Support Staff Positions

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp...
Founded in 1966, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is a summer community of the fine arts serving more than 5,400 elementary, junior high, and high school students each season through its varied programs. Blue Lake annually employs more than 700 faculty and staff, who work together to provide a diverse and enriching learning experience for campers. Although Blue Lake is a fine arts training center, it strives to maintain a "camp" atmosphere in as many ways as possible through the natural environment, rustic facilities, and camper activities.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is situated on Little Blue Lake in West Michigan's Manistee National Forest. The camp consists of 275 rustic cabins, structures, and shelters spread throughout 1,600 acres of wilderness. Located 12 miles north of Muskegon and an hour northwest of Grand Rapids, Blue Lake is within minutes of Lake Michigan beaches and parks.

Camp Philosophy
Blue Lake's primary goal is to motivate campers with two weeks of intensive instruction, sending them home with an incentive to pursue their art with new enthusiasm. A well balanced set of values -- maturity, citizenship, and appreciation of formal study -- are encouraged by all faculty and staff. Members of the Blue Lake staff strive to make the campers' stay meaningful by teaching them how to become good artists and citizens. Enthusiasm is contagious at Blue Lake as campers discover, learn, experience, progress, and succeed.

For All Support Staff Positions
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp seeks candidates for employment who are dependable, flexible, reliable, mature, and professional. The camp expects applicants to be available for work for the full summer season. Specific start and end dates vary by position, with the majority of positions running June – August. Blue Lake is a uniformed camp, and all support staff are provided with one free uniform shirt at the start of employment (additional uniform shirts available at a discounted price). While a few positions are part-time, most positions provide excellent hours for those willing to work some evenings and/or weekends.

The camp does not provide housing or transportation for support staff employees. Applicants should be able to provide their own reliable transportation to and from shifts. Candidates must be at least 18 years old by June 1st, 2018. Applicants under the age of 18 will not be considered for employment

Food Service
Cooks, Dishwashers, and Servers work in a professionally operated air-conditioned, large-volume food service facility. Applicants must be energetic and willing to work on a team with others. Hours vary depending on shifts and need. Previous food service a plus, but not necessary.

Housekeeping Staff work on small teams to maintain cleanliness of facilities throughout camp, including such tasks as: cleaning and disinfecting restrooms, shower facilities, and floors, washing windows, dusting, sweeping, and laundering. Full time hours available for full summer. Previous cleaning experience preferred but not necessary. Blue Lake will train. Must have valid driver’s license.

Production Staff
Production Staff work as a team to clean and maintain complex instructional sites and performance facilities throughout camp, including cleaning, moving equipment, helping with technical needs, and assisting patrons. Must have a current valid driver’s license and be willing to work some evenings and/or weekends.

Site Custodians
Site Custodians help to maintain outdoor instructional sites, sidewalks, and other camp areas by taking care of basic cleanliness (sweeping, dusting, refuse removal, etc). Additional tasks may be assigned. Must have a current valid driver’s license and be willing to work some evenings and/or weekends.

Camp Store
Store clerks handle sales in snack bar and/or souvenir store, help clean and maintain equipment and facility, and clean tables and grounds surrounding store area. Some flexibility in work hours. Previous retailing experience preferred.

Camp Bank
Bank Clerks assist with collecting and distributing camper monies as necessary, maintain bank card records, and balance bank records daily. Some other tasks may be assigned within camp store area. Previous office experience preferred.

Office Assistant
Office Assistants help to greet and direct guests, operate a multi-line switchboard, sort mail, and complete tasks using copy, fax, and folding machines. Applicants must have excellent communication and organizational skills, be willing to work evenings and weekends, and have an understanding of purpose, goals, and objectives of our organization. Previous experience with multi-line switchboard and in an office setting experience preferred.

Transportation assistants provide transportation (in camp mini-vans) for campers, staff, and faculty to travel depots within a 1-hour radius of the camp. Previous experience in the transportation field and current CDL required. Must have an exemplary driving record and be willing to work long hours on scheduled days.

Maintenance workers perform routine preventative maintenance of buildings, mechanical equipment, and utility systems, as well as major and minor repair of all buildings and equipment. Must have a current valid driver’s license and be willing to work some evenings and/or weekends.

Groundskeepers maintain camp properties by helping to prepare camp facilities for opening, daily refuse pickup, grounds work (leaf & brush removal), moving equipment, as well as repairing, cleaning, and maintaining sites and facilities as directed. Must have current valid driver’s license.

Landscaping assistants help with spring clean-up, basic yard work, plantings, and maintenance of planted areas throughout the campus. Hours are part-time and flexible. Previous experience preferred.

Audio Technicians
Audio Technicians work with Blue Lake Public Radio personnel to produce quality recordings of Blue Lake arts festival events and student performances. Must be willing to work evenings and weekends. Prior experience in recording and audio required.

Music Library
Music Librarians prepare music folders and teaching materials for campers, faculty, and staff throughout the summer. Experience in music required, and clerical or library experience preferred.

Camp Nurses
Work with the Health Lodge staff to provide a variety of health care services including basic first aid, medication management/ distribution, and evaluation and referral of camper’s for off-camp medical care. Nurses serve office hours daily and remain on-call (w/ cell phone) or emergencies. Commuter and residential positions available. Minimum Certification: Valid Registered Nurse License and Current BLS certification (or equivalent). Please contact Jessica Bryant at or 231-894-1966 x214 for Camp Nurse Application.

Conduct Policies
In an effort to provide our campers with a safe, pleasant, professional, and nurturing environment, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp has developed extensive regulations regarding proper and professional conduct. Employees are expected to support and follow these Blue Lake standards policies. All employees must sign a Code of Conduct upon receipt of their contract, and failure to comply with conduct policies is grounds for dismissal.

Uniform and Appearance Standards
Employees at Blue Lake are expected to demonstrate professionalism and good judgment at all times related to personal appearance. No matter where you work or what your title is, anytime you are in a public area at camp, you are “in the classroom” and around our campers. Your attitude, performance, and appearance are direct reflections on the quality of our program. Please review the following Uniform and Appearance Standards before submitting your application.

  • Employees are required to wear the Blue Lake uniform at all times when working. Employees are also expected to maintain a professional, neat, and clean personal appearance. Extreme piercings, hair styles, or hair colorings that are considered distracting, or contrary to serving as a role model for youth, are not permitted. Additionally, all tattoos must be discreetly and completely covered at all times.

  • Intentional body alteration or modification for the purpose of achieving a visible, physical effect that disfigures, deforms or similarly detracts from a professional image is prohibited. Examples include, but are not limited to: tattoos, brands, body piercing (other than traditional ear piercing), tongue piercing or splitting, tooth filing, earlobe expansion and disfiguring skin implants. Jewelry, spacers, retainers, or plugs are not permitted in body piercings while working.

If you are ever in doubt about the appropriateness of your appearance, please keep in mind that anything that could be considered distracting or not in the best interest of serving as a role model will not be permitted.

  1. Please mail your completed support staff application to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, care of Personnel Department at the address listed below, or bring it to the camp office between the hours of:
    8:00am and 4:30pm Monday - Friday.

    Mail Application To:
    Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
    c/o Support Staff Jobs
    300 E. Crystal Lake Rd.
    Twin Lake, MI 49457

  2. Upon receipt, your application will be processed through a state and national background check then distributed to the department supervisors for the area(s) in which you have expressed interest. Blue Lake will maintain your information on file, and the department supervisor will contact you to schedule an interview if an opening is available for a candidate with your skills.

    Please note that each area of work at Blue Lake varies in duties, hours, schedule, and rate of pay. Only the department supervisors are able to provide applicants with these details, which will be discussed during an interview.

For questions on the application procedure, please call 800-221-3796!