Outdoor Education Instructor

Loves to Teach, Loves the Outdoors, Enjoys Working with Groups, Servant Leader

Sponsoring YMCA

Camp Potawotami Branch YMCA


South Milford, IN 46786-0038

Camp Information

Camp Potawotami
7255 E 700 S
Wolcottville, IN 46795

Camp Description

YMCA Camp Potawotami, a resident camp located in Northeast Indiana on Blackman Lake serves groups in the fall and spring and resident campers in the summer months. At YMCA Camp Potawotami, we focus on the ABCs of Camping. The ABCs work to increase camper's sense of accomplishment and belonging while they learn about positive character traits and values.

Job Description

YMCA Camp Potawotami is looking for an individualinterested in becoming an Outdoor Education Instructor to work at an resident camp from 4/15/21- 7/30/21 (with option to end 5/21/21).

Outdoor Educators work with students of all ages, families, and adult groups providing a variety of outdoor experiences including canoeing, team building, rock climbing, lake study, survival, archery, Native American life, pioneer life and evening programs including campfires, night awareness and our Potawotami Trail.

Educators receive a weekly wage, onsite housing, and meals.

Candidates must be friendly, comfortable in the outdoors, and able to teach 1 hour classes to groups of ~15 students. Candidates must be at least 18 years old.

Salary Information: $315 week

Room and Board Provided: Yes

YMCA Outdoor Education Instructors make a positive impact on each child under their supervision.

They develop unique relationships quickly with each student, participating actively in all activities, teaching, and role modeling exceptional behavior at all times.

Outstanding instructors work in a demanding environment and manage to balance high camp standards for behavior, safety, and values with creativity and the ability to reach each child with their sensitivity and playful behavior.


  1. Applicant must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.
  2. Excellent human relation and supervisory skills.
  3. Math and record-keeping proficiency.
  4. Breadth of knowledge about the outdoor environment.
  5. A high level of organization, flexibility, and ability to handle difficult situations effectively and possess values relative to the YMCA mission.
  6. Enthusiasm and a warm friendly personality and the ability to communicate effectively with staff, parents and children in one-on-one as well as large group settings.

Essential Functions

  1. Fulfill Y’s mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
  2. Promote and incorporate the YMCA core values and mission in to all duties and in the community.
  3. Connect with each individual student quickly, establishing a relationship within the first few hours of meeting. Interact with students, teachers, parents, and other staff.
  4. Develop and implement Outdoor Education Lesson Plans and assist in development of new programming. Participate 100% with student activities, involved in all games and activities with the students; never “sitting on the sidelines.” Promote diversity by including all students
  5. Plan and organize activities with individuals and groups; working proactively and showing spontaneity, creativity, and flexibility.
  6. Coordinate program operation between various camp departments.
  7. Train staff in adventure education as well as teach and monitor proper use of equipment.
  8. Minimize potential problems among students by recognizing danger signals and quickly and effectively diagnosing and creating plans to resolve these potential conflicts. Fill out all incident/ accident forms as necessary and submit to the supervisor immediately.
  9. Prepare fee and attendance statements. Maintain and prepare attendance records.
  10. Attend all training workshops, applicable board, association or staff meetings.
  11. Promote schools returning by maintaining good records, regular contact with teachers, and assisting in developing brochures, flyers, etc.
  12. Adhere to ACA standards. As well as know and follow all rules related to ropes course according to ACCT, ACA, YMCA, and other related best practices.
  13. Participate as an active team member for the overall advancement of the Association.
  14. Perform any additional tasks assigned by supervisors.

Room and board provided


How to Apply

Apply Online

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Resumes Accepted Until

April 30, 2021

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