The Wilderness Expedition Leader provides 24-hour support with guidance, supervision, safety and comfort for participants during all activities. Depending on the program, you will co-lead groups of up to 10 campers through outdoor activities including: hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, white-water rafting (outfitted), horsepacking (outfitted), rock climbing (outfitted), and surfing. Sessions are either one-week programs designed to expose campers to the possibilities of outdoor recreation, two-week programs designed to provide deeper exploration, or three-week programs designed to increase confidence in backcountry travel and leadership skills. Foster valuable group dynamics, oversee outfitted activities, teach Leave No Trace principles, and how to unplug and reconnect with the outdoors. This role includes pre-trip packing, planning and post-trip camper evaluations and debriefs. Wilderness Expedition Leaders provide natural and cultural history education relevant to their location. Minimum of 21 years of age. Current driver’s license with a clean driving record. Backpacking experience required. A willingness to comply with YMCA driving rules to be approved to operate YMCA vehicles is preferred but not required.

Work Dates: May 13 – August 10, 2024

Compensation: This position pays $612/week and also includes room and board, laundry on site, practice 21st century skills, CPR/First Aid and/or Wilderness First Aid certification, diverse and global experiences, welcoming and inclusive team environment, free and/or discounted program rentals, close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park and additional outdoor recreation areas, discount on summer camp registration for immediate family members, and pro deal discounts to outdoor retail companies.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Climbing Skills, Conservation, Instruction and Guiding, Mountaineering Skills, Teaching/Education, Trail Supervisor


All CCO Staff Camp Chief Ouray staff are expected to create a safe space for all campers, families, and staff while allowing development and growth for all. They should possess the mental, social and emotional skills necessary to build rapport and positive relationships, putting camper needs first. Responding to camper and customer requests for service, troubleshooting problems and developing solutions in a patient and respectful manner is an important aspect of our work.

About Camp Chief Ouray

Camp Chief Ouray (CCO), established in 1908, has grown to be a premiere overnight and day camp option for youth from all over the United States and the World. We are committed to developing five core values in everything we do: Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith. CCO is a part of the YMCA of the Rockies, located at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, CO (elevation of 8,750 feet).

Application Instructions

Visit https://campchiefouray.org/ and apply under About > Work at CCO.