YMCA of Metropolitan L.A.
  • 12-Apr-2021 to 04-Jun-2021 (PST)
  • Program Development
  • Fawnskin, CA, USA
  • $640 to $750 - Weekly Stipend
  • Other
  • Seasonal

The BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development) & GOLD (Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) Program is dedicated to inspiring courage and confidence in diverse groups of adolescent youth through outdoor adventures. We run, both single gender expeditions, as well as co-ed trips, and each year we engage over 100 youth on backcountry trips that last 6 days. BOLD & GOLD is dedicated to creating diverse groups that truly represent the communities that the participants come to us from. Activities include backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, backcountry cooking and having FUN! Our goal is to increase confidence, courage, emotional intelligence, wonder, and community awareness in participants. We believe these traits are the foundations of leadership and work to inspire participants to develop their own leadership style. We prepare young people, from middle school to high school, to be the next generation of thought leaders through multicultural experiential education in the natural world. Find out more at www.ymcaleadership.org

Position Description

We are currently hiring Backcountry Instructors for this coming summer (June 6-August 6). You will be responsible for the physical, mental and emotional safety of up to 10 participants on 6-day outdoor based expeditions. Programs are based out of Big Bear Lake, CA and Mammoth Lakes, CA. Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Facilitate the learning of outdoor skills during wilderness-based courses.
  • Ensure a physically, mentally and emotionally safe environment.
  • Create value-forming experiences for participants.
  • Create an inclusive environment for all in the outdoors through a JEDI lens.

Keys to Instructor Success:

  • Professional instructing experience in hired course type.
  • Commitment to working with diverse groups.
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making skills in adverse environments.
  • Strong group facilitation, communication, and conflict management skills.
  • Experience facilitating activities addressing issues facing adolescent youth of all kinds.
  • Experience making the transference of a wilderness experience relevant to the lives of our participants once they are home.
  • Knowing how to have fun!


  • Eighteen years of age or older
  • Undergo live scan process and clear background check;
  • Safe driving record
  • Instructors must be available for training June 6-10, 2021
  • Current WFA, WFR, or First Aid and CPR. Medical training may vary depending on location

Dates of Employment: Summer programs operate from June 6 August 6 with training being June 6-10. Must be available evenings and weekends. Full summer commitment is preferred; however, instructors do not have to be available for all dates.

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