Outdoor Camp Educator: Wilderness Survival, Kayaking, Climbing & More (Portland, OR)
Do you want be part of an organization that connects kids and adults to their community and their land? Do you want to teach bushcraft, outdoor adventure, rock climbing, archery, farm craft, and more? We're looking for the best educators to teach in our 2018 Youth Camps. Why apply? Our application process is adventurous and unique. It is a great chance to build excellent professional connections and participate in many learning opportunities.
Learn More or Apply: http://trackerspdx.com/camp-jobs.php
We need skilled teachers who want to make education better by working in our camps. We're looking for:
- Program Coordinators: Professionals with many years of outdoor education and team leadership experience
- Educators: Educators passionate about building competency in kids through outdoor education
- Extended Camp Coordinators & Educators: Morning & afternoon hours overseeing our extended camp
- Expedition Guides: Guides able to lead adventure travel and backcountry excursions
Looking for Educators & 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 Skills and Bushcraft
- Farm Craft and Homesteading
- Archery and Bow Making
- Kayaking and Paddle Sports
- Youth Biking
- Fishing and Foraging
- Live Action Role-playing Camps
- Sewing and Pattern Making
- Rock Climbing
This position is primarily for summer day camps but we do offer several year-round positions based on seasonal performance.
Bonus Points Given If you have a CDL for large school buses. Or if you possess the driving talent so we can help you learn.
Learn More or Apply: http://trackerspdx.com/camp-jobs.php
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 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 - and only occasionally talk like pirates.
Artisans Guild (Remember our Story) - The Artisans Guild regale 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.
Flexibility, Fantastic Conflict & Intelligent Conversation
Flexibility: We want individuals who are quick, thoughtful, and generous about solving challenges. We thrive with people who see awesome opportunity in complexity. Who remain calm when others are overwhelmed. They also don't make a practice of blaming others for challenges. They ask helpful questions of the right people, right away.
The Riddle: Finding those "right people" might require thoughtful questions. Like many aspects of Trackers, navigating its intensity is a series of fantastic riddles we will never solve but leads us to the fantastic challenge of possibilities.
Conflict: Trackers Earth is a community. This also adds a flip-side to the idea of constructive conflict. If you don't prioritize relationships over your ego's need to win, you probably won't last long here. We strive to intelligently utilize conflict for the growth of the village. It plays out in our camps and how we approach life. And that brings us to:
Our 3 Camp Rules
1) No one dies
2) No wounds that don't heal in 4 days
3) Follow the Code of Common Sense
Pay Attention: Push the edges of your awareness: eyes, ears, and all your senses. Keep an open mind and heart. Don't restrict yourself with a narrow view of things. The challenges and opportunities Nature provides often go unseen. Pay Attention to the spaces and places most people ignore.
Be Truly Helpful: Understand the difference between what you believe is helpful and what is Truly Helpful. Complaining about being cold and hungry is not helpful. Building a campfire or catching fish is helpful. When you put the needs of your community first you become Truly Helpful.
Respect: Many think surviving in nature means struggling against it. Yet, like a Mariner sailing the currents of the sea, we can Flow with nature. Take the time to experience the true way of things: creeks, plants, animals, birds, trees, wind, clouds, stars, sun, and moon. By giving your time, appreciation and Respect, you become part of their Flow.
We're doing it wrong, Do it better: Perfect is boring. There's no perfect way to shoot a bow or weave a basket. There is only progress. Be excited that you're always doing it wrong and there are countless ways to improve. Like the plants, animals and even mountains, you never stop growing. You can always Do It Better!
If these rules and our Code strikes a chord with you, please continue reading. Also remember that 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. People, kids and adults alike, respond to your excitement. Be responsible, do a job, but have *fun* (the fourth rule or fourth wall?).
BTW, we often discuss the dynamics of the Bene Gesserit, Jedi and such when planning our programs. And of course, Ashitaka.
Day Camps Be able to show up for work at day camps at any given West and East Portland site in the summer.
Overnight Camps Work at our residential overnight locations. Many are in but not limited to Sandy, Oregon.
Salary Competitive rates based on experience and position. Learn more on our jobs page.
Training: June 2 - 7
Teaching: June 10 - Aug 23, Mon - Fri
This time is for Lead Educators, other dates may apply for to different positions.