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.
Fall Season E3 Naturalist Job Openings!
YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps is currently accepting E3 Naturalist applications for the fall season. Positions will run from late August to mid-November, with a possible winter 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.
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).
Tamarack Camps is seeking Wilderness Trip Supervisors to lead 5-week summer teen adventures throughout the Western U.S. Each co-ed group of 25 teens will travel by bus and hike, backpack, and camp together throughout state and National Parks. Trip Supervisors will lead five staff and teens through all aspects of the summer adventure. Applicants should have experience managing staff, leading overnight backpacking trips, a strong knowledge of Leave No Trace principles and past experience working with teens. Lifeguarding, CPR and WFA/WFR training or re-certification will be provided. 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 »
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 and an hour from Grand Rapids.
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. The ideal applicant will have a Bachelor's degree in education, recreation or related field, a great sense of humor, a genuine love for children, and a strong desire to work in the outdoors. Consideration will be given for experience as well. Lifeguarding and a willingness to get trained to facilitate the high/low ropes course and ziplining is a big plus. All applicants are responsible for CPR/first aid certification. Positions are available during the fall season (August 21st to November 21st) and again during the spring (mid-February through the beginning of June). To apply, send your cover letter, resume and 3 references to Matthew Abel.
YMCA Camp Pendalouan
1243 E. Fruitvale Rd.
Montague, MI 49437
(231) 894-4448 fax
The camp is located in a rural wooded/farming area on 1,200 acres with 15 unique ecosystems and a 200-acre lake — all within 1½ hours of East Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit.
YMCA Storer Camps is a hands-on, total-immersion learning center serving more than 15,000 students from over 130 elementary and middle schools each year. Students and teachers spend 3-5 days and nights on-site. A strong 40+ year tradition in outdoor environmental education blends fresh ideas and talents of college-educated individuals with varied experiences who share a passion for working with youth that make Storer’s programming exceptional. Program Educators will teach activities to 4th–7th grade students, with an outdoor education curriculum that includes the natural sciences, cultural history, adventure education (including the climbing tower and low/high ropes courses), and renewable energy. Seeking staff to work from August through June 1, 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.
• Storer Camps will be hosting the upcoming YMCA Mid America Camping Conference in January 2018 and Educators will have the opportunity to attend this great learning/networking event!
Director of Outdoor Education
YMCA Storer Camps
6941 Stony Lake Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 535-4922 fax