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BOLD / GOLD Instructors - Summer 2019

YMCA Camp Jones Gulch
Competency level: 
Reports to: 
Outdoor Leadership & Admin. Services Coordinator
Salary range: 
$400.00 per week

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The YMCA of San Francisco was named as one of the Bay Area's Best Places to Work by its employees and is ranked as one of the Top 20 Healthiest Employers in the San Francisco Bay Area.   Join our team and make a lasting impact every day in communities across San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties.  Every day, our staff—of all ages and from diverse backgrounds and life experiences—are transforming lives through YMCA programs for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. When you work for the Y, you’ll be supported with training, mentoring and career development opportunities. Plus, we offer great benefits to help you grow stronger in spirit, mind and body, even as you’re helping others..

About the Job

Camp Jones Gulch is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains amongst the redwoods,  Our 927 acre property provides year-round access for conferences and retreats, outdoor education, family and summer camp programs and a ropes course.  

Under the supervision of the Youth & Family Director, BOLD and GOLD Instructors are responsible for preparing for and leading the BOLD/GOLD Teen Backpacking Programs at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch.  The BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development) & GOLD (Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) Program at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch is dedicated to inspiring courage and confidence in diverse groups of adolescent girls and boys through outdoor adventures.  We run primarily single gender expeditions and this summer will be running several different backcountry trips ranging in length from 6-10 days in Yosemite, the Desolation Wilderness, Point Reyes, and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Responsibilities include facilitating the learning of outdoor skills during 6-10 day wilderness-based backpacking courses, ensuring a physically and emotionally safe environment, creating a value-forming experience for adolescents, creating an inclusive environment for youth in the outdoors, developing curriculum, preparing gear and food for trips, and problem-solving any issues that arise during trips.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum age: 21 years old.
  • Experience working with youth.
  • Proficient swimmer.
  • Experience backpacking, cooking, and camping in the outdoors.
  • Some experience leading youth in the outdoors.
  • Excellent judgement and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work with people from a variety of ages, ethnic groups and backgrounds.
  • Ability to be respectful and professional at all times.
  • Willingness to learn conflict mediation skills, first aid techniques, and other skills.
  • Background/Fingerprint Clearance.
  • Ability to obtain First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Ability to obtain W-EMT, Wilderness First Responder, or Wilderness First Aid Certification.


Send resume and cover letter to Xander Tartter:

All employees working with the YMCA are considered to have supervisory or disciplinary action relationship over minors.  Job offers are conditional and contingent upon background clearance.Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 

Everything you need to know about us

We offer the following benefits:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive health benefits - medical and dental plans for full time employees
  • Retirement benefits – 12% employer contribution after completion of eligibility requirements
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees
  • Commuter Benefits via pre-tax payroll deductions
  • Flexible Spending Account – Medical and Dependent Care on a pre-tax basis  
  • Use of YMCA of San Francisco Fitness facilities
  • Paid time off benefits for part time and full time employees upon completion of eligibility requirements
  • Training and staff development for all employees