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YMCA of Greater Seattle Wilderness Instructor in Seattle, Washington

Overview

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

Do you want to make a difference in the world and have fun while doing it? As a Wilderness Instructor, you and your co-lead will be responsible for the physical and emotional safety of up to 10 participants while engaging them in activities such as backpacking, rock climbing, and mountaineering in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Instructors work from a set itinerary, manage the risks of backcountry travel, and facilitate a variety of workshops and activities that will help participants develop their own leadership style.

About BOLD & GOLD

The BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development) & GOLD (Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) Program is dedicated to inspiring courage and confidence in diverse groups of adolescent girls and boys through outdoor adventures. We run single and all gender expeditions and each year we engage over 500 youth in outdoor experiences ranging in length from four to 14 days in places like the North Cascades, Mt Rainier, Squamish, Smith Rocks and Olympic National Park. Activities include backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, fishing, yoga, art, music, literature, backcountry cooking, and having fun in nature.

Our goal is to increase confidence, courage, emotional intelligence, wonder, and community awareness in participants. We believe these traits are the foundations of leadership and work to inspire participants to develop their own leadership style. We prepare young people, from middle school on, to return to their communities as leaders through multicultural experiential education in the natural world. Find out more at www.ymcaleadership.org

Critical Success Factors:

  • Models cultural humility and celebrates diversity, effectively working with people of different identities, backgrounds, experiences, and abilities

  • Excellent judgment and decision-making skills

  • Strong group facilitation, communication, and conflict resolution skills

  • Experience facilitating activities addressing issues facing adolescents

  • Experience making the transference of a wilderness experience relevant to the everyday lives of underserved youth

  • Personal or professional experience in backpacking, rock climbing, paddling, and/or mountaineering

  • Knows how to have fun!

Anticipated Work Dates:

Training for 2021 begins in early June, and instructors can expect to have three to five field-weeks of work (usually about 35 – 55 working days) between late June and early September.

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.

Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Facilitate the learning of outdoor skills during our 8-22 day wilderness-based backpacking, rock climbing or mountaineering courses.

  • Ensure both a physically and an emotionally safe environment.

  • Create values-forming experiences for adolescents.

  • Create an inclusive environment for youth in the outdoors.

Qualifications

  1. 20 years of age or older.

  2. Two years of experience or more working with teens in an organized setting.

  3. Experience in program planning and administration.

  4. Ability to plan, implement and oversee a variety of wilderness based program activities.

  5. Knowledge of developmental needs of teens; demonstrates an understanding of the needs of teens and the ability to evaluate their needs individually.

  6. Must pass YMCA pre-employment drug screening

  7. Current W-EMT, WFR, or WFA (Assistant Instructors only) and CPR

  8. Current WA State Food Handlers Permit

  9. Instructors must be available for training in the Seattle area in early June

  10. We strongly recommend all employees within Camping and Outdoor Leadership have the following vaccinations: 1) Tdap 2) MMR 3) Varicella

  11. 21 years of age or more strongly preferred

  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.

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  1. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS IF THE POSITION REQUIRES DRIVING

  2. Minimum 21 years old

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

  4. Maximum of one minor violation.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.

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  1. 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.Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. As an employee you also recieve a YMCA membership. 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. Pool, Beach, Lifeguard, Life, Guard, AquaticsMISSION STATEMENT:Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.OUR VALUES:

  2. Respect

  3. Responsibility

  4. Honesty

  5. Caring

  6. Passion for Excellence

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle

Posted Date 3 weeks ago (11/12/2020 6:21 PM)

ID 2020-10761

Type Seasonal

# of Openings 60

Location YMCA at Cascade People's Center

Category Resident Camp

Address 309 Pontius Ave N

Minimum compensation USD $80.00/Da.

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