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 understand that we can 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 Lead and Assistant Instructor positions.

We’re looking for...

  • Directors, Coordinators, and Assistant Coordinators Professionals with many years of outdoor education experience
  • Lead Instructors Educators passionate about building competency in kids through outdoor education
  • Assistant Instructors Individuals willing learn new skills for outdoor education through hard work
  • After Camp Coordinators & Instructors Morning & afternoon hours overseeing our extended camp
  • Weekend Guides Guides able to work weekends leading adventurous mobile excursions around the North Bay Area


    Educators & Mentors

    Trackers is a diverse organization; less a business than a group of people focused on family and village. We need mentors to help 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 these guilds, but it is key to have 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. If you are partial to tracking, wilderness survival, archery, or bow-making, join the Rangers Guild.

    Wilders Guild (Restore the Earth) - The Wilders are caretakers, restoring the land to what it once was and beyond. They tend the balance of the village, guiding the needs of the people into harmony with the rhythms seasons. 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 thrive 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. If you can fish (we mean, really fish), kayak, sail, tie fantastic knots, play marbles, and talk like a pirate, join the Mariners Guild.

    Artisans Guild (Remember our Story) - The Artisans Guild regale us with their theatrics. Their trade and circus open our eyes to both noble purpose and vast possibilities. The Artisans are story keepers; travelers bare-of-foot, walking and sleeping under the twilight sky. Their words, lyrics, and tales, can cut to bone and bleed us dry. They ask one and all: please, always... Remember Our Story. 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 to make yourself 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.


    And...

    Every job has moments of drudgery, things you'd rather not do, but Trackers tends to inspire a lot more fun, joy, and wonder than most. We still have floors to sweep and dishes to wash. People, kids and adults alike, respond to your excitement. Be responsible, do a job, but have *fun* (the fourth rule or fourth wall?).


    Who We're Looking For

    Right now were mostly looking for folks who want to work with us for Summer 2015. We collect applications for all positions year-round!  In the Fall through January we primarily interview Directors, Coordinators, and Assistant Coordinators.  In February we begin interviewing Lead and Assistant instructors. Applying now starts your conversation and connection to our fun and incredibly epic community. We offer a lot of perks to our employees-to-be. This could include opportunities to experience our adult education courses taught by some of our top instructors.

     

    Potential Work Locations

    Berkeley/Oakland Location 3049 Adeline Street, Berkeley, in our Guild Hall at the historic South Berkeley Marmot Mountain Works building across from Ashby BART

    Marin Location Piper Park, 250 Doherty Dr., Larkspur, a beautiful park with views of Mt. Tam, just off Hwy 101

    Overnight Camps Camp Trackers near Boonville in the Anderson Valley, 180 acres of redwoods, oak trees, and creeks in Mendocino County; includes shuttle bus from our HQ each week or rustic accommodations over the weekends

     

    Available Positions for Summer 2015

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

    Day Camp

    Assistant Instructor - This position is the ground floor of Trackers. It is for competent, enthusiastic people who are still developing their outdoor education experience. It is for folks who are passionate about Trackers that want to get paid while learning and developing skills while teaching in our camps. Being an assistant is one of the best ways to join our community and family. And no, you will not be required to wear a red shirt.
    $10 Hourly
    Apply for Assistant Online

    Instructor - This is where you get your own team of kids and time outside to explore skills, story, and epic adventure. You also help manage and mentor our assistants. We're looking for kind, competent, and compassionate people that who naturally live by our Code of Common Sense and want to make our campers' experience the best possible. They will take pride in striving to be the "best camp in the known universe." If you're coming with prior education and especially outdoor education experience, this position could be a great fit. Be aware: people frequently tell us this is infinitely both more exciting and more difficult than most camp experiences they've had. You are warned. One to beam up.
    Ranges from $575 to $650 per week in summer DOE
    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. 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. And after assassinating your Coordinator you might 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 a couple notches above Instructor. So judge well how much are able 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.
    $720 per week in summer
    Apply for Assistant Coordinator Online

    Coordinator - Typically this position is filled by people who already have experience with our program but on very rare occasions we hire from the outside. They oversee all the groups of campers in one area and help guide instructors to provide the most relevant experience possible. 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).
    $740 per week in summer
    Apply for Coordinator Online

    Overnight Camp

    Overnight Camp Educator - 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. 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 having been away from home to years of camps with Trackers, ready to be guided into leadership roles.
    Ranges from $500 to $650 per week in summer DOE, sites are often remote from city central, includes room and board
    Apply for Resident Mentor Online

    Overnight Site Supervisor or Assistant Site Supervisor- You are Captain Janeway in the Alpha Quadrant, completely cut off from Federation help... except for the occasional message from Lieutenant Barclay. If you get this esoteric reference or have held at least two years of leadership roles in an overnight camp context, please apply now!
    Ranges from $720 - $800 per week in summer, sites are often remote from city central, includes room and board
    Apply for Overnight Director Online

    Extended Camp

    Extended Camp Instructor - This position is ideal for someone who wants a flexible day schedule. It provides part-time hours from 7 AM - 9 AM for our check-in and/or 3 PM - 6:15 PM for our after camp. You 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. The ideal candidate will be able to occasionally act as a substitute instructor for day camps as well (overtime wages would apply)
    $10 - $13 Hourly DOE
    Apply for Extended Camp Instructor Online

    Extended Camp Coordinator - You help plan, manage, and oversee extended camp programs with part-time hours from 7 AM - 9 AM for our check-in and 2:30 PM - 6:15 PM for our after camp. This includes ensuring safety of participants and implementing a secure check-in and check-out procedure for campers. You also supervise extended camp staff and the activities they offer.
    $17 - $19 Hourly DOE
    Apply for Extended Camp Coordinator Online

    Weekend Adventure Guide Work Friday - Sunday spending your weekends guiding campers through adventures to the California Coast, hiking the redwoods, and more.
    Compensation DOE
    Apply for Weekend Adventure Guide Online

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    Assistant Instructor Assistant Instructors are responsible for the safety of participants in the program, assisting and reporting to lead instructors.

    Compensation...

    • $10 Hourly

    Required Duties...

    • Ensures safety of program participants
    • Positive communication with parents, staff and participants

    Required Experience and Attributes...

    • Maintains high professional standards
    • California state fishing license if you are teaching fishing camps with us
    • 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)
    • For certain camps: 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
    • Ability to be ontime and present yourself in a professional way
    • Inspired to work competently with youth

    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.

    Preferred Experience...

    • Traditional and primitive skills
    • Awareness and animal tracking training
    • Education or youth work experience


    Apply Online

    Instructor (Summer) Lead Instructors prepare and implement curriculum. They are responsible for the safety of participants in the program, they oversee and manage assistant instructors and student leaders.

    Compensation...

    • Ranges from $500 to $650 per week in summer DOE and location
    • Salary increases by both experience & availability during Summer Camps

    Required Duties...

    • Able to work our full 11 week summer season (Sunday June 14, 2015 - Friday August 28, 2015); Day Camps run Monday - Friday and Overnight Camps run Sunday - Friday
    • Able to attend Staff Training Sunday June 7, 2015 - Friday June 12, 2015) (super required for lead instructors!)
    • Prepare and implement curriculum
    • Creates engaging and compelling experiences for participants
    • Responsible for management and care of supplies and equipment
    • Ensures safety of program participants
    • Oversee and manage assistants and student leaders
    • Provide and maintain first aid and CPR kits (re-stocking supplies provided by Trackers Earth)
    • Keep rosters confidential
    • Positive communication with parents, staff and participants

    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
    • Purchase and ownership of your Epi-Pen (we provide training)
    • Excellent driving record and competency
    • California state fishing license if you are teaching fishing camps with us
    • 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
    • Ability to stay on a budget
    • 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 driving positions.

    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.

    Preferred Experience...

    • Traditional and primitive skills
    • Management experience
    • Education or youth work experience
    • We can help you train for this: CDL and endorsements for buses and transporting students

    Apply Online

    Overnight Site Supervisor or Assistant Site Supervisor Overnight Camp Site Supervisors manage all overnight site operations and report to the Regional Overnight Camp Director.  They live at the site while camp is operating and have one evening off each week.

    Compensation...

    • Ranges from $720 - $800 per week in summer

    Required Duties...

    • Able to work our full summer season (Monday June 15, 2015 - Friday August 28, 2015); Camps run Monday - Friday
    • Able to attend Staff Training Sunday June 7, 2015 - Friday June 12, 2015)
    • Able to commit to at least 2 weeks of pre-camp set-up time and at least 1 week of post-camp clean-up
    • Scheduling staff in collaboration with Regional Overnight Camp Director
    • Supervising kitchen staff
    • Implementing risk management and best practices
    • Meeting Program and Site budgets
    • Gear ordering & maintenance
    • Coordinate student rosters and Check-in
    • Implement overnight camp logistics (meal preparation, sleeping quarters, weekly schedules with oversight from Regional overnight director)
    • Teaching select activities weekly as in-service training for staff
    • Employee evaluations

    Required Experience and Attributes...

    • Must have Wilderness First Aid as minimum first aid training, or ability to complete before position beins
    • We can help you train for this: CDL and endorsements for buses and transporting students
    • Must have at least 2 prior seasons of administrative or supervisory experience in organized camp
    • Must have at least 1 prior season of camp cooking experience
    • Must have up-to-date Food Handler License
    • Must have at least 2 seasons experience working with youth in the outdoors

    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

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

    Preferred Experience...

    • Traditional and primitive skills
    • Management experience
    • Awareness and animal tracking training

    Apply Online

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