1. A genuine interest in working/living with and teaching children
2. Commitment to equity and inclusion in the camp experience
3. Ability to relate to one’s peer group
4. Ability to accept supervision and guidance
5. Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control
6. Good character, integrity, and adaptability
7. Current CPR and First Aid Certification
8. Flexibility and willingness to adjust job responsibilities to meet the greatest needs of camp.

1. Trip-specific experience required, including related skills and any applicable certification
2. Trip leading experience preferred
3. Ability to organize time, work independently when needed but also must take direction well
4. Ability to work as part of a team and delegate appropriate tasks to other trip staff
5. Minimum age 21
6. Desired certification in advanced First Aid (Wilderness First Aid or greater)
7. Required certification in Washington State Food Handlers.

To lead trips for camper groups according to the camp trip schedule.
To maintain all trip equipment in operational order, before, during, and following the trip.
Support units as Relief Staff , fulfill operational needs of camp as otherwise assigned and required.

(A full Job Description is available upon request from [email protected])

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Teaching/Education


Minimum age 21

Required Skills:

Experience on trips of a similar nature (4-5 days in length, kayaking, sailing, canoeing, backpacking, mountaineering, biking, or service-learning)
Strong communication skills, and a commitment to prioritizing open and direct communication with peers & supervisors

Preferred Skills:

Experience working with children

About Camp Nor'wester

Camp Nor’wester is an outdoor residential camp where children gain significant skills and insights in a caring and supportive atmosphere, taking advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s coastal character, through a program that is characterized by a commitment to:
Develop a child’s maturity and a positive self-image.
Provide programming that holds the physical and emotional safety of the child as a paramount concern.
Teach children skills and values about responsibility for one’s self, others, and the environment.
Provide a community where diversity, tolerance, and compassion are valued, respected, and promoted.
Provide a positive outdoor group living experience that helps children develop the skills necessary for productive group and interpersonal interaction.
Provide an experience for children that is challenging, rewarding, memorable, and fun.

Application Instructions

Please visit the staff section of our website at www.norwester.org/staff/how-to-apply and complete a staff application. Specific questions can be sent to [email protected]