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The Firs Camps & Retreats


Be a part of our team

Be a part of our team!

Make an Impact !

Working at The Firs is far more than just a job. It’s living and working within a community of believers committed to serving God, our guests, and each other as we fulfill our mission.

If your skills and talents include a commitment to Christ and you are passionate about investing in people’s lives, The Firs may have a position for you!

Seasonal & Year-Round Positions

Summer is not the only time to work at The Firs. We have year-round facilities with a number of positions available during the school year. The Firs is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Application for Retreat Center

Click on image to view or download job application.

After downloading and completing the application, mail or email to The Firs:

Mailing Address:  4605 Cable St., Bellingham, WA 98229
Or email to: info@thefirs.org 

Doctrinal Statement & Covenant

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After downloading and signing the statement, mail or email to The Firs:

Mailing Address:  4605 Cable St., Bellingham, WA 98229
Or email to: info@thefirs.org 


If you still have questions after looking through this material on employment, you may either call 800-765-3477, ext. 226, or ask your question below.

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  1. The Firs serves the local church and community by drawing groups and individuals to a camp and retreat setting. The Firs exists for people to encounter Jesus and experience the love of God – this is our core mission.
  2.  From its beginning, The Firs has focused on developing and maintaining a ministry to God’s glory. The Firs emphasis has been to help people believe. This is done through instruction, creative activities and significant relationships.
  3. The Firs’ three facilities serve to support these efforts and provide a place for organizations and other ministries of similar purpose to offer programs of their own.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Tim.3:16-7; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 1 Cor. 2:13)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14)

We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection and His ascension to the right hand of the Father. We believe in His personal, visible return to earth in righteousness and glory to consummate His salvation and His judgment. (Jn. 1:1-2; Rom. 3:21-26; 1 Thess. 4:13-18)

We believe that, because of the fall of humanity with the resulting sinful state and subsequent separation from God, there is the necessity of new birth, in salvation by faith in Jesus Christ alone. (Rom. 3:23; 6:23; Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12)

We believe that God has called Christians to a life of sanctification through the Holy Spirit and to a life fully committed to the will of God in Christ. (1 Pet. 1:14-16; Titus 2:11-14)

We believe in the Christian church as the one universal body of Christ. Christ is the head of His church and calls God’s redeemed people to be set apart for His purposes in the world. (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-30; I Peter 1:9-10)

We believe in the institution of marriage defined in Scripture as the covenantal union between one man and one woman. We believe that the Christian standard is faithfulness within that marriage covenant and abstinence outside of it. (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:5-6; Eph. 5:31-33)

We believe that every person is created in the image of God, that human sexuality reflects that image in terms of intimate love, communication and fellowship. We believe that God created humankind as two distinct sexes, male and female. (Gen. 1:27; Matt. 19:4-6; Mk. 10:6-8)

Administration Positions

Dining Room Supervisor Position

Dining Room Supervisor Position

The employee in this position will assist the Retreat Center Food Service Director in meeting guest needs and is responsible for the coordination and supervision of all dining room activities.

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Guest Services Director

Guest Services Director

Job Title: Guest Service Director, Retreat Center

The Guest Service Director will meet, build relationships with group leaders, and guide them through the Retreat Center booking process…

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Camps & Programs Positions

The Retreat Center

Seasonal & Part-Time Jobs

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis for:

  • Dining room servers, dish room, kitchen prep, starting at age 15.
  • Cooking staff
  • Housekeeping

Summer Positions:

Applications accepted from January 1 (till positions filled) for the following:

  • Waterfront life guards and boat drivers, see details below:

Lifeguards and Boat Drivers

The Firs Retreat Center on Cable Street is hiring lifeguards and boat drivers for the Geneva Street waterfront.

Jobs begin in May on weekends, go daily through the summer, and end with weekends in September.

We are offering minimum wage (plus), day-time, summer positions, serving Fircreek Day Camp and the youth and families who come to the Retreat Center.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old, be current on their Lifeguard Certification or acquire it through the courses offered in local pools, and enjoy being outside on the water and serving children, youth, and families in a waterfront setting.

Application links can be found on this page. Call Kirk Potter at 360-733-6840 if you have questions.

Camp Firwood

For job information and application, click on one of the following links:

Camp Firwood Staff

Camp Firwood Counselor-in-Training

Fircreek Day Camp

For job information and application, click on the following link:

Fircreek Day Camp

After School Adventure (ASA)

For job information and application, click on the following link:

After School Adventure (ASA)

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have a skill you could make available to The Firs from time to time?

Are you interested in…

  • Carpentry, plumbing, electrical
  • Vehicle maintenance, engine repair
  • Painting, crafts
  • Food service
  • Groundskeeping, gardening, landscaping, lawn mowing
  • Office, mailing, registration help
  • Registration assistance (opening day, during the summer)
  • Housekeeping and turn-around help
  • Program help with kids’ programs (ASA)
  • Would you be interested in serving as a host for a Firs Guest Group or our Adult Retreat?

If you’d like to volunteer in any way at The Firs, please send an email to us at The Firs.

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether slave or free.”
Ephesians 6:7-8

The Firs Camps & Retreats : 4605 Cable Street,  Bellingham, WA 98229  •  Phone: 360-733-6840   Email The Firs

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