Staff & Employment
Employment for Summer 2021
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 18-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 ten-year-old daughter and seven-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.
Alex will be a Senior at the University in the fall and is majoring in Mathematics Education with a minor in Communication. 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 third 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.
Makenna will be a junior 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.
Lead Counselors assist in improving and expanding the existing curriculum, policies, guidelines, and procedures. Help ensure a safe and supportive environment for all staff and participants. Supervise and assist counselors throughout the camp day, assuring safety, smooth transitions, and successful activities.
Taylor Calenberg is a Graduate of the University of Montana with a degree in Health Enhancement. He has been working with Campus Recreation Youth Camps for 6 years serving as a camp counselor and assistant director. Taylor has a passion for working with the youth of our community and strives to help them grow as individuals and peak their interest in new activities! Taylor has been married for 6 years and has 3 kids, Virginia, Mason and Gunnar. As a camp counselor Taylor works hard to provide and safe and healthy environment for all of the youth camp campers and staff.
Conor is a fourth generation Grizzly from Butte, America. He is a recent graduate, having completed his bachelor’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. He has a vast love of sports that was evident to him early on in his life. His love of sports is still important to him to this day.
Hey folks I'm Greg Triplett, I have been fortunate enough to return to camp for my third year! There isn't a second that goes by I'm not enjoying the outdoors and spending time with the campers. I enjoy learning as much from the campers as I hope they learn from me! I look forward to another amazing summer in the sun!
Counselors execute the camp curriculum and mentor, coach and provide a safe environment for all campers.
Sarah is going into her sophomore year at the University of Montana. She is also a member of the Griz women's volleyball team and plays defensive specialist. Sarah is pursuing a degree in Integrative Physiology with plans to later go to grad school for physical therapy. She grew up in Helena, MT and was very involved in athletics her whole life. Sarah played volleyball, basketball, and ran track in high school. While being involved in sports, she also has been in ceramics classes for the past three years and has a passion for the arts as well. Her experience coaching youth volleyball and working with elementary students back in Helena prompted her to pursue this opportunity to work with Campus Rec Youth Camps and she is looking forward to a fun and exciting summer!
I am a going to be a sophomore at UM next year and I am a member of the Griz women’s volleyball team. I grew up in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada where I was involved in competitive swimming and volleyball. I am an integrated physiology major with a minor in psychology, and I hope to work with athletes in the future (after playing volleyball overseas). I enjoy hiking, animals, music, and everything active! I can't wait to spend tons of time outdoors having fun with all of the kids!
Casey Brister is going into her junior year at the University of Montana and is studying psychology and criminal sociology. She was born and raised in Lomita, California but traded in the year round sunshine for the beautiful seasons Missoula has to offer. She enjoys hiking, swimming, doing cartwheels in fields of grass, giving high fives, as well as crocheting and knitting. Casey is so excited to spend the summer outside soaking up the sun and is looking forward to sharing her sports and arts & crafts knowledge with the kids she works with!
Josiah will be going into his junior year this upcoming fall here at the University of Montana, majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Psychology. After completing his degree, he plans on getting a doctorate in Occupational Therapy. Coming from Lewiston, Idaho, he has spent every summer camping, hiking, and rafting the Lochsa river. He has experience working both as a counselor and a staff member for the Boys and Girls Club. Some of his other hobbies include playing music, rock climbing, and fishing. He is looking forward to this upcoming summer and all of the time that gets to be spent with great kids and staff.
Ben will be a senior in the psychology program at the University of Montana. He is from Spokane Washington and runs for the cross country and track team at the university. Ben loves to spend time outdoors playing disc golf, running, hiking, and camping throughout the summer. He can't wait to start his first year at camp, and hopes to bring his experiences in sports and love of the outdoors to help contribute to a fun summer!
Emily will be a sophomore at the University of Montana this fall, studying music performance and education. Emily hopes to one day become a band director and teach private oboe lessons. She's from Billings, Montana where she grew up with two younger sisters, her parents, and several dogs. She loves to swim, be outside, and be active. In high school, she was part of the Billings Gymnastics School gymnastics team, as well as teaching swim lessons in the BGS pool. Emily also loves to write, spend time with friends, and explore Missoula.
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!
Livi Lackland Henry
Livi grew up in Bellingham, Washington and came to Missoula to attend U of M. She loves the outdoors and also is on the track and cross country team here. She is majoring in environmental science and sustainability with a minor in Spanish.
Katie graduated this spring from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a minor in journalism. She is from Helena, Montana, and has loved living in Missoula the past 4 years. She grew up playing many sports and being outside, no matter the weather. While this is her first year with Youth Camps, she has enjoyed being a camp counselor at various camps in the past. She is so excited to work with campers and staff this summer!
Jackson Maloney is a returning counselor who is currently a junior at Arizona State University studying engineering with a minor in both German and political history. He was born and raised in Butte, Montana and loves living in Missoula during the summers. Jackson really enjoys working with kids and helping them learn new things and sports he learned as a kid. He spends his free time playing sports and hanging out with friends and he is an active member of the ASU Waterski team. Go Sun Devils!
Joel will be a senior next year at the University of Montana. He is a majoring in Sociology and is a member of the Griz cross country and track & field team. Joel was born in Arizona where he grew up fishing and playing a variety of sports. He enjoys spending his time in the outdoors and is a frequent hiker. He is excited about the opportunities and experiences he will have from camp.
Lauren is a previous Lady Griz women's basketball athlete who will be graduating with a degree in Psychology from the University of Montana this summer. Her hometown is Tasmania, Australia and she has lived in the States for the past 4 years as a student-athlete. This summer will be the first full summer Lauren will spend in Montana so she cannot wait to see and experience all the summer activities awaiting throughout this year's camp!
Katie will be a sophomore at Carleton College in Minnesota where she runs on the cross country and track team. She grew up in Missoula and is excited to be back this summer. In her free time she enjoys hiking, running, skiing and backpacking. This is her first year working with Campus Rec Youth Camps and she is looking forward to sharing her love of the outdoors with the campers and fellow staff members.
Mari is going into her fourth year at the University of Montana and is getting her BFA in art with a focus on ceramic sculpture. 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 learn new languages, 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.
Hannah is about to start her senior year at the University of Montana. She is studying Anthropology, Art History, and International Development Studies. She was born and raised in Missoula and spends her free time practicing yoga, going on walks, painting, and spending time with family.
Izabele is going to be a senior at the University of Montana. She’s studying psychology and criminology. Izabele was born and raised in Missoula and loved spending her summers outside as a child. In high school she participated in volleyball and track, while taking International Baccalaureate classes. This will be Izabele’s second year at camp and she can’t wait to share more amazing summer traditions with the campers!
Damara will be a senior at the University of Montana in the fall. She is majoring in Environmental Science and Sustainability 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 senior 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.
Michael Van Atta
Michael will enter his 4th year of college next fall semester. He’s studying Psychology at the University of Montana as he just switched from Health and Human Performance. Michael hopes to become a therapist of some sort 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.
Swim Instructors & After Rec Counselors
Swim Instructors teach our campers in the pool and help with supervison during our After Rec sessions.
Tatum will be a Junior at Big Sky High School in Missoula. She participates in soccer, track and field, and many clubs within her school. In the future she plans to go into an architecture or engineering field. She loves the outdoors and hopes to share her interest in many different activities with the campers this summer.
Brynne will be a junior at Big Sky High School this fall. She plays volleyball, basketball and runs track. She has lived in Missoula for almost her entire life and loves taking advantage of all the different hiking trails it has to offer. This will be Brynne’s first year working as a swim instructor and she is very excited to meet all the campers!