J Robinson Intensive Camps Job Openings

Open Position: Intensive Camps Staff


Influenced by J Robinson’s experience as an Army Ranger and coach at Oklahoma State, Iowa and Minnesota, our Intensive Camps are known as the most challenging and life-changing wrestling camps in the country. Our rigorous training model is operated on the principle that intense challenges coupled with extended periods of time bring about significant change. We provide a concentrated and structured environment that pushes athletes to their physical and mental limits. Through four workouts a day that include technique sessions, live wrestling, drilling, running, weight lifting, and conditioning, campers will be tested physically and mentally, and will learn what it means to work as an individual but be part of a team.
Our camps provide the tools to take on challenges brought on by wrestling competition and life. The tools we have identified create a disciplined, positive mindset that will lead to success on and off the mat. We continually hear from past campers and their families who say that the values instilled during camp have made a permanent impact on how the athletes approach their sport, as well as their life.
Our training philosophy teaches life skills within the context of wrestling. The J7 – Discipline, Dedication, Sacrifice, Accountability, Hard Work, Responsibility, Accountability, and Service – guides each activity at our Intensive Camps. We show wrestlers how to work harder than they ever thought possible, giving them the physical and mental tools to take on challenges brought on by wrestling competition and life. No other camp in the nation emphasizes the development of life skills as a key part of the curriculum. 


J Robinson Intensive Camps is a very fast-paced, responsibility-driven, and exciting atmosphere to be part of. You will be responsible for mentoring high school-aged (13-18 years old) wrestlers with various different mental and physical skill levels. You will be challenged to get the most effort out of each and every wrestler. Each intensive camp typically has anywhere from 150-300 athletes on-site, depending on the camp. Our goal is to provide a safe environment to help each wrestler reach their goals.
Our intensive camp schedule has remained relatively unchanged since the first intensive camp took place in 1978. In our 40th year, you will be required to uphold this schedule (below) to the same standard as the previous years’ staff members. On average, staff members will be scheduled for 3 out of the 4 training sessions per day, and will receive multiple days off throughout the camp season. Those who choose to work all four camps throughout the summer will have priority in the hiring process. 

6:30am Wake Up
6:45am - 7:45am Running and/or Weight Training
8:00am - 9:45am Breakfast and Rest
10:00am - 12:00pm Technique Sessions
12:15pm - 2:45pm Lunch and Rest
3:00pm - 5:00pm Hard Practice, Drilling, and Live Wrestling
5:15pm - 7:15pm Dinner and Rest
7:30pm - 8:00pm Mental Attitude, Motivation, Life Skills, and Visualization Training
8:00pm - 9:45pm Technique Review, Running or Weight Training
11:00pm Lights Out

Application Requirements

Multiple wrestling staff leaders and counselors will be needed and hired. All applicants will be considered for the positions of Group Leader, Assistant Group Leader, Lead Counselor, and Counselor and compensated accordingly. Your position will be determined by the Director of Wrestling Operations based upon your experiences as outlined in your application. These positions are ideal for current college student-athletes seeking internship credit or summer work, recent college graduates, or former collegiate wrestlers looking for reliable summer work. Please note that any job offers are conditional and contingent upon successful clearance of all background checks and other pre-employment requirements. The requirements are as follows:

• Current or former collegiate wrestler
• Extensive knowledge of wrestling technique and training
• Strong communication and organizational skills
• Proven history of responsibility, strong work ethic, and positive attitude
• Works well with a variety of people (campers, athletic trainers, camp staff, coaches, nurses, hospital staff, etc.) and displays team-player attitude
• Genuine enjoyment of teaching and working with aspiring young wrestlers
• Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to drive a 15 passenger van
*Preference will be given to applicants with the ability to work all 4 camps; although, additional staff may be considered for region-specific camps on a case-by-case basis (see Camp Locations/Dates).

Job Responsibilities

Job responsibilities are, but not limited to, the following:
• Teaching wrestling techniques, skills, and positions
• Leading running, weight lifting, and wrestling sessions as assigned
o Active participation in each assigned session is required
• Recording camper points and attendance
• Camp check-in and check-out duties
• Taking roll call
• Assisting with managing the camp store
• Assisting group leaders and camp directors when asked
• Bed checks and wake-ups
• Communicating with JRIC Headquarters, staff, parents, athletic trainers and on-site university personnel 
• Supervision of campers during non-session hours and recreation sessions
• Enforcing camp rules during and between sessions
• All other duties as assigned by camp directors and group leaders


This internship/job is exceptional in that all expenses are covered – including housing, meals (except when traveling between camps), and transportation. Staff members are housed in the same university residence halls that the campers utilize. Staff also eat in the college cafeteria alongside the campers. Company vehicles are used to transport staff members between camps. 
This is a weekly paid position, not hourly. Staff will be hired as independent contractors, and weekly pay will be communicated during the hiring process. 

Camp Locations/Dates

• 10-Day Iowa Intensive Camp
o Waldorf University
o Forest City, IA
o June 8 – 17, 2017

• 14-Day Pennsylvania Intensive Camp
o Edinboro University
o Edinboro, PA
o June 18 – July 1, 2017

• 28-Day Wisconsin Intensive Camp
o University of Wisconsin – River Falls
o River Falls, WI
o July 1 – 28, 2017

• 14-Day Oregon Intensive Camp
o Eastern Oregon University
o La Grande, OR
o July 30 – August 12, 2017


• Weekly paychecks
• Travel to and from each camp location (except to first camp)
• Housing and dining at all camp locations
• Opportunity to travel and see the country
• Great opportunity for hands-on experience
• Daily staff practices and training opportunities
• Access to campus training facilities
• Scheduled days off
• Camp trip after the summer’s completion
• Uniform provided
• Discount on camp store food and merchandise
• Networking
• Building a professional resume

Please email your resume and cover letter stating why you are qualified to work for J Robinson Intensive Camps, along with three references to Garret Garness, Director of Wrestling Operations, at with the subject line: JROB Staff 2017.

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