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 CIT Initiation: Fri, June 28, 2019: 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.

Mandatory Summer Camp Staff Orientation: Sat, June 29, 2019: 9am-5pm

At this orientation, instructing teams will gather together to meet one another, prepare the land and begin making plans for camp. Orientation will take place at whatever camp location you are attending first.

Information for 1st Year CITs:

How To Apply:

1. Complete Wild Earth’s Summer Camp Job Application by February 1

2. Upon completing your application, you will receive an email from our staff to schedule an interview which will take place between March 10 and April 20.

You will hear back from us about your participation in Wild Earth’s CIT program promptly after you complete your CIT interview. Please know that specific camp placements may not be made until as late as June, shortly before the start of camp. A summer as a CIT is about service and CITs will be placed where they are most needed.

1st Year CIT Requirements:

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 come to your interview prepared with the youth program and date that you are able to volunteer at. To view our year round youth program schedule please visit the website: https://wildearth.org/youth

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

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.

Projects that have already been created previously do not meet this requirement. CITs are required to begin a new project to fulfill this piece.

Information for 2nd and 3rd Year CITs:

How To Apply:

1. Complete Wild Earth’s Summer Camp Job Application by February 1

2. Upon completing your application, you will receive an email from our staff to schedule an interview which will take place between March 10 and April 20.

At this meeting we will:

  • Discuss last year’s experience and form goals for the upcoming summer
  • Discuss added responsibilities as a 2nd or 3rd year CIT
  • Arrange a volunteer position for you in one of our spring programs. Returning CITs are required to volunteer for at least one day of a Wild Earth youth program during the school year. Please come to your interview prepared with the youth program and date that you are able to volunteer at. To view our year round youth program schedule please visit the website: https://wildearth.org/youth
  • NOTE: CITs that are participating in our year-round Ropes Wilderness Program for Teens or have already volunteered for a fall youth program are exempt from this requirement.

You will hear back from us about your participation in Wild Earth’s CIT program promptly after you complete your CIT interview. Please know that specific camp placements may not be made until as late as June, shortly before the start of camp. A summer as a CIT is about service and CITs will be placed where they are most needed.

Requirements for 2nd and 3rd 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 come to your interview prepared with the youth program and date that you are able to volunteer at. To view our year round youth program schedule please visit the website: https://wildearth.org/youth

*Those attending year-round Ropes Wilderness Program for Teens or have already volunteered for a fall youth program are exempt from this requirement.

Additional Information for 2nd and 3rd year CITs:

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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