintaining wilderness trip protocols, securing routes and permits and managing trip equipment and food rations for trips throughout the year.  The GA may facilitate some wilderness trips during the school year and will help supervise Vanguards in related projects.  Applicants must be willing to commit to appropriate understudying roles from early May. 

This position will work under the supervision of the High School Adventure Program Manager to coordinate the Challenge Course, which serves all areas of camp programs in the summer.  During the school year, the role will coordinate Challenge Course activities for resident programs such as with Vanguards and graduate students, as well as for non-resident guests from visiting schools, churches and other organizations.  Dependent upon the qualifications of the applicant, this position may also include leadership of our indoor and outdoor rock-climbing experiences at HoneyRock.  Applicants must be willing to commit to appropriate understudying roles from mid-May. 

This position will work under the supervision of the High School Adventure Program Manager to co-lead the coordination of all church, youth and school group retreats at HoneyRock throughout the year. The role involves training all retreat staff, including all graduate students and Fellows, and guiding them in administrating and hosting winter retreats. During the summer this GA will run non-Wheaton retreats and spend time recruiting, promoting and developing the September to April retreat ministry and will assist with additional summer roles as assigned.  This role is based at HoneyRock year-round.  Applicants must be willing to commit to appropriate understudying roles from early-May. 

Residential Programs Team Graduate Assistantships

This position will work under the supervision of the Residential Program Manager to coordinate summer Residential Camps.  It will also assist the manager with the hiring, planning and training of staff in the Summer Leadership School (SLS) Program. It is based in Wheaton during the school year and at HoneyRock in the summer.  The GA will assist with Wheaton-based student and camper recruitment efforts during the school year. Applicants must be willing to commit to appropriate understudying roles from early-May.

This position will work under the supervision of the Residential Program Manager to coordinate summer Residential Camps.  It will also assist the Manager with the hiring, planning and training of staff in the Summer Leadership School (SLS) Program. It is based in Wheaton during the school year and at HoneyRock in the summer.  The GA will assist with Wheaton-based student and camper recruitment efforts during the school year.  Applicants must be willing to commit to appropriate understudying roles from early-May. 

This position will work under the supervision of the Residential Program Manager to coordinate the Advance Camp program.  It will also assist the Manager with the hiring, planning and training of staff in the Summer Leadership School (SLS) Program. It is based in Wheaton or at HoneyRock during the school year and at HoneyRock in the summer.  This GA will assist with hosting retreats and staff and camper recruitment efforts. Applicants must be willing to commit to appropriate understudying roles from early-May. 

Under the supervision of the Residential Program Manager and in collaboration with the High School Year 2 Program Coordinator, this GA will coordinate the High School Year 1 Program at HoneyRock during the summer. This GA will also work with the Site and Facilities staff to help coordinate all camp based service projects during the year (Work-Play weekends, Wheaton Passage service projects, etc.). This role is based at HoneyRock year-round. Applicants must be willing to commit to appropriate understudying roles from mid-May. 

Under the supervision of the Residential Program Manager and in collaboration with the High School Year 1 Program Coordinator, this GA will coordinate the High School Year 2 Program at HoneyRock during the summer.  This will include the interviewing and onboarding of campers and staff.  This role is based at HoneyRock year-round. Applicants must be willing to commit to appropriate understudying roles from mid-May. 

This position will work under the supervision of the Residential Program Manager to coordinate all of the winter and summer activity areas at HoneyRock. This also involves hiring, training and supervising the 20 summer activity areas staff who serve all programs of camp each summer. This role is based at HoneyRock year-round. Applicants must be willing to commit to appropriate understudying roles from early May. 

Vanguard Program Team Graduate Assistantships

These positions will co-lead the Vanguard GAP year Program and Fellows Program under the supervision of the Vanguard Manager. The GA’s will be involved in marketing and recruiting Vanguards as well as the day to day, ongoing discipleship and coordination of the program. They will also help recruit, supervise and care for HoneyRock Fellows, who serve as resident assistants for Vanguards. Applicants must be willing to participate in appropriate understudying roles from early May.

Business & Operations Program Team Graduate Assistantships

This position will assist the HoneyRock Finance Director to improve business processes and analysis.  This role will engage in managerial accounting work that organizes, evaluates and reports financial information in light of HoneyRock goals. This includes identifying key financial data trends with the goal of creating management reports and recommending process improvement for strategic decision-making and implementation. Depending on the applicant's area(s) of strengths, exposure to retail sales, purchasing, vendor relations and Human Resources may be included as aspects of the role. A Business degree is preferred. 

This role will assist the HoneyRock Marketing Specialist with marketing programs, recruiting staff, gathering information and sharing stories with our various audiences.  The role is flexible depending on the applicant's area(s) of strengths and could include photography, videography, writing and/or managing social media platforms. This is a HoneyRock based role. 

This position oversees the HoneyRock camp store, under the direction of the Food Services Manager. The GA is responsible for sustaining a business plan for the store that includes growing the coffee shop, maintaining a dynamic stock, related procurement, and developing innovations such as online shopping for store products. This is a school year position that may change during the summer. The position will be attached to a second listed assistantship, that suits the bearer and best serves the needs of HoneyRock.

This position will work under the supervision of the Ranch Supervisor to assist in all aspects of the HoneyRock equestrian program. This person will help select, train, supervise and disciple summer staff wranglers.  The position will be attached to a second listed assistantship that suits the bearer and best serves the needs of HoneyRock. Previous equestrian experience is preferred.  Applicants must be willing to commit to appropriate understudying roles from early-May. 

This position will work under the supervision of the Site Manager to perform facility maintenance, assist with grounds care, trail maintenance, activity area support, and snow removal. The GA will coordinate the growing HoneyRock sustainability initiative. They will supervise Vanguard Gap Year students during the school year. Applicants must be willing to commit to appropriate understudying roles from early-May.

This position will work under the supervision of the Facilities Manager to coordinate and implement various construction projects. This includes capital projects, building renovations and on-going facility and maintenance endeavors. This GA works closely with the Facilities Manager to assist with overall project management and coordination needs, while also filling a strong hands-on role by assisting with various construction and facility related tasks within the Site and Facilities Department. This position is based at HoneyRock year-round. Applicants must be willing to commit to appropriate understudying roles from mid-May. 

This GA will work closely with the Passage, WIN and Research Manager to support Wheaton Passage and WIN as well as all HoneyRock related research and evaluation projects. Responsibilities for Passage include marketing, recruitment, program design, program facilitation and student leader training. Responsibilities for WIN include oversight of program logistics, student care and program facilitation. Responsibilities for research include survey management and design, data entry, administrative support for projects, data collection and organization, presenting results and other related administrative tasks. This role is based at HoneyRock. 

This position provides IT and AV assistance to students, staff and guests. Responsibilities include management of computer lab software, assistance of office staff with IT needs, maintenance and operation of teleconference technology used for the graduate program and audio visual support of various school year events. This position will be attached to a listed coordinator role that suits the bearer and best serves the needs of HoneyRock.