Step 1 Fill out the application below
Step 2 We will review your application and potentially schedule an interview (watch for an email)
When are applications due? The deadline for 2019 Summer Camp applications is April 15, 2019.
What are the rate of pay? The rate of pay is Portland minimum hourly wage for assistant positions.
What are the work locations? You are fully responsible for your own transportation pre- and post- work hours. You must be able to show up on time and of your own accord at any of our three sites in Southeast, Northeast, and West Portland.
Does this program require prior mentor recommendation? Many students are recommended to apply by their teachers and mentors. Yet you are welcome to apply without a recommendation if you have the pre-requisite experience. Please remember, if you have not yet been recommended through LIT or Apprenticeship, you may have some additional capacities to further develop and work on before being employed with Trackers Earth. Consider that it could be better to wait. We will evaluate this in the application and interview process.
Are long-term Trackers Earth students guaranteed a position? This is an employment program with high expectations, not a for-tuition camp. Hiring is based on our assessment of the potential capacity through the application and interview. It is challenging to get in. This employment program has teens fully assisting and integral to the ratios for the supervision of campers, far beyond the learning role as a Leader in Training. Expectations are high and thus not every student may currently be ready to move forward in this role.
What if an applicant is not hired for this year? If you are not hired, we offer you written feedback and encourage you to apply again after working on the aspects addressed in that feedback. For parents, we ask that you allow your child to go through the process independently and accept the nature of our decision in regards to hiring.
Can a Teen Intern work only part of a Session? No. We require you to commit to and work at least one entire 5-week session. There may be occasions where we will not have a week of work available due to enrollment numbers. You must be able to make training and work the entirety of at least one 5-week session:
Application deadline April 15, 2019
Training June 12-14, 2019
Teaching Session I June 17-July 19, 2019, Mon - Fri
Teaching Session II July 22-August 23, 2019, Mon - Fri
Required Experience, Attributes & Physical Demands
Must be 16-17 years old when summer season of employment begins (June 11, 2018)
Previously taken LIT and/or a Guild Apprenticeship, or similar outdoor leadership program
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
Ability to continuously stand, hike backcountry terrain on and off-trail, bend, squat, climb stairs/hills, lift up to 50 lbs
CPR/First Aid 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)
Pre-employment checks: criminal background and references