Camp Jobs with Trackers Earth

Portland, Oregon

Join Trackers Earth as a Guide (camp educator) or Coordinator (camp manager).


Remember, not so long ago, when we expected (and allowed) kids to contribute to their family, the more than human world, and many generations beyond us? Kids survived by observation, being curious, and pitching in. They were resilient because they had no choice.

In those times, youth learned essential life skills through stories and myths connected to the place they lived. Every day “play” meant foraging, fishing, and building campfires in the forest. Kids returned to share what they discovered, letting elders know what animal tracks they found, what plants were ready to harvest, and what moved at the water's edge. Everything kids learned on their adventures contributed to critical knowledge that helped the Village survive.

Today, many have forgotten the real work (and play) of youth once part of all our past. Modern schools ask kids to prepare for far off futures disconnected from family. Media defines their hopes and dreams through unreal worlds removed from nature. Our culture no longer inspires them to care for elders, find more-than-human connections, or to be truly helpful in their day-to-day lives. Instead, we charge youth with inaccessible aspirations that divide us rather than building bridges for our communities.

Your Mission

At Trackers, our goal is to inspire, motivate, and energize youth to contribute in meaningful, accessible, and real ways. We define the great work of childhood as play and the great play of childhood as work caring for others. This means we must strengthen the bonds between kids, their families, the more-than-human world, and many generations beyond them. Through the Game of Tracking youth organize into a Trackers Team: a cohort of peers living by the Trackers Code while training the Trackers Elements. This is your Mission when you choose to work at Trackers.

Trackers Code

The Trackers Code is a set of values leading to deeper connection. It's made up of the Purpose, Compass, and Action Call.


Care for Family & Community
Care for the More Than Human World
Care for Many Generations Beyond Us


Pay Attention
Be Truly Helpful
Respect the Flow
Remember Our Story

Action Call

Be Ready
Be a Caretaker
Be Gritty
Be a Team

We're looking for fantastic Guides to teach with our 2021 Summer Camps.
We do more in one day than most camps do all summer!
This page is for our Portland Programs. If you live in the Bay Area, check out

Available Positions

Assistant Guide Ready to learn
Lead Guide 1+ year outdoor education exp.
Overnight Guide 2+ year expedition exp.
Team & Site Coordinator 1+ year manage exp.
Overnight Coordinator 3+ year management & expedition exp.

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 define ourselves by multi-generational values and an ever deeper kinship to nature.

You Could Teach

Wilderness Survival & Tracking
Farm Craft & Homesteading
Fishing & Canoeing
Role-Playing with Outdoors Skills
Climbing & Paddle Sports
Photo, Ceramics, Woodwork, or Blacksmith

2021 Summer Camp Positions

Training Flexible with your schedule from the date of hire up to June 11, 2021.
Program Teaching Dates June - August

Teen Intern

Learn with Trackers Earth and our unique outdoor education skill-set. No previous experience necessary.

Required Experience: Come ready to learn.
Teaching: June  - August, Mon - Fri
Pay: $16-$18 per hour

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Assistant Guide

Assist Trackers Guides with a team of kids exploring nature and adventuring at our summer day camps.

Required Experience: 2+ years general work history.
Teaching: June  - August, Mon - Fri
Pay: $16-$18 per hour

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Lead Guide

Lead a team of kids exploring nature and adventuring at our summer day camps.

Required Experience: 1+ year of outdoor education.
Teaching: June  - August, Mon - Fri
$18-$20 per hour 

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Overnight Guide

Lead small group wilderness basecamps teaching a variety of outdoor skills.

Required Experience 2+ years of expedition guiding.
Teaching: June  - August, Mon - Fri
 $805-$905 per week

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Team or Site Coordinator

Team Coordinator Supervise and manage field educators.
Site Coordinator Supervise and manage site op and educators.

Required Experience: 1+ year management & outdoor ed
Teaching: June  - August, Mon - Fri
$785-$885 per week

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Overnight Coordinator

Supervise and manage all overnight guides and locations, curriculum, and operations.

Required Experience: 3+ years management & guiding
Teaching: June  - August
$865-$965 per week

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Our Commitment

We are committed to being fair in how we pay. Summer rates of compensation are transparent, fixed, and non-negotiable, 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, certifications, and work history. Initial training time pays Minimum Wage, after that, the regular pay scale applies.


As a seasonal educator with Trackers, you are not assigned to an officially fixed worksite. Locations can include: SE Portland, NE Portland, W Portland, Happy Valley, or Sandy, OR.

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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)
Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect

Ability to continuously stand, hike backcountry terrain on and off-trail, bend, squat, climb stairs/hills, lift up to 50 lbs
Pre-employment checks: criminal background, reference, requirements in MVR Policy, Alcohol/Drug Test for drivers

Weekly Bonus
 Certification Add-Ons

Based on current certifications, you can receive a weekly pay bonus for every full-week of camp worked. They include general add-ons, which apply to every role, and position specific add-ons, which only apply to that role. Total weekly pay bonuses, general and specific, are limited to $100 per week for all staff.

General Certifications Weekly Pay Add-on Bonus
Returning Staff $10 per week
CDL Class B Large bus with passengers + Internal Skills Assesment $100 per week
Lifeguard Certification $12 per week
Wilderness First Responder $25 per week
Swiftwater Rescue (boating) $25 per week
Single pitch Certification/SAS (climbing) $25 per week
EDUCATION Only highest of the following applies
Teaching Certificate $35 per week
Masters in Education or Child Related Field $35 per week
Montessori Teacher Certification (AMI or AMS) $25 per week
Early Childhood Education Degree BA or higher $25 per week
Tracking Certification (CyberTracker or Equivalent) Level II - $4 per week, Level III - $8 per week
Approved Wilderness Skills Courses (see list) $4 - $8 per week

Please Note Pay rates for the initial staff training period differs for new staff. All weekly bonus add-ons do not apply during this training trial period for any staff. Once the training period is over, staff members graduate to their regular pay rate and weekly bonus add-ons apply.

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Check all positions that you wish to apply for. BE SURE you meet the minimum qualifications!

Day Camps

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Your Story

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.

Additional Comments

Please Note For film & photo positions, please include a link to your portfolio.


Please list three references; include at least two professional references you have worked with.

Reference #1

Reference #2

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Please Note You will be asked to bring a resume if scheduled for an interview.