The Camps Director is responsible for all administrative, operational and staffing aspects of Whole Earth Camps while working in collaboration with other staff, community partners, students and families. This is a year round position, salaried at .75 FTE. The hours required to complete position functions will fluctuate throughout the season, with busy times of year being April – September and slower times being Oct – March

Plan, modify, implement and evaluate all Whole Earth day and overnight camps
Main point of contact for communication with families and site partners
Oversee program budget, purchase supplies and transport materials to site as needed
Hire, train, schedule and support all program staff; approve timecards, facilitate regular staff meetings and appreciations, manage staff call-outs
Oversee program electronic file organization and appropriate email lists
Implement and improve student-centered curriculum and programming based on Coyote Mentoring model
Fulfill all regulatory requirements, including but not limited to Oregon Office of Child Care regulations and site permits
Conduct and oversee camp schedule, student registration, roster distribution and waitlist management through Activeworks camps and class manager software
Ensure program adheres to Whole Earth policies and procedures
Create and maintain systems to ensure needs accommodations of youth, staff, and volunteers.
Monitor incident reports and respond to incidents as needed
Implement program changes using equity-focused assessments, community feedback, and research.
Collaborate with Whole Earth administrative staff on grants, marketing, electronic updates, equity initiatives, and partnerships
Participate in regular meetings with direct supervisor and administrative team
Other relevant duties as assigned by Executive Director

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary: $39,000 annual salary .75 FTE

Health insurance: Whole Earth pays 90% of employee premium and 50% of dependent premium for medical and dental. Whole Earth pays 100% of life insurance employee premium.
Paid leave: 72 annual hours of paid personal time, 51 annual hours paid sick time, 10 paid holidays a year (prorated at 6 hrs/day), 12 weeks annual paid parental leave (prorated at .75 FTE), 3 days paid bereavement leave. Other unpaid leaves are available.
Stipends and discounts: Monthly stipend for mobile phone and home internet use during remote work.

Hiring timeline: The priority application deadline is January 8th, 2024. We will accept applications after that on a rolling basis. The anticipated start date is February 12th, 2024. We will consider later start dates for qualified candidates.

Work schedule: This is a .75 FTE, salaried position with some flexibility in work schedule during the off-season (Oct – March). The Camps Director is expected to work with other staff to have overlap in work schedules.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff


Note to potential applicants: Research shows that BIPOC people, trans and non-binary people, and women are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe that they meet every qualification listed in a job description. Your skills, experience, and education can come from personal interests, self-directed learning, community roles, and life experiences. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are interested in the position, even if you do not believe that you meet all of the qualifications.

Required Skills:

Interest in or experience creating equitable and inclusive environments, working with youth, leading overnight outdoor programs, and developing engaging curriculum and activities
Demonstrated ability to hire, train, and supervise staff to lead outdoor learning and community-building experiences that are sensitive to students’ needs, interests, life experiences, identities, and abilities.
Compassionate and responsive interpersonal skills to build trust and a shared sense of p

Preferred Skills:

Proficiency or fluency in Spanish
Education or experience in justice and equity in education, applied science learning, educational theory, wilderness skills, outdoor education, Coyote Mentoring
Communication skills: graphic design, websites, social media, public speaking, writing, or recruitment

About Whole Earth Nature School

Camps is a program of Whole Earth that provides day and overnight camps to students ages 5 thru 17 during school breaks. We currently run 10-11 weeks of day camps during the summer and 3 weeks of overnight camps in June/July. In 2024, we will be looking to expand our camps program to include winter/spring break camps and other auxiliary no-school day camps. Our Camps curriculum draws heavily from the Coyote Mentoring model. We strive for every student to develop curiosity; inquiry and observation skills; ecological understanding; gratitude; and an enhanced connection to self, community, and nature.

Application Instructions

All candidates MUST complete our application: https://forms.gle/Co2jhVZgDhy2EWMH8 to be considered for this position.