Staff & Employment
Employment for Summer 2020
If you are interested in becoming a Youth Camps Counselor for this upcoming summer, please review the counselor job description and application procedure.
The Camp Director ensures a safe, fun and rewarding summer camp experience for the youth of our community and oversees all curriculum, risk management, personnel and budgeting operations.
Natalie Hiller-Claridge, Senior Assistant Director, Programs and Development
Natalie is a 16-year employee of Campus Recreation management, who works in the program areas of intramural sports, special events and Youth Camps. She has five years of experience as a Grizzly Soccer Camp counselor and two years as assistant director of Grizzly Soccer Camp. As a professional, she is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles through offering quality recreational opportunities for our community. At home Natalie is all about her family, and she takes every opportunity she can to get her seven-year-old daughter and five-year-old son out recreating.
"Creating the Campus Rec Youth Camps has been a highlight of my professional career. Watching doors open to the youth of the Missoula community as well as providing valuable professional experience to the counselors has been a true joy and become a passion of mine. I have seen both the campers and counselors gain valuable transferable skills to take out in the world. For the counselors their experiences at camp have proven to supplement the quality education they are receiving at the University of Montana and other Universities."
Assistant directors create the day-to-day camp curriculum, oversee counselors and ensure camp policies and risk management procedures are followed properly.
Taylor is a senior at UM majoring in health enhancement. He hopes to become a P. E. teacher and a coach for younger students to help encourage them to live healthy and active lifestyles. He has lived in Montana since third grade and never plans on leaving. A sports and outdoors enthusiast all of his life, he has been involved in basketball, football, track and field and softball and also helped coach little guy wrestling. He enjoys cooking, hiking and camping along with everything in between. Taylor has been married for three years and has a beautiful 7-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. In his free time he likes to play with his kids, read and watch sports. He truly enjoys the opportunity to work with kids during the summer as well as helping them grow and learn more about themselves. The 2019 camp season will mark Taylor's fourth year with Campus Rec Youth Camps and his third as an assistant director.
Conor Powers is a fourth-generation Grizzly from Butte, Montana, and is going into his senior year in communicative sciences and disorders. He has a love of many sports and activities, including soccer, basketball, football, baseball, track, golf, mountain biking and drumming. He played soccer before graduating from Butte High School, and after graduating he helped coach three different soccer teams before going to school in Missoula. He loves to be around kids and help them learn and grow and is excited to make this a very fun summer for everyone involved. This will be Conor's second year working at Youth Camps.
Dru is from the small town of Augusta, Montana, and is majoring in geography with a focus on water science and mountain studies. He grew up looking at the mountains every day, so being outdoors has always been an important part of his life. He started playing sports at a very young age and has always had a passion for all sports. Music is also a very important part of his life, and he continues to be involved in music at the University of Montana. Summer camps as a kid were something Dru looked forward to every summer, and now he's happy that he can give that experience back to a new generation.
Alex will be a junior at the University in the fall and is majoring in mathematics education. In the future, she plans to become a math teacher and a basketball coach. In pursuit of these plans, she currently tutors math students when she can and is the Freshman girls basketball coach at Hellgate High School. Alex has loved sports and other recreational activities since she was young. Alex grew up in Montana, where she spent summers playing outside, going to the lake, hiking, and attending summer camps. This will be her second year as a counselor with Youth Camps. She is eager to return to camp and is excited to spend another summer with the campers and staff.
Brandon is an elementary education major at the U and hopes to one day coach football in addition to teaching. He wants to show younger students the value of living and leading a healthy lifestyle. Brandon has lived in Montana his entire life growing up in Shelby. He loves sports and participated in football, basketball, baseball, track and golf. In his free time he loves to watch and play sports. Brandon is looking forward to working with the kids this summer and helping them learn and grow. This will be Brandon's second year as a Youth Camps counselor.
Sam is finishing his final year of college at the University of Montana. He is majoring in business accounting and hoping to join one of the Big Four audit firms on the West Coast. Sam is from Butte, Montana, where he participated in basketball, soccer, baseball, football and swimming. In high school Sam played both basketball and soccer. During previous summers he has coached youth sports. Sam enjoys traveling, all thing sports and hanging out with good friends. He was blessed to have gone to great summer camps as a kid and hopes to recreate that feeling of excitement that he had as a kid. Sam was a counselor last year and had such an amazing experience he cannot wait to get back to summer camps.
Greg graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in broadfield social studies and a license in secondary education. Originally from the Seattle area, Greg has lived in Missoula for the past eight years. He enjoys the snowy mountains and the warm summers. After playing basketball, baseball and football for most of his life, he looks forward to sharing his passion for sports with the kids and learning from each individual at camp this summer!
Counselors execute the camp curriculum and mentor, coach and provide a safe environment for all campers. These profiles are from our 2018 season. We look forward to adding some new faces this year.
Makenna will be a sophomore at Gonzaga University in the fall. She is majoring in pre-medicine and biochemistry and runs cross country and track there. She was born and raised in Missoula and loves spending her free time outdoors hiking, fishing, running and skiing. She really enjoyed camp last year and is looking forward to spending time with both new and old campers, and sharing her love for sports and the outdoors.
Born in Minnesota, Becca moved out west to leave the cornfields behind and find better scenery. Now approaching her final year at the University of Montana, she will complete her bachelor’s degree in journalism with minors in anthropology and international development studies. After graduation, she plans to join the Peace Corps where she hopes to work with youth in rural communities. In between the craziness of life, Becca can be found exploring the endless hiking trails and glacial lakes Montana has to offer, photographing wildlife and hanging out in her hammock. She’s excited to share her passion for adventure and the outdoors with the campers this summer!
Sadie graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and will be entering her second and final year in the graduate Counselor Education program. She grew up playing basketball, soccer, volleyball and track in Olympia, Washington and is now focusing her studies on mental health awareness in student athletes. Sadie also enjoys reading and writing and hopes to be involved in creating bibliotherapy for children, this next year. Though having coached and worked with kids for over six years, this is Sadie's first summer working with Campus Rec Youth Camps and she is very excited to be a part of this culture and community!
Jackson is going into his third year at Arizona State University. He is pursuing an Aerospace Engineering degree along with a double minor in Political History and Leadership and Positive Sports Coaching. He was born and raised in Butte, Montana and attended Butte High School. Growing up in Montana he developed a love for the outdoors and being active. He is currently a member of the ASU Waterski team and in his free time enjoys playing basketball, soccer, and golf. He started playing sports at a young age and has always had a passion for it. From personal experience he knows how positive an impact camps can have on a child’s development. And he wants to be a part of this positive influence for kids at youth camps.
Bridger will be going into his P1 year of pharmacy school this upcoming fall and is pursuing a dual-degree in business administration. Born and raised in Missoula, he loves to spend his free time outdoors rafting, hiking and training squirrels. Bridger has played baseball for many years as well as basketball and lacrosse in high school. This past spring Bridger coached the youth lacrosse team, the Missoula Mustangs. He is looking forward to his second year at camp sharing his love of the outdoors and sports with campers and staff alike.
Michael Van Atta
Michael will be a junior next fall semester, and he’s studying Health and Human Performance at the University of Montana. Michael hopes to become a physical therapist one day. He was born and raised in Billings and grew up around sports and the outdoors. He loves to be active, and hopes to give and share great experiences with campers and all others around him this summer.
Mari is going into her junior year at Montana State University and is a double-language major. She was raised in Missoula, where she swam competitively for 12 years and for her high school for four. In her free time she loves to be with friends, cook, travel and be outside in the sunshine. Mari is always up for an adventure and is looking forward to sharing new experiences with both campers and staff.
Brendon Running Wolf
Brendon is going to be a senior at the University of Montana. He loves basketball and football to the fullest and played collegiate sports as well. He has partaken in Native American traditional games and studies. He is highly energetic, loves being around children of any age and is always happy and hardworking.
Damara will be a junior at the University of Montana in the fall. She is majoring in resource conservation and minoring in climate change studies and international developmental studies. She grew up in California and developed a love for hiking and spending time outdoors. After college, she hopes to go into the Peace Corps to help the efforts made to protect the environment and strengthen understanding of environmental issues. Throughout high school, she participated in gymnastics, tennis, and track. She hopes to incorporate her knowledge of sports and the outdoors into the camp this year.
Emma will be junior at the University of Montana. She grew up in Clinton, a small town outside of Missoula, with her parents, brother, two dogs and five horses. In high school she participated in choir, theatre and lacrosse and took classes in the International Baccalaureate program. She hopes to share activities and her love of the outdoors with the kids she works with this summer.