Overnight Camp Instructor – Colorado

Overnight Camp Instructor


About Big City Mountaineers: BCM aims to instill critical life skills in under-resourced youth through transformative wilderness mentoring experiences. Working with community-based youth agencies and caring adult volunteer mentors, our professionally guided programs improve integrity, self-esteem, responsibility, decision-making abilities and communication skills in youth participants. BCM’s core program is a single gender, week long wilderness expedition (backpacking or canoeing) with a 1:1 ratio of 5 teens to 5 adult mentors. BCM’s fast-growing 24-hour camping program provides kids ages 8 to 12 a safe, supportive environment where they can learn and grow. The program’s curriculum focuses on understanding: community values, teamwork, responsibility, and respect for the great outdoors.

Position: Overnight Camp Instructor. Big City Mountaineers Camp Instructors are the heart of our Overnight Camp programming. More than anyone else, they understand the importance of the work that BCM does and how best to create a lasting impact on the youth they work with. The dedicated field staff that works with BCM role model’s excellent camp behavior while facilitating an invaluable experience that will ultimately help the youth we work with to feel more empowered in their everyday lives back home. The Camp Instructors serve as a field risk manager, educator, mentor and steward as they facilitate a great Summer Camp experience for youth.

 Overnight Camp Overview: Through 24-hour camping experiences BCM Overnight Camps provide youth, ages 8-12, with a safe and supportive environment to develop an increased sense of self, understanding of their place in the natural world, a passion for lifelong learning and, awareness of healthy lifestyles. Activities emphasize team-building and outdoor education to teach collaboration and teamwork. These activities allow campers to learn critical life skills, using the outdoors as a unique context for these lessons.

Campers learn the following while at camp:

  • Enhanced community values
  • Teamwork
  • Increased Sense of Self and Responsibility
  • Respect for the Outdoor World
  • Curiosity about nature and that being outdoors is fun

The Overnight Camp Instructor will oversee the execution of safe and successful programming. This includes the day to day operations of each Overnight Camp including managing adult volunteers, Youth Agency Leaders, and youth. Beginning in April and continuing into August, the Camp Manager will be a combination of office work (Golden, CO or remote) and the management of 12 BCM Overnight Camps in Genesee, CO.

 Reports to: Overnight Camp Manager


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have valid driver’s license
  • Minimum of First Aid/CPR (WFA or higher preferred)
  • Pass BCM Background Check


  • Proven ability and desire to effectively lead, motivate, communicate with, encourage, and manage youth of diverse backgrounds
  • Strong understanding of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-moving changing environment
  • Experience working and leading youth development, environmental education, and/or recreation programs
  • Be dependable, helpful, proactive, and display a positive attitude
  • Comfortable in an outdoor setting, regardless of adverse weather conditions


 Overnight Camp facilitation and curriculum achievement

  • Overall daily schedule, outcomes, and objectives
  • Group activities and games
  • Work with youth and adults
  • Uphold camp policies

Adult Management

  • Manage Youth Agency Leaders at camps
  • Manage volunteers at camps

Camp pre- and post- season logistics

  • Supply lists
  • Menu planning
  • Activity materials
  • Training materials
  • Location set-up
  • Camper paperwork
  • Program day reporting
  • Inventory
  • Location tear-down

At Camp

  • Be the source of genuine joy and positive mental attitude
  • Be “on” all the time
  • Manage kitchen
  • Be able to work in a fast-paced environment

Compensation and Locations

 This is a seasonal position

  • 12 Camps from June 10, 2019, to August 8, 2019
  • $150 per camp
  • Bi-weekly payroll

Combination of work at BCM Headquarters in Golden, CO and Camp Management in Genesee, CO

To apply: Please email a letter of interest and your resume to jason@bigcitymountaineers.org

Applications are due by May 31st, 2019