Duluth Area Family YMCA

Camp Miller Adventure Director - Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake, MN

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Active since 06-01-2017 Job category Hospitality / Tourism / Recreat...
Location Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lak... Level Entry level / Graduate
Educational level GCSE / A-Level / Highscho... Employment type Seasonal
Hours 0 Salary Stipend which includes wage and...
Position Purpose:
To further the mission of the camp through the development and delivery of ropes course oversight, climbing tower instruction, and tripping activities that are safe, fun, and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities. Have responsibility and direct operations and management of the climbing tower, tripping programs, naturalist programs, target sports, and ropes course and related equipment.

Position Scheduling:  Late May through August 

Essential Job Functions:
1. Oversee the climbing wall, ropes course, target sports, naturalist programs, tripping, and adventure programs that is appropriate for the age and ability of the campers
• Evaluate abilities of campers and staff related to all adventure programming.
• Evaluate the success of adventure programming.
• Monitor usage and assure all policies and procedures are being followed at all times.
• Observe and evaluate staff during facilitation of Adventure Programming.

2. Assist in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in the ropes course, climbing tower, target sport ranges, nature nook, biking and tripping areas in conjunction with the camp staff.
• Maintain the climbing tower equipment – tower, holds, ropes, belay devices, helmets, and harnesses.
• Maintain the ropes course equipment- low and high ropes, climbing ropes, belay devices, helmets, harnesses, lobster claws, carabineers, pulleys, sheer reducers, and other facilitation props.
• Maintain the tripping equipment - canoes, tents, camping equipment, pack-out and cook out equipment, canoe trailer.
• Maintain the nature nook- books, nets, thermometers, Lumber Jack equipment, and other equipment
• Ensure the security of the ropes course, climbing, nature nook and tripping equipment when not in use.
• Conduct a check of equipment before and after each use, for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.

3. Ensure all preparations, planning, policies and procedures are being properly followed within each adventure program including on and off-site tripping, high ropes course, climbing tower, target sports, naturalist programs, etc.

Other Job Duties:
• Participate enthusiastically in designated camp activities, planning and leading those as assigned.
• Assist in the planning of any special events.
• Apply basic youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, and respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.
• Assist in the implementation of staff training for rifle safety and marksmanship, high ropes, naturalist and tripping programming.
• Other duties as assigned such as kitchen assistance, cabin supervising, etc.

The Adventure Director will have an open, respectful communication with director, program staff, caretaker, camp staff, and campers.

Qualifications: (Minimum qualifications and experience)
• Current certification Wilderness First Responder

• 2+ years of college and outdoor education 
• Resident and adventure camp programming

• ACCT Level I Certification (Provided by Camp Miller)

Preferred Qualifications:
• Instructor certification from a recognized climbing training program preferred
• Facilitating and leading trip and outdoor programming

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
• Training and experience in facilitating ropes course, climbing, naturalist activities, target sports and tripping skills to children
• Desire and ability to work with children outdoors in varied conditions

Physical Aspects of the Position
• Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff
• Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques
• Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques
• Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity
• Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers
• Confident in being able to climb and rig forty foot high ropes poles daily
• Ability to lift and carry
• Ability to perform job responsibilities during daylight and nighttime hours

Endurance including walking, hiking, standing, some bending, stooping, and stretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/program. Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours delivering program in the facility and environment available. Operate with daily exposure to the sun and heat and exposure to various animals, plants, and environmental conditions


The Duluth Area Family YMCA (the Y) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the Y complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
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This listing is a full-time job

Job category Hospitality / Tourism / Recreation
Industry / Industries Hospitality / Recreation / Travel
Region United States
Keywords camp, adventure, director,

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Name Heather Klingsporn