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Application - Youth Outdoor Education Internship

Trackers Earth, Bay Area, CA

For our Teen Internship program, you must be at least 15 years old by the first day of camp
We request a minimum 6 week commitment in the summer, preferably contiguously, plus 1 evening and 1 day of training.

Training TBD
Teaching June 17 - August 23, 2019 (during the day; 8 AM - 4 PM Monday - Friday)

Pay Rate: $15.00 / hour

Work With Trackers

Spend the summer getting paid to work with Trackers Earth and sharing outdoor skills with kids. Our Teen Internship is the next step for students of Trackers Earth and other outdoor education organizations (see below for required experience). You could find yourself teaching camps with any of our Four Guilds: Rangers (Wilderness Survival), Wilders (Homesteading), Mariners (Fishing) and Artisans (Story Adventures).

Who We Need

The Guild is a paid internship is for competent, enthusiastic young people who want to develop professional outdoor education experience. You train to become a mentor in our community and camps helping youth develop an in-depth connection to nature.

We're looking for individuals passionate about Trackers who want to get paid while learning and developing skills assisting in our youth camps. Core Trackers mentors oversee this program to ensure the healthy and whole development of every participant. Being a Teen Intern cultivates strong professional experience and workplace skills for future careers and academic study. 

Two Parts of one Whole

This programs consists of two parts. The first part is a fully paid internship learning and working as an instructor in our summer youth camps. Second, if you choose to take your study of wilderness skills and folk craft further, we offer interns a significant scholarship to our Apprenticeship (under 18 years) or Immersion (over 18 years) programs. These two parts combine to offer one of the most encompassing outdoor leadership trainings available.

Part 1 - Paid internship and employment in our youth summer camps and programs We hire you as a intern instructor for our summer camps. You earn a full-time, seasonal wage. You must be prepared to work for a substantial commitment in the summer (we prefer 6 contiguous weeks). Apply soon.

Optional Part 2 - Program Scholarship On top of your summer wages, our internship enables you the option of attending our year-long Teen Apprenticeship (under 18 years) or Immersion (over 18 years) programs with a 25% scholarship. Use of the scholarship is optional and not a requirement of summer employment.


When are applications due? The deadline for 2019 Summer Camp applications is February 28, 2019.

When are interviews? After you apply, you may be invited to interview. We are usually able to give several options for dates and times. Once scheduled, your interview time is firm and not open to negotiation as we have limited spaces available.

What are the work locations? Teen Interns are responsible for their own transportation pre- and post- work hours. They must be able to show up on-time and of their accord at one of our three work sites this summer (Oakland, North Berkeley/Albany, or South Berkeley HQ). Interns will be assigned to one location for the full summer commitment.

Does this program require a prior instructor recommendation? No. Though many students are recommended to apply by their teachers and mentors. If a teen has not yet been recommended through LIT or Apprenticeship, they may have some additional capacities to further develop and work on before being employed with Trackers Earth. We will gauge this in the application and interview process.

Are long-term Trackers Earth students guaranteed a position? This is a rigorous employment program. It is fully application and interview based and difficult to get in. This employment program has teens assisting in the supervision of campers and younger children, far beyond the learning role as an Leader in Training. Expectations are high and thus not everyone is currently ready to move forward in this role.

What if an applicant is not hired for this year? If an applicant are not hired, we offer them written feedback and encourage them to apply again after working on the items in that feedback. We ask that parents allow their child to go through the process independently and accept the nature of our decision in regards to hiring.

Can a Teen Intern work only part of the summer? If they are hired, we ask that they take the commitment seriously. We request contiguous work weeks an ask for a minimum 6 week commitment out of our 10 week summer season. We cannot accommodate single days off during scheduled weeks, except in cases of illness or injury. (**high school orientation or early start dates may be accepted. Please contact us with questions).

Required Experience, Attributes & Physical Demands

Must be 16 - 17 years when summer season of employment begins (15 with special approval)

Maintain high professional standards
Punctual and timely for all scheduled shifts
Ability to set and communicate boundaries for youth in a positive way
Ability to think on your feet, be creative and care for the safety of children even in challenging situations
Ability to continuously stand, hike backcountry terrain on and off-trail, bend, squat, climb stairs/hills, lift up to 50 lbs

CPR/First Aid certified (or ability to complete before position begins)

Food handlers certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
State fishing license (if working with programs that fish)
Pre-employment checks: criminal background and references

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