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Orkila Summer Positions

All of our summer positions focus on mentoring youth and building community through the Y's Core Values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Caring, as well as the missions of Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.

Please note that if you are interested in multiple positions with Camp Orkila this summer it is only necessary to apply to one posting. We will be happy to consider you for all open positions during the interview process. 

Links will be active and applications will open toward the end of October. Stay tuned for more information!


 

Are you interested in our Expedition and Leadership Programs staff positions? Learn more about the programs and see available positions for this summer!

 

 

Counselor Positions

Starting at $240 per week

Cabin Counselor

Minimum age 18

Cabin Counselors live in a cabin with their co-counselor and about 10 campers. Cabin Counselors are responsible for the basic care and everyday needs of the campers in their cabin group for 1 week sessions over a 9 session summer.

 

Horsemasters Cabin Counselor 

Minimum age 18

Horsemasters Cabin Counselors work with the campers of the Horsemaster program, who are entering grades 6-9. No previous horse experience required.

*The above link will direct you to the general Cabin Counselor application. You will have the opportunity to discuss more specific positions later in the application process

 
 

Specialty Camps Cabin Counselor 

Minimum age 18

Specialty Camp Cabin Counselors take on the role of a Cabin Counselor, and if applicable, as a facilitator for one or more of our 5 Specialty camps. Our Specialty Camps include Marine Biology, High Altitude Leadership, Ultimate Frisbee, Digital Media, and Fishing Camps. Depending on background experience, knowledge, and schedule, these staff may work for one or more of these programs, as well as spend some weeks as a traditional Cabin Counselor. Campers and staff within the specialty programs spend half of each day engaged in their specialty area, and the other half participating in traditional camp activities.

*The above link will direct you to the general Cabin Counselor application. You will have the opportunity to discuss more specific positions later in the application process

 
 

Program Positions

Adventure Team Program Counselor

Minimum age 18

Adventure Team (A-Team) Program Counselors take on an important role as challenge course facilitators. The A-Team facilitates all of Camp Orkila's low and high ropes elements, including our zip line and giant swings. They also lead many group 'Initiatives,' and run the BMX track. All Program Counselors live in cabins with Cabin Counselors and campers, fulfilling the role of a Cabin Counselor when not working in their assigned program area.

 

Arts and Earth Program Counselor

Minimum age 18

Arts and Earth (A&E) Program Counselors facilitate all of our Art Studio and Marine Science Center activities! All Program Counselors live in cabins with Cabin Counselors and campers, fulfilling the role of a Cabin Counselor when not working in their assigned program area. Basic Arts and Earth Program Counselor job functions include facilitating art projects, leading beach walks, leading Life in the Forest (an energetic tag game), teaching Archery and Riflery (Airsoft BB).

*Previous experience with teaching art, target sports, or lessons in ecology and nature is encouraged

 

Aquatics Program Counselor 

Minimum age 18

Aquatics Program Counselors facilitate all of our Pool and Waterfront activities! We will offer a lifeguard certification course prior to the start of staff training for qualified applicants who are not already certified. All Program Counselors live in cabins with Cabin Counselors and campers, fulfilling the role of a Cabin Counselor when not working in their assigned program area. Basic Aquatics Program Counselor job functions include facilitating boating, Dock Jump, Polar Bear, Get Wet Get Dirty, teaching swim lessons to day campers, and cleaning the pool.

*Previous swimming experience is required

 

Riding Instructor Program Counselor

Minimum age 18

Riding Instructors teach lessons, facilitate trail rides, and lead equine workshops for the Horsemasters and Horsemaster Leadership program. All Riding Instructors live in Horsemaster Village with Cabin Counselors and campers, fulfilling the role of a Cabin Counselor when not working in their assigned program area. Basic Riding Instructor job functions include caring for the 30 horses that live on camp property, teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced riding lessons to campers in grades 6-11, and facilitate ground lessons for horse breeds, colors, and anatomy.

*Previous experience riding horses, caring for horses, and teaching beginner lessons is required.

 

Director Positions

Starting at $250 per week

Unit Director

Minimum age 21

Unit Directors are responsible for one unit, which includes 20 to 40 campers and 4 to 8 counselors. Units are of a specific mixed-gender age group. Basic job functions include scheduling and facilitating activities, camper behavior management, mentoring and coaching, counselors, interns, and counselors-in-training, communicating with parents as necessary

*Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification may be required depending on the unit. We offer a complimentary WFA course two days before staff training begins

 

Counselor in Training (CIT) Director

Minimum age 21

The Counselor in Training (CIT) Directors create and facilitate the CIT Program for campers entering grades 11-12 of high school. These teens are interested in growing as leaders and working towards becoming a Cabin Counselor. Learn more about the CIT program here!

*The above link will direct you to the general Unit Director application. You will have the opportunity to discuss more specific positions later in the application process

 
 

Orkila Summer Intern (OSI) Director

Minimum age 21

The Orkila Summer Intern Director is responsible for up to 40 Orkila Summer Interns (OSIs) who intern at camp for four weeks after participating in staff training. Over the course of these four weeks, an OSI will spend two weeks interning in unit with counselors and campers, and two weeks interning in "Interdisciplinary" (ID) areas such as the kitchen, maintenance, Arts and Earth, the Health Hut, the office, and many other areas of camp.


*The above link will direct you to the general Assistant Director application. You will have the opportunity to discuss more specific positions later in the application process

 
 

Program Unit Director

Minimum age 21

Program Unit Directors are responsible for one of our 4 program areas - Horseback Riding, Arts and Earth, Aquatics, and Adventure Team.

 

*The above link will direct you to the general Unit Director application. You will have the opportunity to discuss more specific positions at a later step in the application process

 
 
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Assistant Director

Minimum age 21

Assistant Directors provide various forms of leadership for the rest of camp, and will also learn how to support many of the logistics of camp. Basic job functions include coaching and giving feedback to staff, placing campers in units, facilitating the lodge during meals, responding to parents and guardians of campers, and completing other duties as assigned.

 

Health Care Manager

Minimum age 21

The Health Care Manager is in charge of maintaining the Health Hut (the camp health facility) and supervising the Health Aides. Applicants should be individuals with incredible attention to detail, superb communication skills, advanced organizational skills, and comfort with high levels of responsibility, including supervising other staff. Basic job functions include dispensinging hundreds of medications a day during meals and bedtime, ensuring 100% accuracy, and communicating with parents regarding medical information, if necessary.

*In progress or completed Registered Nurse (RN) program preferred.

 

Additional Positions

Inclusion Specialist

Minimum age 21

The Inclusion Specialists provide additional support to campers and staff. Basic job functions include documenting incidents and trends in the camp community, reaching out to parents, guardians, or case workers to create the most successful camp experience for campers, fielding all information related to suspected abuse, and communicate with Washington State Child Protective Services (CPS)

*Graduate education or significant work experience, either completed or in process, in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or related fields is required

 

Health Aide

Minimum age 18

Health Aides work closely with the Health Care Manager, and volunteer nurses and doctors to dispense hundreds of medications during meals and bedtime every day. Basic job functions include, helping manage the Health Hut (the camp health facility), packing medications for overnight trips. This position is great opportunity to experience a real medical facility in a fun environment. Another bonus is the opportunity to meet rotating volunteer nurses and doctors with diverse specialties

*Nursing or pre-nursing students preferred. Incredible attention to detail, flexibility, and advanced organizational skills are required.

 

Media Team

Minimum age 18

The Media Team works together as photographers and videographers to produce a weekly slideshow after capturing awesome camp moments throughout each week. The slideshow is shown on the last night of each session. The Media Team update's camp's media sites including Smugmug, Vimeo, Instagram, and Blogger.

*Previous experience with video cameras and accessories, video editing software such as Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro, digital cameras, and photo editing software such as Photoshop is required.

 
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Girls Lead Instructor

Minimum age 18

Girls Lead Instructors will be responsible for implementing a two-week program designed to help girls entering grades 7-9 build confidence, learn the spirit of service, and gain tools needed to challenge stereotypes about what it means to be a girl today. Instructors will deliver workshops relevant to the program, as well as manage the daily care and needs of participants. Applicants should have a passion for social responsibility, be excited about serving as a role model for teens, and have the initiative to take on leadership in a unique program. 

 
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Off-Site Program Instructor

Minimum age 18

Off-Site Program Instructors will travel between several State and National Park properties delivering programming and supervision to a group of participants, including both youth and families. Applicants should be comfortable holding a high level of responsibility and independence, facilitating group activities, and thinking on their feet. As this is a new program, instructors will have some opportunity to establish new traditions and practices. Programs will vary in length and location, so candidates should have a diverse background in youth programming and leadership.