Our mission is to connect children with the natural world by providing an extraordinarily fun and inspiring nature-immersion camping.

 Applications are OPEN for Spring and Summer 2023! 

Who We Hire
Working at camp requires some experience working with children or youth, eagerness to be a great role model, maturity in a group setting and a desire to explore the outdoors. Each role has specific qualifications, please see the job descriptions below. 

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 without regular use of electronics. Our facility uses fans, shade, and breezes to stay cool. We do not have air conditioning. The desire to participant 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.

Health and Safety 
Camper and staff health and safety are our highest priority. Staff receive training on guidelines and how to help keep everyone safe. Regarding Covid-19, we are following 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. Modifications may occur as we follow protocols continuing to place staff and camper safety as our highest priority. 

Application Process
Read the job descriptions listed and use the link below to apply online. All applicants will need a background check, interview and three professional references. 

Outdoor Girl Spring Break Camp (working with youth ages 12-15)

Outdoor Girl Camp Counselor 

Outdoor Girl Camp Director 

Conservation Corps Staff (working with youth ages 15-18): 

Conservation Corps Crew Leader 

Conservation Corps Project Coordinator 

Conservation Corps Director 

Nature Discovery Camp Staff (working with youth ages 9-15):

Nature Discovery Camp Counselor

Overall Camp Staff

Family Liaison 

Program Assistant 

Camp Nurse

Apply online! 

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

For 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 years they return.  

Spring staff: apply and submit your staff paperwork before February 1st to receive a $150 bonus!

Summer staff: apply and submit your staff paperwork before March 1st to receive a $150 bonus!