Director of Programming – Summer Camp

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
Jobs - Part Time & Seasonal
Finland, MN


Director of Programming – Summer Camp

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

Finland, MN

Start Date – 6/4/18

End Date 8/20/18

Compensation - $320/week plus Room & Board


Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center was the first environmental learning center in the nation to be accredited as a K-12 school and is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in environmental education. During the school year, more than 15,000 children, teachers and parent chaperones head to our campus to have their own adventure in learning and during the summer we offer summer camp, family programs, wilderness trips and academic programs.   

In environmental education and summer camp, the outdoors is the classroom – and ours is spectacular. Located on a ridge overlooking Lake Superior, Wolf Ridge’s 2,000 acre campus is bordered by the Baptism River and features creeks, two lakes, two high peaks, 18-miles of trail and a mixed forest of maple, birch and spruce. Wildlife is abundant and includes pine marten, eagles, moose, black bear, white-tailed deer, fox, wolves, beaver, peregrine falcons and loons. Facilities include four classroom buildings, two dormitories, a dining hall, a raptor aviary, a library, two auditoriums, two rock-climbing walls, two outdoor ropes courses and an administration building.

Overall, Wolf Ridge is a place where minds open to the joy and wonder of discovery of our natural world. We seek to stimulate a love and understanding of nature by involving children and adults in direct observation of and participation in the outdoors. We promote self-awareness and leadership development in the process.  


The Director of Programming – Youth Programs has a crucial role to play to ensure the success of the summer youth programs & trips.  They works closely with the team of directors to schedule, design and deliver program activities that are safe, fun, and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities.

The Director of Programming – Youth Programs has four main areas of responsibility.  These include program creation & scheduling, camper management, camp reporting & evaluation and risk management.

Program Creation & Scheduling

  • Ensure lesson plans are prepared and implemented that meet camp outcomes, the abilities of the campers and are fun
  • Coordinate all camp program and campfire activities with other staff, including Choose Your Own Adventure Day, Day Camp and other special events
  • Work with the Director of Counseling to develop and supervise staff schedule for programs and activities
  • Able to make responsible decisions and judgments about programming in the absence of the Summer Youth & Family Program Director
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities; enjoy playing, and not “sit on the sidelines”, being visible throughout the day, leading transition times and supervising campers.
  • Attend administrative staff meetings as needed
  • Maintain clear and positive written and verbal communication with all camp staff
  • Participate as a member of the director team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions
  • Work evening and night duty as assigned
  • Assist with weekly camp check in and check out
  • Other duties to be assigned as needed

Camper Management

  • Support and connect with campers; behave as an appropriate positive role model in all camp activities
  • Provide emotional and behavioral support to Counselors and Assistant Trip Leaders when working with campers

Risk Management

  • Ensure that camp staff and campers know and follow safety and educational procedures during camp programs
  • Provide guidelines for programs utilizing camp equipment
  • Assist in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in all program areas
  • Oversee daily checks of area and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair
  • Ensure that program areas are kept fee of hazards and debris
  • Take the initiative to see problems, find solutions, and make recommendations as it relates to 
your area of responsibility

Camp Reporting & Evaluation

  • Collect and evaluate records; report and evaluate camp program and activity areas
  • Work with the Director of Counselors to supervise and evaluate counselors in the development and implementation all facets of camp program activities
  • Evaluate the success of the program and the development of the campers’ abilities and skills in various program activities


Directors at Wolf Ridge are resilient, take initiative, selfless, creative, high-energy, fun, nurturing, compassionate, and display a positive attitude. They care about children and want to share a passion for our environment with each of them. A camp job is can be challenging – think 14 hour days, 5 – 6 days a week – but directors are ready to work hard to meet those challenges. They’re also great role models, display that sense of selflessness and always put the campers first. Most of all, directors are always focused on ensuring that the campers and staff have an amazing and memorable camp experience. 

The Director of Programming should 

  • Possess current First Aid and CPR/AED Certification. (Can complete at Wolf Ridge during staff training)
  • Possess Wilderness Water Safety (WWS) and/or Lifeguard Certification. (Can complete at Wolf Ridge during staff training)
  • Possess a current driver’s license
  • Have specialized and practical knowledge of/experience in: group and camp leadership, teen leadership and supervision; staff management, development, and motivation.
  • Display integrity, patience, adaptability, flexibility, a sense of humor, enthusiasm, and a commitment to serve youth.
  • Be responsible, detail oriented and hard-working
  • Be a minimum age 21



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Contact Jenny Bushmaker at 218-353-7414 ext 110 or