YMCA of Greater Seattle

Expedition Support Staff

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
Posted Date 6 years ago(3/15/2016 3:15 PM)
# of Openings
YMCA at Cascade People's Center
Teen Summer Programs
309 Pontius Ave N


Expedition Support Staff

BOLD & GOLD Program

Seattle, Washington USA


The BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development) & GOLD (Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) Program is dedicated to inspiring courage and confidence in diverse groups of adolescent girls and boys through outdoor adventures.  We run, primarily, single gender expeditions and each year we engage over 600 youth on 60-70 different backcountry trips ranging in length from 8 to 22 days in places like the North Cascades, Mt Rainier, Squamish, Smith Rocks and Olympic National Park.  Activities include backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, fishing, yoga, art, music, literature, backcountry cooking and goofing off.  Our goal is to increase confidence, courage, emotional intelligence, wonder, and community awareness in participants.   We believe these traits are the foundations of leadership and work to inspire participants to develop their own leadership style.  We prepare young people, from middle school on, to be the next generation of leaders through multicultural experiential education in the natural world. Find out more at www.ymcaleadership.org


As a member of our Expedition Support Staff your role is to work in collaboration with all the different facets of our program.  You will work closely with our Logistics Coordinator and Course Directors to ensure that the instructors, and through them, the students, are provided with the necessary resources to be successful.  This could be in the form of packing food, repairing equipment, driving, playing games with the youth, or consoling a homesick participant.  Additionally, you will be given the opportunity to work in the field for at least one week with experienced instructors.  This is a great opportunity for folks without the hands on knowledge of working with youth in the outdoors to gain a better understanding and valuable experience in this field.


Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Managing the organization, function, and availability of backpacking, camping, and rock climbing equipment,      including clothing, first aid supplies, stoves, backpacks, sleeping bags, and tents
  • Collaborating with staff to pack and prepare all field-going food and equipment
  • Provide support to instructor teams during the issuing and de-issuing of equipment


Critical Success Factors:

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Commitment to working with diverse groups
  • Commitment to working with youth
  • Desire to Learn
  • Ability to create an inclusive environment
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Knowing how to have fun!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Current Wilderness Medical Certifications (W-EMT, WFR, or WFA) and CPR
  • Clear criminal background check
  • Driver's license with safe driving record.
  • WA State Food Handlers Permit.

Dates of Employment: June 9th – September 5th, 2016.


Hours: 30-40 hours a week, 5 days on, 2 days off


Compensation: Starting @ $65/Daily. Benefits include: access to equipment, pro-deals, professional development opportunities and a YMCA membership.


Application Closing Date: February 15th, 2016


Questions: Please contact Chris Hagen at chagen@seattleymca.org 


  1. 18 years of age or older.
  2. Current state approved first aid certification.
  3. Current state approved CPR certification.
  4. High school graduate or equivalent.
  5. One or more years of college preferred.
  6. Ability to participate in activities that involve rigorous activity in an outdoor setting, including, but not limited to hiking, boating, camping and swimming.

Competencies for success at the Y:

  • Values - Strengthens the Y's culture by demonstrating the values of the Y - honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility - in every aspect of work.
  • Inclusion - Models cultural competence and supports diversity, effectively working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.
  • Develop Self and Others - Demonstrates teamwork and personal accountability, seeking and providing feedback, coaching, and resources for development.
  • Quality Results - Takes the initiative and holds self and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals relating to people (employees and members), philanthropy, finance and volunteerism.
  • Change Capacity - Facilitates change, seeks opportunities in the change process, models adaptability, and leads transition in support of the Y's mission.
  • Inspire Others - Promotes creativity, generates excitement, and rewards risk taking, while consistently demonstrating a high level of emotional maturity, maintaining a positive attitude and building strong relationships.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. Competitive pay range and excellent benefit package includes YMCA membership, health, dental, life and disability insurance; tuition assistance; 12% retirement contribution, as eligible.


The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace.


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