Jobs at Wild Earth

Administrative & Office Staff

Program Administrator at Wild Earth

The ideal candidate has outstanding organizational and communication skills, excellent attention to detail, and an understanding of nature-based programs. The Program Administrator is often the initial contact with parents and our ideal candidate has a particular facility with interpersonal connection over phone and email as well as in person. Deadline to apply is July 16, 2018 with an ideal start date of September 5, 2018. Read more and apply. [PDF]

Social Media and Communications Internship at Wild Earth

The ideal candidate has a desire to facilitate positive social change using the internet. Candidate will learn about social media marketing, online advocacy and the non-profit sector. The Social Media & Communications intern will work with the Associate Director to raise awareness and to create/curate content for Social Media, Wild Earth’s website, and other marketing mediums. Read more and apply. [PDF]

Instructors & Field Staff

We’re glad you’re interested in joining our crew of creative and dynamic mentors. Among the greatest reasons our participants love being at Wild Earth is the opportunity to spend time outdoors with our incredible instructors. Below is an outline of what we’re looking for in our instructors as well as what you can expect as an applicant.


Our hiring for Fall, Winter, Spring Programs begins in June. Applications submitted after September may not be reviewed until the following year.

Instructors at Wild Earth demonstrate the following qualities:

Caring, Warmth, & People Awareness

You are friendly and personable with parents, and able to be gentle, tender and patient with the children who respond better to that kind of soft approach.  If a child is unhappy you usually notice, and are able to gently invite others to open up to you, showing them that you care about them.  You can proactively create moments for one-on-one connection within group time.  You are able to be a loving caregiver when that is what’s needed.

Group Charisma

You have that ‘spark’ that makes people want to pay attention to what you have to say, and you emit a sense of well-being that helps other people feel comfortable and safe under your leadership. You have the capacity to make yourself ‘big’ at key moments.  You can project your voice and be silly and physical in a way that captivates children’s attention. This doesn’t have to mean that you are always an extrovert, but you can ‘turn it on’ when needed.

Wild Adventurousness

The youth in our programs love the feeling that something exciting could happen at any moment!  You might suddenly dash off-trail and catch a garter snake to show the children, or leap into icy water so they can ‘save’ you from hypothermia by making a fire, or perhaps you arrive early to cover yourself in mud and hide from your group in morning circle.  No matter how it shows up, your sense of adventure is palpable.  You are a fun, upbeat, can-do kind of person.

Responsibility & Accountability

You show up on time and follow through on details like calling a parent to report an attached tick or connect about a challenging moment that happened that day.  You are dependable. We can count on you to bring materials and supplies you’ve promised to bring, and you show up to planning meetings with ideas.  You are able to set boundaries with children and establish a safe environment.

Curiosity, Creativity & Naturalist Knowledge

You are versed in naturalist skills, and are always hungry to learn more.  You love translating knowledge into fun activities and games for kids.  You love coming up with new ideas and ways to teach.

Ready to Grow

When something is tough, you look toward how you can help things go better.  You’re open, honest, kind, and able to receive feedback from others.  You’re ready to stretch yourself and to lead from a place of humility and vulnerability.

Our Application & Hiring Process:

Wild Earth is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Job placement is made on the basis of qualifications.

Becoming part of the Wild Earth team is a slow and steady process.

  • We entrust our instructors with a fair amount of flexibility when it comes to influencing curriculum design. Instructors need to have lots of exposure to the style and types of activities that typify Wild Earth programs in order for us to grant such freedom.
  • Pairing instructors and participants year after year builds strong mentoring relationships. One of our goals is to foster relationships between participants and instructors that endure over time.
  • The strength of our programs stems from the strength of our instructors. We want our instructors to be continually growing in their skills, we do our best to ensure they are presented with opportunities (such as instructing in a new role) to learn new skills. Becoming a Wild Earth instructor requires a fair amount of training and it takes time to establish the required skills.

What you can do to improve your application’s standing:

Participation in the Wild Earth Apprenticeship & Instructor Training Program is the best way to stand out as a promising applicant. Participating in other Wild Earth programs or volunteering can also help your application to stand out. Be sure to introduce yourself to our instructors and to let them know that you’ve applied for a job with Wild Earth.

What can a new hire expect?

New hires are usually brought on for an individual program that meets once per month throughout the year (though After School and Summer Camp programs meet more often). Assuming that the working relationship is a good fit, you will be added to our list of whom we approach with new instructing opportunities.

The number of instructors Wild Earth can hire is dependent upon enrollment. We may express interest in hiring you as an instructor in June, however we may not be able to provide a position for you until we know more about each program’s enrollment (usually September or October). Additional enrollment and/or emerging opportunities may lead to openings for new hires sporadically throughout the year.

Position Qualifications & Requirements

Lead Instructor Requirements

Group Facilitation Skills:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Boundary setting
  • Vocabulary of team building activities and games
  • Charisma with children
  • Ability to foster a fun, safe learning environment

Outdoor Safety Skills:

  • Heart Saver CPR and American Red Cross Basic First Aid or equivalent
  • Navigation ability
  • Fire building in cold & rain
  • Shelter building with tarps

Wilderness Curriculum:

Ability to design and lead activities that teach some the following skills:

  • Natural rope making
  • Friction fire & fire building
  • Wild edibles and plant remedies
  • Natural shelter building
  • Plant identification
  • Bird language
  • Wildlife tracking
  • Spinning, weaving, basket making, and other natural fiber arts
  • Carving and wood craft
  • Making and using projectiles, such as: bows, slingshots, throwing sticks, atlatls

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Assistant Instructor Requirements

Group Facilitation Skills:

  • Boundary setting
  • Familiarity with team building activities and games
  • Ability to facilitate at least a few team building activities and games
  • Charisma with children
  • Ability to foster a fun, safe learning environment

Outdoor Safety Skills:

  • Ability to assist fire building in cold & rain
  • Ability to assist shelter building with tarps
  • Recommended, but not required: Heart Saver CPR and American Red Cross Basic First Aid or equivalent

Wilderness Curriculum:

Ability to assist activities that teach some the following skills:

  • Natural rope making
  • Friction fire & fire building
  • Wild edibles and plant remedies
  • Natural shelter building
  • Plant identification
  • Bird language
  • Wildlife tracking
  • Spinning, weaving, basket making, and other natural fiber arts
  • Carving and wood craft
  • Making and using projectiles, such as: bows, slingshots, throwing sticks, atlatls

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General Job FAQ

Do you offer CPR and First aid training?

Traditionally Wild Earth has organized one First Aid and CPR training on a weekend during the spring. If your role requires you to refresh or become certified in either of these, please indicate this on your application or notify tyler@wildearth.org.

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Can I attach my résumé to the application? Do you even want it?

Yes, we want your resume. There are a few questions in the application that ask about your history working for wilderness education programs or at summer camps, and we welcome any additional information about you.

Unfortunately there isn’t a way to attach a résumé to our online application. If you would like to send one, you can email it to mai@wildearth.org. Please include your name and a note indicating that you have already applied to work summer camp.

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Summer Position Descriptions

Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator (PC) is required to be 21 years of age by start of camp; certified in Wilderness First Aid and Pro. CPR/AED or equivalent; have at least 24 weeks demonstrated the ability to work with children and teens in a nature-based program; design and implement programming, supervise staff, and carry out Wild Earth’s mission.

The Program Coordinator is responsible for the overall vision, support, leadership, and safety of their camp of 45-50 children and 12-18 staff; guiding the staff’s growth with clear communication and regular feedback; communicating with parents and the camp director; upholding the foundational values of Wild Earth; and, holding the children’s physical and emotional safety as paramount.

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Lead & Co-Lead

The Lead or Co-Lead is required to be 18 years of age by start of camp unless you’ve served for two years as an Assistant Instructor at Wild Earth. Demonstrated ability to work with children and teens in a nature-based program. Current certification in Heart Saver CPR and American Red Cross Basic First Aid or equivalent.

The Lead or Co-Lead is responsible for overall vision, support, leadership, and safety of their group of 10-14 children; guiding the Assistants, Teen Instructors, and CIT’s growth with clear communication and regular feedback; communicating with parents and the Program Coordinator (PC); upholding the foundational values of Wild Earth; and, holding the children’s physical and emotional safety as paramount.

Leads and Co-Lead are expected to lead activities in their clan and in the big circle, while also encouraging their Assistants to take on appropriate challenges. Leads and Co-Leads committed to their personal growth can shine by tracking their challenges with clear communication, and seeking regular feedback.

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Assistant Instructor

Assistant Instructor is required to be 16 years of by the start of camp unless you’ve served as a Teen Instructor at Wild Earth before; and, have demonstrated the ability working with children and teens in a nature-based program.

Recommended (but not required) certification in Heart Saver CPR and American Red Cross Basic First Aid or equivalent.

The Assistant Instructor works in collaboration with the Lead /Co-Lead to support the overall vision, and safety of their group of 10-14 children. Assistant Instructors committed to their personal growth can shine by leading activities in their clan and in the big circle, by tracking their challenges with clear communication, and seeking regular feedback.

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Counselor In Training (CIT)

Wild Earth’s Counselor In Training program is for teens who are ready for a summer of serving others and growing into their leadership skills.

For teens looking for a Wild Earth summer focused on honing their skills, connecting with peers, and having a blast, we recommend our 4-week Ropes: Wilderness Summer Camp for Teens.

Before starting as a CIT at Wild Earth, we strongly encourage 2-years of participation at Ropes: Wilderness Camp for Teens. Those who have completed two-years of Ropes Summer Camp are exempt from completing requirements 2 & 3 of the first year CIT requirements.

Age: 14 years or older by start of camp.
Experience: Previous experience in a Wild Earth Camp or equivalent.
Qualities: Counselors In Training (CITs) at Wild Earth’s summer camp focus on serving others and growing their leadership skills. CITs are expected to demonstrate patience, responsibility, teamwork, self-care and readiness to focus on campers, the land, and the program ahead.

All CITs must attend the following:

Mandatory Summer Camp Staff Orientation: Sat, June 23: 9am-5pm

All Summer Camp staff are required to attend a one-day staff training from 9am-5pm on Sat, June 23, 2018.

Mandatory CIT Kick-Off: Sat, June 16: 4pm-9pm

This evening will be filled with skills, games, conversations and expansive experiences guided by caring mentors. This is a chance for CITs to come together as a crew of young leaders before summer camp begins.

Earlier in the day Wild Earth instructors will be meeting up for a hands-on skill building training called Secret Camp. CITs are invited to join Secret Camp, but not obligated.

CITs receive the following perks:

Weekly CIT Check-Ins:

Each week you will meet one-on-one with your camp’s Program Director to check-in. This is an opportunity to discuss your growth goals, receive feedback, and to gain one-on-one support as you navigate the responsibilities and culture of Wild Earth camp. We want to make everyone’s camp experience the most it can possibly be! These check-ins will take place at camp and may require you to stay an extra 15-20 minutes after the camp day has ended.

End-of-Session Debrief Meetings:

At the end of each of your camp sessions, you will have a debrief meeting with your camp’s Program Director to reflect on your experience, receive feedback, and to celebrate completing that camp’s CIT experience. At Wild Earth, we deeply value debriefing our program experiences. We believe ample opportunities for reflection and integration lead to growth.

Secret Camp: Skill Building Day: Sat, June 16

Did you know Wild Earth instructors have a secret camp that meets before we start our youth programs? Secret Camp is a one-day program where Wild Earth summer camp instructors are presented with experiential choice-based skills, games, songs, stories and opportunities for connection before camp starts.

Application Requirements for First-Year CITs:

1. Volunteer* at (at least) one Wild Earth program during the school year to demonstrate:

  • Self Care: Show up rested, prepared, and ready for the day.
  • Role Modeling: Remain aware that younger children are following the example that you set.
  • Facilitation: Lead a game, song, or skill while you are volunteering at a program.

Please contact Michaela, our volunteer coordinator, via michaela@wildearth.org, about the programs you are interested in volunteering for and on what program dates you are available/interested.

2. Complete at least two of the following to demonstrate:

3. Complete at least one of the following and bring it with you to your interview to demonstrate:

  • Finish a coal-burned spoon.
  • Take a picture of a figure 4 trap you’ve carved and set.
  • Make a bow-drill fire on your own kit.
  • Finish a net bag for your water bottle.
  • Make as much cordage as you are tall (no raffia/hemp).

If the above options are not a fit for you, make something you are interested in learning more about or something you already have a passion for. For example: moccasins, medicine pouch, paracord belt, pine needle basket, leather knife sheath, scarf with naturally dyed wool, digging stick, herbal salve, piece of clothing etc.

*Those attending Atlatl Boys or Artemis Moon Girls will fulfill the volunteer requirement within the program. Additional volunteering is not required.

Application Requirements for Second & Third Year CITs:

Returning CITs do not have to fulfill the first-year CIT requirements, but are required to schedule a meeting with our Program Director to discuss how you would like to build on your experience from a previous summer. After you have submitted your CIT job application, please be in touch with Michaela to schedule this meeting for March or April.

Returning CITs are required to volunteer in a Wild Earth youth program during the school year. CITs that are participating in our Ropes Wilderness Program for Teens are exempt from this requirement.

To schedule your volunteering, please review our program offerings and email michaela@wildearth.org with the programs & dates which would work best for you.

Many skilled and experienced 14 & 15 year olds join us unpaid CITs at summer camp and throughout the year. For 15 year olds, volunteering is the best way to stay involved in Wild Earth.

Each summer, we are able to provide a few paid CIT roles. These positions are awarded to returning CITs who have demonstrated excellence prior to summer camp.

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Summer Camp Job FAQ

What time does camp start, and when do I need to be there?

The drop-off and pick-up times for each of our camps are different in order to accommodate families with children in multiple camps. As Summer Camp Staff you are required to arrive an hour before drop-off for daily planning meetings and prep for the day, and to stay up to an hour after pick-up for debrief meetings and additional planning.

  • Parent/Tot: Drop-off: 10:15 am – Pick-up: 1 pm
  • Screech Owl: Drop-off: 10 am – Pick-up: 3 pm
  • Wild Earth Art: Drop-off: 9:45 am – Pick-up: 3:45 pm
  • Kestrel: Drop-off: 9:30 am – Pick-up: 3:30 pm
  • Raven and Teen Leadership: Drop-off: 9:30 am – Pick-up: 3:30 pm

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When do Wild Earth Summer Camps run?

Wild Earth’s Summer Camps run 4 days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Wednesdays are a day off to allow campers and staff a chance to recover from fun overload.

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Can I just work one week or do I have to commit for an entire session?

The continuity of instructors helps children of all ages to feel safe and comfortable. It takes a few days for a group to hit their stride and it can be jarring to change instructors mid-session. For that reason we ask that staff commit to working an entire session.

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Can I attach my résumé to the application? Do you even want it?

Yes, we want your resume. There are a few questions in the application that ask about your history working for wilderness education programs or at summer camps, and we welcome any additional information about you.

Unfortunately there isn’t a way to attach a résumé to our online application. If you would like to send one, you can email it to mai@wildearth.org. Please include your name and a note indicating that you have already applied to work summer camp.

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Is the staff training mandatory?

Yes. Both days of the summer camp staff training are mandatory. We expect them to run from 9am-5pm each day. If you have a conflict on either of those days please contact the Program Director at mai@wildearth.org to see if we can come to a solution.

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When will I find out if I’m hired?

Short answer: Maaarch-iiish?

There are 6 possible roles and a total of 122 positions to fill over 7 camps and 11 sessions, much of the staff works multiple sessions, but the total number of hired staff is expected to be 70+, that’s a lot of résumés to read, interviews to conduct, and spreadsheets to shuffle.

You’ll know you’re being seriously considered when you received an email of commitment within 6-8 weeks of applying, and you’ll know you’re hired when you receive (and return) a paper contract.

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What do I need to bring with me for a day of camp?

Aside from cutesy answers like, “A good attitude”, you’ll need…

  • Enough food and water to keep you happy for 8 hours (for me that’s a big lunch, a snack, and 32-40 oz. of water).
  • Footwear that covers your toes, that you don’t mind getting dirty and/or wet.
  • Clothing free of potentially offensive images or words that modestly covers your body.
  • Optional: A knife, sunscreen, tick repellant.
  • Exceptional: a small, non-distracting, crafting project that you can easily work on throughout the day (not at the expense of giving the kids attention).

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Do you offer CPR and First aid training?

Traditionally Wild Earth has organized one First Aid and CPR training on a weekend during the spring. If your role requires you to refresh or become certified in either of these, please indicate this on your application or notify tyler@wildearth.org.

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