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YMCA of Greater Seattle Specialized Recreation Instructor in Sammamish, Washington


Job Summary

Oversees daily branch indoor/outdoor challenge course programs, leads field trips for teen and family programing (includes driving participants in our mini bus/shuttle) and teaches education and leadership program at camp terry and in local schools. Scheduling will vary with programing. Responsible to oversee Belayers, equipment and course inspection, safety/risk management and required data reporting.


  1. Plans and implements program activities which may include specialized programming such as climbing, outdoor environmental education, teen leadership, sports, etc.

  2. Pre/Post inspection of challenge courses, equipment and surrounding areas.

  3. Proactively report equipment and supply needs to management.

  4. Responsible for instructing, training and coaching individuals and groups to ensure physical, mental and emotional safety.

  5. Must be able to communicate instructions and information in a developmentally appropriate manner.

  6. Oversee, train, schedule and debrief Belayers to ensure continuous coaching and development.

  7. Facilitate initial and annual refresher training for challenge course Belayers and support staff.

  8. Timely recordkeeping and reporting to management, as required.


  1. Must be 18 years of age or older.

  2. High school diploma or equivalent, post-secondary education in related field strongly preferred.

  3. Minimum two seasons of documented programming and oversight of challenge course offerings; ropes, climbing walls.

  4. Certifications such as ACCT Level I or Level II preferred.

  5. Previous successful experience engaging children and teens in group activities.

  6. Current state approved first-aid certification by start date.

  7. Current state approved CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification by start date.

  8. Knowledge of culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate practices.

  9. Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.


21 years of age or older. Current Driver’s License with a minimum of 3 years safe driving experience and a driving record which meets or exceeds YMCA standards.

Maximum of one minor violation.


  • One year+ previous experience with children and families from diverse backgrounds.

  • 6 months+ experience teaching specified activity/skill hired for.

  • Program lesson planning and instructional skills.

  • 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.

You'll be a great fit for the Seattle Y if you:

  • Thrive on working in a collaborative environment

  • Are very adaptable

  • Have high ownership and strong work ethic

  • Are a great problem solver who can think on your feet

  • Truly enjoy being of service to people

  • Like being part of a team that cares about one another as people and enjoy working together

  • Want to know that the work you do contributes to building a better, stronger community for all

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.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana .

ID 2019-8703

Type Regular Part-Time

# of Openings 2

Location Sammamish Community YMCA

Category Day Camp

Address 831 228th NE