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


Our Commitment to Equity

The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.

Job Summary

Apply now to join the Orkila Expedition Community as a Teen Trip Leader. We offer teens the opportunity to embark on sea kayaking, sailing and bike touring trips and are currently looking for outstanding leaders to guide our teen participants on one week and multi-week adventures.

Orkila specializes in two types of expedition experiences. The first is our LDI Program courses. We offer two and three week LDI courses that combine wilderness travel with time spent at Orkila to take advantage of youth work experiences, time spent on a challenge course and service projects at Orkila and in the Orcas Island Community. Our pure expedition courses send teens out into the San Juan Islands for one, two and four weeks of adventure, peer to peer leadership and skill development. Trip leaders will often get the opportunity to lead both types of courses in a typical summer spent working at Camp Orkila.

The screening process of this job will begin on January 20th, 2021.


  1. Supervises a group of participants while at camp and in the field. Ensures that all participants are accounted for and safe at all times.

  2. Participates in staff meetings and trainings.

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

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

  5. Teaches participants proper equipment usage and assures that all equipment is well maintained.

  6. Maintains communication with supervisor as determined.

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

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

  9. 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.

  11. Other applicable education, training, and experience, which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position will be considered.

  12. Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.

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.

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. We also believe in supporting the wellbeing of our employees and offer a free Y membership as a benefit of employment.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities.

“YGS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran , or any other status protected by local, state , or federal law.

We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on the results of a background check and (on applicable jobs) drug screening, including screening for marijuana. We participate in the Federal E-Verify system.

If you need assistance of any kind with the application process, reach out to or the HR department at 206.382.5082.”


Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.


  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Honesty

  • Caring

  • Passion for Excellence

Job Locations US-WA-Eastsound

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (1/4/2021 8:06 PM)

ID 2020-10967

Type Seasonal

# of Openings 54

Location YMCA Camp Orkila

Category Resident Camp

Address 484 Camp Orkila Rd

Minimum compensation USD $54.15/Da.