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 & Assistant Adventure Camp Instructors – Overnight Trips

Lead and Assistant Adventure Instructors will work June 19th through September 1st. Our Lead Adventure Instructor will lead Wa-Ya’s Teen Adventure Trips program and teach lessons centered around sea kayaking, backpacking, and camping with a focus on outdoor survival and naturalist skills, environmental stewardship, Indigenous teachings, and mindfulness. As a Lead Adventure Instructor, you will be responsible for leading a group during 9, five-day sessions including overnights (4-day, 3-night kayaking and backpacking trips). The Lead and Assistant Adventure Instructor will be partnered together to design safety and route plans, teach lessons, run activities, and organize games for your group of up to 10 campers, ages 13-16.

The Lead Adventure Instructor is an elevated responsibility position requiring experience in outdoor overnight adventures, childcare, and developing lesson plans, safety plans, and trip routes and logistics. Specific to each camp, the Lead Adventure Instructor will be expected to teach sea kayaking, backpacking and camping skills including basic kayaking skills such as standard paddle strokes tracking and navigation, wet exits and assisted reentry; dressing and packing for the elements (including how to pack a backpack and sea kayak); camp safety including Leave No Trace principles; outdoor survival skills such as shelter building, water purification, fire building; and orienteering and navigation including map, compass, and GPS use. Assistant Adventure Instructors assist in the overall management of day-to-day camp operations, instruction, and logistics necessary for the support and delivery of science & adventure-based activities.

All Wa-Ya staff engage in a culturally integrated environment, where Wa-Ya’s values of respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion are practiced. While overnight trips are preferred and expected, Wa-Ya reserves the right to modify offerings periodically and with the input of Adventure staff to shift overnight programs to day-camp style offerings. Logistical direction and support provided by the Camp Director.

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


Responsibilities and Qualifications vary based on position. Please see FULL POSITION DESCRIPTIONS at https://wayaoutdoorschool.com/2023-openings

Required Skills:

Experience leading backpacking, kayak, and/or camping trips with youth in the backcountry

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