Current Employment & Staff Needs


Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with disabilities. Campers with  intellectual and physical disabilities, brain injuries, hearing or visual impairments, autism 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 personal care including feeding, dressing, and bathroom needs. Some campers exhibit behavioral challenges. Patience, energy, good judgment and enthusiasm are important qualifications for a position at Camp Courageous. The hours are long. An unselfish attitude and an emphasis on teamwork are needed. Staff are expected to put the campers’ needs before their own. If you possess the necessary attributes, I invite you to apply for a position at Camp Courageous.

Volunteer positions, internships, and paid positions are available. Volunteers and Interns can receive an optional stipend of $50.00/week plus room and board.

Paid counselors and activity specialists receive the best employment package around. Seasonal staff earn $440/week while year-round staff earn $575-630/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 health insurance plan 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 summer staff. Candidates for year-round positions must have experience with individuals with disabilities. Seasonal positions are for one or more season.

YR-ROUND: Starts the first day of the season requiring a one year commitment.
WINTER: January 30 – March 24, 2017
SPRING: March 27 to May 19, 2017
SUMMER: May 21 to August 18, 2017
FALL: August 23 to December 1, 2017

POSITIONS Respite Care Weekends
Counselors Nature Specialist Counselors – $175/weekend.
Adventure Specialist Recreation Specialist
Canoeing Specialist Outdoor Living Skills Specialist
Crafts Specialist Kitchen Staff
Swimming Specialist Health Staff Assistant

For more information contact:
Jeanne Muellerleile
Camp Courageous of Iowa
P.O. Box 418
Monticello, IA 52310-0418
Phone: 319-465-5916 ext. 2300
Fax: 319-465-5919
Non-smokers please. Feel free to apply online by accessing the camp’s Web site.