Supervisor - Outdoor Education, Full-Time (Portland)

Trackers Earth: Days Of Summer Camp 2016

Job Description

Trackers Earth is a youth organization founded on the idea that kids can navigate real challenges, truly contribute, and develop the grit and character they need! We guide kids to learn wilderness survival, farm craft, and mariners skills while creating immersive camps and programs with epic story adventure.


Your job? As a Supervisor, you act as a mentor for teams of Trackers Guides and youth embarking on outdoor adventures. You plan and prepare for seasonal break camp programming, teach in school year programs, and lead teams of Coordinators guiding kids during break camps. You collaborate with families and Trackers leadership to deliver the highest quality experience for youth.


  • $48,880 per year

  • Health insurance

  • Sick leave/PTO. Accrued sick leave (up to 40 hours per year) can be used as flexible PTO. If unused, this is paid out yearly on September 1.
  • Full-time, Year-Round


  • Manager

  • Administrator

  • Educator

This position includes managing and teaching in programs themed in any of the following:

  • Real Outdoor Skills for Early Childhood (Grade K-1)
  • Stealth, Archery & Wilderness Survival (Grade 2-5 or 6-12)
  • Animals, Farms & Wild Crafts (Grade 2-5 or 6-12)
  • Fishing, Boats & Foraging (Grade 2-5 or 6-12)
  • Spies, Wizards, Elves, Treasure Hunters & Dinosaurs (Grade 2-5 or 6-8)
  • Sailing, Canoeing & Kayaking (Grade 2-12)
  • Climbing, Search & Rescue or Paintball (Grade 6-12)
  • Overnight Residential Camps or Expeditions (Grade 4-5 or 6-12)


  • Summer, Winter, Spring Break Camps Supervise and manage multiple Trackers Coordinator Guides (4-10) and their teams during break camps.

  • School Year Engage in pre-production for programming, co-develop curriculum, prep materials. Teach 1-4 days (average 3) a week in 7 week terms (Fall/Winter/Spring).

  • Recruit, assemble, train, manage, and evaluate Coordinator, Lead and Specialist Guides for optimal safety, quality, operations, and alignment with Trackers Teams culture.

  • Administer risk management and governance frameworks, as well as Trackers Earth policies across all teams and locations.

  • Direct team in proper usage of program gear. Create a culture of effective organizational tidiness. Investigate when this deviates.

  • Provide fun, engaging, and safe experiences for program participants and co-workers. Exceed the expectations of Trackers Earth customers and families

  • Organize, analyze, and respond to customer/guardian communication, providing compelling and effective communication with kids, adults, and families all settings.

  • Report to management and leadership teams regularly. Communicate safety and health information thoughtfully and effectively to leadership.

  • Internalize all assigned developmental content, integrating it into mentoring Trackers Teams and Guides.

  • Maintain and safeguard confidential information.

  • Fulfill assigned duties in an emergency situation. Other duties as assigned.


  • 2+ years (or 6 seasons) experience leading and managing adult teams, preferably in outdoor or educational settings.

    • ​Implementing systems and processes with a team of adult colleagues of more than 2, with a commitment to organizational governance (incl. safety, risk management, and quality)

    • Implementing organizational frameworks, trainings, objectives, and value.

    • Identifying, synthesizing, and effectively communicating objective (organizational) feedback to colleagues with measurable, positive outcomes

    • A high level of communication effectiveness with customers, managing solution oriented best practice.
  • 2+ years (or 9 seasons) experience in outdoor education or 3+ in general education
  • Experience with summer camps similar to Trackers and/or skills relevant to Trackers content.
  • Proven ability to exercise discretion and independent judgement that reflects high-level thinking while managing campers and staff in remote locations with limited support.

  • Proven ability to coordinate and plan for complex logistics, flexibility in working with challenges.
  • Able to act as a role model and support the culture of the Trackers Code and Trackers Elements (outdoor skills) with youth.
  • Experience working with large groups of youth while dividing them into smaller, self-directed teams.

  • Posses grit, becoming more calm and creative, not emotional, when challenged.

  • Model professionalism while supporting youth, families, colleagues, and supervisors.

  • Ability to continuously stand, hike backcountry terrain on and off-trail, bend, squat, climb stairs/hills, lift up to 50 lbs.

  • Completed Vaccinations for COVID-19 (verification required)

  • CPR/First Aid/Anaphylaxis & Epinephrine Auto-Injector certified (or ability to complete before position begins).

  • Food handlers certified (or ability to complete before position begins).

  • State fishing license.

  • Pre-employment checks (completed by Trackers): criminal background & references.

  • We can help you get this: Class B CDL license (large bus with passenger endorsement) and driving experience. You will have 8 weeks from the date of hire to obtain this license if you do not already have it. You must have your CDL driver’s permit before the first day of work. Trackers offers training options to assist staff in getting this required certification.

Our Commitment

We are committed to being fair in how we pay. Summer rates of compensation are transparent, and fixed, so you can be assured Trackers Earth provides equal pay for equal roles and responsibilities. Compensation from a position’s base rate relies on documented licenses and work history.

About Trackers

Since 2004, kids and extended families in all their forms have journeyed on adventures with Trackers Earth and our Guides. We share the Arts of Tracking through stewardship and enduring outdoor skills. We commit to developing opportunity by respecting the diverse cultures and values of every Guide, youth, and family serving with us. We endeavor to grow with families for the increased accessibility of these experiences. We define ourselves by an ever deeper kinship to the more than human world, multi-generational character, and the principles discovered and found in the quietest moments with the forest.


Be able to report to any Oregon worksite within 30 miles of our SE Portland Headquarters or our Sandy school.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 - 5 years
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Based on availability

Job Details

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After School Program
Environmental Education Program/Center
Experiential Education
Outdoor Education Center
Outdoor Skills School
Outdoor-related Publication
Summer Camp