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Olympia Youth Program Instructor Part-Time

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The Mountaineers
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Olympia, WA
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Published 26 days ago

Who We Are:

The Mountaineers is a community of outdoor recreationists and conservationists founded in 1906 to explore the peaks and waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Today, we have 14,000 members and seven branches in Western Washington, where we deliver most of our outdoor education programming. Thanks to the work of generations of volunteers and our internationally recognized publishing division, we continue to enjoy an outstanding reputation in the fields of outdoor education, recreation, and public lands conservation and advocacy.

Our dedicated volunteers and staff get people outside to experience the power of the natural world. We advocate for access and protection of recreational lands so that future generations can enjoy these places too. Our core value of community reflects the belief that a diverse and inclusive outdoors inspires unity, respect, and passion for the places we love. Our 45 staff, divided between our program centers and our nonprofit publishing division, Mountaineers Books, and 2,500+ volunteers work together to achieve our mission to enrich lives by helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. 

Visit mountaineers.org to learn more.

Position Overview:

The Program Instructor is responsible for providing excellent program instruction for our Mountaineers youth programs. Program Instructors will instruct primarily with Afterschool Programs, as well as our year-round Pathfinders, and Explorers youth programs. This position will lead 1-2 week night camps throughout Olympia’s local parks, as well as monthly single-day or multi-day outdoor experiences over the weekend. These are designed to expose youth to basic outdoor skills including hiking, snowshoeing, rock climbing, cross-country skiing, wilderness first aid, 10 Essentials, Leave No Trace, and more. The curriculum is designed to match the goals of the visiting group and impart on the youth participants a desire to explore and conserve the outdoors.  

Key Responsibilities

Program Delivery

Lead Instructor for After School Camps and Youth Programs

  • Teach curriculum in 2 hour blocks to a variety of age groups. Curriculum may include:

o   Map & Compass

o   First Aid

o   Climbing

o   Outdoor Cooking

o   Leave No Trace

o   Other outdoor skills

  • Lead or co-lead day hikes, snowshoe outings, xc skiing, and rock climbing trips.
  • Work closely with volunteer instructors
  • Assist in curriculum development as needed
  • Train volunteer assistants as needed

Belay for Indoor and Outdoor Rock Wall 

  • Inspect equipment prior to use
  • Ensure all equipment is set up before group arrival
  • Explain rules to group
  • Belay group members
  • Ensure safe climbing environment at all times

Quality Service

  • Greet youth, members & guests in a professional manner
  • Help youth, members & guests find what they need

Requirements:

  • Outdoor experience and passion for outdoor activities preferred.
  • Current CPR & First Aid Certification or willingness to become certified. 
  • Ability to pass a national criminal background and sex offender check.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with youth and/or customer service experience
  • Proficiency belaying with an aperture device in a top-rope environment
  • Ability to safely lead 5.6 sport climbs is preferred
  • Familiarity with outdoor places in the Pacific Northwest. 
  • Experience with curriculum development and implementation.

Work Environment 

This role is based in Olympia, WA . After-School programs and Summer Camps are currently running in-person and will continue to do so while following state and Mountaineers reopening guidelines. As such, this position will remain 80-100% in-person throughout the year to support programs. The Mountaineers will provide a laptop for administrative work and, when necessary, remote access. 

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary.
  • Ability to lift/move 20 pounds regularly and up to 40 pounds occasionally on program days.
  • On Summer or Break Camp Program Days:
  • Ability to stand 4 or more hours continuously
  • Ability to walk 4 or more hours continuously
  • Ability to work greater than a 10-hour day 

 

Who We Are:

The Mountaineers is a community of outdoor recreationists and conservationists founded in 1906 to explore the peaks and waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Today, we have 14,000 members and seven branches in Western Washington…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 15, 2021

Salary

Starting pay range is $16-$18 per hour.

Benefits

This position is for a part-time, as-needed employee. averaging 15-20 hours a week. Hours vary between weekdays, evenings, and occasional weekends. Starting pay range is $16-$18 per hour. Benefits include:

  • Free Mountaineers membership
  • Opportunities to advance your outdoor skills with two free Mountaineers courses per year
  • Two free tickets to most of our Mountaineers events
  • Access to our three ski-in, ski-out mountain lodges, and our four on-site climbing and bouldering walls

This position is for a part-time, as-needed employee. averaging 15-20 hours a week. Hours vary between weekdays, evenings, and occasional weekends. Starting pay range is $16-$18 per…

Location

On-site
Olympia, WA, USA

How to Apply

To apply:

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Becky Nielsen through the link below. The cover letter should address 1) what experience, skills, and personal characteristics qualify you for this position and 2) why the mission and work of The Mountaineers appeals to you (1 page max). 

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Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to The Mountaineers focus on advancing equity. Our core values are Adventure, Advocacy, Community, Education, and Volunteerism, and we believe a diverse and inclusive environment inspires unity, respect, and passion for our work and one another. We’re 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 considered, and as an organization that values equity and inclusion, we highly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans to apply. 

We are a dog friendly environment. We are unable to sponsor H1-B Visas at this time. 

To apply:

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Becky Nielsen through the link below. The cover letter should address 1) what experience, skills, and personal…

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