Coordinate & lead backpacking, mountain biking, horsepacking, rafting, and hiking trips in Colorado!

Camp Chief Ouray is hiring for Trip Leaders to help lead, coordinate, and supervise in-camp activities and out of camp trips (Adventure, Trekker and Leadership Training programs). These groups typically consist of 8-10 campers. Adventure programs may include backpacking, mountain biking, horsepacking, rafting or some combination. Trekker programs may include hiking, backpacking, climbing, or surfing.

Benefits for Camp Chief Ouray Staff:

– Weekly pay, $556/week
– Room and board
– Laundry on-site
– CPR/First Aid and/or Wilderness First Aid certification
– Diverse and global experiences
– Welcoming and inclusive team environment
– Free and/or discounted program rental
– Close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park and additional outdoor recreation areas
– Discount on summer camp registration for immediate family members
– Transportation funding support to get to camp

When you work at Camp Chief Ouray, you become part of something bigger than yourself. You become a key player in helping cultivate an environment of healthy living, youth development, and community impact. As an employee, you will meet people representing all dimensions of diversity, and will live each day with a greater sense of purpose. You’ll learn to lead with heart and measure success by the impactful moments you’re able to create for campers, families, and fellow staff. This is a place where nature inspires and quality time happens naturally. Our serene surroundings of Rocky Mountain National Park provide moments of tranquility throughout our days and remind us how lucky we are to grow our careers in such a beautiful and supportive workplace.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Trail Supervisor


Minimum of 21 years of age and have a clean driving record. Experience teaching leadership skills in a wilderness setting preferred. Previous experience leading wilderness trips and/or student experience with NOLS, Outward Bound, or similar programs preferred.

About Camp Chief Ouray

Camp Chief Ouray is the premiere overnight camp of YMCA of the Rockies. Located on over 5,100 acres of beautiful mountain terrain, Camp Chief Ouray is the longest running summer camp in Colorado. This is a place where nature inspires and quality time happens naturally.

Application Instructions

Click Apply Now or visit www.workintherockies.org, click, "Jobs" and search "Camp Chief Ouray (CCO) Summer Camp Positions" and apply from there.