Job Code: ORI1

Outdoor Recreation Instructor

Category: Outdoor Recreation
Location: Saratoga Springs Branch

Job Type: Part-Time



The SRYMCA is looking for individuals who enjoy working outdoors, facilitating interpersonal connections, supporting others in personal growth, and encouraging an appreciation for the natural world. Individuals with ropes course, archery, camping, hiking and facilitation skills are encouraged to apply. Training will be provided for highly motivated individuals who are looking to further their experience and mentor others.

  • Must be a team player
  • Needs to be comfortable leading and teaching others in the outdoors
  • Must be available for some weekend hours
  • Must be available to attend ropes course training the week of April 22-27, 2019
  • Must adhere to safety standards

If you want an opportunity to grow personally, while impacting the lives of others, this is the job for you.


This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Individuals will need to be able to provide a fun, personally challenging growth experience for all outdoor recreation participants. An Outdoor Recreation Instructor creates a safe, positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals promoting safety in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. An Outdoor Recreation Instructor is part facilitator, mentor, teacher and technician.

Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day.  We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


  • Must provide excellent customer service, be friendly and attentive to all guests and campers
  • Must be physically, mentally, and emotionally present during events.
  • Must show competency in the technical skills associated with the Outdoor Recreation operation.
  • Must display leadership in debriefing and closure for each activity.
  • Must demonstrate confidence when speaking in front of groups. This includes participants and other staff.
  • Maintain and inventory equipment before and after each event.
  • Must be responsible for ensuring the safety of each participant and demonstrate a clear understanding of the risks involved in each activity.
  • Must be able to clearly instruct the facilitation of games, initiatives and all other Outdoor Recreation activities.
  • Must complete daily paperwork documenting operations and properly handling incidents per SRYMCA policy.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to use sound judgment to ensure safety throughout every event.
  • Must be able to handle unexpected circumstances and have a good understanding of group management.
  • Must be able to perform physically demanding work in the outdoors under harsh weather conditions, on uneven terrain, and at a height.




  • Must be team oriented and dedicated to the goals set by the SRYMCA Outdoor Recreation department.
  • Willing to work as a team with co-facilitators and visiting teachers.
  • Must have the ability to work with diverse groups of people and group sizes.
  • Will complete daily inspections.
  • Must have the proper understanding and ability to setup and take down Outdoor Recreation elements and properly store them.
  • Must review ropes facilitation techniques regularly.
  • Must review and practice emergency procedures regularly.
  • Responsible for keeping the physical area clean and clear of any hazardous materials.
  • Must communicate to leadership any potential concerns or hazerds
  • All other duties as assigned.



  • Communication & Influence
  • Developing Self & Others
  • Engaging Community
  • Inclusion


  • Must be at least 18 years of age (preference given to those 21 and older).
  • Excellent human relation skills and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of the YMCA and its capacity to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.  The ability to articulate and model YMCA’s four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibilities are essential.
  • Have previous experience with belay techniques and facilitating groups be committed to skill practices sessions and certification trainings.
  • Must have the mental and emotional maturity to create safe positive atmospheres for the personal experience and growth of participants.
  • Must arrive an hour before an event and plan on an hour after an event.
  • Must be willing to work weekend in addition to week day events.
  • Must maintain the following certifications; CPR Pro, First Aid, Presidium “Child Abuse Prevention” Training Adventure Course Level 1 Certification, Wilderness First Aid (as needed), Wilderness 1st Responder (as needed)


  • 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.
  • The employee needs sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions and to supervise program activities in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor locations.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer for extended periods of time and be able to communicate using a computer and phone/smart device.
  • The employee frequently is required to sit and reach, and must be able to move around the work environment.
  • The employee must lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The SRYMCA offers competitive benefits to all full-time staff including:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • The SRYMCA will pay 70% of medical insurance per month for single, 2 person (spouse or domestic partner) or family coverage.
  • Life Insurance
  • Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • FREE association-wide family membership
  • Generous earned time off program
  • 401(a) and 403(b) retirement accounts
  • All eligible employees receive the SRYMCA's retirement contribution of 12% of their biweekly gross earnings
  • Discounts on childcare services, day camp and program classes as well!
  • 20% discount on program classes for the employee and dependents (subject to availability during regular registration periods)
  • 40% discount on childcare services and Day Camps (limited number of discounted slots may be available, depending on enrollments)

Saratoga Regional YMCA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without discrimination based on age, race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, Vietnam Era Veteran status, genetic predisposition, pregnancy-related conditions or carrier status. The Saratoga Regional YMCA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation and training.