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.
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.
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.
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.
Before starting as a CIT at Wild Earth, teens must participate for 2 years in Ropes: Wilderness Camp for Teens. Those who have completed 2 years of Ropes Summer Camp are exempt from completing requirements 2 & 3 of the first year CIT requirements.
Age: 14 years or older by September 1, 2019.
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.
1. Complete Wild Earth’s Summer Camp Job Application by February 1st
2. Upon completing your application, you will receive an email from our staff to schedule a meeting, which will take place between March 10 and April 20.
At this meeting we will:
You will hear back from us about your participation in Wild Earth’s CIT program promptly after you complete your CIT meeting. 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.
Please come to your meeting 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.
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.