Oct 16, 2021

Intern at Retreat and Cultural Center in Blue Ridge Mountains

  • Heart Ridge
Intern General Labor Hospitality/House Keeping/Hotel Management Ministry, Music Ministry, Youth Mission Work

Job Description

We are looking for 3,6 and 9 month commitment for interns at our retreat center.  Heart Ridge Retreat and Cultural Center is located on the edge of the Blue Ridge mountains in South Carolina near the border of North Carolina.  It is located near many outdoor activities like paddling, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and cycling.  We attract people looking for places to stay to enjoy these activities.  We also offer places for parishes and other church groups to use the facilities for their own retreats.  Finally, we offer our own programs--retreats, conferences, and other outdoor-type activities.  

Now that we have continuous activity at the Retreat Center from travelers in our hostel to regular events, we are moving from just a summer intern program to a year-round, revolving intern program at Heart Ridge, meaning you can pick your length of stay and when you want to start and end.  If you decide to stay longer than your original plan, you'll simply put in a request to extend your time.  We want a consistent team of 6-8 individuals who will run the programs,  serve the guests, and manage the facilities at the retreat center. 

Our apostolate is evangelization through 1)hospitality,  2)spending time in nature., and 3)our educational/faith-based/cultural programs. 

We want to share a life together and build a community with a common goal.  We will provide room and some board.  Dinner will be provided most evenings so that we can share in the fellowship of a meal together.  Once a week we will also gather for a reflection or book study discussion.  We will work 8 hours on most days, but you will have one day off per week.  We will also ask everyone for an hour of adoration each week for the guests and retreatants.  

You will receive a weekly stipend.  

Work at the retreat center during the non-summer months includes:

  • Running the hostel, welcoming the travelers
  • Helping to plan and organize events
  • Hosting and monitoring the groups who are there on retreat
  • Cooking and serving the retreatants' meals
  • Maintaining the grounds (removing trees, weeding, raking, chopping wood, mulching, tending the gardens, etc.)
  • Simple maintenance like changing filters, basic plumbing, installing locks, light carpentry and painting
  • Cleaning rooms and spaces before and after retreats
  • Cleaning houses and cabins for guests staying at Heart Ridge
  • Developing other programs at the retreat center, such as our ecology program for elementary students,  hiking and kayak excursions, cultural performances, and more.  


Work at the retreat center during the summer months includes:

  • Planning and carrying out the activities of the summer family camps. Teaching some of the sessions to the kids, being involved in skits.
  • Lawn and garden work such as, mulching, planting, weeding, trail work, getting firewood.
  • Leading excursions like hikes, tubing.  
  • Assisting in cooking, cleaning, and serving food.
  • Cleaning services like changing sheets, cleaning bathrooms, preparing rooms
  • Sacristan, Worship music leader, accompanying the Priest
  •  Other daily maintenance, like signing out kayaks, stacking chairs, starting the bonfire, etc.

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