Boating Specialist

YMCA Storer Camps has been serving youth and families for over 100 years.
Camp Description
YMCA Storer Camps offers educational programs, character development and team building services to youth and adults through our three core programs: Outdoor Environmental Education, Summer Overnight Camp, and Specialty Programs & Group Retreats. Located in southeast Michigan on 1,200 acres surrounding Stony Lake, our 15 unique ecosystems provide a natural learning environment for campers, students, teachers and families year round
Job Description

The Boating Specialist reports directly to the Waterfront Director.  The incumbent is responsible to lend support to the entire Summer Camp staff and structure.  The Boating Specialist is responsible for the safe operations and supervision of the boating programs and activities.  The Boating Specialist is responsible for enforcing all state and licensing regulations with camp policy.


Must be at least 19 years of age and a High School graduate. Must be skilled in the teaching of kayaking, canoeing, and other paddle sport equipment.  Must have current lifeguard certifications.

Essential Functions
  • Oversee the instruction of paddle sport lessons during class period and take the lead in all camp Paddle Sport activities during designated periods.
  • Provide oversight for the maintenance, inventory, storage, and replacement of paddle sport equipment.
  • Support growing a culture of respectful use of boating equipment and maintenance thereof, the skills required for the safe usage and enjoyment of the equipment and the process utilized to build skills and competency in the appropriate staff and students.
  • Provide, enforce and maintain the safety standards and regulations of the paddle sport program.
  • Safely operate pontoon boat rides for campers and other guests.
  • Responsible for implementing the Buddy System.
  • Inform the Waterfront Director of any events that may affect the overall well-being of campers and staff.
  • Maintain a written log of daily incidents and camp related phone calls.
  • Assist with cabin coverage responsibilities when not scheduled for boating responsibilities.
  • Follow all camp policies and procedures.
  • Any other duties assigned that enhance any/all camp programs and the experiences of all campers and participants at YMCA Storer Camps. 


The Boating Specialist is part of a staff team that will work together to provide quality camping programs in an environment that fulfills the YMCA’s mission and Core Values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.  In addition, this team will also be accountable for working in a manner that will ensure the financial stability, which allows for future growth and development. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to plan, lead and participate in program activities in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach, and must be able to move around the work environment.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

There has never been a better time to join the YMCA of Greater Toledo! Our employees enjoy a diverse and inclusive environment and the opportunity to do cause-driven work to impact our communities through: helping kids succeed in school, helping people improve health and well-being, and bringing people together. If you are interested and have the skills and desire to make a difference, please continue by completing the application. Thank you for your interest in our Y!