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 in our 2015 Youth Camps. 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 want to make education better.  We accept applications for all positions year-round. We’re looking for:

Options for employment may include: Year-Round (see below), Winter Break, Spring Break and mostly importantly, Summer Camps

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...

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, No Whining, Fantastic Conflict & Intelligent Conversation

Flexibility: We want individuals who are quick, thoughtful, and generous about solving challenges. We thrive with people who see opportunity in awesome 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: More than just an employer, Trackers Earth is a community. It 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 don't pretend conflict doesn't exist. We strive to utilize it intelligently for the growth of the village. It plays out in our camps and how we approach life each day. And that brings us to:

Our Rules and Code

At Trackers we have 3-rules with a Code of Common Sense. Read on if you don't find such a statement 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 think they're helpful. Pay attention to see if you are actually being thusly.

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. 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?).

Consider Us


By, this is not the perfect description of working with Trackers . In fact, your role will be far more nuanced and in-depth that we can convey in this glib description. You’re getting more than a job. You’re creating a livelihood with a good group of people. If you get what we mean by this, you may well be a good fit.

BTW We also often discuss the dynamics of Dune, the Bene Gesserit, Mentats, Jedi, and such when planning our programs. And of course, Ashitaka.

Seasonal Employment

Apply for Summer 2015. If you get in early enough we may also have openings for Winter or Spring Break (no promises). Seasonal employment is a good starting place for people at Trackers. As a seasonal instructor or coordinator 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:

Portland Be able to show up for work at day camps at any given West and East Portland site in the summer.
Overnight Be part of an elite crew of instructors working at our residential overnight locations. Many are in but not limited to Sandy, Oregon.

Day Camps

Day camps typically occur Monday through Friday. For most positions summer is an 11-week commitment.

Teen Guild Internship: The Guild Internship is a paid opportunity for youth Ages 16-17, who have participated in a Trackers Earth Leadership In Training (LIT) and/or Guild Apprenticeship program, or similar outdoor leadership program of 72 contact hours or more.
Compensation: Oregon Minimum Wage; Must be able to commit to 5-weeks of summer employment.

Learn More / Apply Online


Outdoor Educator Internship: This is an entry level position for adults who are committed to developing their outdoor education skill-set. No previous educational experience is necessary; however, please have a great desire to learn and teach.
Compensation: Oregon Minimum Wage; Must be able to commit 8-weeks (or more) of summer employment

Apply Online


Instructor: Instructors typically work in pairs, either with another Instructor or with one of our Guild or Village interns. You'll have a team of kids, given time outside to explore skills, story, and epic adventure.
Commitment: Staff Training (mandatory) - June 7-12; Summer Camp June 15-August 28 (Monday-Friday)
Compensation: Ranges from $400 to $485 per week in summer DOE

Apply Online


Assistant Coordinator: You act as an Instructor for campers. You also take on some of the planning and development duties while under the guidance of your Coordinator, including supervision of Instructors and Village or Guild Interns. 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.
Commitment: Staff Training (mandatory) - June 7-12; Summer Camp June 15-August 28 (Monday-Friday)
Compensation: Ranges from $485 to $515 per week in summer DOE

Apply Online


Coordinator: Coordinators manage and oversee all the groups of campers and help guide Instructors to provide the most relevant experience possible, including intensive planning, safety assessment, and leadership-by-example. We are looking for coordinators for curriculum in ONE of the following specialties (see above for full descriptions):

  • Rangers Guild - Bushcraft, Wilderness Survival, Tracking, Nature Awareness
  • Wilders Guild - Homesteading, Folk craft, Restoration
  • Mariners Guild - Fishing and water skills
  • Artisans Guild - Live Action Role-Playing, Theater, Fine Craft Skills, Outdoor Core Competencies

All applicants for Coordinator positions must demonstrate extensive experience in education.
Commitment: May 26 - August 28; In addition to every week of summer camp, this time includes mandatory coordinator training and all-staff training, as well as a week of planning time in between before camps begin.
Commitment: May 26 - August 28; In addition to every week of summer camp, this time includes mandatory coordinator training and all-staff training, as well as a week of planning time in between before camps start; Summer Camp June 15-August 28 (Monday-Friday)
Compensation: Ranges from $515 to $615 per week in summer DOE

Apply Online


Site Supervisor: Manages and oversees a Day Camp site for morning check-in and check-out. Helps coordinators and Regional Director overcome obstacles, discover opportunities, and solve challenges. Flexible hours of other administrative work apply. This includes communicating with parents, ensuring safety of participants, and implementing secure check-in and check-out procedures for campers.
Commitment: May 26 - August 28; In addition to every week of summer camp, this time includes mandatory coordinator training and all-staff training, as well as a week of planning time in between before camps start; Summer Camp June 15-August 28 (Monday-Friday)
Compensation: Ranges from $550 to $650 per week in summer DOE

Apply Online


Summer Overnight Camp

Overnight camps typically occur Sunday through Friday. For most positions summer is an 11-week commitment.

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, leading groups of kids with great autonomy and independence.
Commitment: Staff Training (mandatory) - June 7-12; Summer Camp June 14-August 28 (Sunday-Friday)
Compensation: Ranges from $455 to $525 per week in summer DOE

Apply Online


Overnight Camp Coordinator:
Oversee curriculum for our specialty camp programs. You also instruct and work directly with students. This position requires experience in developing curriculum and managing instructors. We are looking for coordinators for curriculum in ONE of the following specialties (see above for full descriptions):

  • Rangers Guild - Bushcraft, Wilderness Survival, Tracking, Nature Awareness
  • Wilders Guild - Homesteading, Folk craft, Restoration
  • Artisans Guild - Live Action Role-Playing, Theater, Fine Craft Skills, Outdoor Core Competencies

All applicants for Coordinator positions must demonstrate extensive experience in education.
Commitment: May 26 - August 28; In addition to every week of summer camp, this time includes mandatory coordinator training and all-staff training, as well as a week of planning time in between before camps start. Summer Camp June 14-August 28 (Sunday-Friday)
Compensation: Ranges from $525 to $595 per week in summer DOE

Apply Online


Overnight Assistant Site Supervisor: Assist in supervising our epic overnight programs, overseeing curriculum and its implementation, and managing instructors, all while upholding the utmost safety and quality of campers’ experience.
Commitment: May 26 - August 28; In addition to every week of summer camp, this time includes mandatory coordinator training and all-staff training, as well as a week of planning time in between before camps start. Summer Camp June 14-August 28 (Sunday-Friday)
Compensation: Ranges from $525 to $595 per week in summer DOE

Apply Online


Weekend Adventure Guide:
Spend your weekends guiding campers through adventures to the Oregon Coast, canoing, and even kayaking. You also spend some days in the week helping oversee day camps with your days off falling midweek.
Commitment: Staff Training (mandatory) - June 7-12; Summer Camp June 14-August 28 (Friday-Tuesday)
Compensation: $455 a week or DOE

Apply Online

Extended Camp

Extended Camp Instructor: This ideal position for someone who wants a flexible day schedule. It provides part-time hours from 7:30 AM - 9 AM for our check-in, and 3 PM - 6:30 PM for after-camp. May also include opportunities to substitute in our day camps (overtime wages will apply)
Commitment: Staff Training (mandatory) - June 7-12; Summer Camp June 15-August 28 (Monday-Friday)
Compensation: Oregon Minimum Wage

Apply Online

Join Our Mailing List
* indicates required
Privacy Policy We absolutely hate spam. We will never, never, ever sell or giveaway your email. You can unsubscribe at anytime you feel like it.
facebook
twitter