Summer Camp Instructors are responsible for supervising and instructing a group of 10 campers for each camp week they are scheduled. Instructors work with their camp directors and each other to keep campers safe and engaged using a blend of Wilderness Awareness School curriculum, (nature connection routines, games, songs, and stories; the art of questioning; plant and animal identification and tracking; community and ecology; wandering; sensory awareness, basic survival skills; etc.) and their own passions to facilitate camper connection with nature, community, and self.

This position reports to: Weekly Camp Director

Tagged as: Camp Counselors, Teaching/Education


Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications (or able to acquire before working).
Able to pass a background check
Minimum age of 18 by June 12th, 2023.
Able to reliably arrive early/on time to various camp locations in the Seattle area, many of which aren’t accessible by public transportation

Required Skills:

Able to work at least 5 of the 9 weeks of camps, in addition to a week of Staff Training.
Must demonstrate good judgment and risk assessment
Be a professional adult: operate with responsibility and integrity
Creativity and passion for mentoring youth in a natural flow learning environment with an open and flexible structure
A commitment to developing your own capacity with conversations around justice and equity as well as cultivating a welcoming and inclusive space for all.

Preferred Skills:

Experience as a naturalist instructor working with youth ages 6-18 in the outdoors
Experience with the 8 Shields Model and Coyote Mentoring method
Knowledge of Pacific Northwest hazards, mammals, tracking, edible/medicinal plants, navigation with and without map/compass, field ecology, trees, survival techniques, birds/birdsong, and history of local Indigenous Nations and right relations.
A diverse background
Knowledge and/or training in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion work

About Wilderness Awareness School

Wilderness Awareness School, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1983, is an internationally-recognized leader in outdoor education. Our mission is to help children and adults cultivate healthy relationships with nature, community and self. We are based in the foothills of the Cascade mountains about 45-minutes outside of Seattle, WA.
Through nature connection and cultural mentoring, we provide transformational experiences that awaken people's unique gifts, deepen their relationship with nature, and empower them to enrich the health of their communities. Our community of students includes people of all ages who understand and thrive on their connection to the natural world around us.

Application Instructions

Apply online at https://wildernessawareness.org/about/jobs/summer-instructor/