Come be part of our NORTHSTAR family!
Would you like to be part of an international team, making friends and creating memories that will last far beyond your experience at NORTHSTAR? Becoming a member of the NORTHSTAR family will be a fun, challenging, yet rewarding experience. It will involve learning new skills, serving in unique ways, and broadening your perspective of ministry as lifestyle.
It takes a special person to be part of the NORTHSTAR family! This person does not have to be an expert in adventure nor hospitality but they do have to have the heart of adventure and the desire to serve. We have had staff from all over the world from places like Kenya, New Zealand, Canada and Singapore. Why don’t you come and challenge yourself to experience a new culture, community, and forms of ministry!
NORTHSTAR is looking for two types of staff – seasonal interns [up to 6 months] and apprentices [1 ~ 2 years]. Please note that we typically require a seasonal internship for at least one season in order to apply for a longer term. Please check out the positions below and if you are interested, go to the bottom of this page to start the application process.
FULL TIME POSITIONS
Are you interested in using and developing your strengths in a mission-minded business? Through high quality hospitality and adventure, we desire to see lives transformed by grace and connected to the giver of life – Jesus Christ. Full time staff positions change from season to season.
We are currently hiring for the following positions:
SEASONAL INTERN [Short Term]
Spring : May ~ August
Autumn : August ~ November
Winter : December ~ March
Seasonal outdoor instructors should have a background or some experience in camps, youth ministry, and/or adventure sports. They should have an interest in adventure sports such as Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Snowboarding, and Guiding but it is not required to be an “expert” or super qualified.
Not only will instructors work with programming, but they will be involved with hospitality, maintaining the facilities, assisting with meals, taking part in local ministry, and doing community assistance work. If you think that you fit this position or if you have any other questions, please email us and let’s start talking about joining the NORTHSTAR team. Please see the bottom of this page for contact info.
Seasonal hospitality staff should have a background, experience or interest in guest services and/or facility care. Hospitality interns are the backbone of NORTHSTAR and must have a genuine desire to serve. As interns, you will be primarily involved with guest care, maintaining the facilities, assisting with meal preparation and service, and helping support NORTHSTAR programming. It takes a special person to be involved in hospitality and we hope you can be part of the heart of NORTHSTAR.
Length of Term : 6 months +
Starting Date : May
Should have a background in adventure sports, experience in youth ministry, and interest in a cross-cultural living experience. Higher Education [4 year or equivalent] is recommended but not required. Applicants who can obtain “Working Holiday” visas to Japan are not required to have a post high school degree. Applicants from the United States must have some form of diploma or certification beyond a high school degree for visa application.
As an outdoor instructor, you will be equipped with the necessary technical skills to be an instructor / guide for adventure and immersion English programs. In addition to program activities, an instructor will help with the maintainenance of equipment, facilities, trails etc. You will be trained to plan holistic / spiritually sensitive programs, facilitate camps, and enhance activities based upon feedback from campers / guests.
Will actively assist the local church and NORTHSTAR in reaching out to the community through creative outreach. This may come in a variety of shapes and forms, but some examples are: English classes for adults or youth, climbing nights at the NORTHSTAR wall, rail park sessions in our winter snow park, etc.
Marketing & Media
Length of Term : 6 months +
Starting Date : May
Should have a background in social media, some experience with marketing, and an interest in a cross-cultural living experience. Higher Education [4 year or equivalent] is recommended but not required [i.e. youth ministry or pastoral ministry degree]. Applicants who can obtain “Working Holiday” visas to Japan are not required to have a post high school degree. Applicants from the United States must have some form of diploma or certification beyond a high school degree for visa application.
Assisting with the overall marketing plan and specific projects, you will gain experience through hands on experience of the day to day management of the NORTHSTAR brand image. This will include a range of project areas including apparel and other shop product designs, inter-office document design layouts, sales tools, and facility signage.
You will assist in the production of relevant media for our target audience. Using social media, our websites, and other tools to connect with our guests, you will explore a broad range of media devices.
NORTHSTAR is a year-round, international, adventure Christian Business For Transformation. It is located in the Northern Alps National Park inside Nagano Prefecture. It specializes primarily in experiential education such as snowboarding / skiing, mountain biking and mountaineering.
Seasonal Interns : Individuals will be responsible to cover full transportation costs to and from Japan including a 12,000 yen [one-way] highway taxi fare for arrival as well as minimal living expenses during their stay. Staff will be expected to cover expenses for personal travel, eating out, and other personal supplies.
Interns : Individuals will be paid 50,000 yen per month [approximately $450 US] from NORTHSTAR. From the stipend, each intern staff will pay 5,000 yen per month which covers housing and utilities. They should raise full transportation costs to and from Japan as well as supplement their salary from NORTHSTAR by raising a suggested $500 US per month in donations for their individual needs.
During the stay, staff will typically stay in a dormitory style building with other seasonal and/or intern staff. Sheets and bedding are provided.
Meals during work days will be provided as well as cooking supplies in the dormitory kitchen.
Health insurance will be covered by the individual staff.
NORTHSTAR is run as a business for transformation.
If you have further questions please visit our Jobs FAQ section before emailing us.
- Download and read the pre-application info. If you think NORTHSTAR is for you go to step 2.
- Read and fill out the Intern Application
- Have Character Reference Letters filled out by 2 people.
Acceptable references can be one each of the following: (1)a supervisor/someone you have worked under, (2)someone you have worked with doing ministry, and (3)a trusted friend.
- If you have any questions, please feel free to send us an email from our Contact page.
*Returning staff applicants may fill out the Returning Staff Application.
Winter/Spring: November 15th
Spring ~ Summer: April 1st
Autumn: July 1st
*Exceptions to deadlines are made under special circumstances. Please contact us if you are interested but the deadline is passed.
NORTHSTAR Alpine Lodge & Outdoor Adventures
4306-4 Azumi Matsumoto, Nagano 390-1513 Japan
Fax : 81.263.93.1699