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Outdoor Environmental Education Instructor

Eastsound WA

Spring 2018 - Environmental Education & Outdoor Recreation Instructor

YMCA Camp Orkila

YMCA Camp Orkila is situated on the north side of Orcas Island – part of the San Juan Islands in the Salish Sea – and is accessible by ferry from Anacortes, 75 miles north of Seattle. Orkila offers over 285 acres of forest, grassland, marine and fresh water ecosystems as well as a small salmon hatchery, a marine education center, many challenge course elements (including our new 1000 foot zip-line) and a working organic garden.

Our instructors work 5 days a week split between our Outdoor Environmental Education Program and our weekend camping and retreat programs hosting parent/child groups.  As an instructor at Camp Orkila, your responsibilities will include teaching courses in forest and marine ecology and other earth sciences, facilitating our high- and low-ropes challenge courses and leading team-building initiatives for visiting 5th-8th grade students. Instructors can also expect to spend some evenings during the week facilitating evening programs. In addition to these duties, staff also work together to assist with many other camp operations, including cleaning, kitchen work, and maintenance projects.

Requirements: We are looking for people who have at least one season of experience teaching environmental. All of our staff must be first aid and CPR certified by their first day of employment. Applicants should enjoy and have experience working with children. Our ideal candidates are team players, have a sense of humor, the ability to think creatively, and possess a strong work ethic.

Salary: $270-$300(DOE)/week + room/board in nice staff housing. Other learning and development opportunities:  how to use our sea kayak fleet, close proximity to both land and water trails in Washington State Parks, and much more!


Our season begins with a comprehensive staff training.  Start for date for Spring Season is flexible.

Summer and Fall positions also available – inquire about opportunities!


To apply email cover letter and resume to Haley at


The YMCA of Greater Seattle is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity.  We are a drug-free workplace.

Posted February 26, 2018

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