Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

January 12, 2016

Become a Nature Summer Camp Lead Instructor with the Wilderness Awareness School!

Position title:

Nature Summer Camp Lead Instructor


Name of organization:

Wilderness Awareness School




Position description:


Lead instructors are responsible for collaborative facilitation of camps, and will work with a

small group of instructors and a camp director to run the activities of camp. In addition, each

instructor will lead a small group of campers in exploring the natural world utilizing Wilderness

Awareness School’s model of mentoring. The goal of our instructors is to inspire campers and to

facilitate the spark for deepening their connection with nature and each other. In addition, lead

instructors support assistant instructors (volunteers) in learning more about working with youth

in nature through role-modeling and one-on-one guidance.


Qualifications and Expectations:

  • Creativity and passion for mentoring youth in a natural flow learning environment with open and flexible structure
  • Current certification in Wilderness First Aid and CPR
  • Driver’s license and/or ability to arrange transportation to various camp locations
  • Background check is required
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Work at least 5 weeks of camps, in addition to staff training and program planning time, unless by special agreement with Summer Programs Director
  • Must demonstrate good judgment and discernment (You are the primary risk manager.)
  • Must have good communication skills, ability to work as part of a team, and ability to communicate effectively with children, parents, staff and park staff
  • Prepared to participate effectively in a culture that promotes both giving and receiving feedback to promote professional growth, personal development, diversity and creativity
  • Dedicated to professionalism – on time, ready to go, clean appearance, timely response to phone and email communications, upholding agreements
  • Uphold Wilderness Awareness School mission and policies


Time commitment:

40 per week


Skill requirements:

Preference will be given to applicants who have:

  • Experience as a naturalist instructor working with youth ages 4-12 in an outdoor setting
  • Experience with the 8-Shields Model and Coyote Mentoring method
  • Knowledge of Pacific Northwest hazards, mammals, tracking, edible/medicinal plants, navigation without map/compass, field ecology, trees, survival techniques, and birds/birdsong.
  • Participated in Wilderness Awareness School’s Anake Outdoor School, Communit School / Wild Within, and/or Kamana Naturalist Training program.


Start date:

June 13


End date:

August 27



Seattle area parks


How to apply:

Mail or Email a complete application packet including:

1. Employment Application

(Find forms on our web site under “About Us”)

2. Background Check Authorization

3. Resume

4. Cover letter

Applications due by Monday, February 1st for consideration in the first interview group.

(Applications accepted on a rolling basis after Feb 1st until all positions are filled.)

Michael Prince

Summer Program Director

Wilderness Awareness School

POB 219, PMB 137


Supervisor contact info:

Samuel Bowman