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Camp Jobs with Trackers Earth

Portland, Oregon

Do you want to be part of an organization that connects kids and adults to their community and their land?

We're looking for great folks to teach in our 2019 Summer 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.

This page is for our Portland Programs. If you live in the Bay Area, check out

Available Positions

Lead Outdoor Educator
Assistant Outdoor Educator
Extended Camp Educator
Overnight Camp Educator
Expedition Educator
Team Coordinator

Looking for Educators

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 the outdoors, story, and folk wisdom. And yes, we do want you to come with skills or a great willingness to learn.

The Skills

Primitive Skills & Bushcraft
Farm Craft & Homesteading
Archery & Bow Making
Kayaking or Fishing
Rock Climbing
Live Action Role-Playing Camps

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 for 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

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.

Summer 2019 Seasonal Positions

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

Trackers Earth Portland Sites
Be able to show up for work at camps at any given site in the summer.
Locations can include: SE Portland, NE Portland, W Portland, Vancouver, WA or Sandy, OR.

Please Note
Work schedules below may fluctuate due to any of the following:
Registration fluctuations, Portland Public Schools calendar adjustments, other criteria.

Looking for our Teen Internship? Click here.

Lead Outdoor Educator

A Primary Camp Position Be a lead educator for a team of kids exploring skills, story, and adventure at our summer day camps. Teach and mentor them in traditional skills and natural history.

Training: June 2-7
Teaching: June 10-Aug 23, Mon-Fri

Pay: $650 per week the first year
+ $10 per day bonus when driving with CDL

Apply Online

Assistant Outdoor Educator

A supporting camp role that allows you to learn with Trackers Earth and our unique outdoor education skill-set. No previous experience necessary. You must have a great desire to teach and learn. Includes scholarship options to adult courses.

Training: June 12-14
Teaching: June 17-Aug 23, Typically Mon-Fri

Pay: $617 per week the first year

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Extended Camp Educator

Ideal for a part-time schedule and flexible schedule. Teach enriching activities. Hours are 3 PM - 6:30 PM for after-camp with occasional subbing offered for day camps.

Additional early morning hours available.

Training: June 10-11
Teaching: June 11-Aug 31, Mon-Fri

Pay: $15.00 per hour

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Overnight Camp Educator

Help mentor a true village at our overnight camps. Educate kids to discover independence connected to nature. Teach outside nearly all summer. In-depth outdoor ed experience required.

Training: June 2-7
Teaching: June 17-Aug 23, Mon-Fri

Pay: $750 per week the 1st year

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Expedition Educator

Guide overnight and expedition adventures, teach about natural history from the Coast to Mt. Hood, and beyond. In-depth outdoor ed, trailer & expedition overnight experience required.

Training: June 2-7
Teaching: June 10-Aug 21

Pay: $750-$775/week the 1st year

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Team Coordinator

Education Coordinators mentor and guide our day camp educators and students through program curriculum, camp culture, and learning new skills.
CDL for large school buses valued.

Training: May 20 - 23
Teaching: June 1 - Aug 24, Mon - Fri

Pay: $725 per week the first year
+ $10 per day bonus when driving

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Required Experience, Attributes & Physical Demands

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

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

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 (if working with programs that fish)

Ability to continuously stand, hike backcountry terrain on and off-trail, bend, squat, climb stairs/hills, lift up to 50 lbs
18 years of age or older for any position EXCEPT Guild internship

Pre-employment checks: criminal background, reference, requirements in MVR Policy, Alcohol/Drug Test for drivers

OPTIONAL Bonus Options for...
If you have a CDL to drive large buses. Or if you possess the driving talent, we can help you learn.

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Day Camps

This application is for adult employment.

Overnight Camps

Extended Camp

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Location Preference
We have many locations in the Portland area. We cannot guarantee a job site preference and any employee can expect to report to any site.

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