Employment opportunities at the camp for 2009

Camp Courageous of Iowa is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with disabilities. Campers with mental and physical disabilities, brain injuries, hearing or visual impairments, autism, ADD and other special needs are served.

Working with children and adults with special needs is often a very real challenge. Campers may need help with day-to-day activities including feeding, dressing, and personal care. Some campers exhibit behavior problems. Patience, energy, good judgment and enthusiasm are important qualifications for a position at Camp Courageous. The hours are long. An unselfish attitude and n emphasis on teamwork are needed. Staff are expected to put the campers’ needs before heir own.

Volunteer positions, internships, and paid positions are available. Volunteers and interns can receive an optional stipend of $25.00/week plus room and board, and a restricted medical plan.

Paid counselors and activity specialists receive the best employment package around. Seasonal staff earn $315/week while year-round staff earn $410-440/week. Room and board are provided which include air-conditioned staff dormitories affording the staff separate living quarters from the campers. Staff share cabin duty on a rotating basis. Other benefits include a restricted medical plan for seasonal staff and health insurance and one week of paid vacation for year-round staff. Camp provides a bonus for returning seasonal summer staff and a monetary incentive for recruiting additional staff.

Candidates for year-round positions must have experience with individuals with disabilities. Seasonal positions are for one or more season.

YEAR-ROUND: Starts the first day of the season requiring a one year commitment.

  • WINTER: January 12 – March 20, 2009
  • SPRING: March 23 to May 15, 2009
  • SUMMER: May 17 to August 14, 2009
  • FALL: August 19 to November 25, 2009 


  • Respite Care Weekends – $130/weekend.
  • Counselors
  • Nature Specialist
  • Adventure Specialist
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Canoeing Specialist
  • Outdoor Living Skills Specialist
  • Crafts Specialist
  • Kitchen Staff
  • Health Staff Assistant
  • Swimming Specialist 

To apply for a program staff position then please go to this web page for an application (download PDF form and submit electronically).  For additional questions about working the the program area at Camp Courageous then please contact Jeanne Muellerleile by email.