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  Name Title Email Address Ext
Anita Whitmire Boan Housekeeping Manager 2831 
Barbara Panetta Reservations Associate 2814 
Barry Phillips Director of Food Service 2833 
Chris Lynn Adult Conferences Program Director 2818 
Clint DeWitt Environmental Projects Manager 2823 
Connie Holliday Director of Group Sales 2808 
David Schnitzer Camp Kanuga Director 2840 
Eden Lewis Guest Period Program Director 2817 
Eric George Reservations Manager 2809 
Gary Giniat Vice President of Advancement 2816 
Hayden Hawkins Assistant Director of Event & Guest Services 2829 
Jimmy Haden Vice President of Hospitality and Sales 2810 
Kate Bakko Reservations Associate 2811 
Katherine Parnell Camp Bob Program Director 2836 
Kevin Manion Resident Apprentice Program Coordinator 2813 
Kim Moree Manager of Board Relations 2806 
Laura Moushey Human Resources Director 2807 
Leslie Hartley Communications Writer 2822 
Marcella Thompson Vice President of Finance 2803 
Mark C. Upright J.D., M.B.A. Chief Operating Officer 2804 
Meghan Hull Director of Mountain Trail Outdoor School 2839 
Ricky Varnadore Vice President of Property 2834 
Sandy McKinney Reservations Associate 2815 
Sara Christensen Visual Communications Specialist 2825 
Stacie Loeffler Advancement Associate 2734 
Stan Hubbard President 2805 

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Committed to the principles of Equal Opportunity, Kanuga accepts employment applications without regard to race, color, gender, or national origin.


Full-time Employment


The ideal candidate is an experienced leader who is comfortable with the role of externally representing the organization. Superlative leadership, interpersonal, fundraising and strategic planning skills are essential. Knowledge of the Episcopal Church and it constituencies, similarly complex professional organizations as well as previous interaction and experience with the Kanuga community is highly valued. The President will bring a collaborative spirit, energy and enthusiasm, high emotional intelligence, listening and communication skills and quiet confidence.  For additional details, please review this Leadership Profile.

For potential consideration or to suggest a prospect, please email or call John Sparrow or Laura DiBacco at 404-262-7392.


Kanuga Conferences has an opening for the Event and Guest Services Manager. Qualified candidates must have a background in hospitality management, customer service and event management software. Seeking a leader to manage the day-to-day operations of the department offering exceptional service and hospitality to its external and internal customers. A knowledge of food and beverage, audio/visual technology is a plus. Bachelor's degree required. Year-round, full-time with benefits package and pension. Email résumé, salary requirements and cover letter to See role profile for more details.


Kanuga Conferences has an immediate opening for a Marketing & Communications Specialist. The ideal candidate must have a background in writing and design for both digital and print. Social media experience preferred. Bachelor's degree required. Year-round, full-time position with generous benefits package and pension. Email résumé, salary requirements and cover letter to See role profile for additional job details.


Kanuga Conferences has an opening in their growing Human Resources (HR) department. The full time Payroll and Benefits Specialist will implement electronic HR systems including payroll and benefits administration, HR management programs, and compliance with applicable State and Federal laws, including the Affordable Care Act. This position is responsible for the processing of payroll and benefit accrual, ensuring the accuracy of this information. They will also assist new hires by providing an orientation to the facility’s payroll and benefits policies and procedures. Year-round, full-time position with generous benefits package and pension. Experience with ADP Workforce Now a plus. For additional details, please review the Payroll and Benefits Specialist role profile. To be considered, please email your cover letter, salary requirements and résumé to


Kanuga Conferences is seeking a year-round, full-time staff member in our grounds department. Current Duties include: grass mowing, trimming, and edging. Trimming of trees and shrubbery. Daily trash removal. Previous experience or similar preferred. Position does include full benefits package including medical, dental, STD, LTD, Life and Pension. Weekend and holiday work may be required. Submit résumé or application to or apply in person at Kanuga's main office, 130 Kanuga Chapel Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28739.


Part-time Employment


Kanuga is seeking positive thinking, self-motivated individuals in the housekeeping department. We currently have year-round, part-time positions available. Valid NC driver's license and background check required. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Some weekend work required. Kanuga is a drug-free work environment.

Please apply to or apply in person at Kanuga's main office, 130 Kanuga Chapel Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28739.


Kanuga seeks an Event & Guest Services Support Staff person to provide event set up and breakdown, bartending, a/v support, and superior guest satisfaction to a variety of family, religious, and business groups. The Event & Guest Services Support Staff person will work closely with the Assistant Directors and Director of Event & Guest Services to offer exceptional service and hospitality to its external and internal customers and assist in the accountability for revenue and expense budgets and accurate invoicing of event groups.

Valid NC driver's license and background check required. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Some weekend work required. Kanuga is a drug free work environment.

Please complete application and return to or apply in person at Kanuga's main office, 130 Kanuga Chapel Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28739.


Kanuga's food service partner, Sodexo, is currently hiring staff to serve in Kanuga's Food Service's department. To apply, click here, and use the reference codes below in the application process.

  • Utility Worker/Dish Crew: # 2016-04429

  • Wait Staff: # 2016-04428


Mountain Trail Outdoor School

Kanuga's Mountain Trail Outdoor School hires instructors for the fall, winter and spring. MTOS offers day, multi-day or weeklong programs to school groups, youth groups, clubs, businesses, and other organizations. With customized curriculums to meet the goals of each group, instructors lead natural science study, community building activities and opportunities for participants to increase their self confidence through adventure based activities.


Resident Apprentice Program

Kanuga Conferences, Inc. is devoted to building up the next generation of service leaders as they are vital to our community and our future. Consequently, we have created the Resident Apprentice Program designed to engage young adults into our rich history and business practices. The program gives young adults an opportunity to develop skills and habits that lead to personal and professional success. This is achieved through hands-on work experience, learning and development workshops, and job shadowing within a supportive community setting. The ideal apprentice is eager to learn, hardworking, community minded, and flexible. Candidates with strong references and experience working within their community will be strongly considered.

The Apprentice may apply to work either within the Guest Services or Housekeeping department. Related work experience or education in one of those areas is preferred. This year-round opportunity provides room and partial board along with an hourly wage. Please submit your résumé and cover letter to Interviews will begin the first week in February.

View the full role profile for Guest Services or Housekeeping for more information on specific requirements. See a full detailed outline of the program here.


Summer Seasonal Employment


The Retail Associate at Kanuga is responsible for ensuring our guests have a positive shopping experience. The Associate must actively strive to create a customer-focused shopping environment. The Associate greets and responds to all customers in a friendly manner, ensures proper merchandise presentation, operates the cash register in accordance with policies and procedures, while maintaining a clean and organized work area at all times. Kanuga has multiple retail location on campus and the Associate may be scheduled at any one, depending on the need. Weekend and holiday work required. Must be able to lift 25 lbs. or more. Dates needed: June 6–September 5 (Labor Day)

Submit résumé or application to or apply in person at Kanuga's main office, 130 Kanuga Chapel Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28739.


The waterfront staff oversees the waterfront to ensure the safety of all guests and program participants.  The staff is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness and appearance of all areas in and around the waterfront. He/She is also accountable for knowing and properly executing all aquatic policies, procedures and duties.    Positions available are: Waterfront Director and Assistant, Head Lifeguard and Lifeguards.  Must be at least 16 years of age.

Other qualifications:

  • American Red Cross is accepted for hire.
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer
  • Standard First Aid
  • Automated External Defibrillation ~ AED
  • Emergency Oxygen Administration ~ O2 is encouraged
  • Remain alert without lapses in consciousness for extended periods of time.
  • Physically perform all necessary rescue and survival skills.
  • Swim 500 yards, tread water for two minutes, and perform shallow front dives, head and feet-first surface dives.
  • Lift 50+ lbs. from the floor and 200+ lbs. in rescue situations.

For further details or to apply, please visit:


The Summer Garden Assistant teams with Kanuga’s Environmental Projects Manager to manage the Foster Educational Garden and ensure a safe, well groomed, and well facilitated educational experience for guests from Children’s Programs, Summer Guest Period, Camp Bob, and Camp Kanuga.  The Foster Educational Garden is an education based organic garden designed to teach and empower guests to grow their own food, make wise choices when nutrition is concerned, and to demonstrate organic / sustainable practices in agriculture.


  • Weekly Salary
  • Paid Training
  • Room and Board provided
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Access to 1,400 acres of property in off time
  • Work in a dynamic and exciting environment with a wide variety of clientele

Dates: June 6 – August 20, 2016

Submit résumé or application to or apply in person at Kanuga's main office, 130 Kanuga Chapel Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28739.


The Summer Adventure Coordinator teams with Kanuga’ s Environmental Projects Manager and Mountain Trail Outdoor School Assistant Director to provide training and supervision to the Camp Kanuga, Camp Bob and Kanuga Conference Center adventure teams. Summer adventure programming includes utilization of two dynamic high ropes courses, one static ropes course with Giant Swing, a climbing tower, bouldering wall and a low ropes course.   Work a flexible 5 day work week, may include weekend time and evenings.

  • June 1 – August 19, 2016 (12 Weeks)
  • Preferable 21 years of age, two years of college/university complete
  • Current CPR and first aid certifications, Wilderness First Responder preferred
  • Room & board available
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Access to 1,400 acres of property in off time
  • Work in a dynamic and exciting environment with a wide variety of clientele

Submit résumé or application to or apply in person at Kanuga's main office, 130 Kanuga Chapel Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28739.

Camp Kanuga is a traditional Christian summer camp for boys and girls ages 7-17. Activities include backpacking, hiking, canoeing, swimming, adventure course, climbing tower, rock climbing, creative dramatics, art, music and much more! Counselors must be 18 years old and Junior Counselors must be 17. Experience working with children and in the outdoors preferred. Salary, room and board, bonus upon completion.

For Trailblazers (teen expedition program) instructors must be 19 or older with some experience. Lead instructors must be 21 or older with experience leading extended backpacking trips and certified WFR or above.

Click here to apply for Camp Kanuga.

Camp Bob is looking for positive role models who have a strong desire to work with a diverse population of children in the outdoors. The summer begins with two weeks of staff training, followed by 10 weeks of fast-paced camping sessions. Positions are available for counselors, head counselors, nurses and a community coordinator.

Click here to apply for Camp Bob.

Conference Center Summer Staff

Every summer, Kanuga hires temporary staff to fulfill a wide variety of job opportunities at the conference center. It is possible to work from May through September; most positions are for the summer months. Staff are housed in separate men’s and women’s dormitories and receive room and board as part of their pay.

Beginning in mid-June and running through mid-August. The Conference Center Summer Staff Department is seeking leadership positions in the following areas:

The Nursery Director will supervise and train a staff of at least three assistants; prepare a safe environment for infants and toddlers; keep the nursery clean and well stocked with the necessary supplies; and be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating daily activities that are developmentally appropriate for infants and toddlers, which enhances the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of children.

The Youth Program Director will develop and direct programs for youth that emphasize team building, group dynamics and exploration of our natural world through such activities as day hikes and cooperation games. They are responsible for supporting the permanent, on-site Director with the leadership of camp. The Youth Program Director will perform daily camp administrative tasks such as creating weekly staff and camper schedules and maintaining the daily flow of camp logistics. They will implement all established camp policies and procedures to ensure the health and welfare of campers and report any concerns to the on-site Director. Experience in rock climbing skills will enhance applications. Psychology or education majors are encouraged to apply.

The Arts & Crafts Director is responsible for planning and leading the Arts & Crafts program during camp sessions. They will organize and lead the Arts & Crafts program for ages 3-18, including tie-dying, painting, set building, take-home crafts, etc. The director is expected to help in the general program for the children, as well as facilitate tie-dying for all youth programs and adult tie-dye. Experience in arts & crafts is a must. Elementary education and art majors are encouraged to apply.

The Creative Dramatics Director is responsible for producing and directing Friday night's Kanuga Follies during Summer Guest Period; working with all age groups; and assisting with props, costumes, music, etc. Theater and drama majors are encouraged to apply. Interns welcome.

Click here to apply for conference center summer staff. We are actively interviewing at this time.

Download a general Kanuga job application.