Outdoor Educator

YMCA Camp Burgess and Hayward

Sandwich, Massachusetts

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details Starting at $460/week, $490/week with lifeguard certification
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Come join our fun and supportive community at Camp Burgess & Hayward’s Outdoor Education & Retreat Center, a YMCA facility located a short drive from the ocean on beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts and only 1 hour south of Boston. Our forested property is situated on over 300 acres which include three freshwater ponds, a state-of-the-art high ropes course, a low ropes teambuilding course, climbing tower, educational farm, waterfront, hiking trails, and dining and overnight facilities. During our spring season, we host students from many local schools, and a range of specialty camp programs during the weekends.


  • Lead environmental education classes and teambuilding programming with confidence, accuracy, and enthusiasm
  • Facilitate the safe use of our low ropes challenge course and rock wall
  • Help facilitate the safe use of our high ropes course and zipline
  • Facilitate the safe use of our waterfront
  • Speak clearly and audibly in front of large audiences
  • Provide friendly and helpful customer service to all of our guests
  • Support house-keeping, grounds-keeping, and dining operations

Our staff training will cover class curriculum, group facilitation strategies, and technical challenge course skills required for the job. You will have the dedicated support and guidance of our experienced staff as you develop your leadership style and gain confidence in facilitating others in outdoor activities.


  • Passion for working outdoors with youth, teens, and adults
  • Desire to facilitate environmental, teambuilding, and challenge course programs
  • 21+ years old, with a college degree or relevant life experience
  • Ability to live and work as a positive team-player in a collaborative residential setting
  • Physical ability to spend long, active hours outdoors in all elements, safely facilitating others
  • Lifeguard certification strongly preferred

April-June 2024 

***We encourage our staff to continue working with us in different roles for the summer and fall! In the summer most staff apply to be Adventure Trip Leaders or Outdoor Pursuits Directors (facilitating our high ropes course). In the fall, we hire Outdoor Educators to facilitate teambuilding and outdoor education programming to a wide range of groups, and also provide general facilities support.

We offer competitive weekly pay starting at $460/week, $490/week with lifeguard certification. We also provide comfortable staff housing, all of your meals while working, kitchen access, laundry facilities, and internet. Additionally, Cape Cod is an awesome place to live! You will have access to a wide range of outdoor recreation equipment to help you enjoy it.


Please email a resume to hroberts@ssymca.org 

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Environmental Education , Outdoor Recreation
Tags Nature Center