Our Teaching Philosophy
Coyote Mentoring utilizes a number of teaching styles that mimic how children naturally learn. The end result is something of an “invisible school” where kids experience having fun and playing games without even realizing how much they’re learning.
Children’s lives are becoming more and more screen-based and lived indoors. Wild spaces are shrinking and our impact on the planet is reaching a breaking point. It is more urgent than ever for people of all ages, especially children to experience and fall in love with the natural world.
Become a Nature Instructor/Mentor
In the quickly growing industry of nature-based education, there is an increasing need for skilled and experienced instructors. As one of the oldest and most respected nature schools in the world, many of our students and staff have gone on to become leaders in the industry.
Staff Training (1 week) – learn curriculum, policy, and culture of WAS camps (10%)
Intern Training (1 week) – hands-on learning and practice with Coyote Mentoring and camp curriculum. (10%)
Field-Based Hands-On Practice (7 or 8 weeks) – Camp programs are full-day experiences. Specific assignments are based on the intern’s interest and camp needs.
(4 weeks) Shadow and assist multiple Lead Instructors in facilitating camps for campers age 5-18. (40%)
Shadowing and assisting will allow intern to experience multiple instructors using Coyote Mentoring principles to engage campers in nature connection. Covering topics that include tracking, bird language, peacemaking, edible and medicinal plants, knife use and safety, shelter building, outdoor cooking, navigation, wondering, sit spot, and community crafting to name a few.
During 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 shadowing weeks.
(3 weeks) Serve as Lead Instructor (once prerequisites have been completed), responsible for carrying out all aspects of summer camps, including mentoring of volunteers. These three weeks will focus on campers age 5-12. (30%)
Mentoring Meeting with Program Coordinator multiple times during the summer outside of camp time to reflect and process the internship experience. (2%)
Benefits to the Intern
Three Lead Instructor weeks paid at approximately $700 per week (once prerequisites have been completed).
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
Successful completion of internship may lead to paid instructor positions in the future
Letter of Recommendation following the successful completion, upon request
Qualified Internship applicants will possess
A passion to enter the outdoor/nature education industry with a strong understanding of the operation of a leading nature education organization based in the U.S., exemplified by knowledge of cutting-edge instructional methodology working with youth ages 5-18 in a variety of program offerings.
Aspects of a story teller, song leader, game master, nature enthusiast, bird watcher, track identifier, group facilitator, conflict mediator and child whisperer
Minimum age 18
Desire to connect with kids on a weekly basis.
Experience with outdoor education; possibly including primitive skills, mentoring, or other child care 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.
A strong understanding of the balance between the benefit to the student and the organization in attaining success. A strong applicant is committed to fulfilling the internship and understands that return is dictated by investment.
Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license
Reliable cell phone
Ability to secure appropriate and local housing
Current Wilderness First Aid certification
Willingness to submit to background and reference check
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.