Wilderness Expedition Leader

Teach our youth about Leave No Trace and how to unplug & reconnect with the outdoors.
Camp Description
Camp Chief Ouray (CCO), established in 1908, has grown to be a premiere overnight and day camp option for youth from all over the United States and the World. We are committed to developing five core values in everything we do: Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith. CCO is a part of the YMCA of the Rockies, located at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, CO (elevation of 8,750 feet).
Job Description

The Wilderness Expedition Leader provides 24-hour support with guidance, supervision, safety and comfort for participants during all activities. Depending on the program, you will co-lead groups of up to 10 campers through outdoor activities including: hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, white-water rafting (outfitted), horsepacking (outfitted), rock climbing (outfitted), and surfing. Sessions are either one-week programs designed to expose campers to the possibilities of outdoor recreation, two-week programs designed to provide deeper exploration, or three-week programs designed to increase confidence in backcountry travel and leadership skills. Foster valuable group dynamics, oversee outfitted activities, teach Leave No Trace principles, and how to unplug and reconnect with the outdoors. This role includes pre-trip packing, planning and post-trip camper evaluations and debriefs. Wilderness Expedition Leaders provide natural and cultural history education relevant to their location. 

Work Dates: May 13 - August 10, 2024

Compensation: This position pays $612/week and also includes room and board, laundry on site, practice 21st century skills, CPR/First Aid and/or Wilderness First Aid certification, diverse and global experiences, welcoming and inclusive team environment, free and/or discounted program rentals, close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park and additional outdoor recreation areas, discount on summer camp registration for immediate family members, and pro deal discounts to outdoor retail companies. 

Application Process: We value your time and appreciate your interest in working at Camp Chief Ouray.  All interviews are conducted via video call. 

  • We aim to reach out with an invitation for an interview or to decline your application within one to two weeks of your application being submitted.  
  • Returning Staff: There is typically only one interview for returning staff.  
  • We will do our best to make a hiring decision within two-three weeks of the date of your interview. 
  • After your interview(s), we meet as a full-time team at CCO to discuss each applicant. We aim to have an answer to you within one week of your interview.   

Minimum of 21 years of age. Current driver’s license with a clean driving record. Backpacking experience required. A willingness to comply with YMCA driving rules to be approved to operate YMCA vehicles is preferred but not required. 

Essential Functions

All CCO Staff Camp Chief Ouray staff are expected to create a safe space for all campers, families, and staff while allowing development and growth for all. They should possess the mental, social and emotional skills necessary to build rapport and positive relationships, putting camper needs first. Responding to camper and customer requests for service, troubleshooting problems and developing solutions in a patient and respectful manner is an important aspect of our work. All staff should contribute to a cooperative and positive camp community, take responsibility for the upkeep of the camp facility and cleanliness of camp. Assist with other departments as needed.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Our Mission YMCA of the Rockies puts Christian principles into practice through programs, staff and facilities in an environment that builds a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. 

Our Goal is to offer challenging experiences to build leaders through life-long skill development in a safe, imaginative, natural setting. We instill confidence through independence and interpersonal skills. We challenge our campers and staff to discover their true selves. 

Our Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Innovation Statement The YMCA of the Rockies will reach out to and welcome all people and organizations of good will and ensure that the rich gifts of diversity are reflected and respected at all levels. 

Our Commitment to All People We will serve a diverse population, inclusive of all people of good will. Reflecting our Christian Mission, we will be inclusive and welcoming of all people of good will. Our activities and facilities will be inclusive, accessible, and available to the diverse worldwide community we serve.