Trips Director

Company Name: 
YMCA Camp Mason
23 Birch Ridge Road
New Jersey
Contact Person: 
Laura Finkle
Contact E-mail Address:
Contact Phone Number: 
(908) 3628217
Overview: 460- acres of ridges, valleys, ponds, streams and trails cover the property of YMCA Camp Mason. We are located in northwestern New Jersey just outside the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, one of the last true wilderness areas in the northeastern United States. This setting affords us almost limitless opportunities to engage in outdoor adventure and promote the values of environmental awareness. Camp Mason is seeking a passionate, enthusiastic and motivated environmental educator to act as Trips Director at our traditional YMCA summer camp. The Trips Director is a senior staff member whose primary role is leading trips staff in the delivery of a safe, sustainable, and engaging trips program. Responsibilities: Train a group of counselors to become effective trips leaders Plan and execute adventure trips for campers between 7 and 16 years of age Provide leadership to staff as necessary (includes instruction, evaluation and feedback of performance) Be a role model to campers and staff in both behavior and attitude Be directly responsible for the maintenance and presentation of the Trips Center, ensuring all equipment and systems are working/inventoried and consistently carried out Be able to make valuable contributions to the planning and execution of evening, weekend and theme activities Anything else that needs to be done to keep Camp Mason safe, fun, and on the leading edge of the camping industry. Compensation, Benefits & Housing: Shared housing and cafeteria style meals are provided. Salary is commensurate with experience, starting at $2,500. Workman’s Compensation Insurance provided to all staff. Application Deadline: February 1, 2013 Dates of Employment: June 9, 2013- August 18, 2013 Must be able to commit to entire season.
Skills: Hard Skills: Safety and first-aid skills: • Injury prevention and management • Rescue • Navigation • Weather reading • Water safety Site appropriate skills: • Hiking • Overnight camping • Rock climbing/ belaying • Canoeing, kayaking, and rafting Strong organizational skills Ability to adequately plan and prepare for trips Environmental skills- especially knowledge of and commitment to Leave No Trace practices Soft Skills: Strong leadership skills with the ability to be flexible Effective communication skills A commitment to ethical behavior Understanding of group dynamics An awareness of how psychology and motivation can affect actions Ability to work under pressure and maintain composure in a changing environment Certifications: First Aid certification, required CRP certification, required Lifeguard certification, required Wilderness First Aid, required Wilderness First Responder, preferred Top Rope Site Manager (American Mountain Guide Association), preferred Valid driver’s license and clean record, preferred
Application Instructions: 
To Apply: For more information, please contact Laura Finkle at (908) 362-8217 ext. 102, or To apply, please send completed application with current contact information to Additional cover letter and resume encouraged.