Starting date: August 23rd, 2021
Ending date: November 8th, 2021
Salary: $500-600 per week depending on experience. Plus room & board. Additional compensation for evening programs and for hosting.
A hands-on, field position that directly involves teaching and leading groups of students in outdoor, environmental and recreational activities. Instructors should expect long yet extremely rewarding days that may include weekends and/or evenings for night hikes and special programs. Instructors will have two days off for every five days worked. Instructors will work with schools and groups throughout the Fall season.
Essential Functions: Plan and teach classes to groups of children, young people and adults; supervise outdoor recreation activities related to schools and youth groups visiting camp; assist with curriculum development and planning; maintain specialized outdoor education equipment; assist with special programs and events; when needed, assist with cleaning and preparation of camp facilities; help maintain key hiking trails; occasionally lead hikes, night hike programs, or campfire programs. Act in rotation as one of a team of “on duty” hosts when groups are present at camp.
Qualifications: Associate or Bachelor’s Degree or major in Environmental Science, Education, Recreation, Biology, Botany or relevant experience; must be passionate for working outdoors with youth, teens, and adults; comfortable outdoors and familiar with outdoor recreation and natural sciences; capable of supervising children; some knowledge of at least 3 key curriculum subjects (high ropes, low ropes & teambuilding, rock climbing, boating, lifeguarding, ecology, pioneering skills, fishing, nature crafts, peer counseling, archery, riflery, hiking, plant and animal identification, and environmental sciences); first aid and CPR training provided. Lifeguarding a plus. The ideal candidate will have experience in Outdoor Education, facilitation, high and low challenge courses or related experiences.
Benefits: Stipend paid for seasonal contract, pro-rated on a bi-weekly basis, additional to room and board. Housing provided includes a private room in a shared house with kitchen, laundry, and Wifi. Additional compensation for evening programs and for hosting (only available in Spring and Fall). Workman’s Compensation Insurance provided to all staff. Retirement benefit if already enrolled in the Y retirement fund.
About YMCA Camp Mason
YMCA Camp Mason is a nonprofit Outdoor Center and Summer Camp serving thousands of youth every year through Outdoor Education field trips, group retreats, and residential summer camp. Camp Mason is nestled on 460 acres amidst forest and streams in northwest NJ and adjacent to the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.