Staff Training: (20%, 2 weeks, June 12-23)- learn the curriculum, policies, and culture of our camps.

Intern Training: (10%, 1 week, July 3-7) – learn our signature Coyote Mentoring principles and practices.

Field-Based hands-on practice: (7 or 8 weeks) – Camp programs include day camp and overnight experiences. Specific assignments are based on the intern’s interests and camp needs.

(40%, 4 weeks) Shadow and assist multiple Lead Instructors in facilitating camps for campers ages 6-18. Shadowing and assisting will allow interns to experience multiple instructors using Coyote Mentoring principles to engage campers in nature connection. This covers topics that include wildlife tracking, bird language, peacemaking, edible and medicinal plants, knife use and safety, shelter building, outdoor cooking, navigation, wandering, sit spot, community crafting, and more. While shadowing, interns will be able to experiment by leading nature-based games, curriculum, storytelling, songs, and most other aspects of the camps. Daily reflection and feedback will be part of the shadowing weeks.
(30%, 3 weeks) Serve as Lead Instructor, responsible for carrying out all aspects of summer camps, including mentoring volunteers. These three weeks will focus on campers ages 6-12.

Mentoring Meetings with Program Coordinator: multiple times during the summer outside of camp time to reflect and process the internship experience. (+2%)

Tagged as: Camp Counselors, Teaching/Education


Reliable transportation
A valid driver’s license
Reliable cell phone
Ability to secure appropriate housing in the local area
Current Wilderness First Aid certification.
Willingness to submit to background and reference checks.

Required Skills:

Minimum age of 18
Desire to connect with youth ages 6-18 on a weekly basis.
Experience with outdoor education (e.g. traditional skills, mentoring, or other childcare models)
Ethical (strong personal and work ethic)
Highly motivated with an ability to work long hours
Positive attitude as a cooperative team member
Ability to communicate appropriately with all stakeholders: staff, volunteers, campers, and parents.

Preferred Skills:

Three Lead Instructor weeks, paid at approximately $800 per week.
Four Shadow weeks, paid at approximately $1,600 total.
Personal mentoring and feedback from multiple instructors throughout the summer.
Flexibility to explore one’s own passions and areas of growth in a supportive setting.
Gain valuable skills in experiential education, specifically in relation to Coyote Mentoring.
Possible college credit approved by your school

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

Submit through company website https://wildernessawareness.org/about/jobs/summer-intern/