Employment with Trackers Earth | Bay Area, California

Do you want be part of an organization that connects kids and adults to their community and their land? Are you a huge Joss Whedon fan? We're looking for great folks to teach in our Summer Camps 2015. Why apply now? Our early application process is adventurous and unique. It also is a great chance to build excellent professional connections and potentially participate in early training opportunities.

Available Positions

Trackers Earth needs skilled teachers who want to make education better.  We accept applications for all positions year-round.  In the Fall, we primarily schedule interviews for Director, Coordinator, and Assistant Coordinator level positions.  We generally schedule interviews in February onwards for Instructor positions.

We’re looking for...

Educators and Mentors

Trackers is a diverse organization; less a business than a group of people focused on family and village. We need mentors to create thoughtful, challenging adventures in outdoors, story, and folk wisdom.  And yes, we do want you to come with skills or a great willingness to learn. These skills could include but not be limited to the following...

Available Positions

Use the following positions as guides, but also feel free to add a position or possibility in your application.

Balance in the Force

Research shows that women only apply for jobs when they feel they meet 100% of the listed qualifications. Men apply for jobs when they meet 60% or more of the qualifications. This lacks balance. Don’t let this stand in the way of us finding the most awesome person. We want to empower great people to apply. We understand qualifications are fluid. The “right fit" can also involve learning and growth.

We strongly encourage applications that contribute to the diversity of our community and the field of wilderness skills education. This includes women, all ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and more. If you believed you’d love this job and do it well, go for it. Fill out the application and help us make Trackers a better place. Read more about this research here.

Summer Day Camp

Teen Guild Internship - The Guild Internship is a paid opportunity for youth Ages 16-17, who have participated in a Trackers Earth Leadership In Training (LIT) and/or Guild Apprenticeship program, or similar outdoor leadership program of 160 contact hours or more.
Compensation: $10 hourly, max 40 hours per week; Must be able to commit to at least 5 full weeks of summer employment
Learn more: Review Position Requirements and Apply for Teen Guild Internship Online

 

Village Environmental Education Internship - This is an entry level position for adults who are committed to developing their outdoor education skill-set. No previous educational experience is necessary; however, please have a great desire to learn and teach.
Compensation: $10 hourly, may also include some overtime; must be able to commit to at least 6 full weeks of summer employment
Learn More: Review Position Requirements and Apply for Village Internship Online

 

Instructor - Instructors typically work in pairs, either with another Instructor or with one of our Guild or Village interns. You'll have a team of kids, given time outside to explore skills, story, and epic adventure.
Compensation: $480 to $675 per week in summer DOE
Learn More: Review Position Requirements and Apply for Instructor Online

 

Assistant Coordinator - Yes, you act as an Instructor for campers but you also take on some of the planning and development duties while under the guidance of your Coordinator, including supervision of Instructors and Village or Guild Interns. If you have a lot of experience in education, particularly with education for the Guild specialties we seek (see above), than this might be a good starting place.
Compensation: $720 per week in summer
Learn More: Review Position Requirements and Apply for Assistant Coordinator Online

 

Coordinator - (Hiring for Marin location only) - Coordinators oversee all the groups of campers and help guide Instructors to provide the most relevant experience possible, including intensive planning, safety assessment, and leadership-by-example.
Compensation: Ranges from $730 to $750 per week in summer DOE
Learn More: Review Position Requirements and Apply for Coordinator Online

 

Extended Camp Instructor - This position is ideal for someone who wants a flexible day schedule. It provides part-time hours from 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM for our check-in, and 3 PM - 6:30 PM for after-camp. May also include opportunities to substitute in our day camps (overtime wages will apply)
Compensation: $11 - 14 hourly DOE
Learn More: Review Position Requirements and Apply for Extended Camp Instructor Online

 

Extended Camp Coordinator - Manage and oversee extended camp programs with part-time hours from 7:15 AM - 9:30 AM for our check-in and 3 PM - 6:30 PM for after-camp. This includes ensuring safety of participants, implementing secure check-in and check-out procedures for campers, and planning compelling, relevant activities. You also oversee extended camp staff and the activities they offer.
Compensation: $18 - $21 hourly DOE
Learn More: Review Position Requirements and Apply for Extended Camp Coordinator Online

 

Summer Overnight Camp

Overnight Camp Instructor - Overnight camp is a completely different experience. We need people who can be a part of and help coordinate and manage a true village of learning and living, leading groups of kids with great autonomy and independence.
Compensation: Ranges from $500 - $675 per week in summer DOE. Also includes room and board during program weeks. Note that site is very remote from city central.
Learn More: Review Position Requirements and Apply for Overnight Camp Instructor Online

Teen Guild Internship

About the Guild Internship

This position is for competent, enthusiastic young people developing their outdoor education experience, who are really passionate about Trackers and learning while assisting in our youth camps. Being a Guild Intern develops strong professional experience and workplace skills for future careers and academic study. Also includes potential scholarship award to school-year Apprenticeship programming or Adult skills programs depending on expected age in the fall. And no, you will not be required to wear a red shirt.

Compensation

  • $10 hourly
  • Could include scholarship to school-year apprenticeship or adult program depending on expected age in Fall

Required Duties

  • Ensures safety of program participants
  • Positive communication with parents, staff and participants
  • Attend staff training (one weekend in June)
  • Be available for at least 5 weeks during summer break, Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM (40 hours per week)

Required Experience and Attributes

  • Maintain high professional standards
  • Ability to set and communicate boundaries to youth participants in a positive way
  • Ability to think on your feet and be creative in challenging situations
  • CPR/First Aid certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
  • Food handlers certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
  • A sense of adventure, insistence on excellence, and a focus on taking nature education to a whole new level
  • Ability to be on time and present yourself in a professional way
  • Previous successful completion of an outdoor leadership training program such as a Leaders In Training summer camp program, a Trackers Apprenticeship or similar program of 4 weeks (160 hours of total contact time or 20 full days).
  • A true passion for the skills Trackers teaches

Physical Demands

  • Ability to continuously stand, walk and hike through backcountry terrain
  • Ability to bend, squat, climb stairs and hills and lift frequently
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds frequently

Please do not apply if you do not meet the above required experience and attributes.

Apply Online

Village Environmental Education Internship

About the Village Internship

In this entry-level position, you will be paired with a more experienced Instructor and a team of kids. Your Instructor and Coordinator will mentor you as you develop your skills of leadership, group safety assessment, curriculum execution, and more.

Compensation

  • $10 hourly
  • Could include scholarship to Trackers adult programs during the school year

Required Duties

  • Ensures safety of program participants
  • Positive communication with parents, staff and participants
  • Attend staff training (one week in June)
  • Be available for at least 6 weeks during summer break, Monday - Friday, 7:45 AM - 4:15 PM (appx 42.5 hours per week)

Required Experience and Attributes

  • Maintain high professional standards
  • Ability to set and communicate boundaries to youth participants in a positive way
  • Ability to think on your feet and be creative in challenging situations
  • CPR/First Aid certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
  • Food handlers certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
  • A sense of adventure, insistence on excellence, and a focus on taking nature education to a whole new level
  • Ability to be on time and present yourself in a professional way
  • A true passion for the skills Trackers teaches

Physical Demands

  • Ability to continuously stand, walk and hike through backcountry terrain
  • Ability to bend, squat, climb stairs and hills and lift frequently
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds frequently

Please do not apply if you do not meet the above required experience and attributes.

Apply Online

Instructor

About Day Camp Instructor (Summer) 

Instructors prepare and implement curriculum. They are responsible for the safety of participants in the program, they oversee and manage guild interns, village interns, and student leaders-in-training. We're looking for kind, competent people that who naturally live by our Code of Common Sense and want to make our campers' experience the best possible.

If you're coming with prior education and especially outdoor education experience, this position could be a great fit. Though be aware, people frequently tell us its both infinitely more exciting and more difficult than most camp experiences they've had. You are warned. One to beam up.

Compensation...

  • Ranges from $480 to $675 per week in summer
  • Wage increases within range with level of relevant experience

Required Duties...

  • Prepare and implement curriculum under guidance of Coordinators
  • Create engaging and compelling experiences for participants
  • Responsible for management and care of supplies and equipment
  • Ensure safety of program participants
  • Oversee and manage interns and student leaders
  • Keep rosters confidential
  • Positive communication with parents, staff, and participants
  • Attends required seasonal trainings
  • MUST BE available weekdays from 7:45 AM - 4:15 PM, June 7 - August 28, 2015

Required Experience and Attributes...

  • Maintains high professional standards
  • Most important 1-3 years of relevant experience working with youth in the outdoors or in a circus
  • Strongly desired: Experience working with socio-economically and cultually diverse groups of students
  • Strongly desired: Some experience working with special needs populations
  • State fishing license if you are applying to teach with the Mariners Guild
  • Ability to set and communicate boundaries for youth in a positive way
  • Ability to think on your feet and be creative in challenging situations
  • Intelligent experience with safety and risk management
  • CPR/First Aid certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
  • Food handlers certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
  • A sense of adventure and craving for excellence in taking nature education to a whole new level
  • A big plus (We can help you train for this): Class B CDL and passenger endorsements for 15-passenger or larger buses and transporting students
  • Excellent driving record and competency, if transporting students
  • Pre-employment checks such as a criminal background check, reference checks, requirements in the MVR Policy including passing Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check and Alcohol & Drug Test for CDL Drivers
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older (or have completed high school if under 18)

Physical Demands

  • Ability to continuously stand, walk and hike through backcountry terrain
  • Ability to bend, squat, climb stairs and hills and lift frequently
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds frequently

Additional Required Experience: Some combination of...

  • Traditional and primitive skills
  • Wilderness survival experience
  • Homesteading or folk craft skills
  • Archery or blacksmithing skills
  • Zombie survival or intensive LARP experience
  • Other relevant outdoor skills

Please do not apply if you do not meet the above required experience and attributes.

Apply Online

Assistant Coordinator

About Assistant Coordinator (Summer) 

Assistant Coordinators lead groups of kids and assist the Coordinator in their duties. They are role models for all other instructors and overrsee and manage Instructors, guild interns, village interns, and student leaders-in-training. You work with a Coordinator - and after assassinating them, you might even dethrone them (don't really do that, it could well affect your evaluation. Did we mention this work requires a sense of humor?). By the way, your stress load and requirements for personal accountably are couple notches above Instructor. So judge well how much you really want to sew yourself and your soul to Trackers this summer. You are Will Riker to Captain Picard. You will frequently be referred to as Number 1, but not in an awkward way.

Compensation...

  • $720 per week in summer

Required Duties...

  • Prepare and implement curriculum under guidance of Coordinators
  • Create engaging and compelling experiences for participants
  • Responsible for management and care of supplies and equipment
  • Ensure safety of program participants
  • Oversee and manage interns and student leaders
  • Keep rosters confidential
  • Positive communication with parents, staff, and participants about routine and challening information
  • Attends required seasonal trainings
  • MUST BE available weekdays from 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM, June 7 - August 28, 2015

Required Experience and Attributes...

  • Maintains high professional standards
  • Most important 2-4 years of relevant experience working with youth in the outdoors or in a circus
  • Strongly desired: Experience working with socio-economically and cultually diverse groups of students
  • Strongly desired: Some experience working with special needs populations
  • State fishing license if you are applying to teach with the Mariners Guild
  • Ability to set and communicate boundaries for youth in a positive way
  • Ability to think on your feet and be creative in challenging situations
  • Intelligent experience with safety and risk management
  • CPR/First Aid certified (or ability to complete before position begins); WFR or Wilderness EMT preferred
  • Food handlers certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
  • A sense of adventure and craving for excellence in taking nature education to a whole new level
  • Management experience, ideally in an educational setting
  • We can help you train for this: Class B CDL and passenger endorsements for 15-passenger or larger buses and transporting students
  • Excellent driving record and competency, if transporting students
  • Pre-employment checks such as a criminal background check, reference checks, requirements in the MVR Policy including passing Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check and Alcohol & Drug Test for CDL Drivers
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older

Physical Demands

  • Ability to continuously stand, walk and hike through backcountry terrain
  • Ability to bend, squat, climb stairs and hills and lift frequently
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds frequently

Additional Required Experience: Some combination of...

  • Traditional and primitive skills
  • Wilderness survival experience
  • Homesteading or folk craft skills
  • Archery or blacksmithing skills
  • Zombie survival or intensive LARP experience
  • Other relevant outdoor skills

Please do not apply if you do not meet the above required experience and attributes.

Apply Online

Coordinator (Marin Only)

About Coordinator (Summer)

Coordinators are the leaders of a full school bus of Instructors and students. They are charged with profound responsibility for safety, instructional quality, and management of every person working on their team. Please note that at this time we are only hiring Coordinator level positions for our Marin location. East Bay applicants, please apply for Assistant Coordinator or Instructor.

Typically this position is filled by people who already have experience with our program. That said, sometimes someone comes along that absolutely wows us with their sparkle jazz hands. We just know they were born to be the ultimate Trackers coordinator. But Trackers is a unique zoo, with a diverse and wild bestiary. Experience with us is what best helps you herd the cats. So go ahead, apply for the coordinator postion if you feel qualified, but know we reserve the right to request you start in another position (mostly for your sanity). By the way, to be coordinator you'll need to come to us with a class B commercial drivers license with the ability to pilot a full school bus or Colonial Raptor (yeah, we know that's a BSG comment eschewing the STNG theme we got going).

Compensation...

  • $730 - $750 per week in summer

Required Duties...

  • Plan activities and curriclum, guiding Instructors and Interns in its implementation
  • Ensure your team is providing engaging and compelling experiences for participants
  • Responsible for everyone on their team's management and care of supplies and equipment
  • On-site authority on safety of program participants
  • Oversee and manage interns and student leaders
  • Keep rosters confidential
  • Daily positive communication with parents, staff, and participants about routine and challening information
  • Attends required seasonal trainings
  • MUST BE available weekdays from 7:30 AM - 4:45 PM, June 1 - August 28, 2015

Required Experience and Attributes...

  • Maintains high professional standards
  • Most important 2-4 years of relevant experience working with youth in the outdoors or in a circus (at least 1 of those years must be supervisory or managerial in nature)
  • Strongly desired: Experience working with socio-economically and cultually diverse groups of students
  • Strongly desired: Some experience working with special needs student populations
  • Excellent driving record and competency
  • We can help you train for this: Class B CDL and passenger endorsements for 15-passenger or larger buses and transporting students
  • State fishing license if you are applying to teach with the Mariners Guild
  • Ability to set and communicate boundaries for youth in a positive way
  • Ability to think on your feet and be creative in challenging situations
  • Intelligent experience with safety and risk management
  • CPR/First Aid certified (or ability to complete before position begins); WFR or Wilderness EMT strongly preferred
  • Food handlers certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
  • A sense of adventure and craving for excellence in taking nature education to a whole new level
  • Management experience, ideally in an educational setting
  • Pre-employment checks such as a criminal background check, reference checks, requirements in the MVR Policy including passing Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check and Alcohol & Drug Test for CDL Drivers
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older

Physical Demands

  • Ability to continuously stand, walk and hike through backcountry terrain
  • Ability to bend, squat, climb stairs and hills and lift frequently
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds frequently

Additional Required Experience: Some combination of...

  • Traditional and primitive skills
  • Wilderness survival experience
  • Homesteading or folk craft skills
  • Archery or blacksmithing skills
  • Zombie survival or intensive LARP experience

Please do not apply if you do not meet the above required experience and attributes.

Apply Online

Extended Camp Instructor

About Extended Camp Instructor (Summer)

Extended Camp instructors work with students in our afternoon extended camp, as well as assisting with check-in on busy program days (particularly every Monday and other days as needed). They run indoor activities based on our camp themes. This could include but is not limited to: our indoor archery range, spinning wool, role-playing games, natural journal research and much more. They may also act as substitute instructors.

Compensation

  • Ranges from $11 to $14 hourly
  • Wage increases within range with level of relevant experience

Required Duties...

  • Prepare and implement compelling activities under guidance of Extended Camp Coordinator
  • Keep students engaged and happy at the end of a long camp day
  • Responsible for management and care of supplies and equipment
  • Ensure safety of program participants
  • Keep rosters confidential; ensure check-out safety procedures are always followed
  • Positive communication with parents, staff, and participants
  • Lock and close building at the end of the night, including light cleaning duties
  • Attends required seasonal trainings (at least one day the week before camp begins)
  • MUST BE available Mondays from 7:30 - 9:30 AM and all afternoons from 3 PM - 6:30 PM, June 15 - August 28, 2015
  • Strongly preferred: Ability to be on-call as a substitute Instructor during program days (overtime rate will apply)

Required Experience and Attributes...

  • Maintains high professional standards
  • Most important at least 1 year of relevant experience working with youth
  • Strongly desired: Experience working with socio-economically and cultually diverse groups of students
  • Strongly desired: Some experience working with special needs populations
  • Ability to set and communicate boundaries for youth in a positive way
  • Ability to think on your feet and be creative in challenging situations
  • CPR/First Aid certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
  • Pre-employment checks such as a criminal background check, reference checks, requirements in the MVR Policy including passing Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check and Alcohol & Drug Test for CDL Drivers
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older (or have completed high school if under 18)

Physical Demands

  • Ability to bend, squat, climb stairs
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds frequently

Additional Required Experience: Some combination of...

  • Traditional and primitive skills
  • Art or crafting expertise
  • Wilderness survival experience
  • Homesteading or folk craft skills
  • Archery or blacksmithing skills (our indoor archery range is available for extended camp students)
  • Zombie survival or intensive LARP experience
  • Other relevant handcraft skills

Please do not apply if you do not meet the above required experience and attributes.

Apply Online

Extended Camp Coordinator

Extended Camp Coordinator (Summer)  Our Extended Camp instructors work with students in our afternoon extended camp, as well as assisting with check-in on busy program days (particularly every Monday and other days as needed). The EC Coordinator manages and supervises this team, as well as develops Trackers-relevant activities that extend on what was taught in camp.

Compensation

  • Ranges from $18 to $21 hourly
  • Wage increases within range with level of relevant experience

Required Duties...

  • Work closely with Coordinators to plan compelling, relevant curriclum activities that extend our camp themes
  • Ensure Extended Camp Staff keep students engaged and happy at the end of a long camp day
  • Responsible for management and care of supplies and equipment
  • Ensure safety of program participants
  • Keep rosters confidential; ensure check-out safety procedures are always followed
  • Positive communication with parents, staff, and participants; including communication about difficult issues
  • Lock and close building at the end of the night, including light cleaning duties
  • Attend required seasonal training
  • MUST BE available ...
    • June 7 - 12, 2015 (Staff Training Week)
    • 7:15 AM - 9:30 AM and 3 PM - 6:30 PM, June 15 - August 28, 2015

Required Experience and Attributes...

  • Maintains high professional standards
  • Most important at least 2-3 year of relevant experience working with youth, with at least 1 year supervisory experience
  • Strongly desired: Experience working with socio-economically and cultually diverse groups of students
  • Strongly desired: Some experience working with special needs populations
  • Ability to set and communicate boundaries for youth in a positive way
  • Ability to think on your feet and be creative in challenging situations
  • CPR/First Aid certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
  • Pre-employment checks such as a criminal background check, reference checks, requirements in the MVR Policy including passing Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check and Alcohol & Drug Test for CDL Drivers
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older (or have completed high school if under 18)

Physical Demands

  • Ability to bend, squat, climb stairs
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds frequently

Additional Required Experience: Some combination of...

  • Traditional and primitive skills
  • Art or crafting expertise
  • Wilderness survival experience
  • Homesteading or folk craft skills
  • Archery or blacksmithing skills (our indoor archery range is available for extended camp students)
  • Zombie survival or intensive LARP experience
  • Other relevant handcraft skills

Please do not apply if you do not meet the above required experience and attributes.

Apply Online

Overnight Camp Instructor

About Overnight Camp Instructor (Summer) 

Overnight Instructors prepare and implement curriculum in an immersive, rustic environment. They are responsible for the safety of participants in the program as well as the supervision of student leaders. We consider all our residential mentors members of the community, thoughtfully collaborating to create a culture of caring and connection. Some of the most relevant learning and growth happens at our overnight camps. You are facilitating rites of passage for youth whose experience ranges from never being away from home to years of camps with Trackers, ready to be guided into leadership roles.

Compensation...

  • Ranges from $500 to $675 per week in summer
  • Wage increases within range with level of relevant experience
  • Includes room and board during program weeks

Required Duties...

  • Prepare and implement curriculum under guidance of Overnight Site Director and Assistant Director
  • Able to work very independently and manage groups of participants away from main-camp areas
  • Create engaging and compelling experiences for participants
  • Responsible for management and care of supplies and equipment
  • Ensure safety of program participants
  • Oversee and manage interns and student leaders
  • Keep rosters confidential
  • Positive communication with parents, staff, and participants
  • Attends required seasonal trainings
  • MUST BE available...
    • June 7-12, 2015 for Staff Training
    • Optional: Monday - Friday June 15 - 19, 2015 for Day Camp (no overnight camp this week, no room and board available)
    • June 21 - August 28, 2015: Sundays - Fridays for overnight programming (Saturdays off); room and board available 7 days per week
    • Saturday August 29, 2015: for Camp Clean-Up

Required Experience and Attributes...

  • Maintains high professional standards
  • Most important 1-3 years of relevant experience working with youth in the outdoors or in a circus
  • Strongly desired: Experience working with socio-economically and cultually diverse groups of students
  • Strongly desired: Some experience working with special needs populations
  • Ability to set and communicate boundaries for youth in a positive way
  • Ability to think on your feet and be creative in challenging situations
  • Intelligent experience with outdoor safety and risk management
  • CPR/First Aid certified (or ability to complete before position begins); WFR or Wilderness EMT strongly preferred
  • Food handlers certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
  • A sense of adventure and craving for excellence in taking nature education to a whole new level
  • Strongly Preferred: We can help you train for this: Class B CDL and passenger endorsements for 15-passenger or larger buses and transporting students
  • Excellent driving record and competency, if transporting students
  • Pre-employment checks such as a criminal background check, reference checks, requirements in the MVR Policy including passing Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check and Alcohol & Drug Test for CDL Drivers
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older

Physical Demands

  • Ability to continuously stand, walk and hike through backcountry terrain
  • Ability to bend, squat, climb stairs and hills and lift frequently
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds frequently

Additional Required Experience: Some combination of...

  • Traditional and primitive skills
  • Wilderness survival experience
  • Homesteading or folk craft skills
  • Archery or blacksmithing skills
  • Zombie survival or intensive LARP experience
  • Other relevant outdoor skills

Please do not apply if you do not meet the above required experience and attributes.

Apply Online

 

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