Employment with Trackers Earth

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 2016 Summer Camps. 

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 and positions generally begin in June. 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...

Coordinators and Assistant Coordinators
Professionals with many years of outdoor education and team leadership experience
Day and Overnight Camp Instructors
Educators passionate about building competency in kids through outdoor education (entry level available)
After Camp Coordinators & Instructors
Morning and afternoon hours overseeing our extended camp; possible substitute instruction during daytime camp

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...

  • Primitive and nature skills
  • Homesteading crafts
  • Archery and bow-making
  • Kayaking
  • Blacksmithing
  • Fishing guides
  • Live Action Role-playing Games and Theater

The Four Guilds

The Guilds are at the core of Trackers. You don't need to know all the skills in every guild, but it is key to have an affinity and strong desire to develop them.

Rangers Guild (Reconnect the Village)
The Rangers are the hunters and protectors of the village. Versed in the arts of wilderness survival, tracking, and awareness, they remind us all of our connection to the wild and ways of the forest.
Wilders Guild (Restore the Earth)
The Wilders are caretakers, restoring the land to what it once was and beyond. If you live the way of rural or urban homesteading, love bacon, appreciate the hunt for wild plants, like goats more than people (awkward), and want to restore the wild into every nook and cranny of this world, join the Wilders Guild.
Mariners Guild (Respect the Waters)
The Mariners Guild thrives by the waterways. They fish, build boats, and connect our world by wind and sea. Mariners chart their course by the stars. They are masters of healthy economy, barter, and trade. Through salty wisdom, they demand respect for the water and all life within - and only occasionally talk like pirates.
Artisans Guild (Remember our Story)
The Artisans Guild regales us with their theatrics. They are story keepers; travelers bare-of-foot, walking and sleeping under the twilight sky. If you are a fine craftsperson (woodworking, sewing, leather, or blacksmithing), a teller of excellent stories, a geek who loves Buffy and Doctor Who, or a role-playing LARPing/gamer nerd who loves the outdoors, join our Artisans Guild.

The Rules and The Code

At Trackers we only have 3 rules and a Code of Common Sense. Read on if you don't find that overly pretentious.

The Rules:

1) No one dies

2) No wounds that don't heal in four days

3) Follow the Code of Common Sense


The Code of Common Sense:

Pay Attention

Things like driving, wilderness survival, and compassion require it.

Be Truly Helpful

Don't be one of those people who only thinks they are helpful, or helps just to make oneself look more awesome. Pay attention to see if you are actually living this.

Respect

This is not something we demand, it's something we thrive by. It's about respecting flow, challenges, and the complex amazing of the nature world.

We're doing it wrong; let's do it better!

Egos in check at the door. This is hard work and part of that is we're always going to find a way to be even more awesome.

If these rules and our Code strike a chord with you, please continue reading.

Potential Work Locations

Berkeley Location
3049 Adeline Street, Berkeley, in our Guild Hall at the historic South Berkeley Marmot Mountain Works building across from Ashby BART
Marin Locations
Piper Park, 250 Doherty Dr., Larkspur, OR Stafford Lake Park, Novato
Overnight Camps
Mobile Camp! 1 or 2 week expeditions around Northern California (meets at our Berkeley HQ)

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 all genders, all ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and more. If you believe 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: $11 hourly, max 40 hours per week; Must be able to commit to at least 4-5 contiguous full weeks of summer employment
Learn more: Review Position Requirements and Apply for Teen Guild 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: $590 to $720 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: $800 per week in summer, very limited positions available
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 $800 to $850 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: $15 - 18 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.  Must be age 18 or older.
Compensation: Ranges from $425 - $700 per week in summer DOE. Also includes room and board during program weeks. Note that sites are 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
  • $11 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 4 - 5 contiguous, full weeks during summer break, Mondays - Fridays, 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

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 $590 to $720 per week in summer
  • Wage increases within range with level of relevant experience and qualifications such as CDL or WFR
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 Mondays - Fridays, from 7:45 AM - 4:15 PM, June 11 - August 26, 2016
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
  • Martial Arts, 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 oversee 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...
  • $800 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 challenging information
  • Attends required seasonal trainings
  • MUST BE available Mondays - Fridays, from 7:30 AM - 4:45 PM, June 11 - August 26, 2016
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...
  • $800 - $850 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 Mondays - Fridays, from 7:30 AM - 5 PM, June 11 - August 26, 2016
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 $15 to $18 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 weekday afternoons from 3 PM - 6:30 PM, June 12 - August 26, 2016
  • 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)
  • Martial Arts, 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 12 - 16, 2016 (Staff Training Week)
    • Weekdays 7:15 AM - 9:30 AM and 3 PM - 6:30 PM, June 20 - August 26, 2016
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)

We are looking for dynamic, caring, and responsible people to join our Overnight Camp team. As an Overnight Camp Instructor, you’re not only the leader of students, you’re an elder of our village. You’re not just the outdoor guide, you’re the confidante and role model with whom our participants will forge a meaningful relationship. You’re the keeper of knowledge and skills in the outdoors, but you’re also the valued member of our traveling community.

This year, we are going mobile! We alternate one-week and two-week trips around the state. (Please see our Overnight Camp page for more information.) The one-week trips are backpacking in the Lost Coast or High Sierra as well as training for our teen Student Leaders. The two-week trips are roadtrips to see the best of what California offers -- mountains, forest, and coast -- camping several days in each location to get to know it well.

We are looking for staff with excellent communication skills, ability to “go with the flow,” and a genuine love of spending time outdoors with youth. Let’s be clear: this job will be challenging. Sometimes, it will involve long hours or homesick children or working out differences with the colleagues you’ll spend so much time with. Most of the time, you’ll get to introduce our youth to amazing places, foster connection and community, and revel in a simpler pace of life. Always, there will be opportunity for leadership, learning, and growth. Are you ready to accept the challenge?

Compensation...
  • Ranges from $500 to $635 per week in summer, with additional $25 weekly bonus for Class B CDL or $25 weekly bonus for current WFR certification
  • Wage increases within range with level of relevant experience
  • Includes room and board during program weeks
Required Duties…
  • Lead 5-day backpacking or Student Leader training trips and 11-day mobile camping trips with students ages 9-14
  • Create positive and supportive community for participants who are away from home
  • Drive program vans with participants to appointed locations
  • Prepare and implement broad curriculum from all four of our Trackers guilds under guidance of Overnight Camp Directors, including but not limited to: woodcarving, plant identification, tidal fishing/foraging, handicrafts, stealth and camouflage, campfire cooking, backcountry camp setup, farming/gardening, navigation
  • Responsibly manage and care for supplies and equipment
  • Ensure safety of program participants
  • Oversee and mentor student leaders
  • Represent Trackers positively and professionally in interactions with park rangers and other hosts
  • Keep rosters and other personal student information confidential
  • Communicate proactively with parents, staff, and participants
  • Attend required seasonal trainings
  • Available June 7 - August 28, 2015, with six weekends off throughout summer (sometimes Thursday evening through Saturday, sometimes Friday evening through Sunday)
Required Experience and Attributes...
  • Maintains high professional standards
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience working with youth in the outdoors
  • A sense of adventure and craving for excellence in taking nature education to a whole new level
  • Solid camping and/or backpacking experience -- i.e. ability to, if required, set up a stellar camp in the dark, while it’s raining, with only the help of a handful of inexperienced children
  • Enthusiasm for (and ideally experience in) overnight youth programming, including the long hours and close community that comes with the territory
  • Experience living with peers/colleagues in a communal situation, and awareness of your needs, resources, and tendencies in such settings
  • Flexibility in schedule and duties
  • Ability to think on your feet and be creative in challenging situations
  • Safety-conscious and experienced in outdoor risk management
  • Ability to set and communicate boundaries for youth in a positive way
  • At peace with (or enthusiastic about) no internet/technology for up to 5 days
  • CPR and First Aid or higher certification (or willingness to obtain)
  • Food handlers certificate (or ability to complete before position begins)
  • Excellent driving record and competency
  • Licensed Trail Guide (through Dept. of Fish and Game) -- we can help you obtain this
  • 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)
Desired Skills and Attributes
  • Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, or WEMT certification
  • Class B Commercial Driver's License and passenger endorsements for 15-passenger or larger buses and transporting students; or willingness to obtain this
  • Lifeguard certification
  • Experience leading backcountry overnight trips
  • Experience working with socio-economically and culturally diverse groups of students
  • Some experience working with special needs populations
  • Some combination of: traditional and primitive skills, backpacking experience, wilderness survival experience, homesteading or folk craft skills, martial arts, zombie survival or intensive LARP experience, other relevant outdoor skills
Physical Demands
  • Ability to continuously stand, walk and hike through backcountry terrain, up to 10 miles per day with a 50lb backpack
  • 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