• Cabins with Red foliage-12x6
  • Festival to Long Point-12x6
  • Otis and Christmas Lighthouse-12x6
  • 12x6-Summersville Lighthouse Fireworks July 4th 2015 Resized


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Summersville Lake Retreat Staff Positions

maint-menWe are looking for energetic job applicants for Reservationists, Housekeeping, Lighthouse Tour Guides, Gift Shop Staff, Boatyard Staff and Campground Hosts for the 2019 Season.  

These positions begin in April; training provided; employee discount; Staff shirts supplied by Summersville Lake Retreat; Based on experience you can work 40 +/- hours per week.  Must be available every Sunday and all holidays. Must be 18 years of age or older.  Must have a clean appearance and must like people, be courteous, outgoing and helpful to all of our guests.

Responsibilities varies with each position.  For more information contact our office between 9 am and 5 pm at 304-872-5975.

Please send resume with job listing for the position that you are interested in and let us know why you would like to be a part of the Summersville Lake Retreat Staff and mail it to:

Summersville Lake Retreat
278 Summersville Lake Road  
Mount Nebo, WV  26679
Attention:Employment position

Thank you for your interest in wanting to become one of Summersville Lake Retreat Staff.  We look forward to hearing from you.


Park and Campground Host Position

host1Summersville Lake Retreat Park and Campground Host’s are ambassadors to our region.  Our Camp and Park Hosts experience living in West Virginia’s most beautiful and historic area, Summersville Lake and the Gauley River National Recreation Area.  Our Host’s can be individuals or teams such as a husband and wife.  The schedules of our hosts allow them ample time to enjoy recreational activities with friends and family members.  Hosts will have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and perhaps develop new friendships.  One of the most important benefits Host’s receive is a sense of satisfaction that comes in knowing you have helped make the camping experience more enjoyable for other campers.   They perform a variety of tasks such as greeting customers, handing out information, replacing restroom supplies, cleaning campsites, picking up litter and informing the manager about potential problems. 

Hosts will serve as official greeters and must like people, be courteous, outgoing and helpful to all of our guests.  Hosts also need to be physically capable of performing these duties.  Campground Hosts are also expected to be observant for situations within the campground that require immediate attention by staff and/or outside emergency assistance.  Hosts provide their own lodging and are provided a free campsite with utility hookups and WIFI.  This also provides a friendly presence in our campground.  The Manager will approve specific duty hours and assignments not to exceed 25 hours per week.  $9.50 an hour for hours worked over the 25 initial hours for the site.  We ask for at least a commitment from April 1 – October 31. 

Hosts need to become familiar with local points of interest and the location where local services can be obtained; e.g., fuel, lp, bait, groceries. Hosts will perform light maintenance work around the campground such as litter pick-up, sweeping and stocking supplies at the showerhouse, making emergency minor repairs when possible and various other duties.  Hosts will take no law enforcement measure other than being observant and advising users of unintentional infractions.  Flagrant violators will be reported to the manager who is responsible for the campground.  Hosts may be asked to serve as a witness for flagrant violators that have been observed.  Hosts will set an example by being model campers, practicing good housekeeping at all times, in and around the host site, and by observing all rules and regulations.  On Duty hours will be mutually agreed between the manager and the host.                                              

Responsibilities served in a variety of ways . . . . .

  • 1. Greet campers, answer questions and orient them to the park and region.
  • 2. Set example for others by keeping host site clean and neat.
  • 3. Be accessible to campers for comments or complaints.
  • 4. Understand and explain ~ not enforce ~ park rules and regulations.
  • 5. Help maintain campground ~ pick up litter, clean campsites after guests check out, replenish restroom supplies and assist in keeping the   showerhouse clean.
  • 6. Check windshields for passes to ensure park fees are paid.  Collect fees,  if office is closed.
  • 7. Contact Park Staff and other law enforcement personnel about emergencies.
  • 8. Be available after office is closed to assist campers to their sites, collect fees and maintain quiet hours for on-site managers.
  • 9. Help with the day to day campground operations; assisting in office, yard work, helping with small construction projects, etc.


  • Water/Electric/Sewage Hookup Campsite with WIFI
  • Use of recreational amenities
  • Staff shirt and Hat
  • Wages $9.50 after working 25 hours for your site

Boatyard/Grounds Staff Position

boat-safety-talkSummersville Lake Retreat is looking for Boatyard/Grounds Staff for the 2013 Season.  This position begins May 1st and extends through September 30th and is a Full-time Seasonal Position including all weekends and holidays.  The primary responsibility of the Boatyard position is to ensure the continued safe operation of our boat rental fleet here at the retreat.  From performing safety orientations with our rental clientele, to upkeep, and light maintenance duties on the fleet, the right person for this position will have a unique balance of conversational people skills, combined with a strong mechanical aptitude, and a desire to work outdoors.  Experience with small watercraft a plus but we are willing to train the right person.  Must be able to successfully complete the West Virginia Department of Natural Resource requirements for commercial watercraft rentals.  Onsite course offered to the successful canidates for this position.

Responsibilities served in a variety of ways . . . . .

  • Having a basic understanding of boat safety and be able to convey such knowledge to our boat rental Captains.
  • Be physically able to hook up boat trailers to customer vehicles, perform safety walkaround inspections, and boater safety orientations with the Captain.
  • Be able to identify minor mechanical marine issues, (i.e. flooded carburetor, weak battery, etc) and be able to assist a potentially stranded boat, if needed.
  • Be able to perform evening inspections on returning watercraft, preventive maintenance, and scheduled upkeep of watercraft in fleet.
  • Be able to safely operate commercial lawn equipment and assist in Groundskeeping/Maintenance Operations throughout campground and cabins, as needed.


  • Based on experience  40+/- hours
  • Use of recreational amenities
  • Staff Shirts and hat




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