As a Course Director, you will be responsible for supervising one- and two-week wilderness-based expeditions. This includes managing the logistics, mentoring staff, and ensuring the safe and successful delivery of these programs. Course Directors work with instructors to plan curriculum for expeditions, provide on-call support to groups in the field, support evacuations, and ensure the smooth day-to-day operations of the BOLD & GOLD summer program.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Mountaineering Skills, Teaching/Education


Experience making the transference of a wilderness experience relevant to the everyday lives of underserved youth
Excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships with youth and adults from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
Ability to role model compassionate and confident leadership
High level of self-awareness and can work in a collaborative setting
Possesses strong organizational skills, flexibility, and a good sense of humor

Required Skills:

Current W-EMT, WFR, or WFA, and CPR
WA State Food Handlers Permit
Prefer knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.
Experience with anti-racism practices.

About YMCA BOLD & GOLD - Seattle

BOLD & GOLD inspires courage, confidence, and multi-cultural leadership in diverse groups of young people ages 11-18 years old through wilderness experiences. The challenge and beauty of the outdoors comes together on our 1 to 3 week expeditions.

Our small groups (9/10 participants and 2/3 instructors) travel to some of the most beautiful and natural places in the Pacific Northwest to discover what they are capable of and build their community. Along the way we rock climb, backpack, paddle, and explore what multi-cultural leadership is while creating new friendships and lifelong memories. Your venue will be the wild and beautiful crystal clear alpine lakes of the North Cascades, the rugged beaches of the Olympic Coast, the rock walls of Squamish and Smith Rocks, or glistening snow slopes of Mount Baker. Our participants will return from their programs knowing that the confidence, strength and friendships they developed will help them meet any challenge on the trail, in the classroom,

Application Instructions

Apply online at https://www.campingandoutdoorleadership.org/bold-gold-positions