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COAL Associate






  • Minimum wage

  • Room and board

  • Vacation time

  • Training and certifications

  • Bachelor's or master's degree tuition-free at Spring Arbor University

Job Description

COAL stands for "Christian Operations and Leadership." The COAL Program is a ministry-centered, full-time, year-round, salaried position that includes room and board for Christian young adults. Each COAL Associate (CA) has the opportunity to progress through a 5-year training program (5 years not required; some do fewer) that covers the wide-range of responsibilities and certifications that encompass just about every area of Christian camp and retreat center operations that are valuable in all ministry and business contexts.

Training Includes:

Lifeguarding; high ropes; leading devotions and spiritual activities; using camp management software; audio/visual systems setup and operation; customer service; operation of tractors and machinery; budgeting; facilitation of teambuilding and a wide variety of recreation activities; recruiting; teaching school children about adventure, environmentalism, outdoor skills, and Michigan history; counseling; teaching in a nature center and handling animals; running business operations; and customer account management.


A successful CA will:

  • Love Jesus and be growing in their faith (Michindoh is a ministry, and CAs are trained in evangelism, discipling junior staff, leading devotions, etc.).

  • Be teachable (after all, it’s a training program).

  • Have a good work-ethic (we don’t micro-manage adults training to be leaders; leaders must be able to lead by example).

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