Spring & Fall At Colman!

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 Colman 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. The following are typical dates for our two seasons:

Spring : mid-February to mid-June
Fall : mid-August to Early November

If you have any questions about the program or available positions, please contact Jillian Escobar, our site director for Outdoor Environmental Education.


Outdoor Environmental Educator

includes housing, food, and other amazing staff benefits

Responsibilities include teaching classes in marine science, forest ecology, outdoor skills, and facilitating group development and challenge course activities. You will work 1-2 evening programs a week. All staff will work 5 days a week with school groups coming Monday through Friday, and conferences and retreat groups coming Friday through Sunday. 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, use of challenge course when there are no participants using elements 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