The purposes of this position are to provide an opportunity for each intern to experience all aspects of
year-round outdoor ministry and to experience the partnerships between outdoor ministry and the
synods, congregations, and organizations of the ELCA.

Rainbow Trail’s goals are to support and facilitate each intern in his/her decision to make outdoor
ministry a career and to enhance the intern’s ministry skills throughout the greater church.


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“This year as a PGA has been invaluable. I have developed practical skills that I never could have learned in college, experienced the hardships of ministry and the joy and purpose that comes from them, and made life long friendships. It has been a blessing working along side the passionate full-time staff at RTLC and learning from their great skills and experiences. Rainbow Trail has helped equip me so I might confidently pursue a career in ministry. I am excited to start the next step of my journey at Luther Seminary in July where I hope to become an ordained pastor.” -Luke Hollander, Program Assistant 2011-12


Program Assistant responsibilities include:

Retreat Hosting:  Prepare for, welcome, and host groups in partnership with Directors and other staff. Assist with kitchen help and light maintenance as needed. Provide program leadership including team building activities, worship, hikes, and stewardship activities as contracted by the group. Close down the site after groups leave.

Promotion:  Assist in writing newsletters and developing brochures in conjunction with Full Time Directors. Assist in updating the web site. Travel to synod congregations to promote camp at Sunday schools and worships.

Recruiting:  Help prepare for recruiting at midwest college fairs. Visit a Colorado school for campus interviews. Assist in updating and posting online training materials

Administrative:  Write and send out contracts to groups, compose letters for current and future programs, file and organize information, and research information in order to improve Rainbow Trail programming.

Special Events:  Attend events such as Rainbow Trail’s Bible Study writers’ retreat, off-site retreats & workdays, AdventFest, the Rocky Mountain Synod’s Senior High and Junior High Youth Gatherings, Thrivent events and other events where an RTLC presence is needed.



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