Outdoor Education Instructor

Come be a part of a team of professionals that are passionate for camp, nature and working with children!
Camp Description
Join a positive and enthusiastic team at YMCA Camp Kresge! Nestled in the Poconos at the base of Mount Yeager, our property encompasses 1,100 beautiful forested acres including our very own 25 acre Beaver Lake.
Job Description

Gain valuable hands-on experience working with people of all ages, enhance leadership abilities, work on communication skills and grow self-confidence, all while having an incredible amount of fun.

Serving over 2,000 students per season, Outdoor Education Instructors will empower students to connect with nature, have fun while learning and create memories that will last a lifetime. Option to live on-site or commute in for scheduled shifts.

  • Salary of $315 per 5-day week with on-site housing, meals when groups are scheduled.

  • Salary of $9.50 an hour without housing, meals when working.

  • Laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, YMCA Membership, First Aid/CPR training, and certification provided.

  • Spring Outdoor Education is a 3 month position with the option to stay on for summer and fall (totaling 8 months).

  • Access to camp equipment during time off (climbing tower, mountain bikes, watercraft to name a few, plus miles of hiking trails).



  • Bachelor’s Degree strongly desired, high school diploma or equivalent required.

  • Experience working with youth in an outdoor setting is preferred.

  • Must be a team player and also able to take on leadership roles and responsibilities.

  • Ability to stay motivated, professional, patient, positive, hardworking, and flexible in an outdoor setting.  

  • Desire to teach and inspire children and adults. 

  • Enthusiasm and dedication to learn and master curriculum.

  • Comfortable speaking in front of large and small groups.

Essential Functions

Outdoor Education Instructors lead hands-on science-based classes including Lake Study, Animal Adaptations, Forest Ecology, Discovery Hike, and more. We also focus on outdoor adventure activities such as Team Building, Climbing Tower, High Ropes Course, and Archery. Age range for groups is preschool to high school. Each class lasts about an hour (3 classes per visit) with trail group sizes of 12-18 students. No weekday evening duties are required.

Other components of the job include leading orientation, daily set up and clean up of camp, organizing class supplies, completing camp projects, new program development, participating in paid staff training, and teaching seminars