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Adventure Camp Counselor

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Published 22 days ago

June 15, 2020

Who we are:

The Mountaineers was formed in 1906 to explore the peaks and waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Our mission is to enrich lives by helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. With 14,000 members and branches from Olympia to Bellingham, The Mountaineers enjoys an outstanding reputation in its field of outdoor education and recreation. Our dedicated staff and volunteers are deeply committed to getting people outside to experience the power of the outdoors all while advocating for access and protection of recreational lands.

Position Description:

Mountaineers adventure camps include camping and learning mountaineering skills at Mt. Rainier, hiking out of the Mt. Baker Lodge, climbing and camping at Mt. Erie, and 2- and 3-day backpacking trips for campers ages 10-14. The Adventure Camp Counselor assists the Adventure Camp Coordinator in providing positive, valuable, and safe experiences for Mountaineers campers. They are directly responsible for the daily supervision of the group and teaching a variety of outdoor skills and curriculum. They will assist with preparing for each camp including meal planning and gear organization, and clean up after each camp. The Adventure Camp Counselor will create an enthusiastic and welcoming environment for their groups of campers and have seemingly limitless amounts of energy.

What you will do:

  • Provide a meaningful camp experience, keeping campers happy, healthy, safe, and having fun.
  • Foster a positive sense of community within the group and seek ways to include all campers.
  • Enthusiastically teach outdoor activities and curriculum.
  • Assist in the preparation and planning of each camp.
  • Along with the Adventure Camp Coordinator, provide outdoor instruction, such as climbing, backpacking, hiking, camping, leave no trace principles, trail etiquette, navigation, and outdoor cooking.
  • Assist in setting outdoor climbing routes and safely managing the climbing area.
  • Assist in emergency situations.
  • Ensure The Mountaineers youth policies and procedures are followed and adhered to at all time.

Who you are:

  • Positive, enthusiastic, team player.
  • Experienced in working with youth in the outdoors.
  • Summer camp experience.
  • Knowledge of quick games and time fillers to keep campers engaged.
  • Outdoor experience (i.e. backpacking, rock climbing, and hiking).
  • Flexibility and adaptability when things don’t go as planned.
  • Minimum age 18.
  • Ability to pass a national criminal background and sex offender check.
  • Current CPR & First Aid Certification (can be obtained before training).
  • Must attend all of staff training starting June 15.

Preferred:

  • Climbing and belaying experience.
  • Enrollment in outdoor education or education major within university.
  • Experience teaching outdoor recreation skills such as hiking, backpacking, climbing, first aid, navigation, outdoor cooking, naturalist skills, teambuilding, or photography.

Compensation and benefits:

This position is for a full-time, seasonal employee. Regular schedule will be 40+ hours a week. Compensation ranges from $650-700/week, depending on experience. Benefits include membership to The Mountaineers.

To apply:

Please submit in a single document a resume and cover letter describing your experience and qualifications that translate to the requirements of this role as the Adventure Camp Counselor to summercamp@mountaineers.org.

Priority will be given to applications submitted before March 3.


You must be able to pass a criminal background check to work within this position. Occasionally you will be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While you are performing the duties of this job, you will be required to stand for extended periods of time while leading youth, and must be able to hike on uneven and hilly terrain continuously for up to five miles carrying a heavy pack. As a requirement of instructing youth programs you will be required to bend, squat, run, or climb.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to The Mountaineers’ core values of adventure, advocacy, community, education, and volunteerism. We believe a diverse and inclusive environment inspires unity, respect, and passion for our work and are interested in hearing from people who can work with colleagues of varied experience and background. The Mountaineers is an equal-opportunity employer, and candidates from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


Disclaimer: The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Our organization has a zero tolerance policy to any form of sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional abuse. Any employee or volunteer found in violation of this policy will be removed immediately and reported to proper authorities.  

Who we are:

The Mountaineers was formed in 1906 to explore the peaks and waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Our mission is to enrich lives by helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Temporary

How to Apply

Please submit in a single document a resume and cover letter describing your experience and qualifications that translate to the requirements of this role as the Adventure Camp Counselor to summercamp@mountaineers.org.

Please submit in a single document a resume and cover letter describing your experience and qualifications that translate to the requirements of this role as the Adventure Camp…

Location

7700 Sand Point Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98115

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