Jaars Center


Would you like to make a difference in people’s lives? Help make Bible translation possible through the work you do!

Here at JAARS, we have a wide variety of opportunities in multiple departments. We need everyday, hands-on skills, as well as technical, logistical, and professional skills. Our positions are for volunteer or supported staff, and occasionally, paid employees. Below you can learn more about each option.

Mission Teams

We also offer many opportunities to bring a mission team from your church to help with needed projects at our campus in Waxhaw, North Carolina.

Refuge 139

If you’d like to serve overseas for up to two weeks, enriching missionary kids’ lives and helping with their unique situations, apply to serve on a Refuge 139 trip.


Interested in mission aviation? Watch our videos to see what it’s like, and be sure to check out The Centerline, our e-newsletter packed with tips and stories.

Internships and Fellowships

Explore. Grow. Build Community!

College students who have completed their sophomore year can develop transferable professional skills through our 10-week project-focused Internship program. Our Fellowship program is an 11-month, merit-based, full-time, professional opportunity that cultivates emerging leaders and provides entry into a first career position.

“We love being able to use the skills and experience God has built into us as part of the JAARS team to make Bible translation happen. We are touching the world from Waxhaw! Amazing!”

– Rebecca Navratil


Why volunteer?

  • Gain a new vision for missions
  • Help make Bible translation possible
  • Build meaningful, potentially lasting relationships
  • Be inspired by staff and their stories from the field
  • Optional, fun activities after hours

Volunteers fill many key full- and part-time positions, and all jobs are open to them.


  • Have a heart for Bible translation
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Be self-supporting
  • Take our child safety course
  • Agree with our statement of faith, vision, and mission
  • Ages 14–17 may serve if accompanied by a responsible adult


What does “supported” mean?

A supported staff person is one who has partners to prayerfully and financially support their ministry and living expenses, either in part or in full.

Long Term

Usually supported staff are considering full-time, long-term or career service, and need to raise funding for benefits like:

  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Housing
  • Retirement savings
  • Ministry expenses
  • Living expenses

Supplemental Income

You might be retired and receiving a pension. Or just need to supplement your income. You would need to already have health insurance. We’ll be glad to talk with you about options!


As a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian ministry, we have very few positions that are paid. Work is done almost entirely by volunteers and supported staff.

Generally, positions are paid when unique skills and experience are required, timing is critical, and/or the nature of the position makes it difficult to raise support. When we do have a paid position, we look for someone who has the job skills and will consider the job a ministry.

Questions? Take a look at our FAQs, or feel free to contact us.

“What keeps me here? The mission, the people, and the chance to continue to fly! How can one argue with being a direct part of the process that ends up with someone holding Scripture in their own language and knowing the results this can have on their life? How can one argue about working with a singularly focused group of passionate people all sharing this vision, mission, and goal?”

– Dan Osborn