Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks Involvement

What We Do

ACMNP in Big Sur provides:

  • Christian fellowship activities for visitors, residents, and employees
  • Leadership development for ministry team members and seminarians
  • Positive relationships among seasonal co-workers and internationals
  • Pastoral care during emergencies

Interdenominational Services of Worship

Ministry teams lead interdenominational services of worship on Sundays, pending permit approval.

  • Big Sur Lodge: 10:15 AM

Ministry Team Member Information

Our summer team in Big Sur is typically 2-3 ministry team members, all of whom serve in the same park location.

  • Summer only
  • Mentors not available for seminarians
  • Catholic mass nearby for interested team members

Employment Information

Ministry team members seek employment from Guest Services at Big Sur Lodge.


  • Preferred availability of May/June until late August
  • Working through September is ideal

Typical Jobs:

  • Front desk
  • Retail at gift shops
  • Restaurant/food service
  • Guest service attendant

Employee housing:

  • Dorm-style with shared bath
  • No married housing


  • Bringing a car is highly encouraged!

* If you are interested in serving in Big Sur as a ministry team member, you must first apply with ACMNP. To learn more about working and living in Big Sur (including employee housing costs), please visit

How YOU can get involved with ACMNP in Big Sur

Information About The Park

Big Sur is a rugged stretch of California's central coast that falls between the Santa Lucia Mountains and Carmel. There are numerous state parks surrounding the area for camping, hiking, and time on the beach. Here you will enjoy purple sand beaches, coastal waterfalls, and beautiful coastline! The area is often described as the "greatest meeting of land and water in the world". The Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean from sealevel to 5,155ft at Big Sur's Cone Peak. This dramatic landscape will quickly tug at your heart strings and beg you to stay.

Popular Destinations

  • Pfeiffer Beach
  • Carmel-By-The-Sea
  • Monterey Peninsula
  • Pfeiffer Falls
  • Pebble Beach
  • Bixby Bridge


Due to Big Sur's proximity to the ocean, wildlife is diverse and unique! Here you can see California condors, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, blue, humpback, and killer whales, mountain lions, elephant seals, and adorable sea otters!

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