Wild Whatcom is an outdoor education non-profit organization based in Bellingham, Washington, serving people of all ages throughout Whatcom County, with a focus on school-aged youth. Programs are offered year round, including school day and after school programs, weekend outings, summer camps, Ladies Night out, Community Field Trips, and much more! Learn more about all of our program offerings at www.wildwhatcom.org
Wild Whatcom seeks a Summer Camps Coordinator to support the Program Director in the management of Summer Camps including preparation, staff training, in-field support and oversight, and program feedback and development.
This year-round position is 35 hours per week: 10-15 hours of coordination work with 15+ hours of field work, similar to that of a Mentor (see job description at www.wildwhatcom.org/employment). During the academic year, this role will likely include work on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and 2-3 weekdays. During the summer, the role shifts to more coordination and out-of-field support for Summer Camps, Monday through Friday. The base salary is $32,760-$35,035; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. In addition to accrued paid time off, salaried positions also received paid holidays. The start date for this position is Aug 29, 2022.
Wild Whatcom does not currently offer traditional health care benefits (though we are working toward that). However, there are a variety of other benefits offered to staff, such as paid professional development opportunities, subsidized wilderness medicine certifications, gear stipends, and annual Discover passes.
● Oversee the Summer Camps program, including in-field support for Mentors, filling staffing gaps in the field, supporting in difficult situations & communication with parents, and program implementation from registration to wrap up
● Be knowledgeable on program curriculum and update as needed in conjunction with Program Director
● Collaborate with Program Director to create program schedules and adjust program schedules to reflect staffing needs
● Coordinate with Registrar and Program Director to ensure necessary field documents (Health Forms, Risk Mgmt Manual, Rosters, etc.) are up to date & provided to mentors
● Oversee logistical support of the program (e.g. bus logistics, purchasing and stocking gear bins, managing Google calendar, managing gear requests from families, etc.)
● Participate in organizational team meetings as needed to communicate program successes & learnings; work with other mgmt staff to ensure consistency for field staff
● Support with in-field surveys of participants; analyze participant feedback and field staff reflections
● Support the annual camps registration process
● Collaborate with Program Director to create and facilitate summer staff training
● 2+ years experience in a leadership role, preferably within the environmental/outdoor education field.
● Experience expanding equity and inclusion to ensure broader program access to diverse populations.
● A motivated self-starter with energy, flexibility, creativity, a sense of humor, and a willingness to pitch in wherever needed.
● Ability to prioritize effectively & handle multiple projects & deadlines simultaneously.
● Experience communicating with families, teachers and community members
● Experience coordinating program schedules for multiple staff members
● Superior interpersonal and written communications skills.
● Professional work habits (punctual, responsive, organized, attention to detail).
● Youth development or outdoor education experience.
● Competency with Google systems, Microsoft Office Suite, and social media or a willingness to learn.
● Fully vaccinated against COVID-19, boosters strongly recommended when eligible.
About Wild Whatcom
Wild Whatcom is dedicated to connecting people of all ages to nature and developing positive character traits through outdoor exploration and discovery. We provide experiential learning opportunities that inspire participants to explore, connect, and serve, while building healthy relationships with nature, community, and self.