Work at McDowell

"If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life." - Marc Anthony

We're glad you're interested in working at Wonderful Wonderful Camp McDowell! Click the buttons below to see available jobs for Summer Camp, the Environmental Center, or the Farm School. Any other job openings will be listed on this page.

Please note: Before any final hiring decisions are made, background checks are required. Also, an online children's safeguarding course is required of anyone working with children.

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Summer Camp Abilities Coordinator

Camp McDowell is looking for a positive, self-starting, and supportive team member to come live, work, and thrive in the beauty of God’s backyard! This position will be "on the ground" at all Bethany Summer Camp Sessions, attending all staff meetings, most meals, and events relating to summer camp. You will implement logistics and registration for our summer camp ministries and annual retreats. ​Working in communication with and support of the Summer Camp Director you will assist in overseeing seasonal summer staff, CITs and volunteers. In addition, you will function as a team with on-site responsibilities in all summer camps and retreats events.

Qualified applicants shall email all three items below in PDF format to Catherine Poellnitz, Summer Camp Director, at

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three professional references
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Head Naturalist 

The McDowell Environmental Center (MEC) is hiring a full-time Head Naturalist to join our team! We are looking for someone who is eager to share their love and knowledge of southeastern flora and fauna with the staff and guests of Camp McDowell. Come help us share our 1,140 acres of forests, streams, waterfalls, and canyons in northwest Alabama with groups of students from all over the Southeast. Students of the McDowell Environmental Center come from a variety of backgrounds and visit our Center for three-day programs. These students are mostly 3rd-8th grade students.

To apply, send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Meredith Donaldson, MEC Director, at

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Conference Center Intern (Seasonal)

Come gain experience in group organization and hospitality management in God’s Backyard! The Conference and Retreat Center staff play a critical role in the Camp McDowell guest experience. As a representative of McDowell to all Conference and Retreat Center (CRC) groups, you must possess strong verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills. You are expected to be available for guests throughout their stay as well as prepared to solve problems both proactively and reactively, with a joyful spirit. Email your resume to

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Kitchen Assistant - Year Round Position

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Herman Fellowship

This four-week fellowship is an opportunity for learning and living experiences of Christian community in an Episcopal summer camp context.

Fellows serve as lead cabin counselors during Special Session, a weeklong summer camp for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities staffed by teenage and young adult staff members, and as cabin counselors at Bethany’s Kids, an inclusion summer camp for children of all abilities from 4th-8th grade.

  • Location: Camp McDowell, Nauvoo, Alabama
  • Application Deadline: Fellows will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a deadline of March 15 for priority consideration.
  • Stipend: $1200 + lodging and meals. Travel costs to get to Alabama covered for out-of-state fellows.


Camp McDowell does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.