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YMCA of Greater Seattle Fall 2019, Program Instructor Resident Camp in Eastsound, Washington


Imagine being a part of one of the most respected non-profit organizations in the world - while at the same time improving the overall health and vitality of our community. For more than 135 years the YMCA of Greater Seattle has been transforming lives, encouraging healthy lifestyles and developing future leaders. Enabling people of all ages to achieve their potential and instilling that spirit in others - is at the core of everything we do. We have an immediate job opening for a qualified candidate whose values align with our organization: Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Caring.


Provide outdoor environmental education, challenge education programs and weekend recreation programs for participants attending YMCA Camp.


  1. Act as part of the total camp staff team to provide a quality outdoor education program to school groups and weekend family camps.

  2. Actively contribute to the camp staff team by communicating ideas and concerns openly, by making solution-oriented suggestions, by exhibiting a service-minded attitude, by being an appropriate role model, and by participating in staff meetings.

  3. Prepare and teach classes in Environmental Education, Challenge Education, Outdoor Living Skills, and or Science-based classes daily as assigned.

  4. Assist with ongoing training and program development by contributing to staff workshops, critiquing and revising existing curriculum, and developing new curriculum.

  5. Facilitate activities (crafts, archery, row boating, large group games, campfires, etc.) during the daily Open Recreation period and Evening Activity period as assigned.

  6. Plan and facilitate program orientation meetings for school groups.

  7. Cooperate with Program Directors to provide activities for weekend groups.

  8. Model and enforce all camp policies. Model a positive, service-minded attitude.

  9. Be consistently on time for all meals, classes, and other activities.

  10. Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings.

  11. Ensure that all camp resource materials and equipment are kept orderly, safe, and well-maintained.

  12. Ensure high standards of housekeeping in all cabins, facilities, staff housing, program areas, bathrooms and main lodge. Monitor and re-stock housekeeping supplies as needed.

  13. Perform physical tasks involving lifting up to 50 pounds, bending, stooping, and other such movements. Activities may include, but are not limited to: belaying, climbing, moving luggage, shoveling, cleaning and walking long distances.


  • At least one season of experience teaching environmental education.

  • Strong communication and leadership skills.

  • Current Red Cross First Aid and CPR certifications.

  • BA/BS degree in related field or equivalent experience preferred.

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.

Compensation & Benefits:

  1. Daily pay rate – DOE, plus housing and meals.

  2. Opportunities to use our Orkila sea kayaks (after proper training).

  3. 3 week in-depth training of challenge course and science curriculum.

  4. Access to plant and harvest in our large organic garden.

  5. Optional discounted WFR training.

  6. Caring, fun, adventurous, and experienced co-workers!

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

ID 2019-8780

Type Seasonal

# of Openings 32

Location YMCA Camp Orkila

Category Resident Camp

Address 484 Camp Orkila Rd