Outdoor Education Specialist & Summer Village Director

Full Time | Salary with benefits

Outdoor Education Specialist

Outdoor Education school field trips mirror the school schedule, with the busiest times being between Mar-May and Sept-Nov. The Outdoor Education Program Specialist ensures school groups have a quality camp experience by effectively training and supervising staff, maintaining program equipment and supplies and updating the program when necessary to align to state standards and the mission of the program. The position works directly with campers, teachers and parents to create a quality experience for all campers. This requires a keen ability to work with a diverse group of individuals, be creative and have a willingness to provide a quality customer service experience for all of our guests. The staff must be flexible and willing to work in situations that sometimes change at the last minute. Must be able to effectively communicate and be willing to work as part of a team to get a job done.

Summer Village Director

Working with other Village Directors, this position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the village to which they are assigned. The primary focus is on supporting counselors and other summer staff to enable them to do their job well and to feel connected to the Camp Tecumseh family. Village Directors are also responsible for working with various camper behaviors, ensuring programs go smoothly and creating new programs that suit the age groups served.  This position involves the leadership of a staff team of 140+ and over 500 campers weekly.  

Preferred Qualifications & Experience

  • Emotional maturity, good moral character and integrity
  • Experience in a leadership role
  • Ability to effectively communicate to groups both small and large
  • Strong administrative, organization and problem solving abilities
  • Genuine interest in character development of both staff and campers
  • A love and desire to work with youth
  • Personal acceptance of the core Christian beliefs as outlined by Camp Tecumseh
  • Ability to self-direct, manage time, and meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to build relationships with the Tecumseh family
  • Ability to design and execute curriculum
  • Enjoyment of the outdoors
  • Personal belief in camp’s mission and vision
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, experience or coursework in education a plus.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

Outdoor Education Specialist
  1. Staff supervision and training
    • Assist in the recruiting of potential seasonal staff
    • Have a thorough knowledge of all parts of the OE curriculum
    • Plan and execute staff training with OE leadership team
    • Supervise and provide feedback to seasonal staff
    • Ensure curriculum is taught as designed in each of the programs
    • Manage and assign tasks to seasonal staff when on “Other Duty”
    • Provide opportunities for personal, professional and spiritual growth to seasonal staff
  2. Working with schools and “On Call” nights
    • Train parents and teachers during Saturday workshops
    • Work with schools as scheduled, including evening duties
    • Be “on call” and available for groups overnight at least once per week
    • Coordinate with other service departments to ensure meals, cabins and all maintenance needs are addressed
  3. Program maintenance and enhancements
    • Maintain all outdoor education equipment and areas on an ongoing basis
    • Communicate needs effectively and complete projects as assigned
    • Work with leadership team to improve the curriculum as deemed necessary
    • Maintain manuals and ensure content is up to date
  4. Administrative Tasks  
    • Be willing to assist teachers in the planning process and available when questions or phone calls are received
    • Make school visits and present to teachers and parents about potential trips
    • Assist in the marketing of the outdoor education program and complete projects as assigned
    • Attend professional development opportunities that can be applicable to the outdoor education program


Summer Village Director
  • Take Primary Role in Staff Supervision
    • Coordinate and conduct observation of staff to ensure proper counseling strategies are being employed, activities are appropriate and campers are well cared for.
    • Follow-up or handle staff situations in collaboration with the Summer Camp Director, including discipline, cabin partner switches, replacement or re-assignment of staff, staff personal crisis
    • Conduct scheduled evaluations with summer staff providing constructive and specific feedback
  • Take major responsibility in the planning, organizing and implementing of the weekly camp program
    • Run weekly cabin planning meetings, ensuring counselors are scheduling well-rounded cabin activities
    • Oversee and informally evaluate cabin activities
    • Work with special needs of campers
    • Communicate with parents/guardians where appropriate
    • Document any pressing camper issues
    • Plan and implement weekly village games/activities including ensuring supplies are ready, counselors are trained and campers are supervised
    • Work with chapel coordinator to observe chapel practices and help with chapel setup

Work Environment:

The physical demands listed here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee frequently is required to sit and reach, and must be able to move around the work environment.
  • Auditory and visual ability to respond to critical incidents.
  • Ability to perform routine first aid tasks.
  • Ability to observe camper and counselor behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce proper safety regulations and emergency procedures.
  • Ability to lift and/or move heavy equipment firewood, logs and other program supplies.
  • Ability to work outside for extended periods of time in a range of conditions and seasons.
  • Ability to operate a motorized vehicle to transport equipment to on and off site locations.  

(This job description is not meant to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.)

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary: $24,000
  • Group insurance (health, dental, vision, life)
  • Short & long-term disability
  • 403(b) plan and 12% YMCA Retirement Fund contributions upon qualification
  • Paid time off
  • On-site housing is available for this position

How to Apply

Email your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in this position to Tom Elliott at tome@camptecumseh.org. Resumes will be accepted throughout the month of November, with an early January 2018 start date projected.