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Camp Orkila Arts and Earth Program Counselor

Company: YMCA of Greater Seattle
Location: Eastsound
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


Our Commitment to Equity The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.

Apply now to join the Orkila Staff Community as an Arts and Earth Program Counselor. This is a great opportunity to be part of a team committed to building safe and inclusive environments for young people. For more information about Camp Orkila and its programs, visit us at

Job Summary

Arts and Earth (A&E) staff facilitate our arts studio, earth sciences programs, and our Marine Salmon Center! This includes art projects, visiting our salt water touch tank, "Life in the Forest" (an energetic tag game), archery and riflery (BBs), beach walks, and tactile activies like rope bridge and geodome. Program Counselors live in cabins with Cabin Counselors and campers, serving as a counselor when not working in their assigned program area. A&E program counselors perform other duties as assigned and are led by the Arts and Earth Unit Director.

The screening process of this job will begin on January 20th, 2021.


Supervises a group of ten campers. Ensures that all campers are accounted for and safe at all times. Develops lesson plans, teaches, and facilitates arts and crafts, marine and earth sciences programs. Facilitates program activities that are developmentally appropriate and which promote camper skill and character development, e.g. cabin activities, values sessions. Leads and assists with facilitation of all-camp special events. Provides leadership and supervision to any developing leaders placed with the cabin: OSIs, CIT's and/or LDI's. Maintains safety and cleanliness standards. Takes special note of individual camper health needs or concerns on a daily basis. Shares cleaning duties with fellow staff. Communicates personal or camper needs to Unit Director in a timely manner. Maintains equipment in sound and safe order. Attends staff meetings and trainings. Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergencies.


Ability to build positive relationships with campers and staff. Promote and maintain a safe and positive environment for campers. Demonstrate leadership skills. Must be able to work independently, exercise good judgment and demonstrate organizational skills. Provide enthusiasm, creativity, resourcefulness and good problem solving skills. Possess outdoor living and adventure skills. Oversee and implement a variety of program activities. Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse camper and staff population. Ability to participate in activities that involve rigorous physical activity in an outdoor setting, including, but not limited to hiking, boating, camping, swimming, etc. 18 years of age or older. Current state approved first aid certification. Current state approved CPR certification. High school graduate or equivalent. One or more years of college preferred. Other applicable education, training, and experience, which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position will be considered.

Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.

  • Within 14 days of assuming camp duties.

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.

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. We also believe in supporting the wellbeing of our employees and offer a free Y membership as a benefit of employment.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities.

"YGS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law.

We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on the results of a background check and (on applicable jobs) drug screening, including screening for marijuana. We participate in the Federal E-Verify system.

If you need assistance of any kind with the application process, reach out to or the HR department at 206.382.5082."


Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.


  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Honesty
  • Caring
  • Passion for Excellence

Keywords: YMCA of Greater Seattle, Bellingham , Camp Orkila Arts and Earth Program Counselor, Other , Eastsound, Washington

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