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5 Jul 2022

Other Outdoor Summer Camp Coordinator

Wild Whatcom – Posted by jobs2 Bellingham, Washington, United States

Job Description

Wild Whatcom is an outdoor education non-profit organization based in Bellingham, Washington, serving people of all ages throughout Whatcom County, with a focus on school-aged youth. Programs are offered year round, including school day and after school programs, weekend outings, summer camps, Ladies Night out, Community Field Trips, and much more! Visit our website to learn more about all of our program offerings:

Wild Whatcom seeks a Summer Camps Coordinator to support the Program Director in the management of Summer Camps including preparation, staff training, in-field support and oversight, and program feedback and development.


This year-round position is 35 hours per week: 10-15 hours of coordination work with 15+ hours of field work, similar to that of a Mentor (see job description in separate posting). During the academic year, this role will likely include work on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and 2-3 weekdays. During the summer, the role shifts to more coordination and out-of-field support for Summer Camps, Monday through Friday. The base salary is $32,760-$35,035; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. In addition to accrued paid time off, salaried positions also received paid holidays. The start date for this position is Aug 29, 2022.

Wild Whatcom does not currently offer traditional health care benefits (though we are working toward that). However, there are a variety of other benefits offered to staff, such as paid professional development opportunities, subsidized wilderness medicine certifications, gear stipends, and annual Discover passes.


● Oversee the Summer Camps program, including in-field support for Mentors, filling staffing gaps in the field, supporting in difficult situations and communication with parents, and program implementation from registration to wrap up
● Be knowledgeable on program curriculum and update as needed in conjunction with Program Director
● Collaborate with Program Director to create program schedules and adjust program schedules to reflect staffing needs
● Coordinate with Registrar and Program Director to ensure necessary field documents (Health Forms, FARE Forms, Service Contracts, Risk Management Manual, Rosters, etc.) are up to date and provided to mentors
● Oversee logistical support of the program (e.g. bus logistics, purchasing and stocking gear bins, managing google calendar, managing gear requests from families, etc.)
● Participate in organizational team meetings (e.g. Speetings if mgr not in attendance, program development meetings) as needed to communicate program successes and learnings; work with other program managers and coordinators to ensure consistency for field staff
● Support with in-field surveys of participants and distribute surveys to Summer Camp parents to gather feedback; Develop reports that analyze participant feedback and field staff reflections for the Program Director to utilize in any future planning and to be included in the annual impact report
● Support the annual camps registration process (review web copy, individual participant requests, and marketing copy) supported by the Program Director and Outreach and Development Manager
● Collaborate with Program Director to create and facilitate summer staff training


The below-mentioned list includes some of the preferred qualifications that we think will set an individual up for success in this role. If you have a combination of some of them, have similar experience, or believe you may fulfill this role well, please reach out!

● 2+ years experience in a leadership role, preferably within the environmental/outdoor education field.
● Experience expanding equity and inclusion to ensure broader program access to diverse populations.
● A motivated self-starter with energy, flexibility, creativity, a sense of humor, and a willingness to pitch in wherever needed.
● Ability to prioritize effectively and handle multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
● Experience communicating with families, teachers and community members via email, in person or over the phone
● Experience coordinating program schedules for multiple staff members
● Superior interpersonal and written communications skills.
● Professional work habits (punctual, responsive, organized, attention to detail).
● Youth development or outdoor education experience.
● Competency with Google systems, Microsoft Office Suite, and social media or a willingness to learn.

How to Apply

Priority application deadline is July 18. Position to remain open until filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references addressed to “Wild Whatcom Hiring Team” at with your name and “Summer Camps Coordinator” in the subject line. All materials should be sent as attachments in PDF (.pdf) format. Direct any questions to Before actual hire, prospective employees must pass a thorough background check. If any concerns arise, we will review them with the candidate and evaluate potential implications within a broader context and relevance to the position. At this time we require all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, boosters strongly recommended when eligible. Wild Whatcom is actively committed to social equity and justice and encourages candidates of all racial and gender identities, cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, and of any sexual orientation to apply. Wild Whatcom is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Other Outdoor. Job Tags: bushcraft, child-led inquiry, experiential learning, leadership, and nature education.

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