Come be part of our NORTHSTAR family!
It takes a special person to be part of our 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 and a new way of thinking! Experience the NORTHSTAR CHALLENGE!
NORTHSTAR is looking for two types of staff – seasonal interns [up to 6 months] and interns [1 – 2+ years]. Please note that we typically require a seasonal internship for at least one season in order to apply for the long term intern position. Please check out the positions below and if you are interested, go to the bottom of this page to start the application process.
SEASONAL INTERN [Short Term]
Spring : May ~ August
Autumn : August ~ November
Winter : December ~ April
Seasonal outdoor interns 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 MTB, 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 interns 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.
*Preference will be given to past seasonal interns.
Outdoor Instructor & English Teacher
Length of Term : 1–2 years
Starting Date : April 2016
Should have a background in adventure sports, experience in youth ministry, and interested in a cross-cultural living experience. Higher Education [4 year or equivalent] is recommended but not required.
Will acquire necessary technical skills to be an instructor / guide for adventure programs. Will be required to help maintain equipment, facilities, trails etc. Will be trained to plan holistic / spiritually sensitive programs, facilitate camps, and enhance programs based upon feedback from campers / guests.
Will be trained to teach local English classes in the elementary and junior high school one day a week [6 class periods]. Will need to make lesson plans based upon NORTHSTAR’s curriculum, teach the classes, and reflect on the lesson to better enhance the class.
Local Outreach Assistant
Will actively assist the local church and NORTHSTAR in reaching out to the local community through creative outreach.
Outdoor Instructor & Youth Worker
Length of Term : 1-2 years
Starting Date : April 2016
Should have a background in adventure sports, experience in youth ministry, and be interested 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].
Will acquire necessary technical skills to be an instructor / guide for adventure programs. They will be required to help maintain equipment, facilities, trails etc. Will be trained to plan holistic / spiritually sensitive programs, facilitate camps, and enhance programs based upon feedback from campers / guests.
Will actively assist the local church and NORTHSTAR in youth ministry. Must have a strong passion to see students [Jr. High – Sr. High + College] become committed Christ-followers and help equip them to grow in God. Will help organize and lead weekly youth services, youth oriented events, and build up and encourage development and leadership through other creative means.
NORTHSTAR is a year-round international adventure youth ministry that is in the Northern Alps National Park. It specializes primarily in snowboarding / skiing, mountain biking and mountaineering.
Seasonal Interns : Individuals will be responsible to cover full transportation costs to and from Japan as well as minimal living expenses during their stay. Each staff will be asked to pay 10,000 yen [approximately $100 US] per month to offset costs for housing, food, and other living expenses. In addition, staff will be responsible to pay for all transportation to and from Japan including a 10,000 yen [one-way] highway taxi fare.
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 need to 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.
Food expenses are minimal as staff are not expected to make their own food during camps and high season. However, during non-work periods they will be expected to provide for their own meals.
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 3 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 ’15-’16 : December 1st
Spring ~ Summer ’16 : April 18th
Autumn ’16 : July 18th
*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 Azumi Matsumoto, Nagano 390-1513 Japan or Fax : 81.263.93.1699