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Summer Camp Instructor



Join us this summer as a Summer Camp Instructor!

  • Make a difference in the lives of kids by helping them put their phones down and connect to the natural world
  • Learn to be a “Coyote Mentor” capable of igniting kid’s passion for learning
  • Join our team of deeply skilled and experienced nature mentors
  • Have a lot of fun!

Here's a video of our Summer Camp Manager Jared Archbold inviting you to apply:


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.

Nature Connection

  • 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 Forest Kindergartens and 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.

Qualifications and Expectations:

  • Creativity and passion for mentoring youth in a natural flow learning environment with open and flexible structure
  • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications (or able to acquire before working)
  • Able to travel to various camp locations
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Able to pass a background check
  • Able to work at least 5 weeks of camps, in addition to staff training
  • Must demonstrate good judgment and risk assessment
  • Strong ability to work as a contributing member of a team
  • Willing to participate in a healthy feedback culture
  • Be a professional adult: operate with responsibility and integrity, 
  • Care about equity and diversity and creating a welcoming and inclusive space for all
  • Uphold Wilderness Awareness School’s mission and policies

Preference will be given to applicants who have

  • Experience as a naturalist instructor working with youth ages 4-12 in the outdoors
  • Experience with the 8-Shields Model and Coyote Mentoring method
  • Knowledge of Pacific Northwest hazards, mammals, tracking, edible/medicinal plants, navigation without map/compass, field ecology, trees, survival techniques, and birds/birdsong.
  • Completed one or more Wilderness Awareness School programs 


  • Beautiful State and local parks in the greater Seattle, WA area

Work Hours

  • 8am to 2pm for Half-Day Camps
  • 8am to 4pm for Full-Day Camps 
  • Summer Season Dates: June 14 – August 21, 2020
  • Required Staff Training Overnight Week– Sunday June 14 – Friday June 19


  • Pay scale starts at $14.75 per hour ($590 per day-camp week)
  • Paid training and access to many opportunities for additional development
  • Discounts on related programs and store items
  • Be a part of an amazing team of passionate people doing important work!

How to apply:

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Applications will be reviewed and invitations to interview will be extended on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.


Contact: Jared Archbold, Summer Program Manager: