This paid internship immerses you in Trackers Earth's unique method of teaching outdoor leadership and wilderness skills. You become a mentor, helping youth connect to nature in our award-winning Summer Camps. Through this internship and training program, you join the Trackers Village, learning about and living skills of land and community.
My experience has pushed me and challenged me to grow in new and often frustrating and exhilarating ways. What appealed to me about Trackers versus other programs was the depth and diversity of skills taught to all ages.
Mentors of authentic skills
Cultivating a deep connection to nature through authentic outdoor skills is often lost in modern environmental education. We seek to change that. Our Program Mentors help you develop the foundations to expand your outdoor experience in arts both ancient and timeless. They also engage you in a College of Fellowship where together we explore best practices for sharing those skills with students of all ages.
Teach & Learn
This program consists of two parts. The first part is a fully paid internship learning and working as an instructor in our summer youth camps. Second, if you choose to take your study of wilderness skills and folk craft further, we offer interns a significant scholarship to our Immersion programs. These two parts can combine to provide the most relevant outdoor educator training available.
Part 1 - Paid employment with our youth summer camps We hire you as a intern instructor for our award-winning outdoor summer camps. You earn a full-time, seasonal wage and train with educators experienced in Trackers Earth's unique methods of outdoor education. You must be prepared to work all 11-weeks in the summer camp season.
Training June 12-14, 2019
Teaching June 17-August 23, 2019, Typically Monday - Friday
Optional Summer Meetings One evening every 3 weeks
Optional Part 2 - Program Scholarship On top of your summer wages, the Outdoor Educator Internship enables you the option of attending one of our Training or Intensive year-round study programs:
- 50% Scholarship Wilderness Instructor Training - September to May, 3-days a week
- 50% Scholarship Forest School Teacher Training - September to May, 3-days a week
- 25% Scholarship Wilderness Survival Intensive - October to September, 1-weekend a month
- 25% Scholarship Homesteading Intensive - October to September, 1-weekend a month
- 25% Scholarship Archery Intensive - September to April, 1-weekend a month
Use of the scholarship is optional and not a requirement of summer employment.
Required Experience, Attributes & Physical Demands
Maintain high professional standards
Punctual and timely for all scheduled shifts
Ability to set and communicate boundaries for youth in a positive way
Ability to think on your feet, be, creative and care for the safety of children even in challenging situations
CPR/First Aid certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
Food handlers certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
State fishing license (if working with programs that fish)
Ability to continuously stand, hike backcountry terrain on and off-trail, bend, squat, climb stairs/hills, lift up to 50 lbs
18 years of age or older for any position EXCEPT Guild internship
Pre-employment checks: criminal background, reference, requirements in MVR Policy, Alcohol/Drug Test for drivers
OPTIONAL Bonus Points Given
For Commercial Drivers License for large school buses. Or if you possess the driving talent so we can help you learn.
Do I automatically get the job? What are you looking for? No. This jobs program has an application process just like any job or work-study program. We're looking for people capable and enthusiastic about becoming awesome outdoor educators who serve their community and a greater connection to nature. We also need individuals who are able to represent Trackers in a thoughtful, caring, and compassionate way.
What are the dates required? You must be able to make training and all the summer weeks we schedule you for.
What are the rate of pay and hours? The rate of pay is Oregon minimum hourly wage. Depending on your position, you will average a full-time work week for the season. Though there are some part-time afternoon positions available for those who inquire.
What are the work locations? As a seasonal educator with Trackers camps, you are not assigned to an officially fixed work site. On any given day or work week you may work at any Trackers location, including but not limited to Southeast, Northeast, and West Portland and our overnight location in Sandy, Oregon.