Starting date: March 18th, 2024
Ending date: June 14th, 2024
Pay: $520 per 40 hour week. Plus room & board.

A hands-on, field position that directly involves teaching and leading groups of students in outdoor, environmental, recreational and challenge course 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 spring season, with the possibility of extending work through the summer (Summer Camp) and fall (Outdoor Education).

Essential Functions: Plan and teach classes to groups of children, young people and adults; supervise outdoor recreation activities for schools and youth groups visiting camp; maintain specialized outdoor education equipment; assist with cleaning and preparation of camp facilities; assist with special programs and events; help maintain key hiking trails; lead night hike and campfire programs; assist with curriculum development and planning.

Benefits: Meals/food provided when the Dining Hall is in operation. On camp housing is a shared house with kitchen, laundry, and wifi. Paid training and professional development opportunities. Use of the facility when not in use by guests.

Tagged as: Camp Staff, Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


Degree or major in Education, Recreation, or relevant experience; passionate for working outdoors with youth, teens, and adults; comfortable outdoors and familiar with outdoor recreation and natural sciences. Lifeguarding a plus. The ideal candidate will have experience in Outdoor Education, facilitation, high and low challenge courses or related experiences. CPR and First Aid certification or willing to obtain (training provided).

Required Skills:

Must be hard working, flexible, and have a willingness to learn new skills. Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions; speak in front of a group; capable of supervising children; and be able to live and work in a diverse and inclusive environment. Must have attention to detail and be capable of working independently and as part of a team.

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.

Application Instructions

Please send cover letter and resume to Sara Davis at [email protected]

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