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YMCA of Greater Seattle Camp Orkila Sailing Trip Leader in Eastsound, Washington


Thank you for your interest in Camp Orkila's Sailing Trip Leader Position!

Apply now to join the Orkila Expedition Community as a Sailing Trip Leader . Camp Orkila is located on Orcas Island in Washington State's San Juan Island archipelago. Sailing Trip Leaders work with groups of up to 8 teens (aged 13 to 17) on one- and two-week leadership and expedition courses aboard our keel boat fleet of J-24 and Soling sailboats.

Our Sailing Trip Leaders work with teens and teach the skills and techniques of keel boat sailing along with introducing them to camping and traveling outdoors. Our courses focus on sailing and navigating the San Juan Islands while engaging in wilderness exploration and group development. Groups camp on different islands while out in the field under the care and supervision of our trip leaders. Orkila offers one-and two-week sailing expeditions and a two-week sailing Leadership Development Institute course that combines youth work, service and sailing skill development.

Candidates interested in applying for the Sailing Trip Leader position must also submit an outdoor resume or logbook to Jordan Bright ( A blank logbook can be downloaded HERE .

  • To learn more about working with Camp Orkila and the Y, please visit us online at

Please note that if you are interested in multiple positions with Camp Orkila this summer it is only necessary to apply to one posting. We will be happy to consider you for all open positions during the interview process.

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  1. Supervises a group of campers. Ensures that all participants are accounted for and safe at all times.

  2. Teaches keel boat sailing skills and techniques to participants.

  3. Participates in staff meetings and trainings.

  4. Assures that all of the program outcomes are met.

  5. Ensures the health and safety of all participants and staff.

  6. Teaches campers proper equipment use and assures that the equipment is well maintained.

  7. Maintains communication with supervisor as determined.

  8. Communicates personal or camper needs to supervisor in a timely manner.

  9. Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergencies.

  10. Accepts other duties as assigned.


  1. 21 years of age or older.

  2. Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification.

  3. Current Wilderness First Responder or WEMT very strongly preferred.

  4. Lifeguard Certification strongly preferred.

  5. Documented skills in one or more of the following: kayaking, sailing, bike touring, rock climbing, and backpacking.

  6. Skills in teen leadership development.

  7. Willingness and ability to meet the rigorous physical demands of the position.

  8. Ability to meet YMCA driving requirements preferred.

  9. Current food handlers permit preferred.

  10. Ability to participate in activities that involve rigorous activity in an outdoor setting, including, but not limited to hiking, boating, camping and swimming.

Competencies for success at the Y:

  • Values - Strengthens the Y's culture by demonstrating the values of the Y - honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility - in every aspect of work.

  • Inclusion - Models cultural competence and supports diversity, effectively working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.

  • Develop Self and Others - Demonstrates teamwork and personal accountability, seeking and providing feedback, coaching, and resources for development.

  • Quality Results - Takes the initiative and holds self and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals relating to people (employees and members), philanthropy, finance and volunteerism.

  • Change Capacity - Facilitates change, seeks opportunities in the change process, models adaptability, and leads transition in support of the Y's mission.

  • Inspire Others - Promotes creativity, generates excitement, and rewards risk taking, while consistently demonstrating a high level of emotional maturity, maintaining a positive attitude and building strong relationships.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. Competitive pay range and excellent benefit package includes YMCA membership, health, dental, life and disability insurance; tuition assistance; 12% retirement contribution, as eligible.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace.

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Job Locations US-WA-Eastsound

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (2/10/2020 1:52 PM)

ID 2020-9894

Type Seasonal

# of Openings 8

Location YMCA Camp Orkila

Category Resident Camp

Address 484 Camp Orkila Rd