Could this be your best summer yet?

Summers at SOS are long, hot, and totally exhausting. Yet, they are also life changing, best-ever, “remember when?!” kind of summers.

Every summer we invite a crew of 50 college-age men and women who are hungry for an opportunity to serve and grow in and engage the Gospel in a unique, hands-on, all-in, deep-in-community way.

Come as you are, but know you’ll leave changed. As you give your all to the Kingdom-building, Creation-reconciling, God-honoring work SOS has been called to, know that you will be called to and coached in the life-giving and life-refining rhythms of personal and communal discipleship.

Led closely by our Full Time Staff, our Summer Staff family will welcome nearly 1,750 summer campers to serve with us in Memphis. We’ll have the opportunity to partner with over 30 neighbors to provide critical home repair, build relationships, and celebrate and proclaim Jesus Christ.

Will you join us?

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What will you gain from this commitment?

God has consistently used SOS to change the lives of those of us who spend a summer (or more!) on staff. We trust and pray He will continue to use SOS to this end.

That can look like a lot of things: a more intimate relationship with Christ, growth in Bible literacy and fluency, practice in servant leadership, greater devotion to loving and serving and welcoming the marginalized, mentoring from boots-on-the-ground Gospel practitioners, intense relational and professional experience and skills from a unique, dynamic work environment that will serve you in your career, your relationships, and your care of your neighbor you wherever you may go.

What can you expect on Summer Staff?

While the roles vary, to be a part of our Summer Staff is to be a part of the magic it takes to host 7 weeks of summer camp. Most staffers spend their work days out in the neighborhood: coaching campers, leading roof replacement projects (no experience necessary! really!), seeking to learn together and from others, slathered in sunscreen, and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ all the while!

As the Summer Staff coaches and invests in campers week to week, the SOS Full-Time Staff is all in to coach and invest in the Summer Staff family. It’s a job we hold dearly and take seriously. You can expect to be seen and cared for in this place as we practice living missionally together for ten weeks.


What’s the Summer schedule?

The staff contract* is from May 21, 2020 to July 23, 2020.

The summer includes seven weeks of camp and staff training and closing weeks. All staff is off July 3 - 4, 2020.

Due to the nature of our work, staff is strongly discouraged from missing any days of work during this 9 week period. All staff has time off on Wednesday evenings and Fridays from 10pm until Sunday at 1pm.

*Start dates vary for returners (May 20, 2020), support staff (May 18, 2020), and off-site staff (May 25, 2020).

Are these paid positions?

Yes! Summer Staffers are paid approximately $250/week.

Room and board is provided.

What positions does SOS hire?

Team LeaderSOS Binghampton [21 positions] & SOS114 [8 positions]
A team leader is basically the SOS version of a camp counselor. They work to guide groups of students each week and develop a relationship with a homeowner partner for the summer. No construction experience necessary. Plan to spend most of your days outside and on a roof!

Construction ManagerBing [7] & SOS114 [2]
Construction Managers oversee the construction progress of 3-4 SOS worksites (each led by a Team Leader) under the supervision of our Full-Time Staff. Experience in construction or related field of study (engineers!) is preferred.

RunnerBing [4]
The soul of the SOS shop! Runners are supervised by the Shop Manager. They maintain the shop and make material runs to our worksites. Runners work alongside a team of local high school students.

Shop ManagerBing [1]
The Shop Manager works in direct communication with the Construction Director and Construction Managers. The Shop Manager is the mediator between the shop and all SOS construction projects, supervising and managing runners each day. Post-college work and management skills/experience are preferred.

Photographer & VideographerBing [1] & SOS114 [1]
Behind the camera and making chapel videos to build camp culture and ensure memories last. Part of the support staff team. A/V & video editing experience are preferred.

Volunteer/Office CoordinatorBing [1]
Keeper of behind the scenes details. Helps in the office, a smiling face/email for volunteers. Part of the support staff team. Detail oriented individuals with a passion for organization are preferred.

Kitchen ManagerBing [1]
Our kitchen manager works under and alongside the kitchen director to make sure everyone at SOS is well fed each week. Their duties include planning, ordering food and kitchen supplies each week, and preparing meals each day. Part of the support staff team. Detail oriented individuals with a passion for organization are preferred.

Camp CoordinatorsBing [2] & SOS114 [2]
A Camp Coordinator is an all-star returner who wears many hats. Camp Coordinators are tasked with unique and important leadership opportunities within SOS camps. They will communicate with youth leaders and volunteers each week, handle many of the weekly details of operating camp, and help be a connection point between the Full-Time Staff and Summer Staff. This position carries a great deal of tradition, legacy, and responsibility. Camp Coordinators are on the support staff team.

“Working here completely changed my life’s course. My view of God, the church, and how God views justice and righteousness was drastically altered."
Summer Staffer, 2018