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YMCA Lake Dewar Lodge

Program Coordinator

Are you seeking an opportunity to make an impact in the lives of young people? Are you keen to explore the gorgeous riverine environments in Myrniong? YMCA Lake Dewar Lodge, located near the stunning Werribee Gorge, is seeking a passionate individual with a background in outdoor education and recreation to join their dynamic team! Apply now here!

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About Lake Dewar Lodge

Lake Dewar Lodge is an adventure camp located just 60 minutes from Melbourne, and managed by YMCA Camps. Nearby to the Werribee River and surrounding gorges, and catering to schools and groups year-round, the team at Lake Dewar run a variety of programs and activities to suit every group, from stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing and raft building, to a relaxing spot of fishing. Featuring lakeside apartments and a plethora of indoor and outdoor facilities and full catering options, Lake Dewar Lodge is a perfect place to explore the great outdoors.

About the Role

As Program Coordinator, you will lead a team of program staff to deliver programs and activities to visiting schools and community groups, and liaise with teachers and group leaders to ensure learning outcomes are achieved in an engaging and safe manner. This hands on role will see you supervising and training program staff, volunteers and placement students, as well as working directly in the program. You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring all camp programs are delivered effectively and safely, through effective communication within your facilitating team
  • Continual review and improvement of current programs, as well as development of new programs
  • Responding to client needs to ensure exceptional quality of service
  • Risk management review and procedures in line with all camp programs
  • Upholding the values of the YMCA at all times

This is a permanent, full-time role with an hourly pay rate of $27.22 - $33.22, based on qualifications and experience.

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About You

You are a motivated outdoor education professional, with experience in the coordination and delivery of outdoor recreation programs involving young people. You demonstrate strong leadership qualities, and possess strong interpersonal skills, which will allow you to build strong and positive relationships with a number of stakeholders. You are proactive, professional and organised with a proven capacity for ‘getting the job done’. In return, YMCA Victoria offers you flexible working, rostering arrangements, opportunities for career development and growth, and a range of further benefits.

Mandatory Qualifications 
  • Tertiary qualification in Outdoor Education or Outdoor Recreation, or;
  • TAFE-level certification in recreation, sports administration or other related field
  • Level 2 First Aid & current CPR certificate
  • Current Drivers Licence
Highly Desirable Qualifications (minimum of 2)
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or teaching degree
  • Live Saving Victoria Community Bronze Award
  • Bike Education Instructor Award
  • Certified High Ropes Supervisors Award
  • Certified High Ropes Conductor Award
  • Level 1 Flat Water Canoe or Kayak Award

At the Y, we are committed to empowering all Children and Young People to feel safe and be safe. As such, we ensure that all of our candidates are appropriately screened (including police check, working with children check and reference checks). To learn more about our commitment to safeguarding children and young people visit victoria.ymca.org.au In keeping with current Victorian health directions it is a requirement that staff attending our facilities are fully vaccinated. Please be aware that you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status as part of the recruitment process.


At the YMCA, we value our people. Working for us means you’ll enjoy great work/life balance and a range of benefits which improve your wellbeing and help you develop as an individual, such as:

  • Flexible working and rostering arrangements 
  • Opportunities for career development and growth 
  • Free access to gyms, recreation, and aquatics centres across the state 
  • Free access to the Virtual Y – online health and wellness  
How to Apply

Working for the YMCA is a rewarding and challenging experience for those with a positive attitude, zest for life and who seek to contribute to the bigger picture. If this is you, click this link to apply or email careers.vic@ymca.org.au for further information.

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Where: YMCA Lake Dewar Lodge, Victoria, Australia

Workload(s): Permanent, Full Time

Closing Date: Friday, July 15, 2022

Daragh Wills
YMCA Lake Dewar Lodge

Email: careers.vic@ymca.org.au

Website: https://www.camps.ymca.org.au

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