Seasonal Camp Retreat Coordinator

Camp Collins, near Portland, OR, is searching for a leader to coordinate our Group Services events from September through December.

Sponsoring YMCA

YMCA Camp Collins


Gresham, OR 97080-8916

Camp Information

YMCA Camp Collins
8001 SE Oxbow Parkway
Gresham, OR 97080

Camp Description

At Camp Collins, we provide Camp programs and facility rentals year round. Our camp is situated on a beautiful and quiet location for a conference or retreat, or a fantastic location to incorporate hands on environmental education into the classroom.

Job Description

The YMCA of Columbia-Willamette is a mission-driven organization, which seeks individuals who are enthusiastic and passionate about our mission and vision. We do this by putting the Christian principles of love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service into practice.

Job Responsibilities:

To deliver exceptional front line customer service to retreat guests at YMCA Camp Collins by serving as camp host. Assist guests by leading a variety of activities and programs such as challenge course, archery, and nature learning. The Program Coordinator assumes responsibility for the well-being, safety and satisfaction of all participants and assists in facility and program area cleanliness and management.


Under the direction of the Group Services Director, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for hosting retreat groups, developing and leading programs, and assisting with the management of the camp.

Job Specifics:

1.Incorporate and Model our YMCA Christian principles of love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service into your work

2.Commit to establishing long-term relationships with staff, volunteers, participants, members and families

3.Hosting Guest Groups

•Display professional and approachable presence for the duration of retreat guests stay

•Greet group leaders upon arrival, arrange and deliver group orientations

•Complete required facility, equipment, and services set up and take down consistent with group requests

•Host group meals to include set-up and take-down of tables, chairs, clean-up and beverage stations

•Document and file group information, administer and compile group evaluations and conduct retreat follow up tasks as assigned

4.Program Leadership

•Fulfill the role of program leader in Camp Collins recreational and outdoor learning activities

•Complete training and demonstrate proficiency through practical teaching in recreation activities such as climbing, bouldering, archery, crafts, biking, leading hikes, and field games

•Complete training and demonstrate proficiency through practical teaching in nature learning programs, nature-based games, environmental education, and outdoor living activities such as fire starting, shelter building, orienteering, and Leave No Trace wilderness ethics

•Complete training and demonstrate proficiency through practical teaching in team/leadership development activities such as teambuilding games, group initiatives, low element facilitation and high element facilitation as certification allows

•Complete training and demonstrate the ability to lead evening camp activities such as storytelling, campfire skits, indoor games, songs, night hikes and astronomy sessions

5.Program Development

•Develop and promote weekend programs to serve youth, adults, and families

•Develop and promote outdoor learning programs for schools

•Create or improve informational displays and guest resources

•Assist in projects that complement instructional activities and develop or improve program areas


•Adhere to the onsite living expectations and terms of the camp housing agreement

•Maintain high standards of well-being, safety and satisfaction in all activities for retreat guests

•Understand the need for, and demonstrate a willingness to be an exemplary role model at all times in camp and at other times off-site when representing YMCA Camp Collins

•Demonstrate a strong sense of investment in camp, including the cleanliness of facilities, care of equipment and supplies, and stewardship of the natural environment

•Actively participate in staff meetings and in-service trainings

•Perform light janitorial, maintenance, grounds keeping and office work as needed.

•Assist in areas of housekeeping, maintenance, food service, summer camp, marketing, and annual campaign.

•Follow the specific directives of the Group Services Director as assigned.

7.Perform other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

•Must be age 18 or older

•Valid Driver’s License

•CPR, AED, First Aid certification within 30 days of employment

Preferred Qualifications

•1 year of camping experience or combination of youth program supervisory experience

•Experience in customer service

•Challenge course certification (Level 1 or 2)

•Environmental education instructor

Essential Functions

Essential Functions:

•Ability to work a schedule that includes weekdays, evenings, weekends and holidays.

•Ability to live onsite on scheduled workdays.

•Requires strong communication skills, positive attitude, initiative, flexibility, dependability, creativity and ability to work and problem solve as a team player.

•Ability to perform multiple tasks concurrently.

•Ability to interact with youth, adult guests, and support staff in a positive manner

•Sharp attention to detail and attendance to tasks in a timely manner

•Must have visual and auditory ability to respond to critical incidents and the physical ability to respond swiftly in an emergency situation

•Ability and willingness to learn on the job in an environment that changes quickly

•Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions and to supervise and participate in program activities in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor locations (depending upon the programs). Ability to perform moderate physical activity that may include standing, walking, running, crouching, kneeling, bending, twisting and reaching. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. required for some programs.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

Key Results:

1.Demonstrates in word and action the Y’s Christian principles of love, honesty, respect, responsibility and service and a commitment to the Y’s vision and mission.

2.Builds authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performance to support the Y’s work.

3.Listens and expresses self effectively and in a manner that reflects a true understanding of the needs of the audience. Assists guests and provides an engaging and positive atmosphere.

4.Values all people for their unique talents and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence.

5.Demonstrates and fosters a strong commitment to achieving goals in a manner that provides quality experiences.

6.Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

7.Assesses, minimizes and prevents risk, practices consideration for the safety of others, adheres to Association standards of proper notification of incidents and care of the work environment and equipment, identifies and responds to circumstances appropriately.

8.Meets attendance expectations, follows Association procedures for requesting and documenting absences, is punctual, reliable, and adaptable, takes initiative, and accepts responsibility.

9.Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills, perceives, understands and manages interactions appropriately, is accountable for own actions, capitalizes on learning opportunities, and is open to performance feedback and coaching.

10.Demonstrates compliance in the following areas: Compli, employee paperwork, performance evaluations, personnel policies, and procedures i.e. dress code, code of conduct. Attends mandatory trainings and meetings, acquires and maintains required certifications for current position.



Other Compensation

$450 per week plus Room and Board

Room and board provided


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