Summer Environmental Education Jobs Available

Contact directors Kim & Chris Chisholm about joining our Active Program Faculty & Summer Camp Instructors and Administrative & Adjunct Faculty. Or to train up to that level and build a career in environmental education, consider our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship, or Blue Skye Farm Internship in advance of seeking employment in the field.

Job Positions Open for Summer 2020

We would like to invite new candidates to help teach our new Virtual Day Camps. These online programs are designed to give kids, youth and adults enough tools in the morning to go outside and be successful practicing earth skills in their backyards all day long. Our hope is that we can serve as a model for others operating throughout the country in this time of transition.


Depending on readiness, candidates can serve in one of three capacities…


Lead Instructor – Salary would be $600/wk for 20-40 hours of work, depending on how many times you teach it over the course of the summer and next year. The first time would likely take 40 hours of prep, teaching and follow-up time. The tenth time would likely take 20 hours or with advanced themes consisting of returning campers. Click on the lead instructor job description for detailed responsibilities and hours. Qualifications would include:
  • Current/Past Lead Wolf Camp Instructor and training through one virtual camp, such as next week’s Virtual Secret Spot alpha test running May 18-22 from 9-10 AM, 12:00-12:30 & 2:30-3:00 PM that Mon-Fri; or if you completed Wolf Journey Book One in the past, or have an advanced degree / years of outdoor educational experience elsewhere then the following week’s Farm The Yard alpha test running May 26-28 from 9-10 AM, 12:00-12:30 & 2:30-3:00 PM Tue-Wed-Thu is fine. Later training options would require more time investment but provide a more in-depth experience, for instance acting as an apprentice during one of the beta testing weeks of June 1-12.
  • Current/Past Assistant Instructor / Apprentice and assisting enough camps to lead later in the summer.
Assistant Instructor – Salary would be $300/wk for 20 hours of work, plus spending an additional 20 hours of independent study preparing to lead in the future. Click on the assistant instructor job description for detailed responsibilities and hours. Qualifications would include:
  • New/Past Assistant Wolf Camp Instructor / Apprentice and training through two virtual camps, such the alpha tests described above running next week and the week after; or if you completed Wolf Journey Book One in the past, or have an advanced degree / years of outdoor educational experience elsewhere, then just the three-day May 26-28 Farm The Yard is fine. You could also serve an apprentice during later weeks to receive a more in-depth experience with live students.
  • New/Past IIT and training through enough camps to become eligible for hire as the week’s virtual assistant.
Apprentice/Intern/IIT – Click on the virtual apprentice job description for detailed responsibilities and hours. Qualifications would include acceptance into the Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship or Teen Instructor In Training program.
Applications will be received on a first-come, first-considered basis: (hiring dependent on enrollment)
  1. Send a return email asap with the dates you are interested in working, virtually or in person at physical camps. The sooner you confirm, the more spaces we can open to camp registrants.
  2. Complete our new Virtual Camp Registration Form by the Saturday before your first virtual training camp so you are familiar with what participants need to do in advance of camp, and email or share your completed form with us at chris@wolfcamp.com which is a verified google drive address.
  3. Update, or email a new bio and photo, for us to include at wolf.camp/about/veteran-faculty-seasonal-staff/ or wolf.camp/about/administrative-adjunct-faculty/ also by the Saturday before your initial virtual training.
  4. If you are not currently an instructor or apprentice, and have not previously had a background check, then we will ask for follow-up information to complete your personnel file. Otherwise, we will immediately share the draft lesson plans we have for the testing weeks, from which lead instructors can draw along with past physical camp itineraries to design later virtual campswith prerequisite.
Also take a look at Policy Manual Folder IV.I Pandemic Operational Protocols where we are starting to organize new procedures for physical camps, and Folder IV.H Virtual Camp Protocols for documents you’ll need to teach online. We’re looking forward to working together in new ways this summer … wherever you may be. From necessity comes innovation: let’s guide people into self-sufficient outdoor living all year long!

Job Positions Open for Summer 2021

Lead Instructor

If you are an experienced earth skills educator, then you may be qualified to come on board as a Lead Instructor at Wolf Camp & School of Natural Science. You would still be required to attend the first 2 summer training weeks before joining payroll at an $800 per week salary, with $100/wk raises each summer, with food and facilities provided during teaching weeks.

Assistant Instructor

If you are already a teacher of other subjects, or an earth skills specialist who has not yet learned to teach, then you may be qualified to begin as an Assistant Instructor at Wolf Camp & School of Natural Science. You would be required to attend the first 2 summer training weeks and then alternate between weeks where you would earn $600/wk salary where ready to help teach, and attend training weeks needed to round out your earth skills. Food and facilities are provided during all teaching weeks, and during training weeks via work-trade.

Teaching Apprentice

If you do not have enough teaching experience or earth skills training to start as an instructor, but you have a some academic training and/or personal outdoor experience, you may be qualified to join the Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship program to prepare for a paid position. It’s 100% work-trade. Food, facilities, etc. are all provided, with no other expenditures needed throughout the summer. Click here for details if you feel ready for the teaching apprenticeship.

Kitchen Coordinators

If you enjoy cooking, and/or you want to learn earth skills and/or how to teach outdoors, but don’t have the funds to enroll in our summer Wilderness Skills Training Intensive program, then you can work-trade for that $8,000 program tuition by applying for one of our two coveted summer kitchen coordinator positions. You would gain a good introduction to earths skills education over the summer, but also be busy shopping on weekends, rising early to start breakfast Mon-Fri, cooking dinner from 3:30-5:00 Sun-Thurs, and taking turns with other staff to clean up after meals.

New Positions for Summer 2021

New Position: Summer Residential Homesteading & Sustainability Instructor for a candidate with a degree or real-world experience with energy conservation and self-sufficiency, permaculture, self-sufficient homesteading and sustainability skills, including • Farm Animal Cultivation • Organic Fruit Orcharding & Vegetable Gardening • Sustainable Building & Natural Selection Forestry • Wild Edible Foraging & Preparation • Paleo Cooking & Food Storage • Medicinal Herb Collection & Preservation • Entrepreneurial Cottage Industry. Communal cooking, cleaning and organizing is also an important aspect of the job. Compensation varies from $600-$1000 per week ($15 – $25 per hour plus room and board) depending on your experience and whether you also teach workshops, day or overnight camps/expeditions. For more information on the skills necessary to be successful in this position, click on our Blue Skye Farm Internship description, and then to apply, complete our Homesteading & Sustainability Instructor job description and application by April 30th.

Additional Positions Available: Summer Residential Traditional Technology & Survival Instructors for a candidate with certifications or demonstrated proficiency with skills like navigation and orienteering; fire and shelter; wild edible foods foraging; and traditional craftwork like tanning hides for leather, making bows and fishing gear for the fall harvest, working with stone to make knives and arrowheads, emergency survival scenarios, and harvesting plants, animals and minerals with understanding of how to honor their gifts. In addition to these specialized skills, the position also requires interest in learning to teach a mix of herbalism, wildlife tracking, and backcountry leadership skills to children during the summer – so once on payroll, the instructor co-teaches about half survival/traditional technologies, and half other earth skills in our curriculum. Communal cooking, cleaning and organizing is also an important aspect of the job. Complimentary training will be provided in the first part of the summer, after which compensation will vary from $600-$1000 per week ($15 – $25 per hour plus room and board) depending on your experience and whether you are ready to teach workshops, day or overnight camps/expeditions. For more information on the skills necessary to be successful in this position, click on our Traditional Technology & Survival Apprenticeship  description, and then to apply, complete our Traditional Technology & Survival Instructor job description and application by April 30th.

Additional Positions Available: Summer Residential Ethnobotany & Herbalism Instructors for a candidate with an herbal degree and real-world experience with plant conservation and ethnobotany, knowing how to cultivate wildcrafting sites, honorably harvest flora for all of its medicinal, nutritional, and utilitarian gifts including traditional craftwork such as basketry, properly process and store the plants, as well as sensibly administer plants to clientele. In addition to these specialized skills, the position also requires interest in learning to teach a mix of wilderness survival and backcountry leadership skills to children during the summer – so once on payroll, the instructor co-teaches about half ethnobotany/herbalism and half general wilderness skills. Communal cooking, cleaning and organizing is also an important aspect of the job. Complimentary training will be provided in the first part of the summer, after which compensation will vary from $600-$1000 per week ($15 – $25 per hour plus room and board) depending on your experience and whether you are ready to teach workshops, day or overnight camps/expeditions. For more information on the skills necessary to be successful in this position, click on our Ethnobotany & Herbalism Apprenticeship description, and then to apply, complete our Ethnobotany & Herbalism Instructor job description and application by April 30th.

Additional Positions Available: Summer Residential Wildlife Conservation & Tracking Instructors for a candidate achieving Cybertracker Level III Certification in both “trailing” as well as “track & sign” evaluations and who have college degrees or similar certificates like the Wildlife Society Certified Wildlife Biologist or other demonstrated understanding of wildlife conservation, animal tracking and zoology for purposes of research, teaching, and sustenance. In addition to these specialized skills, the position also requires interest in learning to teach a mix of ethnobotany, wilderness survival and backcountry leadership skills to children during the summer – so once on payroll, the instructor co-teaches about half on wildlife themes, and half other earth skills in our curriculum. Communal cooking, cleaning and organizing is also an important aspect of the job. Complimentary training will be provided in the first part of the summer, after which compensation will vary from $600-$1000 per week ($15 – $25 per hour plus room and board) depending on your experience and whether you are ready to teach workshops, day or overnight camps/expeditions. For more information on the skills necessary to be successful in this position, click on our Wildlife Conservation & Tracking Apprenticeship description, and then to apply, complete our Wildlife Conservation & Tracking Instructor job description and application by April 30th.