Summersville Lake Retreat Staff Positions

We are always interested in meeting fun and energetic job applicants and often have seasonal, full-time, part-time, and specialty positions open.   Our typical positions include Reservationists, Housekeeping, Groundskeeping, Maintenance, Lighthouse Tour Guides, Gift Shop Staff, Boatyard Staff and Campground Hosts.

Our seasonal positions begin in April and run through October.   We offer training, employee discounts, staff shirts and a flexible, fun and always changing work environment.   Our busy days are typically on the weekends and holidays so you must be available during those times.   Must have a clean appearance and must like people, be courteous, outgoing and helpful to all of our guests.  Responsibilities vary with each position. 

You can check our Facebook page for any immediate openings or for more information contact our office between 9 am and 5 pm at 304-872-5975.

You can also send us your resume telling us what position you are interested in and let us know why you would like to be a part of the Summersville Lake Retreat Staff.  Drop it off or mail it to us at:

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

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

Summersville Lake Retreat Park and Campground Hosts 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 Hosts 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 develop lots of new friendships. One of the most important benefits that our hosts 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 day to day campground tasks such as helping with reservations, greeting guests, handing out information, answering the night phone, cleaning campsites, picking up litter, assisting in the office or with boat rentals, giving lighthouse tours, and informing the manager about potential problems.

Hosts are the heartbeat of our campgrounds and must have a good sense of humor, be courteous, outgoing and helpful to all of our guests. They also need to be physically capable of performing duties. Campground Hosts are expected to be observant for situations within the campground that require immediate attention by staff and/or outside emergency assistance. They 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 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.

Hosts provide their own RV lodging but are provided a premium campsite with full utility hookups, on-site transportation, and use of the Retreat’s tools and equipment. They also have access to all of our recreational amenities, are provided staff clothing, and receive discounts on all goods and services. Hosts are asked to work a minimum of 25 hours per week in exchange for their site and are paid for hours worked beyond that. It has not been uncommon for a Host couple to work 40-50 hours per week in the past. Hosts must be able to commit to stay for the season which is typically April 1 through October 31. On Duty hours will be mutually agreed between management and the host.


Summersville Lake Retreat – Groundskeeper ++

Summersville Lake Retreat & Lighthouse is a growing 57 acre scenic RV park and campgrounds with cabins, rental campers, boat and watercraft rentals, a lighthouse that guests can tour, and a gift shop.   We have been named the Best Campgrounds and Vacation rentals in West Virginia.   We have a wide variety of guests from local weekend campers to tourists from all over the country.    We host small and large scale events at our property including an annual Lighthouse Festival, Makers Market, and lots of community events including weddings and reunions.   We pride ourselves on keeping our property in excellent condition and treating our guests like they are family.    Our employees act like family, and we have a friendly and fun working environment.

This position is for groundskeeping but that covers a broad spectrum of things with a business that is diverse as ours.   The core job is ensuring that our property is kept beautiful for our current guests and ready for our next guests.   Duties include mowing, weed eating, raking leaves, pruning trees, fixing potholes, garbage duties, cleaning firepits, minor repairs, and similar tasks.   You will operate vehicles and equipment such as riding and push mowers, gas weed wackers, gas leaf blowers, a dump truck, 4×4’s, side by sides, etc.   We keep our property in excellent condition, so this role is a very important part of it.

Aside from the main duties there are other things we will ask you to do.   We rent boats and watercraft such as kayaks and canoes.  We hook up trailers to peoples cars and load kayaks on guests vehicles.      We have a maintenance team that deals with electrical, plumbing, light construction, and repairs.   You might be asked to assist with some of their duties from time to time.    We have housekeepers that clean the cabins, campers, and bathrooms that may ask for your assistance.    We give lighthouse tours and maintain a gift shop and you might need to give a tour or help move inventory into the store.   There is always something to do here, you won’t get bored.

This is considered a Part time and seasonal position that lasts from April through October.   Part time is at least 25 hours per week but typically expands to 35+ hours during our busy season of May through September.    For the right person this can easily turn into an all year Full Time position.

Skills you must have:

  • 21+ years old
  • Current Drivers License – and ability to drive at under 5mph on our property
  • Transportation to work.
  • Friendliness towards all guests – we smile, wave, and great everyone. We stop and talk to guests and ask them if they need anything.   Guests are our top priority.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds, bend over and pick up items from the ground, climb a 6 foot ladder.
  • Ability to operate various groundskeeping equipment or willingness to learn

Skills we would like you to have:

  • Independent thinking – if you see something that needs done please do it.
  • Area knowledge – lots of our guests are not from here and need directions to places to eat, visit, and sightsee.
  • Boating and Summersville Lake knowledge – if you are familiar with boats and the lake it will help but we can teach you.


  • $10.00 starting hourly pay – we will start at this rate and review your performance after 30 days for a possible increase.
  • Flexible schedule – we post our schedule 2 weeks in advance
  • Staff shirts provided
  • We buy lunch for the staff one day per week. We also provide a cash allowance for staff when we have special event weekends with food trucks.
  • Monthly get together cookout with our staff and their families.
  • Discounts on camping, cabins, boat and watercraft rentals, and store purchases

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