Waya Outdoor Institute is Hiring for Summer 2023!

We are a Native woman led nonprofit that focuses on outdoor adventure, science education, and Indigenous knowledge. We are looking for passionate outdoor folks who will harness the energy of the outdoors and bring life to our campers. We are currently hiring for 6 roles (each with multiple positions available) – Wilderness Director, Lead Outdoor Instructor, Lead Adventure Instructor, Assistant Outdoor Instructor, Assistant Adventure Instructor, and Indigenous Fellow. Please see all open positions at 2023 Openings — Wa-Ya Outdoor School (wayaoutdoorschool.com)


Lead and Assistant Outdoor Instructors – Day Camp

Lead and Assistant Outdoor Instructors will work June 19th through September 2nd. Our lead and assistant outdoor instructors teach lessons centered around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum, in combination with indigenous practices and arts, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship and provide an environment that fosters a sense of wonder for Wa-Ya campers. As a Lead Instructor, you will be responsible for leading a group of campers during 10, five-day sessions of day camps. Lead and Assistant Instructors will be partnered together, with additional support provided by Wa-Ya Leadership Interns and our Tribal Fellow, to teach lessons, run activities, and organize games for your group of up to 14 campers.

The Lead Instructor role is an elevated responsibility position requiring experience in childcare and is for those applicants capable of developing curriculum and creating and teaching lessons that achieve Wa-Ya’s learning objectives related to basic STEAM principles, environmental stewardship, and how to use simple technologies (i.g. microscopes, compasses, etc.), specifically in how they relate to natural resource sciences. Assistant Instructors assist in the overall management of day-to-day camp operations and logistics necessary for the support and delivery of science & adventure-based activities.

Environmental Education topics for instruction include marine science and coastal studies, forest ecology, geology, creek and wetland study including salmon science, and wilderness survival. Instructors will help campers gain an understanding of, and confidence in outdoor and creative wellness pursuits such as hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, yoga, and art projects. Additionally, the Lead Instructor is responsible for ensuring the routine integration of tribal culture lessons and activities, with the assistance of Wa-Ya’s Tribal Fellow.

All Wa-Ya staff engage in a culturally integrated environment, where Wa-Ya’s values of respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion are practiced. Logistical direction provided by engaged Board members. Camp is limited to 14 children between the ages of 6-13 years old, with a 7:1 student: teacher ratio.


Lead: $720 per week ($18.00/hr equivalent)

Assistant: $640 per week ($16.00/hr equivalent)

Tagged as: Camp Staff, Conservation, Teaching/Education


Responsibilities and Qualifications vary based on position. Please see FULL POSITION DESCRIPTIONS at https://wayaoutdoorschool.com/2022-openings

Required Skills:

Experience working with kids and teaching environmental education and/or outdoor recreation

About Waya Outdoor Institute

Check us out at wayaoutdoorschool.com We are a Native woman led non profit that focuses on outdoor adventure, science education and Indigenous knowledge. We want passionate outdoor folks who will harness the energy of the outdoors and bring life to our campers.

It is part of our mission at Wa-Ya to make outdoor education accessible to every child. We offer scholarship programs and sliding scale tuition adjustment to help make camp more affordable.

Application Instructions

Submit the following required materials for consideration to [email protected]: Resume, Cover Letter, 3 References; Open Until Filled – Priority for applications received by March 1, 2023