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Glacier Peak Institute

  • 1140 Seeman Street, Darrington, WA
  • glacierpeakinstitute.org

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Youth Program and Recreation Internship


min experience

salary range

$500 - $750 / month

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview

The Youth Programs and Recreation Intern will work as a team with AmeriCorps Programming Coordinators and other summer interns. The internship may involve serving as a camp counselor for any summer camps that GPI or WSU may run. Interns will be able to assist in planning and implementing programs that relate to recreation, STEM, or both!


  • Plan, coordinate and facilitate programs focused on STEM, outdoor recreation, and environmental education for youth ages 10 and up

  • Assist in critiquing and revising existing programming

  • Assist with the planning and facilitation of overnight camps that range from 3-4 days. Interns are expected to stay on site for the duration of the camp, and may be required to reside with and lead a cohort of campers for the entire duration of the camp paired with another adult volunteer

  • Aid in developing and facilitating training for adult volunteers and camper orientation

  • Assist in the set-up, maintenance, and tear-down of camp activities and spaces

  • Maintain, log, and organize donations and gear

  • Update and manage social media accounts

  • Plan, coordinate, and participate in community outreach events

  • Maintain safety of participants and staff at all times during activities

  • Drive GPI vehicles for event and program needs. Load, unload, and operate
    recreational equipment as needed for the program

  • Store and care for equipment and vehicles to ensure they are safe and reliable for current and future programs

  • Assist with compiling information, and keeping necessary paperwork up to date

  • Be on time and prepared for events

  • Be a positive representative and promoter of GPI and WSU, events, and activities in our community

  • Other duties as identified

Minimum Requirements


  • Must be 21 years of age or older (If you are 18-20 years old, you are still eligible to apply. Some exceptions may be made)

  • Ability to work closely with people from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines

  • Ability to work independently with little supervision

  • Capable of lifting at least 35 pounds

  • Ability to be flexible, creative and positive in a variety of situations

  • Commitment to a positive, fun and team-oriented working environment

  • Ability to receive feedback, and provide constructive feedback to peers

  • Has a valid driver’s license or an ability to obtain prior to position start

  • Has experience and a passion for outdoor recreation, and experiential learning

  • Comfortable working in an outdoor setting in cold, heat and/or rain

  • Ability to share living quarters with other interns

  • Understanding that most time on the job will be spent outdoors

  • Understanding that work hours may go beyond or outside of a typical eight hour day

    • Interns may work at various camps throughout the summer and are expected to stay on site for the duration of the camp.

  • Preferred practical experience working with youth/teenagers

    • Be willing and open to learn more about and expand your understanding of the unique challenges that rural youth may face, and how to best support this population

  • Preferred current certification in Mental Health First Aid, or be willing to be certified prior to the 1st day of camp

  • Preferred current certification in Wilderness First Responder (or equivalent), Wilderness First Aid (WFA), CPR/First Aid, and/or Lifeguard Certification

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