Outdoor Environmental Educator

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YMCA Camp Orkila
Job Overview


Provide outdoor environmental education, challenge education programs and weekend recreation programs on beautiful Orcas Island.

Responsibilities: for participants attending YMCA Camp Orkila

  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.


  1. Have previous experience working with youth
  2. Strong communication and leadership skills.
  3. Current Red Cross First Aid and CPR certifications.

Compensation & Benefits:

  1. Compensation of $55-58 per day 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!