YMCA Camp Orkila

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Hiring: Outdoor Environmental Educator in the San Juan Islands


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.

About Camp Orkila:

Located on one of the beaches of Orcas Island in the Puget Sound 75 miles north of Seattle, YMCA Camp Orkila offers 285 acres of beautiful forest, marine, and freshwater environments, as well as a salmon hatchery, Marine Education Center with 18,000 gallon salt water aquarium, new 1000-foot zipline, several challenge courses, and large organic garden.
Staff members will facilitate two programs every week: The Environmental Education program, which caters to elementary and middle school groups and occurs on the weekdays, and the Weekend Family Camp program, which caters to parent/child YMCA groups from the Seattle area and occurs on the weekends.
Responsibilities include teaching classes in marine / aquatic science, terrestrial ecology, earth science, and facilitating group development and challenge course activities. You will work at least two evenings a week running evening programs. All staff will work 5 days a week which will include at least one weekend day facilitating recreation activities for family camp and retreat programs. Camp staff also assist with many other camp operations, including cleaning, kitchen work, and maintenance projects.

General Function:

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


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

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • Plan and facilitate program orientation meetings for school groups.

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

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

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

  • Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Have previous experience working with youth

  • Strong communication and leadership skills.

  • Current Red Cross First Aid and CPR certifications.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Compensation of $65-70 per day DOE plus housing and meals.

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

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

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

  • Optional discounted WFR training.

  • Caring, fun, adventurous, and experienced co-workers!

Learn more about employment at Orkila here

Fall Program August 24th-October 31st, 2019; Spring Program Dates March 2nd-June 15th, 2020

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