Lead Outdoor Instructor

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Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 11:00pm



Olympia, WA
United States

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Check us out at wayaoutdoorschool.com. We are a Native woman led non profit that focuses on outdoor adventure, science education and Indigenous knowledge.  We want serious outdoor folks who will harness the energy of the outdoors and bring life to our campers.  Please see all open positions at https://wayaoutdoorschool.com/2022-openings


Camp Wa-Ya is hiring Lead Instructors to work summer 2022 (June 19th through September 2nd). Our lead instructors teach lessons centered around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum, in combination with indigenous practices and arts, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship and provide an environment that fosters a sense of wonder for Wa-Ya campers. As a Lead Instructor, you will be responsible for leading a group of campers during 10, five-day sessions. You will be partnered with an Assistant Instructor, with additional support provided by Wa-Ya Leadership Interns and our Tribal Fellow, to teach lessons, run activities, and organize games for your group of up to 14 campers.

The Lead Instructor role is an elevated responsibility position requiring experience in childcare and for those applicants capable of developing curriculum and creating and teaching lessons that achieve Wa-Ya’s learning objectives related to basic mathematics, engineering, and how to use simple technologies (i.g. microscopes, compasses, etc.), specifically in how they relate to natural resource sciences. Environmental Education topics for instruction include marine science and coastal studies, forest ecology, geology, creek and wetland study including salmon science, and wilderness survival. The Lead Instructor will help campers gain an understanding of, and confidence in outdoor and creative wellness pursuits such as hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, yoga, and art projects. Additionally, the Lead Instructor is responsible for ensuring the routine integration of tribal culture lessons and activities, with the assistance of Wa-Ya’s Tribal Fellow.

All Wa-Ya staff engage in a culturally integrated environment, where Wa-Ya’s values of respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion are practiced. Logistical direction provided by engaged Board members. Camp is limited to 14 children between the ages of 6-13 years old, with a 7:1 student: teacher ratio.


  • Teaching South Puget Sound plant identification, natural history, conservation, marine biology, geology, river systems, survival skills, orienteering, nature identification, and indigenous culture.
  • Providing instruction to outdoor pursuits such as hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, survival, yoga, and art projects (please note - Kayaking is a routine component of Wa-Ya’s programming)
  • Curriculum and lesson planning, weekly preparation, and camp clean-up. This includes directing and managing Wa-Ya instructors and interns to ensure the work is accomplished in a safe, complete, and timely manner.
  • Providing care and quality control of Wa-Ya field equipment, adventure equipment, and teaching supplies including maintaining a well-organized and clean teaching and equipment storage room.
  • Following camp policies and procedures and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all participants at camp.
  • Adhering to Wa-Ya COVID protocols, including protocol changes as state requirements evolve.
  • Providing mentoring and direction to Wa-Ya Summer interns and actively engaging them in daily camp activities, logistics, and lesson delivery.
  • Driving the Wa-Ya vans (12- and 15-passenger) to teaching sites, including periodic requirements for towing Wa-Ya’s Sea Kayak Trailer.
  • Engaging with parents and the Camp Director.


  • First Aid/CPR certified, Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder preferred.
  • Valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to pass a background check.
  • Must be enrolled in or a graduate of a relevant college natural resource or related degree program.
  • Available to work 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday and attend orientation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities in developing and delivering environmental science and/or outdoor curriculum to kids.
  • Familiarity with local flora and fauna; and STEAM activities.
  • Experience participating or teaching adventure related activities including, but not limited to kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, and outdoor survival.
  • Passion, curiosity, patience, and reliability required.


In-person 4-day staff training begins June 19, 2022, and camp begins June 27, 2022. All camps run Monday through Friday and end September 2, 2022. All shifts run approximately 8 hours, although additional time may occur for curriculum prep, cleanup, or to provide normal and routine child care needs.


$720 per week ($18.00 per hour equivalent)

How to Apply:


Submit the following required materials for consideration to wayaoutdoorschool@gmail.com:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • 3 References

Application Deadline: APPLY ASAP (No later than April 15, 2022)

Non-Discrimination Policy:

Wa-Ya welcomes all into their community and never discriminates on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and campers.