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 – Homesteading & Sustainability Instructor
The Homesteading & Sustainability Instructor will work under the supervision of Farm & Office Director Colleen Valadez, Health & Logistics Coordinator Kim Chisholm, Executive Director Chris Chisholm, Overnight & Adult Programs Director Patrick Wiley, and Chinese Language & ESL Students Director Amy Liu.
Summer compensation will be on a salary basis from $600-$1000/wk (FTE Equivalent: $15-$25/hr plus mileage, room and board) depending on experience, start date after any training requirements are met, and whether you are able to teach any workshops, day or overnight camps/expeditions during the summer.
Responsibilities & Duties
Duties will include 1) supervising and training farm interns, 2) organizing farm stand permits and farmer’s market booths, 3) assist camp instructors during available teaching weeks, and 4) helping kitchen and logistics staff organize meals and gear.
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 supervising our farm interns and assisting lead instructors at local camps.
June 1: Office Orientation
June 2: Board Transition Orientation
June 4-8: Organizing Farm Stand Permit and Farmer’s Market Booth Reservation; Cultivate Veggie Gardens & Prune Berry Orchards for summer production;
June 5: Training Workshop – Sustainable Homes & Gardens
June 11-15: Coordinating Farm Intern Summer Work with Co-Directors
June 16: Training Workshop – Seaweeds & Shellfish of the Salish Sea
June 17: Training Workshop – Paleo & Veggie Lifestyles
June 18-22: Trainings as Needed: Wilderness First Aid, CPR, AED & Risk Management while weeding gardens and orchards.
June 23: Training Workshop – Subsistence Pier & Lake Fishing
June 24-29: Prepare Produce for Farm Stand & Market
June 30: Puyallup Farmer’s Market 8:30-2:30; Evening Campfire Meet-n-Greet with Staff & Board;
July 1-6: Assist instructors and kitchen staff at Teaching Nature: Training for Environmental Educators & Nature Guides; (salary)
July 7: Puyallup Farmer’s Market 8:30-2:30;
July 8-13: Assist instructors at Wilderness Survival Side of the Mountain and supervise farm interns running farm stand and preparing produce for market.
July 14: Puyallup Farmer’s Market 8:30-2:30;
July 15-20: Assist instructors at the Olympia Day Camp and supervise farm interns running farm stand and preparing produce for market.
July 21: Puyallup Farmer’s Market 8:30-2:30;
July 22-27: Assist instructors at the Wilderness Skills Family Camp and supervise farm interns running farm stand and preparing produce for market.
July 28: Puyallup Farmer’s Market 8:30-2:30;
July 29 – Aug 3: Assist instructors at Advanced Artisan day camp, and supervise farm interns running farm stand and preparing produce for market.
August 3: Puyallup Farmer’s Market 8:30-2:30;
August 4-9: Assist instructors at the Lake Sammamish day camps, and supervise farm interns running farm stand and preparing produce for market.
Aug 10: Puyallup Farmer’s Market 8:30-2:30;
August 11-16: Assist instructors at Wild Chefs & Herbal Medics; , and supervise farm interns running farm stand and preparing produce for market.
August 17: Puyallup Farmer’s Market 8:30-2:30;
August 18-23: Assist instructors at the Lake Sammamish day camps, and supervise farm interns running farm stand and preparing produce for market.
August 24: Puyallup Farmer’s Market 8:30-2:30;
August 25-31: Assist instructors at Lake Sammamish day camps, and supervise farm interns running farm stand and preparing produce for market.
Sept 1: Puyallup Farmer’s Market 8:30-2:30;
Sept 4-7: Summer Assessment & Evaluations; Setting Farm Interns up for success over their fall sales season; Preparation for next year’s program;
• Prefer Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent real-world experience with energy conservation and self-sufficiency, permaculture, self-sufficient homesteading and sustainability skills.
• Familiarily with Wolf Camp, Blue Skye Farm, or previous supervisory experience at another small farm.
• Deep interest in our mission, vision and guiding principles.
• Priority to a candidate with work experience at summer camps, or teaching school in classroom settings, or 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 bend and work all day weeding, pruning, harvesting.
• Demonstrated proficiency with use of farm tools, carpentry tools, ladders, and landscaping machinery.
• Ability to foster a sense of fun while simultaneously supervising unskilled workers.
• Enjoys helping with communal cooking, cleaning and organizing, and can maintain professional hygiene in outdoor settings.
• Ability to maintain personal health while working up to 60 hours per week all summer, performing in a professional, safe manner to help make Wolf Camp and Blue Skye Farm the most excellent educational programs possible.
• Demonstrated understanding of multinational members of the community, 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.
Knowledte of • 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 Industries.
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)