WORK AT CAMP

Have an Epic Adventure this Summer in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

A summer spent at YMCA Camp Santa Maria will give you opportunities to work with children, experience new activities, learn new skills and tackle challenges daily.

At YMCA Camp Santa Maria, we seek staff who, first and foremost, are passionate about being positive role models for and working with children. Our goal is to create an environment where all campers and youth feel safe, welcomed and supported. After all, the Y is for all. It’s part of the Y’s mission and it is what we consider the most important hallmark of camp. 

Working at an overnight camp is an exciting, exhausting, demanding and rewarding opportunity. A successful camp staffer is truly committed to providing all campers with great experiences, helping them to grow, develop new skills and create relationships. Great camp staffers are able to put the needs of others before their own. They work on behalf of the YMCA Camp Santa Maria community, and guide campers to be creative and learn that it is all right to fail at something and to have fun while trying something new. We look for staff who can teach our kids about the world in which they live.

Working at YMCA Camp Santa Maria might be a great fit if you:

  • Have a passion for the outdoors and connecting others to it.
  • Have worked at an environmental education program and want to continue teaching others about the natural world. 
  • Or you have participated in programs through Wilderness Awareness School, Coyote Tracks or another Deep Nature connection program.

Our camp is located on more than 1,000 acres in the Rocky Mountains at over 8,000 feet in elevation. It’s an incredible classroom in which to share your passion for the outdoors. 

Ready to Apply?

If you are a returning staff member who has worked with us in the past year, please contact Taylor if you would like to work in 2019.
Interested applicants should view a list of available jobs and then complete an online application. 

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JOB OPENINGS AT CAMP SANTA MARIA

Arts and Crafts Specialist

 

Pay Rate: $275/week

POSITION SUMMARY

The Arts and Crafts Specialist helps all campers to experience the traditional camp craft activities and more! The Arts and Crafts Specialist is responsible for the planning and organization of the arts and crafts area, creation of props for special programs and assists the Fun Facilitator in the planning and execution of Special Programs. The Arts and Crafts Specialist will work with all leadership and support staff to help provide an excellent camp experience for all campers and staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Directs and supervises program activities to meet the needs of the camp community and fulfill YMCA objectives (see detailed list below).
  • Helps train, develop programs, create schedules and directs personnel and volunteers as needed. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
  • Organizes and distributes camp equipment for overnight trips, camp outs and activity sessions.
  • Participates in the running of camp by engaging in planning and meeting sessions with the Camp Santa Maria support staff team.
  • Coordinates use of facilities for program activities and events with the support staff team.
  • Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in timely manner.
  • Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in program.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 21 years old. 
  • One to two years related experience preferred. Experience with Outward Bound, NOLS, or another wilderness expeditionary program. 
  • Experience with gear maintenance and organization preferred.
  • Must have a valid US driving license. 
  • Completion of: Child Abuse Prevention for Supervisory Staff, Staff Training, WFA, CPR, AED, Bloodborne Pathogens. Life guarding a plus.
  • Completion of YMCA program-specific certifications.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of  the community.

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Experience teaching arts and crafts skills to children.
  • Full of unique and easy craft ideas for resident camps.
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Adventure Specialist

Hard Start Date: May 20 Hard End Date: August 4

Pay Rate: starting at $275/week

POSITION SUMMARY

The Adventure Specialist is the go-to staff member for adventure seekers. Want to climb rocks? Ride bikes down our rocky trails? Help children gain a sense of wonder for the natural world around them? The Adventure Specialist oversees all the adventure skill tracks that take place at camp. They are also responsible for all gear that is housed at camp. The Adventure Specialist is responsible for making sure that all gear (sleeping bags, backpacks, sleeping pads, etc.) is well maintained and inventoried. The Adventure Specialist will report to the Pioneer Village Coordinator and will ensure that any food or food equipment is prepped and ready to go for each group that is going on overnights

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Directs and supervises program activities to meet the needs of the camp community and fulfill YMCA objectives (see detailed list below).
  • Helps train, develop programs, create schedules and directs personnel and volunteers as needed. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
  • Organizes and distributes camp equipment for overnight trips, camp outs and activity sessions.
  • Participates in the running of camp by engaging in planning and meeting sessions with the Camp Santa Maria support staff team.
  • Coordinates use of facilities for program activities and events with the support staff team.
  • Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in timely manner.
  • Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in program.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 21 years old. 
  • One to two years related experience preferred. Experience with Outward Bound, NOLS, or another wilderness expeditionary program. 
  • Experience with gear maintenance and organization preferred.
  • Must have a valid US driving license. 
  • Completion of: Child Abuse Prevention for Supervisory Staff, Staff Training, WFA, CPR, AED, Bloodborne Pathogens. Life guarding a plus.
  • Completion of YMCA program-specific certifications.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of  the community

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Experience with rock climbing, mountain biking
  • 1-2 years experience in leading trips with a guide company, camp or school org
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Assistant Camp Director (Seasonal)

Pay Rate: $400/week

POSITION SUMMARY

The Assistant Camp Director serves as the First Mate for the USS YMCA Camp Santa Maria. Every good Captain needs an exceptional First Mate and at YMCA Camp Santa Maria, we pride ourselves on having an incredible group of staff every year. The Assistant Camp Director will be directly in charge of our Leadership Staff and will be expected to lend hands in a variety of situations. The Assistant Camp Director will work in conjunction with the Camp Director to provide exceptional summer programming for campers and staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Directs and supervises program activities to meet the needs of the camp community and fulfill YMCA objectives (see detailed list below).
  • Helps train, develop programs, create schedules and directs personnel and volunteers as needed. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
  • Organizes and distributes camp equipment for overnight trips, camp outs and activity sessions.
  • Participates in the running of camp by engaging in planning and meeting sessions with the Camp Santa Maria support staff team.
  • Coordinates use of facilities for program activities and events with the support staff team.
  • Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in timely manner.
  • Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 25 years old. 
  • One to two years related experience preferred. Experience with Outward Bound, NOLS, or another wilderness expeditionary program. 
  • Experience with gear maintenance and organization preferred.
  • Must have a valid US driving license.
  • Completion of: Child Abuse Prevention for Supervisory Staff, Staff Training, WFA, CPR, AED, Bloodborne Pathogens. Life guarding a plus.
  • Completion of YMCA program-specific certifications.

  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of  the community.

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • 3-4 years of resident camp experience
  • 1-2 years managing a team of staff
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Cabin Leader

 

Pay Rate: $235-$245/week

POSITION SUMMARY

Have a passion for working with children? Want to build your resume while providing a child with memories that will last a lifetime? Even make some of your own best memories? The Cabin Leader (CL) provides leadership, direction, and supervision to program participants in all aspects of camp life. From arts and crafts, to sports and games and everything in between, you will have the chance to develop skills in planning, preparing and facilitating age-appropriate activities in large and small groups. Take the chance to re-create your ideal childhood in this role and provide an atmosphere of respect, acceptance, and caring for each child you meet, while showing each one as much individual attention as possible. You will maintain a community where bullying is not accepted and interact positively with children, staff members, and parents at all times. The CL focuses on creating a strong, positive community in their cabin and is the backbone to each child’s Summer Camp experience.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Supervises a group of children in a cabin. Up to 12 kids in a cabin.
  • Plans and implements program activities that are culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and consistent with YMCA values.
  • Adheres to program standards and expectations including safety and cleanliness standards.
  • Attends staff meetings and trainings including in person and online.
  • Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergencies.
  • Maintains positive relations with campers and other staff. Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Maintains constructive and timely communication with supervisors. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school graduate or equivalent; one year or more of college preferred.
  • Previous experience working with children preferably in a resident camp setting
  • Experience preferred in one or more of the following areas: outdoor skills, archery, arts and crafts, dance, drama, boating, camping, songs/music, skits, sports, aquatics, recreational games, etc.
  • At least 18 years of age (The age minimum may be higher depending on state law and YMCA policies.)
  • CPR, WFA, AED certifications and Child Abuse Prevention training within 30 days of hire date.
  • Previous experience with diverse populations preferred.
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iT Coordinator

Pay Rate: $275/week

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Have a knack for building programs? Supervising staff? Put your skills to work in developing, organizing and implementing high quality YMCA residential camp programs for teens. The iT Coordinator (iTC) provides leadership, direction and supervision to staff and program participants in our teen leadership programs; Leaders-in-Training and Counselors-in-Training. From teambuilding activities and daily schedules, to overnight campouts and whitewater rafting trips, you will be responsible for helping mold our campers into successful young adults. The iTC works with the Directors, Leadership Staff, and Cabin Leaders to plan, implement and facilitate program curriculum, while ensuring a healthy living environment and a highly influential camp experience. The iTC provides an atmosphere of respect, acceptance and caring for all campers and staff members.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Directs and supervises teen leadership program activities to meet the needs of the camp community and fulfill YMCA objectives (see detailed list below).
  • Helps train, develop programs, create schedules and directs personnel and volunteers as needed. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
  • Lives with a group of up to 6 participants in leadership programs (gender specific).
  • Instructs, trains and appropriately leads all participants in teen leadership programs to prepare our next generation of counselors.
  • Coordinates use of facilities for program activities and events with the support staff team.
  • Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in timely manner.
  • Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation  >in program.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 21 years old. 
  • One to two years related experience preferred. Leadership and teambuilding training a plus.
  • Must have a valid US driving license. 
  • Completion of: Child Abuse Prevention for Supervisory Staff, Staff Training, WFA, CPR, AED, Bloodborne Pathogens. Life guarding a plus.
  • Completion of YMCA program-specific certifications.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of  the community.>

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Experience working with teens in leadership setting
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iT Leader

Pay Rate: $235-$245/week

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Have a passion for working with teens? Be the leader you sought out as a kid in our iT Leader (iTL) position. Responsible for providing leadership, direction, and supervision to program participants in all aspects of the program at camp, and to the greater camp community. You will plan, prepare, and facilitate age-appropriate activities in large and small groups in a rustic/ wilderness context ranging from group games, to teambuilding activities and more.  The iTL must provide an atmosphere of respect, acceptance, and caring for each child and show each child as much individual attention as possible, while and maintaining a community where bullying is not accepted. The iTL interacts positively with children, staff members, and parents at all times. The iTL focuses on creating a strong, positive community in their program and is the backbone to each child’s Summer Camp experience. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Supervises a group of campers in tent village, which is co-ed. Up to 10 kids in a program.
  • Plans and implements program activities that are culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and consistent with YMCA values.
  • Adheres to program standards and expectations including safety and cleanliness standards.
  • Attends staff meetings and trainings.
  • Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergencies.
  • Maintains positive relations with campers and other staff. Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Maintains constructive and timely communication with supervisors. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school graduate or equivalent; one year or more of college preferred.
  • Previous experience working with children preferably in a resident camp setting and previous experience with a wilderness expeditionary type program also preferred.
  • Experience preferred in one or more of the following areas: outdoor living skills, wilderness survival skills, boating, camping, aquatics, rock climbing, recreational games, etc.
  • At least 21 years of age (The age minimum may be higher depending on state law and YMCA policies.)
  • CPR, WFA, AED certifications and Child Abuse Prevention training within 30 days of hire date.
  • Previous experience with diverse populations preferred.
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Trip Leader

Pay Rate: $235-$245/week
 
POSITION DESCRIPTION
 

Want to spend your summer exploring the great outdoors? Climbing, hiking, biking and more? The Trip Leader (TL) provides leadership, direction, and supervision to program participants in all aspects of the wilderness and tripping programs at camp, and to the greater camp community. Along with planning, preparing, and facilitating age-appropriate activities in large and small groups in a rustic/ wilderness context, you will have opportunities to backpack, raft, kayak and even stand up paddle board this summer.  The TL must provide an atmosphere of respect, acceptance, and caring for each child and shows each child as much individual attention as possible while maintaining a community where bullying is not accepted. The TL interacts positively with children, staff members, and parents at all times. The TL focuses on creating a strong, positive community in their cabin and throughout the camp setting. The TL will be running off-camp wilderness trips and on-camp wilderness experiences under the leadership of the Teen Village Leader.   

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Supervises a group of children in tent village, which is co-ed. Up to 10 kids in a program.
  • Plans and implements program activities that are culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and consistent with YMCA values.
  • Adheres to program standards and expectations including safety and cleanliness standards.
  • Attends staff meetings and trainings.
  • Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergencies.
  • Maintains positive relations with campers and other staff. Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Maintains constructive and timely communication with supervisors.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school graduate or equivalent; one year or more of college preferred.
  • Previous experience working with children preferably in a resident camp setting and previous experience with a wilderness expeditionary type program also preferred.
  • Experience preferred in one or more of the following areas: outdoor living skills, wilderness survival skills, boating, camping, aquatics, rock climbing, recreational games, etc…
  • At least 21 years of age (The age minimum may be higher depending on state law and YMCA policies.)
  • CPR, WFA, AED certifications and Child Abuse Prevention training within 30 days of hire date.
  • Previous experience with diverse populations preferred.
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Maintenance Staff

Pay Rate: $250/week

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Not afraid to get your hands dirty? Hardworking? Polite? The Maintenance Staff provides support for the camp by maintaining a clean, safe and enjoyable environment. The MS? must provide an atmosphere of respect, acceptance, and caring for each child and shows each child as much individual attention as possible and maintains a community where bullying is not accepted. The MS interacts positively with children, staff members, and parents at all times. The MS focuses on creating a strong, positive community at camp and contributing by assisting in grounds maintenance. The MS’s will live either in Tent Village or in a Cabin or Staff housing depending on space and responsibilities.    

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Assists in the maintenance of the camp property.
  • Assists in the daily running of camp. This may include washing dishes, setting the dining hall, clean-up after meals, maintaining cleanliness in all areas and performing any maintenance that may be determined by the Y staff or the Dower employees.
  • Adheres to program standards and expectations including safety and cleanliness standards.
  • Attends staff meetings and trainings.
  • Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergencies.
  • Maintains positive relations with campers and other staff. Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Maintains constructive and timely communication with supervisors. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Previous experience working with children preferably in a resident camp setting. 
  • At least 18 years of age (The age minimum may be higher depending on state law and YMCA policies.)
  • CPR, WFA, AED certifications and Child Abuse Prevention training within 30 days of hire date.
  • Previous experience with diverse populations preferred.

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Experience with lawn maintenance, general tinkering and tools
  • Willingness to do whatever camp needs!
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Waterfront Specialist

Pay Rate: $275/week

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Enjoy appending time on/in the water? Have great ideas for waterfront programming? The Waterfront Specialist (WS) provides leadership, direction, and supervision to program participants in all aquatics areas. Plans, prepares, and facilitates age-appropriate activities in large and small groups.  The WS must provide an atmosphere of respect, acceptance, and caring for each child and shows each child as much individual attention as possible while maintaining a community where bullying is not accepted. The WS interacts positively with children, staff members, and parents at all times. It is required you maintain safe swimming conditions in the pool area, lake, waterfront and surrounding areas.  The WS will report directly to the Camp Director.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Serves as the leader to the lifeguarding staff by keeping staff on task and alert.
  • Addresses any lifeguard or participant concern with the Camp Director.
  • Leads and organizes the daily operations of the aquatics areas and serves as primary backup to aquatics staff needs in lifeguarding.
  • Maintains a safe aquatic environment through the enforcement of all YMCA Camp Santa Maria and American Camp Association policies and regulations.
  • Acts as first responder to any incident and notifies the Camp Director of all actions.
  • Assists the Camp Director with creating schedules and lesson plans for each week.
  • Assists Camp Director in running in-service trainings or skills exercises for staff.
  • Submits all Incident/Accident Reports to Camp Director by the end of the day.
  • Attends staff meetings and trainings including in person and online.
  • Maintains positive relations with campers and other staff. Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions. Maintains constructive and timely communication with supervisors.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 21 years old.
  • Lifeguard certified. American Red Cross preferred. 
  • One to two years related experience preferred. Leadership and teambuilding training a plus.
  • Must have a valid US driving license. 
  • Completion of: Child Abuse Prevention for Supervisory Staff, Staff Training, WFA, CPR, AED, Bloodborne Pathogens.
  • Completion of YMCA program-specific certifications.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of  the community.

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • LGI Certification
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