1.  Job Summary:

The Wilderness Program Director is responsible for the planning, logistics, and risk management of Widjiwagan’s Summer Wilderness Tripping Program to ensure high quality wilderness experiences for youth. The incumbent develops plans in consultation with the Camp Executive Director to develop and market all programs and facilities offered at the camp on a year-around basis.  The Camp Program Director also ensures the highest quality in camp programs, including summer and fall-winter-spring programs.

 2.  Essential Functions:

Permitting and logistics for all of Widjiwagan’s trip destinations throughout the United States and Canada.
Risk management, response and incident review for Widjiwagan’s programming.
Oversee Widjiwagan’s Health Service operations and volunteers.
Oversee program budget for Tripping Center and travel operations.
Coordinate vehicles, transportation, DOT certification and training.
Review and update Widjiwagan’s staff manual including policies, procedures, and protocols.
Act as the staff representative to Widjiwagan’s Community Board and Risk Management Committee.
Coordinate safety certifications and trainings

The Wilderness Program Director works closely with the Summer Program Director and Outdoor Learning Program Director in supporting the following areas:

Seasonal staff interviews and hiring
Camper and family communication/support
Staff training
Trip debriefs and evaluations

3.  Relationships:

This position reports to the Camp Executive Director who reports to the Vice President. The incumbent interacts regularly with all camp staff, volunteers, camp program participants, and policy volunteers.  The Program Director plays an active role in the following committees: risk management and annual fund.  The incumbent is responsible for supervising the seasonal program staff.  The Program Director works very closely with the Executive Director in planning and implementing the summer program.  This position represents the camp to the local community in regular ways as he/she relates the program and mission of the camp to a variety of potential participants of the camp.

Tagged as: Full Time


 4.  Qualifications:


Minimum of three (3) years camp or related experience.
Minimum of one (1) camp season of supervisory experience.
Relevant previous experience in developing, implementing, administering camp or youth programs.
Ability to demonstrate considerable skill and experience in program leadership and management.
Experienced in outdoor living skills, first aid, and emergency skills.
Demonstrated skills in group process, and the ability to recruit, train and supervise staff

About YMCA of the North

From the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota, Widji is uniquely situated to provide access to some of the finest wilderness areas in North America. Four generations of young lives, spanning over eighty years, have been transformed by a Widjiwagan experience. Through wilderness travel and environmental learning experiences, they have built leadership skills, gained confidence and explored extraordinary places.

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