Outdoor Education Naturalists

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, March 3, 2017, 5:00pm



Bellefontaine, OH
United States

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Provide entertaining and informational outdoor education programming to school-age children. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include the following, other duties may be assigned:

  • Thinks, communicates and behaves as a cause-driven leader and role model for other staff and members when it comes to desired staff behaviors; promotes youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in all job-related functions.
  • Research, develop, and deliver the established curriculum, based on the needs of the students’ age level and school-chosen curriculum (3-4 groups/day)
  • Develop, maintain and improve program materials and supplies for the betterment of the program
  • Share in the necessary job responsibilities of the staff team on a rotating basis. (table setting, food waste etc.)
  • Lead and assist in the leading of daytime and evening recreational programs
  • Actively participate in staff meetings, staff trainings and in-service activities
  • Participate in any outreach programs or exchanges as necessary for the program operation
  • Report facility, student, leader or teacher concerns to the immediate supervisor as necessary
  • Provide a positive atmosphere for teachers, leaders and students; allowing them flexibility to meet their needs and program goals.
  • Keep chaperones and teachers informed of any child concerns related to health, safety, discipline and the program.
  • Provide a safe and responsible atmosphere for children to learn and grow.
  • As skill level dictates, provide emergency care to all participants.
  • On a rotating basis, assist the Conference Director on weekends (~ once every two months)
  • Responsible for maintaining the overall daily and weekly cleanliness of the facilities


Mission Advancement: 

  • Accepts and demonstrates the Ys values.
  • Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs.
  • Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.


  • Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.
  • Builds rapport and relates well to others.
  • Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations.
  • Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively.
  • Takes initiative to assist in developing others.

Operational Effectiveness: 

  • Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another.
  • Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience.
  • Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings.
  • Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately.
  • Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.

Personal Growth: 

  • Pursues self-development that enhances job performance.
  • Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process.
  • Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships.
  • Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.


  • BA/BS degree in Outdoor Education, Recreation, Natural Resources, Education or related fields, or associates degree in a related field with previous experience in working with children and/or interpretation
  • Previous experience with horseback riding, organized camping and/or teaching helpful
  • First Aid/CPR certification preferred
  • Willingness to live on-site or off-site.
  • Passionate belief in the Y’s cause of nurturing the potential of all youth, supporting healthy living for all people and finding ways to help and support our neighbors.
  • Understanding of the nature and purpose of the YMCA and the respective roles of volunteers and staff.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Proven track record of developing authentic relationships with others.
  • Ability to foster a collaborative team approach to solving challenging situations.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions; required to sit and talk or hear; stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and distance vision. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



Position Start Date:

Monday, March 13, 2017

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How to Apply:

To apply please send Resume and Cover letter to Josh Cunningham Outdoor Education Coordinator: joshua.cunningham@ymcacolumbus.org

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Compensation Information:

Weekly stipend (DOE) and room/board

Contact Name:

Josh Cunningham

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