Get back to your roots and learn the philosophy of living close to nature, wilderness survival, and nurture your connection to the earth. We will explore the surrounding forests, swim in mountain streams, as we discover more about the magical world of nature through building natural shelters, making fires without matches, and preparing wild plants for food. We work to train people continuously so that Staff as well as Campers gain self-esteem, work cooperatively and make new friends, as they gain confidence in both living and feeling at home in the natural world. This is a camp where campers AND staff are truly looked after and cared about. It is a place where everyone can try new things and discover more about who they are.

Instructor Salaries are $450-575/week, commensurate with experience. Tenting space and outdoor kitchen/ bathroom area is provided.

The Instructors of camp are responsible for providing instruction, supervision and team support during program days. They design lessons and take the lead on activities throughout the day, sometimes managing groups on their own, and sometimes with team members. They are invited to help coach others, but are not expected to take the lead on mentoring other staff. Instructors report any problems or injuries to their Coordinator, participate in meetings and help out wherever possible.

We hire folks that are outgoing, fun, positive minded, responsible, competent, personal growth oriented, team players, open communicators and ready to dive into the adventure of camp and make the most of it.
*If you are offered an interview, we will discuss whether you will be an assistant, co- or lead-instructor. Instructors may be hired as Apprentices or Trip Leaders for Expeditions if they want experience in this position*

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


• Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent amount of training and/or work experience
• Current CPR/First Aid/AED certification
• Experience and passion for working with children
• Naturalist and survival skills
• 18 years or older

Preferred Skills:

• Wilderness First Aid or beyond
• Experience in 8-Shields or Coyote Mentoring models

About Living Earth School

Living Earth School offers award winning co-ed day camp and overnight camps for ages 5-18 years old. We are looking for Apprentices, Instructors, Coordinator and Operations and Logistics Support.
We aim to teach a holistic balance of skills to help the students understand their place in the natural world, their role in the community, and a better awareness of their passions and vision for life. We use coyote mentoring in our nature-based approach to help people connect with their place and to deepen their relationships.  Our curriculum is nature based, developing naturalist skills, survival skills, animal tracking, edible/medicinal plants, and understanding the language of birds. We ask lots of questions because it nurtures self-sufficiency and curiosity.  We utilize core routines that help students more fully immerse in nature, with all their senses.  The benefits to the student are the excitement of discovery, a real connection with animals and plants, and a sense of belonging.

Application Instructions

Please review complete job description and fill out the application at: https://livingearthva.com/info/employment-at-living-earth-school-va/