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 early June) 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). Camp Counselor/Trip Leaders who can serve as excellent role models and committed to youth development are also needed for the boy's and girl's summer camps. 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 E3 Naturalists & Summer Camp Jobs!
Hayo-Went-Ha is currently accepting E3 Naturalist applications for the spring season (mid-March to early June, with a possible summer/fall extension) and Counselor/Trip Leaders for the summer camp season (May 29th to August 11th).
Director of Outdoor Education, Conferences & Retreats
YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps
919 N. East Torch Lake Dr.
Central Lake, MI 49622
Community and School Programs Outdoor Education Staff
The School & Youth Programs staff utilize Miniwanca’s forests, wetlands, sand dunes, and lakes, along with initiatives, ropes courses and climbing walls, to create safe and exciting opportunities for students to engage in their learning.
AYF Miniwanca inspires young people to discover and develop their personal best through a variety of year-round and summer programs. The Community and School Programs is seeking highly motivated, energetic people who are passionate about youth and the outdoors to facilitate outdoor education and youth development curriculum for groups of 9-12 children, ages 8-18. Outdoor Education staff responsibilities include working with a team of youth development professionals to deliver programs that include sand dune, forest & water ecology exploration, 10+ elements team challenge course, the outdoor climbing wall, high ropes & indoor course, canoeing, and survival blocks with fire and shelter building and orienteering. Positions begin on April 2nd with a 10-day staff training and run through October 28th. During the summer months, OE staff will join the summer camp community as an adventure trip leader, cabin leader, or coordinator. To apply, fill out the online application.
American Youth Foundation Miniwanca
8845 W. Garfield Rd.
Shelby, MI 49455
Summer Camp & Adventure Staff
Set on 360 wooded acres and a mile of private Lake Michigan shoreline, Miniwanca is a breathtaking and inspiring setting for growth. Towering sand dunes and pines line our beach and a second, inland lake provides the perfect setting for swimming, sailing, and canoeing. The Four Trails Adventure Trip Program takes campers on treks through the Northeast U.S. and Ontario, Canada.
AYF Miniwanca operates year-round community & school programs, boys and girls summer residential camps for elementary to high school students, and the Four Trails summer adventure trip program—inspiring youth to develop their best selves through wilderness adventure activities. Hot 2018 summer jobs include Four Trails Adventure Trip Leaders (plan, prepare and lead trips that range in length from 5 to 28 days, with activities that include hiking, camping, canoeing, cycle touring and sea kayaking; applicants must be at least 21 years of age with previous experience in outdoor education, group facilitation, or working with youth) and Cabin Leaders (provide 24-hour supervision and mentoring to campers in assigned group in a cabin setting; applicants must have completed 1 year of college or equivalent). View detailed job descriptions and apply online.
Director of Camp Programs
American Youth Foundation Miniwanca
8845 W. Garfield Rd.
Shelby, MI 49455
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Seasonal/Year-Round Adventure Centre Facilitators and Summer Camp Staff
The campus is located on a beautiful lake in a 200-acre oak-hickory forest in southwest Michigan. Kalamazoo (which has three colleges and thriving arts & music scene) is nearby and the shores of Lake Michigan (perfect for swimming, hiking and watching the sunset into the great lake) is just 40 minutes away. You’ll experience all four seasons: snowy-sunny winters, springs full of flowers and mud, crispy fall mornings with all the colors, and in the summers, you are never more than 6 miles from a source of fresh water to swim in!
For more than 100 years Pretty Lake Camp has provided a cost-free summer camp experience to over 50,000 at-risk youth from Kalamazoo County and the Adventure Centre challenges individuals, teams, and organizations to expand their self-confidence, trust, and leadership skills through a variety of outdoor adventure learning activities. Adventure Centre Seasonals (full-time from April to October) and Contractual Facilitators (flex schedule year-round, with most work from April to October) are responsible for work with Adventure Centre staff to implement safe and effective experiential education programs. If you are resourceful, curious, courageous, emotionally intelligent, a direct and clear communicator, take initiative, and are passionate about group development and personal growth, email your cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Chiaravalli. Pretty Lake Camp also has plenty of summer job opportunities, including positions in camper services, outpost trips, waterfront, farm & youth programs, nature, arts & crafts, boating and lifeguarding. If you are looking for one of the most satisfying and rewarding summers you’ll ever have, fill out the online summer staff application.
Adventure Centre Programs Manager
Pretty Lake Camp
9123 West Q Ave.
Mattawan, MI 49071
(269) 375-1950 x123
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 on May 20th 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