Love working with teenagers and have prior experience leading trips to remote places? As an OPAD, you will take on an administrative leadership role within a wilderness tripping community by mentoring and supporting a group of trip leaders and their participants as they plan, pack for, and embark on a wilderness adventure anywhere from 14 to 45 days in length. You’ll support these trips in all stages of their experiences, and when they come home, you’ll be right there to celebrate with them.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding


1. Minimum of 21 years of age
2. Previous leadership and supervisory experience
3. Wilderness trip leading experience
4. Desire and proven ability to positively interact, teach, and build outdoor and life skills (including confidence and self-esteem) with youth and staff in wilderness and in-camp settings
5. Certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR (required)
6. Certified in Wilderness Water Safety (WWS) or Lifeguard (preferred)

Required Skills:

1. Ability to manage staff and trip routes
2. Ability to effectively communicate with all three Camp programs (Leadership, Outpost, and Summer Camp), work independently and meet deadlines
3. Good written, organizational and verbal communication skills
4. Good character role model able to demonstrate optimism, resilience, humility, empathy, awareness of self and others, resourcefulness, responsibility and adaptability

Preferred Skills:

1. Ability to work outdoors in diverse weather conditions
2. Able to carry a 75 pound canoe and up to 50 pound portage pack or backpack
3. Able to canoe, kayak or backpack for up to 12 hours in any given day

About Camp Manito-wish YMCA

Camp Manito-wish YMCA has been helping youth build character, embrace core values and cultivate leadership skills since 1919. And while times have changed, our methods haven’t. We focus on three major areas of emphasis to instill these qualities in our program participants: Collaborative Leadership, Character and Leadership Development, and Wilderness Tripping.

Application Instructions

Please apply through the company website.