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Summer camp team leader

Position Description

Team Leaders play the most important role in supplying a positive, valuable, safe experience for Mountaineer summer campers. They are directly responsible for the daily supervision of a group of 8-12 campers ranging in age from 6-14. They design and teach varying outdoor curriculum, including first aid, navigation, and safe methods of recreating outdoors. Team Leaders create an enthusiastic and welcoming environment for their group of campers and have seemingly limitless amounts of energy.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide a meaningful camp experience, keeping campers happy, healthy, safe, and having fun.
  • Foster a positive sense of community within the group and seek ways to include all campers.
  • Plan creative outdoor activities based off of curriculum for group of campers.
  • Enthusiastically teach games and activities to group of campers.
  • Fearlessly participate as a leader during large group and all camp activities.
  • Assist in the set up and break down of camp.
  • Attend weekly staff meeting.
  • Ensure Mountaineers Youth Policies and Procedures are followed and adhered to at all time.
  • Share the magic of camp with families.
  • Sing your heart out during camp assemblies.

Candidate Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age 18.
  • High school diploma.
  • Positive, enthusiastic team player.
  • Experience working outdoors with youth.
  • Knowledge of quick games and time fillers to keep campers engaged during transitions.
  • Ability to pass a national criminal background and sex offender check.
  • Must attend all of staff training.
  • Ability to work June 17 - August 23.


  • Climbing and belaying experience
  • Enrollment in outdoor education or education major within university
  • Summer camp experience
  • Experience teaching Outdoor Recreation skills such as : First Aid, Navigation, Outdoor Cooking, Naturalist skills, kayaking, climbing, Teambuilding, or Photography
  • Current CPR & First Aid Certification, Lifeguard Certification preferred.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  While performing the duties of this Job, the employee will be required stand for extended periods of time while leading youth, and must be able to hike on uneven and hilly terrain continuously for up to five miles.  The employee is occasionally required to bend, squat, run or climb as part of duties leading youth.

Compensation and Benefits

This position is for a full-time, seasonal employee.  Regular schedule will be 40+ hours a week, including camp hours.  Compensation ranges from $585-600/week, depending on experience.  Benefits include membership in The Mountaineers.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email a resume and a cover letter explaining 1) what experience, skills and personal characteristics qualify you for this position and 2) why the mission and work of The Mountaineers appeals to you. Send all information summercamp@mountaineers.org.


volunteer Counselor in training 

Counselors in Training (CITs) are important members of the Mountaineers summer camp team. They help counselors by belaying during climbing instruction, assisting with behavior management, playing lots of games, and being positive role models for campers. The Counselor in Training program is designed for teens ages 14+ who are interested in learning about working with children in a recreational camp setting and thinking of employment opportunities in the future. CITs will gain a sense of leadership, learn outdoor skills, and have fun!

CIT Application

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about The Mountaineers

The Mountaineers was formed in 1906 to explore the wild areas and peaks in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. With 13,000 members and branches from Olympia to Bellingham, The Mountaineers enjoys an outstanding reputation in its field and in the community. Our dedicated staff, members, and volunteers are deeply committed to successfully accomplishing our mission. Each year 1,600 volunteers deliver outdoor skill courses to 2,500 students and lead  2,000+ recreational trips and courses. In addition, we advocate for access and protection of recreational lands. Last year we helped protect 30,000 acres of public land in Washington State. The organization has also published 500 outdoor recreation and conservation advocacy books. Our mission is to enrich the lives of people by helping them explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the wild lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The Mountaineers program centers have staff of 40 employees and an annual operating budget of seven million dollars, including Mountaineers Books. Please visit the other pages on our website for in-depth information about our organization, activities, programs, and mission.

Mountaineers Books is the nation's leading independent publisher of outdoor recreation, sustainable lifestyle, and conservation books with more than 700 titles in print. The publishing division of The Mountaineers, Mountaineers Books has a professional publishing staff of 22 employees and is located in a combined office/warehouse on Harbor Island, near downtown Seattle, Washington.

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to The Mountaineers focus on advancing equity. Our core values are Adventure, Advocacy, Community, Education, and Volunteerism, and we believe a diverse and inclusive environment inspires unity, respect, and passion for our work and one another. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with colleagues of varied experience and background. The Mountaineers is an equal-opportunity employer, and candidates from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: The above information for all open positions above has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within the particular classification. It is not designed to contain or to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the particular job.