The Residential Camp Program Instructor provides positive, valuable, and safe experiences for Mountaineers campers on residential trips. They are directly responsible for the daily supervision of the group and teaching a variety of outdoor skills and curriculum. They will prepare for each camp, including itinerary planning and gear organization, and cleaning up after each camp. The Residential Camp Program Instructor should excel at spreading stoke and inspiring confidence in outdoor settings through personal connection and group facilitation. They will work collaboratively with other camp staff to create an inclusive and welcoming camp environment. Mountaineers lodge camps run weekly from mid-June through mid-August at The Mountaineers Baker, Meany, and Stevens Lodges.

Key Responsibilities

Provide a meaningful camp experience, keeping campers happy, healthy, safe, and having fun.
Foster a positive sense of community within the group and seek ways to include all campers.
Enthusiastically teach outdoor activities and curriculum.
Assist in the preparation and execution of each week of camp.
Along with other Program Instructors, provide outdoor instruction, hiking, camping, leave no trace principles, trail etiquette, navigation, and outdoor cooking.
Assist in emergency situations.
Ensure The Mountaineers youth policies and procedures are followed and adhered to at all times.


Minimum age 21.
Cultural humility and desire to work with people of all races, ages, genders, abilities and economic backgrounds.
Experience working with youth
Ability to pass a national criminal background and sex offender check
Ability to drive a 15-passenger van
Ability to travel to offsite programs
Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
Must have (and maintain) an acceptable driving record to drive Mountaineers vehicles.
Strong organizational skills and attention to details
Excellent interpersonal, customer service, and relationship-building skills
Flexibility and adaptability when things don’t go as planned
Positive attitude and ability to carry oneself in a professional manner to create positive experiences
WFR certification, or ability to become certified before start date

This position is for a full-time, seasonal, exempt employee. Hours vary throughout the week, including daytime, evenings, and overnight when in the field. Programs do not run on the weekend. Housing will be provided during camp weeks (June 23 to August 24); independent housing arrangements must be made during in-town training weeks and wrap-up days. Pay rate is $180/day. Position start date is June 10 and end date is August 28.

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


Summer camp experience, or comparable experience working with 10-17 year olds on overnight programs.
Experience teaching outdoor recreation skills such as hiking, backpacking, climbing, first aid, navigation, outdoor cooking, naturalist skills, teambuilding, or photography.
Personal outdoor experience (i.e. backpacking, rock climbing, and hiking).

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 more than 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 45 staff, divided between our program centers and our nonprofit publishing division, Mountaineers Books, and 2,500+ volunteers work together to achieve our mission to enrich lives by helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a cover letter (1 page max) and resume (2 page max) through the link below. 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. https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7719556/5d9cea4ac7ec