We Are Hiring An Outdoor Youth Program Director

Summary

Application are due by July 8th, 2022. Please submit a letter of interest via email with a resume and three professional references to info@rewildportland.com. Selected candidates will be asked to schedule a personal interview (Zoom, telephone, or similar connection options are possible) at a mutually agreeable time in the first and third week of July.

The Outdoor Youth Program Director will serve as a primary, full-time, year-round field instructor for Rewild Portland, as well as a member of the administrative team managing programs. This position will oversee our youth and teen homeschool programs as well as our winter, spring, and summer break children’s camps. This leadership position involves working in a team of outdoor educators to manage and co-lead these field programs throughout the year. We will provide training in our philosophy, curriculum, and pedagogies so that this person can embody and expand our work in designing and implementing rewilding-based programs. Our programs emphasize autonomy and self-direction, while providing knowledge and skills in a safe container for students held by our staff. Through the learning environments we create, participants develop social-emotional learning and life skills such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making while engaged with the natural world. Administrative duties include meeting and planning with the staff and admin team, communicating with parents, maintaining gear and supplies, managing program logistics, and other tasks as assigned.

Must have experience working with youth and teens ages 5–18. Must have knowledge of bushcraft, ancestral skills, plant identification, etc., and experience with program management, customer service, working in a team, and curriculum development.

About Rewild Portland

Rewild Portland is a nonprofit organization serving Portland, Oregon, and the surrounding wild and rural communities. Our mission is to foster resilience through place-based arts, traditions, and technologies. This mission comes to life in the form of community-building, ecological restoration, and education. You can read more about our organizational objectives, philosophy, and core values here: https://www.rewildportland.com/about/

Compensation and benefits

  • $45,000/year salary before taxes, as a regular monthly salary, at-will employment 
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance Offered
  • Work is generally Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, 40 hours per week.
  • Paid vacation: 30 days available during particular times of year as dictated by school and program calendars. During the month of August, we have only a few days of programming
  • Staff development: 5 days paid staff development time at ancestral skills gatherings
  • Paid sick days
  • Flexibility to trade field days with a co-worker in order to take additional personal days off
  • Educational training, materials, and expenses, subject to approval
  • Work with highly creative people to cultivate a powerful learning culture for youth and adults alike
  • Strong community support and opportunities to build meaningful relationships with local leaders, parents, elders, and children

Employment period and hours

  • Position begins mid-July 2022
  • Year-round, full-time career-level position with potential for developmental growth
  • The average hours per week over the whole year will be 40

Job qualifications, required

  • Strong group management, mentoring, and leadership skills for children and youth, including prior youth mentoring or education experience, which may constitute any of the following:
    • Field experience, such as outdoor education, wilderness therapy, summer camps, after-school classes, or teaching in a classroom
    • College-level coursework in relevant topics such as education, child development, outdoor recreation, or teaching certification
    • Other experience leading children and youth
  • Ability to work on your own with some guidance but minimal supervision. A self-starter with a mature approach to communications, timeliness, and follow-through, solution-based thinking, and a flexible, community-oriented mindset
  • Ability to work within a consensus decision-making model with an emphasis on personal responsibility, interdependence, and caretaking
  • Ability to regularly commute to a variety of locations
  • Ability to play actively with children, lift and carry up to 50 lbs for short periods of time, walk for extended periods over uneven, unpaved outdoor terrain while carrying a day pack, hear verbal communication and speak clear instructions, see well enough to keep track of children in varied natural environments
  • Familiarity with the Google suite of apps including Docs, Sheets, Meet, and Forms
  • Strong communication skills in both verbal and written media
  • Current certification in first aid and CPR (online certification OK)

Job qualifications, preferred

  • Familiarity with and ability to demonstrate at least one of the following outdoor education areas:
    • Naturalist skills such as nature interpretation, botanizing, birding, animal tracking, foraging and/or sharing Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)
    • Wilderness living or survival skills such as making and tending fire with few resources, orienting without map and compass, or making survival shelters
    • Nature-based arts and crafts, ancestral arts, or primitive skills, such as hide tanning, basketry, flint knapping, ceramics, green woodworking, cooking over a fire, fiber arts, etc.
  • Wilderness First Aid/Responder or Wilderness EMT certification
  • Some experience in administration or small business management such as:
    • Talking to parents
    • Registrations
    • Working budgets

Responsibilities

  • Lead activities that connect youth with nature using universal nature-connection skills, crafts, or cultural elements, such as nature-based games, fire by friction, ancestral arts and crafts, tracking, wildcrafting, stories, or songs
  • Mentor youth and provide social-emotional and other learning supports, including inspiring youth to find their unique gifts and guide self-development through their connection with nature
  • Plan, prepare supplies, and maintain tools and equipment as needed to be prepared for program activities
  • Administrative and fundraising support, such as communicating with parents, maintaining gear and supplies, managing program logistics, writing and managing grants, data entry, and other duties as assigned
  • Work as a team with the other nature connection lead staff to meet the above objectives, including meeting during scheduled hours for planning and debriefing
  • Summer, winter, and spring break camps (6 weeks)

Before applying, please make sure to familiarize yourself with our organization and programs by reading the following pages on our website:

Learn about Rewild Portland’s guiding principles:

https://www.rewildportland.com/about/https://www.rewildportland.com/about/

Learn about our Youth Homeschool Program:

Learn about our Teen Homeschool Program:

Learn  about our Summer Camps: