The Camping Department of YMCA of the North is looking to hire a diverse team of enthusiastic, responsible and adventurous Trail Guides who are excited about youth development, outdoor recreation, wilderness travel and adventure education. The YMCA of the North is a leader in outdoor recreation, outdoor and adventure education, youth development and wilderness travel.   

At Camp Menogyn, Trail Guides are first and foremost youth development professionals and mentors. Trail Guides use the context of our wilderness setting to build confidence, leadership and self-awareness in participants as well as build community within groups and with our natural environment. Our ideal applicants have experience in youth development and outdoor education as well as passion for spending time outdoors. Applicants should be ready to spend most of their time outdoors – skiing and snowshoeing. We are prepared to help Trail Guides develop technical skills for wilderness travel if you do not come with experience in these areas.   

Our winter program focuses primarily on dog sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking. Trail guides will lead participants in guided day trips to a variety of local attractions in and near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Trail guides will assist participants and dog mushers with dog sledding activities. All staff in the winter program share in daily operations including: cooking, cleaning, guiding hikes, maintenance and customer service.

Benefits and Pay:

Free seasonal YMCA Membership
YMCA Program Discounts
$90/day (depending on qualifications) + food and lodging
Subsidized Wilderness First Responder and Lifeguarding certifications
Job Summary: 

The Trail Guide is responsible group facilitation of teenagers, families, or adults– as well as program support.  

Essential Functions: 
Provide professional and culturally sensitive leadership to a diverse groups of participants
Provide inclusive instruction about wilderness travel
Participate in camp programs, such as campfires, group singing, and games
Promote the core values – Equity, Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility
Enforce safety and health regulations and emergency procedures
Participate in routine camp maintenance, facility upkeep, equipment repairs
Other duties as assigned 



This position reports to both the Program Director and Executive Director. Trail Guides need to maintain professional, positive working relationships with the entire camp team. 



Required certifications may be acquired after hire but must be completed before employee supervises participants in the backcountry:

Lifeguard certification plus waterfront skills. The YMCA recognizes and accepts certifications from the following institutions: American Red Cross, YMCA, Star Guard, and Boy Scouts of America
Basic Life Support/CPR for the Professional Rescuer (renewed annually). Must include adult, child, and infant 1 and 2 person and use of

Tagged as: Camp Staff

About YMCA of the North

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

YMCA of the North team members exemplify the association’s mission, vision and values – caring, equity, honesty, respect and responsibility – as well as the association’s commitment to diversity and inclusion for those within and outside of the organization. Team members demonstrate cultural competencies and respect for all people’s backgrounds and incorporate cultural, linguistic and familial values and beliefs into programming and organizational culture.

The YMCA of the North is committed to developing plans and strategies to ensure team members and volunteers reflect the demographics of communities being served, as well as providing team members with opportunities for learning and development to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion competencies.

Application Instructions

Please apply via YMCA jobs page at https://secure4.saashr.com/ta/6014683.careers?ApplyToJob=637806785