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Spring & Fall At Orkila!

The spring and fall seasons consist of two programs. The Environmental Education program caters to elementary and middle school groups and occurs on the weekdays. On the weekends we offer family camps and parent/child programs to participants from the Greater Seattle area.  Both programs have goals of nurturing a sense of appreciation for the natural world, building skills to foster cooperation and trust, and nurturing self-esteem and independence in all participants.  Working with families and students at Orkila is truly rewarding, but there is constant action and a powerful work ethic is key for success. Our program goals are robust and we seek creative, compassionate, self-motivated individuals to join us in our efforts. 

We start hiring for the spring season in mid-October of the previous year.  It is possible to combine spring and fall employment with a summer position to create a seamless career from March through October.  Our fall staff is usually comprised of returning staff from the previous spring and summer. The following are typical dates for our two seasons:

Spring : mid-March to mid-June
Fall : early September to late October

If you have any questions about the program or available positions, please contact Haley Cruz Winchell at, our site director for Outdoor Environmental Education, or click the button below.


Program Instructor

Responsibilities include teaching classes in marine / aquatic science, terrestrial ecology, earth science, and facilitating group development and challenge course activities. You will work at least two evenings a week running evening programs. All staff will work 5 days a week which will include at least one weekend day facilitating recreation activities for family camp and retreat programs. Camp staff also assist with many other camp operations, including cleaning, kitchen work, and maintenance projects.                                                                                            

Spring and fall staff enjoy many benefits during the season.  Staff are provided with room and board, a shared kitchen, meals in the camp lodge and bulk food weekly for staff houses, in-house laundry machines, use of the camp kayak fleet with training, and potential guest housing for visiting family and friends by request.  The YMCA contributes 12% to your retirement fund after completion of two years employment in any YMCA.