Come join the Camp Manito-wish team this year! This position would work closely with our Outpost wilderness tripping program which helps to facilitate backcountry backpacking, canoeing, and sea kayaking trips from 9-45 days long all over North America for youth ages 14-17.

Dates: February 1st-September 3rd
Housing included throughout the contract, food provided during the programming season (May-September)
5 PTO Days (2 holiday, 3 flexible)

The Outpost Director works with the Program Director to secure permits, organize logistical support for all Outpost trips, and communicate with Outpost partners and families. In addition, the OPD will assist with hosting Manito-wish Groups, preparing for programming, supporting camper recruiting processes and events, and completing special projects as assigned. The OPD is instrumental in planning Outpost staff training. The OPD will mentor, supervise, and train all Outpost staff and provide support to leaders in the field via our emergency response phone.

Key skills gained include: trip logistical support, permitting, managerial experience (30-50 leaders), curriculum development, purchasing, budget management, conflict resolution, wilderness gear/food management, schedule building, teaching/mentorship.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding, Mountaineering Skills, Teaching/Education, Trail Supervisor, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders, Water Skills


1. Minimum 21 years old
2. Previous supervisory/management experience
3. Wilderness trip leading and facilitation experience
4. Strong leadership and organizational skills
5. Certification Wilderness First Responder
6. Desire and proven ability to work with youth in building confidence and self-esteem
7. Ability to work independently, meet deadlines and communicate effectively
8. Strong character qualities of: optimism, resilience, humility, empathy, awareness of self and others, resourcefulness

Required Skills:

1. Ability to Communicate and work effectively with participants as related to age and skill level, and provide necessary instruction to participants
2. Must be able to relate effectively to diverse groups of people
3. Ability to observe participant behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques
4. Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards

Preferred Skills:

5. Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid, fire, evacuation and illness
6. Cognitive and communication abilities to plan and conduct activities to achieve participant and staff development objectives
7. Possess strength and endurance required to maintain consistent supervision of participants and staff
8. Manages the day-to-day happenings of the Outpost Program, including the overseeing of logistics, participants, and staff.

About Camp Manito-wish YMCA

Camp Manito-wish YMCA has been helping youth build character, embrace traditional values and cultivate leadership skills since 1919. Our three programs - Summer Camp, Outpost, and Leadership - utilize a collaborative leadership model, character and leadership development, and wilderness tripping to instill the values of our Mission, Vision, and Commitment.

Our Mission
To enrich the character and leadership development of each person who has a Manito-wish experience, by challenging them to grow in wisdom, in stature, in favor with God, and in favor with one another.

Our Vision
The Manito-wish experience develops confident, responsible and enlightened leaders who will improve the world in which they live.

Our Commitment
Camp Manito-wish YMCA strives to create an inclusive environment by upholding human dignity, valuing diversity, and acknowledging unique experiences.

Application Instructions

Please submit an application at the following link and introduce yourself via email to [email protected] and [email protected]: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=57dae3e5-ab88-4362-b719-8f4f24ecc5b0&ccId=19000101_000001&lang=en_US