Additional Positions Available Summer 2018: Ethnobotany & Herbalism Instructor

For all available positions, see our Summer Environmental Education Jobs page. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Please note that almost all staff hired by directors Kim & Chris Chisholm including our Active Program Faculty & Summer Camp Instructors and Administrative & Adjunct Faculty comes on board via our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship and other Wilderness Skills Training programs with solid pedagogical components. Unless you are already a well-trained teacher and/or earth skills specialist, please apply for our summer apprenticeship or farm internship which often result in employment here and elsewhere within months of starting the program.

Job Description – Ethnobotany & Herbalism Instructor

Wolf Camp is seeking an additional Ethnobotany & Herbalism Instructor to work on a team with other instructors teaching summer camps for youth, adults and families.

Ethnobotany & Herbalism Instructors work under the supervision of Overnight & Adult Programs Director Patrick Wiley, Chinese Language & ESL Students Director Amy Liu, Farm & Office Director Colleen Valadez, Health & Logistics Director Kim Chisholm, and Executive Director Chris Chisholm.


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.

Responsibilities & Duties

Duties will include 1) teaching day and overnight youth camps, 2) supervising apprentices assisting your camps, 3) communicating with students and parents as necessary before, during and after programs during and after summer, 4) assisting kitchen staff preparing meals, and 5) organizing, packing, cleaning and maintaining gear and sites we utilize.

2018 Schedule

After early-summer office orientations and complimentary trainings to get up-to-date with risk management protocols, a successful candidate will be ready to begin co-teaching camps in early-mid July and leading camps in mid-late July through August.

June 16: Training Workshop – Seaweeds & Shellfish of the Salish Sea (complimentary)
June 17: Training Workshop – Paleo & Veggie Lifestyles (complimentary)
June 18-22: Prep Camps scheduled to teach and attend trainings as needed: Wilderness First Aid, CPR & AED if not current; (complimentary)

June 23: Optional Training Workshop – Subsistence Pier & Lake Fishing (complimentary)
June 24-29: Training Course – Backcountry Leadership, Navigation, Conservation & Risk Management; (complimentary)

June 30: Evening Campfire Meet-n-Greet with Staff & Board; (complimentary)
July 1-6: Training Course – Teaching Nature: Training for Environmental Educators & Nature Guides; (complimentary)

July 7-13: Prep & Teach an Advanced Wildlife Tracking day camp group; (salary)

July 14-21: Prep and co-teach the Olympia Wild Cooking & Herbology Day Camp (salary);

July 22-27: Prep & Co-Teach a Wilderness Skills Sampler day camp camp group; (salary)
July 28: Training Workshop – The Ancient Artisan workshop from 8 am – 6 pm; (compimentary)

July 29 – Aug 3: Prep & Co-Teach Archers, Artists & Artisans overnight youth camp group; (salary)
August 4: Training Workshop – Harvesting & Crafting Natural Plant Fibers (complimentary)

August 5-10: Prep & Teach a Wild Cooking & Herbology day camp group; (salary)

August 12-17: Prep & Co-Teach Wild Chefs & Herbal Medics overnight youth camp; (salary)

Aug 18: Supervise apprentices teaching the Wild Edible Plant Foraging & Herbal Medicine Making; (salary)

August 19-24: Prep & Teach a Wild Cooking & Herbology day camp group; (salary)

Aug 25: Training Workshop – Bird Voices, Wildlife Safety & Awareness, Animal Tracks & Trails (complimentary)
August 26-31: Prep & Teach a Wild Cooking & Herbology day camp group; (salary)
September 1: Help re-organize camp gear for winter storage. (salary)

Sept 4-7: Summer Assessment & Evaluation; Preparation for next year’s camps; Upload weekly photos to the appropriate google doc, and work with Office Administrator to email camp graduation certificates to families with link to photos; (paid by the hour)

Sept 10-14: If available to teach during the academic year, then work with the Day Camp & Classes Director and Overnight & Adult Programs Director to organize and promote Academic Year Classes via website, email and social media; paid on commission.


• Herbal degree, certifications or demonstrated proficiency 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.
• 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.
• Wilderness first aid, outdoor risk management, or medical training required.
• Prefer familiarily with Wolf Camp, or previous lead instructor experience at another earth skills program.
• 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 candidate with training, experience, or demonstrated effectiveness with teaching multiple age groups in traditional and non-traditional classroom settings, 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, answering to parents and other 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 52-68 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)