Employment with Trackers Earth | Portland, Oregon

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 with 2015 Youth Camps. Our application process is adventurous and unique and a great chance to build excellent professional connections.

Available Positions

Trackers Earth needs skilled teachers who understand that we can make education better. We're currently hiring for...

Looking for Educators & Mentors

Trackers is a diverse organization focused on creating family and village. We need mentors, people willing to help create thoughtful, challenging, and excellent adventures in outdoors, story, and folk wisdom. We need emissaries who believe health and long life comes from connection to grand family and the beautiful land we live. And yes, we do want you to come with skills or a great willingness to learn. This could include but not be limited to the following...

The Four Guilds

The Guilds represent a very important part of Trackers. You may not always end up teaching in that Guild, but your affiliation is important. 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. The Trackers Village can take care of the rest (if you work your butt off).

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 affinity to the wild and ways of the forest. If you are partial to tracking, wilderness survival, archery, or bow making then 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 to the balance of the village, guiding the needs of the people into harmony with the rhythms of life in all 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), want to restore the wild into every nook and cranny of this world then 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 while by salty wisdom, they demand respect for the waters and all life in its depths. If you can fish (we mean really fish), kayak, sail, tie fantastic knots, play marbles, and talk like a pirate, then join the Mariners Guild.

Artisans Guild (Remember our Story) - The Artisans Guild regale us with their theater. Their trade and circus open our eyes to both noble purpose and possibilities. The Artisans are story keepers; travelers bare-of-foot, walking and sleeping under the twilight sky. They recall and share a timeless grief and praise from the very stars above. 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 crafts person (woodworking, sewing, leather, or blacksmithing), a teller of excellent stories, a geek who loves Buffy and Doctor Who, and a role-playing gamer nerd but still love the outdoors, then join our Artisans Guild.

Flexibility & Agility, No Whining, Riddles, Epic Conflict and Generous Conversation

Flexibility - We believe feedback is crucial to collaboration and we also know everyone is doing the best with the information they have. That means we want people who are quick, thoughtful, generous, and understanding about solving challenges. We thrive with people who see opportunity in awesome complexity and never let themselves be overwhelmed. When you do observe something that concerns you, you don't add it to laundry list to be addressed later, but instead, you ask helpful questions of the right people right way. Now you know about...

The riddle - Finding those "right people" might require some more thoughtful questions. Like many aspects of Trackers, navigating it's intensity is a series of fantastic riddles we will never solve that lead us to fantastic challenges and possibilities. And that takes us to...

About conflict - More than just an employer, Trackers is a community. That makes it awesome, but it also adds a flip-side to the whole idea of constructive conflict- if you don't genuinely like, respect, and care about people, if you don't prioritize relationships over your ego's need to win, you probably won't last long.

We don't avoid or pretend conflict doesn't exist. We strive to utilize it intelligently and for the growth and health of the village. It plays out in our camps and how we approach life everyday. We can always do it better. And that brings us to...

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 4 days
3) Follow the Code of Common Sense

The Code...

Pay attention
Things like driving, wilderness survival, and compassion require it

Be Truly Helpful
Don't be one of those people that only believes they are helpful. Pay attention to know you are actually being Truly Helpful.

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 strikes 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. People, kids and adults alike, respond to your excitement. Be responsible, do a job, but have *fun* (the fourth rule or the fourth wall?).

Who We're Looking For

Right now were mostly looking for folks who want to work with us for Summer 2015. So early you ask? Yes! Applying now starts your conversation and connection to our (dare we say) fun and incredibly epic community. We offer a lot of perks to our employees-to-be. Including opportunities to experience our adult education courses taught by some of our top instructors. And as we see you in the village and at potlucks, opportunities might arise to work in our year round winter and spring break camps, homeschool, after school, and more.

Where

As a seasonal instructor or coodinator with Trackers camps you are not assigned to an official fixed work site. On any given day or work week you may be assigned to work at any Trackers location, including but not limited to..

East Portland Any given East Portland site in the summer including locations in SE, NE, and North Portland.

SE Portland Location 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, OR - Trackers Earth Portland
NE Portland Location 2245 NE 36th Ave, Portland, OR - Grant High School
North Portland Location
7654 N Delaware Ave, Portland, OR - Portland Village School

Westside Any given Westside and West Portland site in the summer. This could include locations in Hillsboro (primary), Beaverton, and the West Hills.

Hillsboro Location 31620 NW Camp Ireland Street, Hillsboro, OR - Swallowtail school

Overnight In Sandy, Oregon or with our shuttle service for students from in town locations.

Overnight Camps At our site in Sandy, OR - Shuttle service from our SE Portland site

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's for competent, enthusiastic people who are still developing their outdoor education experience. It's for folks really 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.
Oregon Minimum Hourly Wage
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. 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.
Ranges from $400 to $485 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 couple notches above Instructor. So judge well how much you really 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.
Ranges from $485 to $515 per week in summer DOE
Apply for Assistant Coordinator Online

Coordinator - Typically this position is filled by people who already have experience with our program. They oversee all the groups of campers 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). By the way, to be coordinator you'll need to come to us with a certain class of 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).
Ranges from $515 to $615 per week in summer DOE
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 who's experience ranges from never being away from home to years of camps with Trackers ready to be guided into leadership roles.
Ranges from $400 to $525 per week in summer DOE, sites are often remote from city central
Apply for Resident Mentor Online

Overnight 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 and find yourself capable, please apply now!
Ranges from $565 to $700 per week in summer DOE, sites are often remote from city central
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 7am-9am for our check-in or 3pm-6pm for our pre-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.
Oregon Minimum Hourly Wage $9.50 an hour DOE
Apply for Extended Camp Instructor Online

Extended Camp Coordinator - You help manage and oversee extended camp programs with part-time hours from 7am-9am for our check-in or 3pm-6pm for our pre-camp. This includes safety participants and implementing secure check-in and check-out procedures for campers. You also oversee extended camp staff and the activities they offer.
$10-$11 an hour DOE
Apply for Extended Camp Coordinator Online

Weekend Adventure Guide Spend your weekends guiding campers through adventures to the Oregon Coast, canoing, and even kayaking.
Compensation DOE
Apply for Weekend Adventure Guide Online

Employment with Trackers Earth

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Assistant Instructor Oregon Minimum Hourly Wage
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Instructor Ranges from $400 to $485 per week in summer
Ongoing Apply for Summer 2015 ASAP See below for required duties and experience
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Assistant Coordinator Ranges from $485 to $515 per week in summer
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Please Note We prefer a valid class B commercial driver’s license (we can help you train for this) with passenger and air brake endorsements) with a clean driving record and experience transporting youth
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Coordinator Ranges from $515 to $615 per week in summer
Apply for Summer 2015 ASAP
Please Note We require valid class B commercial driver’s license (we can help you train for this) with passenger and air brake endorsements) with a clean driving record and experience transporting youth
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Resident Mentor Ranges from $400 to $525 per week in summer
Apply for Summer 2015 ASAP
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Overnight Site Supervisor Ranges from $565 to $700 per week in summer
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Extended Camp Instructor Oregon Minimum Hourly Wage $9.50 an hour DOE
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4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon Map It
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Extended Camp Coordinator $10-$11 an hour DOE
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Weekend Adventure Guide Compensation DOE
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Assistant Instructor Assistant Instructors are responsible for the safety of participants in the program, assisting and reporting to lead instructors in these tasks.

Compensation...

  • Oregon Minimum Hourly Wage

Required Duties...

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

Required Experience and Attributes...

  • Maintains high professional standards
  • 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 maintain a budget
  • Ability to be ontime and present yourself in a professional way
  • Inspired to work competently with youth
  • MUST BE available June 8-September 1, 2015
  • 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

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

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 $400 to $485 per week in summer
  • Wage increases with level of relevant experience

Required Duties...

  • 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 own first aid and CPR kits (re-stocking supplies provided by Trackers Earth)
  • Keep rosters confidential
  • Positive communication with parents, staff and participants
  • Attends required seasonal trainings*
  • MUST BE available June 8-September 1, 2015

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
  • 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 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

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

Preferred Experience...

  • Traditional and primitive skills
  • Management experience
  • We can help you train for this: CDL and endorsements for buses and transporting students
  • Awareness and animal tracking training

Apply Online

Overnight 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 $565 to $700 per week in summer

Required Duties...

  • 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 be willing to sleep outdoors in own tent or camp tipi while camp is in operation
  • Must have Wilderness First Aid as minimum first aid training
  • 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
  • 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 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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