For all available positions, see our Summer Environmental Education Jobs page. Applications will be accepted starting February 10th until positions are filled. If you feel you are not yet eligible for any of the positions, go to our apprenticeship application page where you can apply to train and work into the positions until eligible for payroll.
Job Description – Overnight & Adult Programs Director
Wolf Camp is seeking an Overnight & Adult Programs Director to facilitate our apprenticeships, overnight camps and adult workshops during the summer, then schedule and teach academic year classes if available in the fall-winter-spring.
The Overnight & Adult Programs Director will work on a team with our new Day Camps & Classes Director and Chinese Language & ESL Students Director, Health & Logistics Coordinator Kim Chisholm, and Office Administrator Colleen Valadez to run our summer programs. The team will work under the supervision of Executive Director Chris Chisholm.
Summer compensation will be on a salary basis from $1000-$1200/wk (FTE Equivalent: $25-$30/hr plus mileage, room and board) depending on experience and start date, with employment continuing into the academic year depending on program development.
Responsibilities & Duties
Duties will include 1) supervising and training apprentices, 2) organizing and facilitating summer camp and workshop groups – helping instructors teach students during overnight camps and adult workshops, 3) communicating with overnight campers and/or their parents, including after-hours discussions as necessary, 4) helping kitchen and logistics staff organize meals and gear, 5) making sure that good photos are taken of all overnight campers to remember camp by, and 6) organizing, promoting, and teaching future camps, classes, workshops and apprenticeships.
After early-summer office orientations and complimentary trainings to get up-to-date with risk management protocols, a successful candidate will be ready to hit the ground running our day camps in July-August, then assess in September whether s/he is ready to organize and teach academic year classes, or whether s/he prefers to periodically in preparation for returning full-time the following summer and beyond. 2018 summer schedule includes:
June 1: Optional Office Orientation (complimentary)
June 2: Optional Meet & Greet with Board of Directors (complimentary)
June 4-8: Organize Summer Apprentices, Adult Workshops Participants & Overnight Camp Registrants, Policies & Plans with Office Administrator (paid by the hour)
June 10: Optional Training Workshop – Sustainable Homes & Gardens (complimentary)
June 11-15: Coordinate Summer Instructors, Locations, Policies & Plans with Co-Directors (paid by the hour)
June 16: Co-Organize Workshop – Seaweeds & Shellfish of the Salish Sea (salary)
June 17: Co-Organize Workshop – Paleo & Veggie Lifestyles (salary)
June 18-22: Organize Apprentices, Adult Workshops Participants & Overnight Camp Registrants, and Co-Organize Trainings: Wilderness First Aid, CPR & AED; (salary)
June 23: Co-Organize Workshop – Subsistence Pier & Lake Fishing; (salary)
June 24-29: Co-Teach Backcountry Leadership, Navigation, Conservation & Risk Management; (salary)
June 30: Evening Campfire Meet-n-Greet with Staff & Board; (salary)
July 1-6: Co-Teach Teaching Nature: Training for Environmental Educators & Nature Guides; (salary)
July 7-13: Co-ordinate and site manage Wilderness Survival Side of the Mountain plus Advanced Primal Bushcraft & Zombie Apocalypse Survival Challenge with the ESL Students Director, staggering on-duty and on-call times under the supervision of the Executive Director and Logistics Coordinator; (salary)
July 14-21: Co-direct and supervise the teaching of The Wildlife Safari – Animal Tracking & Photography with Health & Logistics Coordinator, staggering on-duty and on-call times under the supervision of the Executive Director; (salary)
July 22-27: Coordinate and co-teach the Wilderness Skills Family Camp on Sunday from 9-9 and Mon-Fri from 7:45-5:15; (salary)
July 28 – Aug 3 Coordinate and assist instructors at Archers, Artists & Artisans; (salary)
Aug 4: Supervise apprentices at the Harvesting & Crafting Natural Plant Fibers workshop; (salary)
Aug 5: Off
August 6-10: Assist a day camp group; (salary)
August 11-17: Coordinate and assist instructors at Wild Chefs & Herbal Medics; (salary)
August 18: Run check-in and orientation at the start of the Wild Edible Plant Foraging & Herbal Medicine Making workshop from 9:00-10:00 a.m., stay on site while working on group arrangements for the following camp week, and coordinate site clean-up and staff review meeting from 5-6 pm; (salary)
Aug 19: Off
Aug 20-24: Assist a day camp group; (salary)
Aug 25-31: Coordinate and assist instructors at Secrets of the Ancient Scout; (salary)
Sept 1: Help staff re-organize camp gear for winter storage. (salary)
Sept 4-7: Summer Assessment & Evaluation; Upload weekly photos to facebook albums, and work with Office Administrator to email camp graduation certificates to families with link to photos; (paid by the hour)
Sept 10-14: Finish last week’s work by the hour, and if advancing to work during the academic year, then organize and promote Academic Year Classes via website, email and social media; paid on commission;
Sept 17 Onward: Continue working as desired on commission to organize, promote and teach Academic Year Classes.
• Master’s Degree preferred.
• Wilderness first aid, outdoor risk management, or medical training required.
• Familiarily with Wolf Camp, or previous supervisory experience at another summer camp.
• Deep interest in our mission, vision and guiding principles., and significant training and experience practicing and teaching the earth skills in which we specialize.
• Priority to a candidate with four summers of work experience at summer camps, or two years school teaching in traditional classroom setting, or two years of administrative experience supervising multiple service workers (social service, food service, etc.)
• Priority to candidate with training, experience, or demonstrated effectiveness with group facilitation, conflict resolution, or human resource counseling skills.
• No criminal history, and a valid driver’s license with no more than one recent ticket.
• Ability to walk long all day over uneven terrain, run short distances without issue, and safely move 100 pounds a short distance.
• Ability to foster a sense of fun while simultaneously being responsible for dozens of children, parents and staff members.
• Enjoys helping with communal cooking, cleaning and organizing, and can maintain professional hygiene in outdoor settings.
• Ability to maintain personal health while working 60 hours per week all summer, performing in a professional, safe manner to help make Wolf Camp the most excellent outdoor educational program possible.
• Demonstrated understanding of multinational members of the community, including multiple Asian, eastern European, African and Latin American cultures, as well as a genuine willingness to learn about and serve historically marginalized communities in the Seattle area.
• Alignment with our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation in camp, with ability to remain drug free (including alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and illicits) during camp season, never having participated in child abuse or workplace sexual misconduct, nor having any impulse to do so; and not discriminating against anyone based on color, ethnicity, origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, politics, or handicap.
The position is open until this page disappears upon acceptance of a candidate, so apply immediately for the best opportunity by emailing the following information to us:
- Short cover letter.
- Simple resume with official educational and work experience.
- Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form, except please redact health and personal information. If hired, we will have you complete the remaining information as all students must so we can provide for health needs and mitigate risks in outdoor recreational settings.
- Bullet-point list of other non-traditional or relevant experience or trainings you have received, even personal/familial ones, such as in wilderness first aid, cpr, lifeguarding, permaculture, risk management, navigation, climbing, survival, hygiene, college courses in biology-ecology-geology-astronomy-sociology, camp counseling, drivers ed, teaching, tutoring, mentoring, babysitting, healing, coaching, leadership, conflict resolution, diversity, martial arts, music, art, film, stage drama, dance, poetry, and personal dirt time growing up around nature, wilderness, beaches, farms, gardens, carpentry, landscaping, animals, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and backpacking, for example.
Chris & Kim will make an assessment of your previous experience and respond within a few days to all fully-completed applications. If we request a phone interview, please prepare the following information:
- One letter of recommendation from a previous employer, and contact information for other employment references.
- Photocopy of your current driver’s license, or state identification.
- Photocopies of all past relevant degrees and certifications you have received.
- Your most recent educational transcripts. Plain copies are fine.
- 3 year driving record.
To prepare, review our course descriptions and study our relevant extensive blog articles and video as much as you can, plus other research we may recommend. The more experience or training you can gain in advance of arriving, the greater success you will have in the position, including:
- Time Outdoors (camping/hiking/backpacking, and playing night and day in the woods, deserts, mountains, prairies, beaches and waterways around your home; cultivating fruits and vegetables, fishing or caring for animals both domestic and wild)
- Improving your community living / shared housemate situations through practicing communication skills and organizing events, for example, or gaining sensitivity and respect for others’ pet peeves; keeping kitchens and bathrooms clean, etc.
- Personal hygiene: physical, emotional, mental, social, etc. and acceptance of diversity in politics, religion, culture – even ones you think are small-minded but may be based on someone’s genuine experience;
- Tool safety and efficiency; practice with wilderness survival, traditional craftwork, wild edible foods, herbal studies, etc. Self-discipline to record and express experiences in writing, journaling, storytelling, blogging, etc.
- Teaching/counseling/mentoring/volunteer experience (especially understanding the needs of various ages)