Work with Coldwater

Are you looking for a ministry opportunity and a place to serve? Check out Coldwater and consider serving at Mink Lake this summer. If you have a heart for people and want to work alongside people who love to serve, then consider investing in the Coldwater outdoor leadership ministry. We help young leaders mature through outdoor experiences. This could be your ministry this summer!

Wilderness Leader Intern (WLI)

Be a guide for young leaders in a dynamic outdoor ministry!

Discover and experience first-hand what it is to teach and lead in the wilderness classroom!

Wilderness Leader Internship is a summer immersion program for college aged leaders, focused on developing ministry capabilities as a Christian educator, mentor, and wilderness guide.

Interns who join our leadership team are equipped to bring about lasting change in wilderness course participants.

Selected interns will have all course fees covered (with exception of Wilderness First Responder Certification) and will receive a $1500 stipend following their field experiences. There are 6 funded Intern positions.

“The key to any reputable leadership training program is the LEADER providing it. Based on over 20 years of professional interaction and friendship with Kevin Sutton, I can attest to the integrity of his Christian character, his competency as a wilderness leader, and his holistic understanding of outdoor education and ministry. Without reservation, I recommend the Coldwater Wilderness Leader Intern Program!”
-Ken Kalisch, Associate Professor of Outdoor Education & Ministry Montreat College, Montreat, NC

Date: May 13-August 3
Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp, Minnesota
Compensation: $1500 + Room & Board

What will the Internship encompass?
Leaders will:

  • Participate in our 16-day Wilderness Leadership Expedition: our cornerstone leadership course for wilderness leaders
  • Receive significant opportunities to practice leadership and lead in our outdoor programs
  • Learn the various important roles of an outdoor leader in our Wilderness Instructor Training seminar
  • Engage in peer teaching, role playing & interaction involving wilderness skill instruction
  • Study the Biblical foundations of Christ-centered leadership.
  • Express a personal “lived theology” of leadership, with a focus on mentoring and discipleship
  • Receive training and practice in facilitating guided reflection
  • Participate in a healthy, vibrant Christian community at Mink Lake Wilderness Camp
  • Gain a Wilderness First Responder certification (valid for 3 years)
  • Includes room and board at Mink Lake for the duration of the program

The following paid seasonal staff positions are open for summer 2018:

Service Team Leader

Mentor high school students at Mink Lake in a ministry that serves people through hospitality, caring for the facility and hosting people at Mink Lake. Use service and adventure to engage your service team and make a huge impact on our summer ministry!

Food Service Coordinator

Love to cook and can organize people? Serve all of our programs with meals that everyone will look forward to!

Service Team Member (High School/Young Adult)

Service Team is a community service experience designed for high school students to integrate their faith and work with God’s restorative mission for the world. Students will participate in hands-on service and leadership opportunities rooted in the biblical ethic of care for self, others, and place. Service Team members will be mentored by Coldwater staff, and together will be part of the Coldwater summer ministry. Our goal is for each student to mature in his or her Christian faith. Students will have regular times of discussion, Bible-study, and practice in the spiritual disciplines. This program teaches a strong service-ethic and measurable employability skills. A week-long
wilderness canoe trip completes this unique summer of service.

The work you and your team do will include welcoming guest groups to Mink Lake Wilderness Camp, helping to serve meals, taking care of the lodge, & learning to care for and maintain our base camp.

Through a focus on service, our hope is for each student to encounter God in a fresh way, grow in appreciation for His creation, and see the value of the work of their hands.

Dates: June 12–August 4
Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp, Minnesota
Cost: $1,200 (funding options available)