Position title
Camp Director

Connecting Kansas City kids with nature, adventure, and friendship is what we do best at Wildwood. From our summer overnight camps to our school field trips, Wildwood is a cause to get excited about and a mission you can see in action. We believe in the power of camp to enrich kids’ lives, and we remove barriers to summer camp for KC-area families. 

Wildwood Outdoor Education Center is seeking a full-time, year-round Camp Director to help fulfil our strategic plan and further our mission in the community. This position focuses on 

  • planning and executing excellent overnight camp experiences to achieve social-emotional learning and youth development outcomes;
  • hiring and managing a representative seasonal staff;
  • and building strong connections with camp families and partner organizations.

 The position will has a variable work location, but requires living and working on-site at our camp in La Cygne, KS during summer months (June to August). Family housing is available year-round or seasonally. Work hours in the summer will require evening and weekend hours.


Responsibilities will include:

Community Partnerships

  • Identify, cultivate, and formalize new inclusive partnerships with relevant community organizations.
  • Strengthen existing partnerships (Boys and Girls Club of GKC, Big Brothers Big Sisters KC, Rosedale Development Association, Community Action Agency, etc)
  • Invite and involve community partners representative of the diversity of Kansas City in year-round engagement and summer programming


Summer and Year-Round Programming

  • Create comprehensive and culturally responsive  summer curricula for summer overnight camp and leadership development programming. 
    • Successful programming will strengthen campers’ social-emotional learning, and focus on camper fun, programmatic progression, and STEM/environmental literacy. 
    • Successful programming will use the lenses of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB), as well as trauma-informed care to connect families with the camp community
  • Oversee execution of summer programming in compliance with American Camp Association standards and other organizational guidelines. 
  • Ensure all camper needs are met. Needs include camper health, meals, physical, mental and emotional safety. 
  • Address camper issues using trauma-informed care.
  • Plan and execute camper programs/events in the Kansas City area during the school year.
    • Successful off-season programs/events will strengthen campers’ sense of community, strengthen bonds with camper families, and increase camper retention year-to-year. 

Seasonal Staff

  • Recruit, interview and hire a representative seasonal staff to work for summer camp and assist in year-round programs.
  • Develop and execute seasonal staff training and performance management in conjunction with internal and external experts.
  • Oversee seasonal staff and successfully resolve conflict and manage performance using trauma-informed approaches.
  • Design and execute workplace activities and procedures that increase staff satisfaction and retention. 

This position requires at least  5 years of camp experience (camper, CIT or staff) and 3 years of professional experience in a camp or school setting. A successful candidate will have extensive experience planning and executing curricula for youth, managing staff, cultivating a sense of belonging for all, and building inclusive community relationships.  Excellent leadership, planning, and  communication skills are essential. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred, but not required. Candidates should have the ability to work independently, strive for excellence, and possess a demonstrated passion for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Job Benefits

We offer a flexible schedule, 100% paid employee health insurance, and a starting annual salary between $40,000 and $45,000. The work location is variable during the school-year and can include a mix of working onsite and working from home. Family housing is available year-round or seasonally on site. 


To apply, email a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications and your résumé to Robyn Ratcliff, Executive Director, at Robyn@WildwoodCTR.org.  

No calls, please.



Wildwood Outdoor Education Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks diversity in candidates for employment. EEO Employer W/M/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Employment Type
Beginning of employment
Summer Camp
Job Location
Remote work from: Kansas City area, KS or MO; on-site living at Wildwood required during summer months
Base Salary
$40000-$45000 Per year
Date posted
November 10, 2021
Valid through
March 31, 2022
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