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At Wild Earth we value leadership diversity in our instructors. We also have a set of core routines, teaching tools, and mentoring skills that we encourage our instructors to utilize:

Core routines: Sit spot, story of the day, expanding our senses, questioning and tracking, animal forms, wandering, mapping, exploring field guides, journaling, survival living, mind's eye imagining, listening for bird language and thanksgiving.

Teaching tools: Utilizing the abundance of child passions, playing games, dancing, acting/performing, imitation, role modeling, the art of questioning (instead of answering), storytelling that awakens imagination, music making, crafting, blindfolded activities, creating leadership opportunities for children.

Mentoring Skills: Meeting others where they are on their journey, nurturing curiosity, passion and purpose, supporting justice and equity through age appropriate dialogue, gifting enthusiasm and teaching with passion, practicing openness to all perspectives, cultures and spiritual backgrounds, acknowledging and honoring elder wisdom, listening with a beginner's mind, invisibly teaching, abstaining from testing and judgment, striving to practice patience, understanding and perseverance.


Previous Experience

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References & Background

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Camps

Please carefully read through the following section:

Most Wild Earth camps run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with NO camp on Wednesday. Kingfisher is an exception as it only runs for one week, but 5 consecutive days. We do not currently offer overnight summer camps.

Before applying, please make sure you are available for the camp(s) you are selecting.

To be eligible for a summer camp position you are also required to attend 2 training days. On Friday, June 25th we will hold a one-day staff training from 9am-5pm, this will be with all camp instructors. On Sat June 26th we will hold a one-day camp orientation, with the specific team you will be employed to work with. Seniors who will be graduating during our scheduled training must let us know upon applying so they can meet with their staff teams ahead of time.



Positions

Read through the available positions, requirements and descriptions and chose the one that best fits you.

Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator (PC) is required to be 21 years of age by start of camp - June 28th; 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 36 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.

Lead/ Co-Lead

The Lead or Co-Lead is required to be 18 years or older by the start of camp - July 1st. Demonstrates the 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 10-12 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 group 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.

Assistant Instructor

Assistant Instructor is required to be 16 years or older by the start of camp - July 1st. Demonstrates the ability to work 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 are committed to their personal growth and to offering their gifts, skills and talents by leading activities in their group and in the big circle, by tracking their challenges with clear communication and seeking regular feedback.

Counselor In Training (CIT)

CITs are required to be 14 years or older by start of camp - June 28th. Eligible CITS must have previous experience in a Wild Earth camp or equivalent.
Being a CIT for summer camp requires responsibility, patience, being a team player, practicing good self care, being helpful in nature-based programs and readiness for a summer focused on the campers.

Per Board of Health requirements, all CITs will be supervised as campers.

The CIT works in collaboration with the Lead or Co-Lead to support the overall vision, and safety of their group of 10-12 children. CITs are committed to their personal growth and to offering their gifts, skills and talents by leading activities in their group and in the big circle, by tracking their challenges with clear communication and seeking regular feedback.




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Thank you for applying to work at Wild Earth's summer camp.

Wild Earth is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Job placement is made on the basis of qualifications. Wild Earth reserves the right to contact all current and former employers for reference information. If you are hired you may be asked for additional information that Wild Earth will use to run a background check.

Expect us to follow up with you in late March if you are applying before Feb 22nd. Applications received after February 22nd will not be reviewed if all positions are already filled. If you would like to send a resume, you may email it to esperanza@wildearth.org, and attach it as a PDF.

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