The Adventure Camp Coordinator has the primary responsibility of overseeing the safe and effective execution of overnight camp programs for The Mountaineers summer camp. They will organize gear, plan the menu, and make the schedule before the trip, provide outdoor instruction and leadership during the trip, and pack everything away after the trip has concluded. They will work collaboratively with the Adventure Camp Counselor, Camp Director, and Day Camp Staff to create an inclusive and welcoming camp environment. Mountaineers adventure camps include camping and learning mountaineering skills at Mt. Rainier, hiking out of the Mt. Baker and Stevens Pass Lodges, climbing and camping in the North Cascades, and 2- and 3-day backpacking trips for campers ages 10-14, as well as climbing and 4-day backpacking trips for campers ages 14-17.

Key Responsibilities

– Oversee, organize, and support programmatic elements of adventure camps.
– Create a positive, enthusiastic, supportive, professional environment for staff, volunteers, and campers.
– Communicate clearly and effectively with Summer Camp Director and Adventure Camp Counselor during briefing and debriefing meetings, including giving and receiving feedback.
– Ensure all supplies are acquired and organized in a timely manner.
– Plan menu, being conscious of camper dietary needs, and organize food and gear before trip.
– Keep campers safe, happy, healthy, and having fun.
– Along with the Adventure Camp Counselor, provide outdoor instruction, such as climbing, backpacking, hiking, camping, leave no trace principles, trail etiquette, navigation, and outdoor cooking.
– Set outdoor climbing routes and safely manage outdoor top rope site.
– Respond appropriately and be the point of contact person in emergency situations.
– Ensure The Mountaineers youth policies and procedures are followed and adhered to at all times.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Climbing Skills, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


- Minimum age 21.
- Have a high school diploma.
- A positive, enthusiastic team player and leader.
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, and customer service skills.
- Experience working outdoors with youth.
- WFR/WFA certification, or ability to become certified before start date
- Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license and no more than 2 minor violations.
- Must attend all of staff training and be available starting June 6 for prep work.

Required Skills:

- Ability to lift/move 20 pounds regularly and up to 40 pounds occasionally on program days.
- Ability to walk for 4 or more hours continuously
- Ability to care for self and others in a snowy environment.

Preferred Skills:

2+ years summer camp experience, or comparable experience working with 10-17 year olds on overnight programs.
Familiarity with outdoor places in the Pacific Northwest.
Backpacking, rock climbing, and/or hiking experience.
Proficiency belaying and lead belaying with a tube device.
Ability to safely sport lead up to 5.8 preferred.
Experience teaching basic climbing and belaying techniques.
Ability to oversee and manage an outdoor top rope site.
Experience leading overnight trips.

About The Mountaineers

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 15,000 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. Visit www.mountaineers.org to learn more.

Application Instructions

Full job description: https://www.idealist.org/en/nonprofit-job/43df3934b0834d10a01983b29e065248-adventure-camp-coordinator-the-mountaineers-seattle To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Tailor Dolgin through the link below.: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6745363/The-Mountaineers-Seattle-Summer-Camp 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.