Four El Ranchito staff wearing green t-shirts.
Camp El Ranchito staff.

Who We Hire

Working at Camp El Ranchito requires some experience working with children or youth, eagerness to be a great role model and build a respectful community, maturity in a group setting, and a desire to explore the outdoors.

Life at Camp

El Ranchito is a residential nature camp modeling sustainability and community at the artfully designed and off-grid Campsite at Shield Ranch. Staff live in screened shelters and are without regular use of electronics. Our facility uses fans, shade, and breezes to stay cool. We do not have air conditioning. The desire to participate in a shared community is a must!

Residency includes all meals, board and activities during staff training and the camp session. Staff have designated off and refresh time. 

Interior of the sleeping shelters with plaid blanket on sleeping cot and backpack and boots on floor.
Sleeping shelter at the Campsite at Shield Ranch. Photo: Leonid Furmansky.

Health and Safety

Camper and staff health and safety are our highest priority. Staff receive safety guidelines and training. We follow Covid-19 recommendations and information from the Centers for Disease Control, American Camp Association, the Texas Department of State Health Services, as well as our medical director and camp nurse. Staff are required to have a Covid-19 vaccination.

2024 Spring and Summer Job Openings

Early Commitment Bonus Deadline is March 1, 2024 (access job description for details).

Outdoor Girl Camp Director (pdf)

Outdoor Girl Camp Counselor (pdf)

Nature Discovery Camp Director (pdf)

Nature Discovery Camp Counselor (pdf)

Conservation Corps Camp Director (pdf)

Conservation Corps Project Coordinator (pdf)

Conservation Corps Crew Leader (pdf)

Camp Nurse (pdf)

Program Assistant (pdf)

Line Cook (pdf)

Application Process

All applicants will complete a background check and interview and provide three references.  

For new applicants, use the New Staff Application. “Create a New Account” to begin the application.  

For returning applicants who have worked at El Ranchito within the past three years, you can use the Returning Staff Application. “Create a New Account” (even if you’re a returning staff, we are using a new application system). Returning staff receive a 10% raise their first year returning to the same role, and 5% the next year they return.   


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