Do you want to make a difference in the world and have fun while doing it? As a Wilderness Instructor, you and your co-lead will be responsible for the physical and emotional safety of up to 10 participants while engaging them in activities such as backpacking, rock climbing, and mountaineering in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Instructors work from a set itinerary, manage the risks of backcountry travel, and facilitate a variety of workshops and activities that will help participants develop their own leadership style.

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


• Models cultural humility and celebrates diversity, effectively working with people of different identities, backgrounds, experiences, and abilities
• Excellent judgment and decision-making skills
• Strong group facilitation, communication, and conflict resolution skills
• Experience facilitating activities addressing issues facing adolescents
• Experience making the transference of a wilderness experience relevant to the everyday lives of underserved youth

Required Skills:

Experience working with middle and high school aged youth
Personal and/or professional outdoor education or expedition experience - backpacking, climbing, mountaineering, and/or paddling
WFA, WFR (prefered)

Preferred Skills:

facilitation, story telling, leadership development, joke telling, skill teaching, relationship building.

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 Email Jordan Bright ([email protected]) with any questions.