Employment 2017-09-19T18:39:02+00:00

Employment at the Skelton 4-H Center

The Skelton 4-H Center employs approximately fifteen (15) full time staff as well as approximately thirty-five (35) part time staff throughout the year. Typically, departments include Administration, Programs, Food Service, Housekeeping, Conferencing, and Buildings & Grounds. Check this site often for position vacancies. Please note application instructions will be included with all job postings.

Summer Program Staff

Approximately 21 summer staff are hired annually to conduct4-H Camp and 4-H Center Specialty Camps (i.e. MDA Kids Camp, Carilion Family Camp, Ruritan National Youth Conference). Typically 4-H Center summer staff have completed at least one (1) year of college, have experience working with youth, and/or experience with 4-H or other camping programs. Summer staff must be at least 18 years old.

Summer staff positions include (but are not limited to): Staff Coordinator, Camp Coordinator, Horsemanship, Kayaking, Canoeing, Archery, Riflery, Climbing, Challenge Course, Performing Arts, Computer Science, Multimedia, Small Animal Science, Robotics, Outdoor Adventures, Beginning and Advanced Swimming, Camp Medics, etc.

Applications change yearly and will be available online in September.

For more information please contact the Summer Program Coordinator (540.721.2759, x. 268).

Outdoor Education Instructors

Outdoor Education programs are offered to public and private schools as well as other youth organizations throughout the spring, fall, and winter seasons. Seasonal instructors are hired to staff these programs, teaching a wide variety of curriculum in the areas of environmental education, team-building and adventure education, character education, and recreational activities. Training is provided. Preference is given to those with documented experience. For more information or to apply, please contact the Outdoor Education Coordinator (540.721.2759, x. 253)


Internships are offered each season and are focused on the chosen field of the Intern (Outdoor Education, Camp, Adventure Programming, Adult Programming, etc.) as well as requirements set forth by the student’s educational institution. Training and experience will be offered in all areas of program and facility administration to enhance the Intern’s experience and marketability post-graduation. A special project will be required of all Interns, to be determined by the intern and Intern Supervisor. Students seeking an internship as a requirement for their undergraduate degrees are encouraged to contact the Program Director (540.721.2759, x. 254) for more information.

Program Staff

The Program Staff position at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center is open each fall and spring and is a position for up and coming young camping professionals. Program Staff serve as Outdoor Education staff, points of contact for guest groups and Road Scholar attendees, and they work in every department including dining services, conferencing, housekeeping, and maintenance. No job is too difficult for the versatile members of this team! Ideal candidates have multiple camp-related certificates (ropes, lifeguarding, environmental education, EMT, WFR, canoe/kayak instruction, Leave No Trace, etc.) and a willingness to learn and do every job on campus. Benefits include room and board throughout the duration of the contract, flexible scheduling, paid training, and leaving the program with a bolstered resume and countless marketable skills. Student schedules can be accommodated. If this sounds like you, please contact the Program Director (540.721.2759, x. 254) to discuss this opportunity.

Adult Education

Adult programs are offered from August-June and feature a variety of interests and course lengths. Day courses in painting, drawing, photography, cooking, computers, antiquing and more are offered. Weeklong courses held at the 4-H Center are offered through the Road Scholar program and provide engaging educational courses for adults at affordable prices! Adult Program Instructors are always needed to boost the variety of programs we can offer. If you are interested in instructing for our Adult programs please contact the Adult Program Coordinator (540.721.2759, x. 264)

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