Short-Term Job Adventures Michigan
Integrated Education Instructors
Located on 365 acres of forested woodland and waterfront in Augusta, Michigan (near Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University). The Recreation Center sports a fitness center, indoor pool, climbing wall, indoor high ropes course and gymnasium. The campus includes a chapel, nature center, art studio, leadership lodge, two waterfronts, acres of playing fields and two villages.
Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center delivers life-changing experiences through the discovery of the great outdoors, skill development and guidance in the importance of building healthy relationships. Integrated Education Instructors will use an experiential and character-based curriculum to deliver 3-5 day programs for local area schools. Responsibilities include setting up a cabin group of students and facilitating programs that include climbing, archery/mineshaft, fire building, team building/low ropes, kayaking/canoeing, geocaching/orienteering, nature and art (with training provided). Positions are available during the spring (late January to late May) and the fall season (early September to mid-December). If you are looking to broaden your teaching strategies outside of the classroom setting and believe in a student-centered program, apply now!
Associate Camp Director
Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center
6225 North 39th St.
Augusta, MI 49012
(269) 731-3023 fax
Experiential Environmental Education (E3) Naturalists
Both camps are located in Northwest Lower Michigan about 40 miles apart. Camp Hayo-Went-Ha on Torch Lake has 640 wooded acres along the shore of beautiful Torch Lake, with features that include modern and rustic buildings for accommodation along with numerous trails that lead to meeting spaces and activity areas. Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha on Arbutus Lake is located on 135 acres of rolling hills and wooded trails just ten miles outside of Traverse City. A fully modern lodge built in 2004 can comfortably host 80 people year-round.
YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps provide fun, outdoor learning experiences that inspire personal growth, team building, and appreciation for our natural surroundings to youth of all ages. Acting as teacher, facilitator, mentor, chaperone, kitchen assistant and housekeeper, Experiential Environmental Education (E3) Naturalists will teach science classes such as forest and animal ecology, geology and earth education as well as adventure classes including orienteering and survival. Positions are available during the spring (mid-March to early June; with the potential for continued employment through the summer/fall) and fall (late August to mid-November; with a possible winter extension). If you are flexible, fun, energetic, self-motivated, camper-centered, willing to learn and lead, and have experience working with children, apply now or learn more at HayoWentHa.org.
Spring Season E3 Naturalists — Immediate Openings!
YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps currently has a few more E3 Naturalist positions available for the spring season. Positions will run from now through June 8th, with a possible summer/fall extension.
Director of Outdoor Education and Retreats
YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps
919 N. East Torch Lake Dr.
Central Lake, MI 49622
(877) 547-5915 toll free
(231) 544-2916 fax
Outdoor Education Instructor/Counselors
Located in Dowling, Michigan, midway between Battle Creek and Hastings surrounded by farms and forests. Grand Rapids is about an hour away, Kalamazoo is 45 minutes away and Detroit is just over 2 hours away.
Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center, Clear Lake Camp has assembled an experienced and enthusiastic team to carry out the mission of connecting people to nature. Outdoor Education Instructor/Counselors will work with groups of 5th or 6th grade students leading a mix of activities that include team building challenges, high ropes, climbing tower, pond life, predator/prey games, snakes, canoeing, archery, cookouts, orienteering, night hikes and more. Positions are available during the spring (April to June) and fall (early September to late November or mid-December). To apply, send your cover letter, resume, and four professional references (that include relationship, phone and email) to Amy Cherry.
2017 Instructor Job Openings!
• Clear Lake Camp is currently accepting Instructor applications for the spring season (April 3rd–June 9th, with extensions available for the summer and fall seasons).
Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center, Clear Lake Camp
10160 S. M-37 Hwy.
Dowling, MI 49050
(269) 721-1071 fax
Wilderness Trip Supervisors
Tamarack Camps main summer facility is located in Ortonville, Michigan. Teen adventure trips are conducted in the Western U.S. (climb the Grand Tetons, go white water rafting in Colorado, explore the geysers of Yellowstone National Park).
Through a variety of activities and experiences, Wilderness Trip Supervisors for Tamarack Camps will support and encourage campers to push themselves outside their comfort zones, to treat them with respect, to be a role model for them and create exciting and innovative programming throughout the summer. Each co-ed group of 25 teens will travel by bus and hike, backpack, and camp together throughout state and National Parks. Supervisors will lead five staff and teens through all aspects of the summer adventure. Positions begin in early June for staff training; trips depart in mid/end of June and extend through early/mid-August. There is also an opportunity to work through the fall season at the camp’s Outdoor Education program. After completing the online application, a Skype interview will be scheduled. Those with additional questions are encouraged to contact Jason Charnas. View detailed job descriptions »
Apply Now for an Adventure of a Lifetime!
• Now seeking Wilderness Trip Supervisors to lead 5-week summer teen adventures. Past supervisors have described their experiences as life changing and an opportunity to share their love of the outdoors.
Director of Teen & Family Programs
6735 Telegraph Rd., Suite 380
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
(248) 647-1493 fax
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Outdoor Education Instructors
Located on the shores of beautiful Big Blue Lake and bordering the Manistee National Forest, Pendalouan is a rustic and well-maintained camp that gives the feel of being way up north! The camp is three hours from Chicago, an hour from Grand Rapids and less from most of Western Michigan.
YMCA Camp Pendalouan is seeking energetic and fun-loving individuals to be part of the Outdoor Education staff for the upcoming season! Outdoor Education Instructors will teach a wide variety of classes/activities to children of all ages, primarily in the 4th-6th grades. Interactive activities focus on local history, environmental awareness, group cooperation, leadership and recreation, with evening programs that may include square dances, campfires, and night hikes. Positions are available during the fall season (mid-August through mid-November) and again during the spring (mid-February to the beginning of June). To apply, send your cover letter, resume and 3 references to Lori Willson.
Associate Executive Director
YMCA Camp Pendalouan
1243 E. Fruitvale Rd.
Montague, MI 49437
(231) 894-4448 fax
Under direction of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the State Park Explorer Program provides resource-based educational programs, hikes, and activities to visitors at over 40 state parks and recreation areas.
Spend your summer teaching others about nature! State Park Explorer Guides will have the opportunity to lead hikes, create age-appropriate activities, and present fun programs that feature each park’s unique resources. Plus, you’ll have the best office views around! Increase your knowledge of forests, insects, pond life, and other topics covering plants, animals and natural features within your park, and gain experience in public speaking and program development while sharing your knowledge of nature and outdoor skills with others. Work begins with training in on May 21st and continues through the summer until late August/Labor Day. Candidates must have a high school diploma or be over 18 and possess a valid driver's license. To apply, send a completed application and resume to Karen Gourlay. Interviews will be held at various locations beginning in late March until all positions have been filled.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
State Park Explorer Program
20145 Beck Rd.
Northville, MI 48167
(248) 349-9142 fax
The camp is located in a rural wooded/farming area on 1,200 acres with 15 unique ecosystems and a 200-acre lake — within 1½ hours of East Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit.
A strong 40-year tradition in outdoor environmental education blends fresh ideas and talents of college-educated individuals with varied background experiences and the love of working with youth to make Storer’s programming exceptional. Program Educators will teach and facilitate recreational activities to 4th–7th grade students, with an outdoor education curriculum that includes the natural sciences, environmental awareness, cultural history, team building and adventure education (including the climbing tower and low/high ropes courses). Seeking staff to work August through the end of May 2018. If you are a college graduate and have experience with youth and work in the outdoors, a positive attitude, high energy, enthusiasm, and are team oriented, service minded, and have the desire to grow personally and professionally, email your cover letter and resume to Nancy Burger.
Director of Outdoor Education
YMCA Storer Camps
6941 Stony Lake Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 535-4922 fax