Field Instructor

Field Instructor Job Description

Does spending 7 life-changing months in the Deschutes National Forest enriching the lives of 5th grade students and high school volunteers sound awesome to you? Do you enjoy getting kids outside and stoked on nature?! Do you enjoy campy-type, campy things? Like singing camp songs at campfire, canoeing in a beautiful lake, exploring forests, and kids thinking you’re cooler than a superhero?! Do you like the idea of your boss being named, Squirrel, Otter, or Peanuts? If so, then Camp Tamarack is for you!

Job Title: Field Instructor, Outdoor School and Program Staff, Summer Camp

Job Overview: Camp Tamarack is an outdoor school during the fall and spring and a traditional summer camp during the summer months. Camp Tamarack staff members get the opportunity to experience both worlds, one of experiential science education and one of pure summer camp adventure and fun!

      During outdoor school, Field Instructors implement a hands-on, engaging, field-based science program that is aligned with Outdoor School goals and addresses established Oregon State 5th/6th grade curriculum standards as provided. Field Instructors also lead recreational activities such as team building, canoeing, arts and crafts, and archery as well as participate in our nightly campfires. Check out our Outdoor School video!

      Our summer camp Program Staff lead our traditional summer camp programming! Program Staff are responsible for leading specialized classes, such as baking, outdoor skills, ceramics, paddle boarding, or snorkeling, to name a few. In the afternoons, our staff are on the waterfront, and their evenings are spent by the campfire leading skits and songs!

Dates: We are hiring Staff who can work from spring outdoor school until fall outdoor school. The dates include:

  • Spring Outdoor School: April 2nd- June 14th
  • Summer Camp: July 2nd- August 25th In between outdoor school in the spring and summer camp, there will be a week-long lifeguard training for staff who are not already certified must attend.
  • Fall Outdoor School: September 10th- October 27th

Job Duties:

  • Instructs, mentors, and leads 5th/6th grade students and high school students in field-based science program, duties, and activities
  • Provides teaching training, support, supervision and evaluation of high school students
  • Leads group activities such as hiking, canoeing, archery, crafts, and/or team building along with traditional camp games and activities
  • Lifeguards during summer camp’s open swim time *we provide lifeguard training for those who are not yet certified
  • Collaborates, communicates and participates as a member of the Camp Tamarack site team 
utilizing appropriate verbal and nonverbal interactions
  • Fulfills job expectations safely, thoroughly, and in compliance with Camp Tamarack program, policies, and procedures
  • Lives on site during the program season. Participates fully in all aspects of the on site programming including
  • Assists with daily mealtime cleanup and dishes
  • Assists in site set-up, weekly cleaning, and closing each session
  • Responsible for inventory, care, and maintenance of program supplies and equipment
  • Provides backup support to other staff as needed and performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • High School Diploma or General Education Diploma
  • Experience teaching or leading outdoor education programs preferred
  • Experience working with and supervising children and/or adolescents
  • Valid first Aid/CPR Card and Oregon Food Handler’s Card first day of employment.
  • Ability to physically perform assigned duties.

Working Conditions:

        Employment is temporary and subject to school participation schedule. This position works in a residential camp setting. This position includes being available 24 hours to the attendees and staff members. Employee works a six-day week and is typically on duty from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. The environment is rustic with potentially uneven hilly terrain, wooded trails, variable ambient light, and weather conditions. The employee must carry out his or her duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include heat, rain, snow, cold, and windy conditions.

        Employee supervises groups of children in this environment, often kneeling and sitting on the ground to obtain a child-level view. Employee can be expected to carry odd objects, such as buckets of water, science equipment, and teaching materials. Employee must be able to respond quickly to emergency events any place in the camp setting and be able to maneuver in outdoors, common areas, rustic buildings, and sites. Sites may have crowded walkways or common spaces. Stairs and walkways are exposed to weather and may be slippery.

        This position is a first responder in a medical emergency. Employee must be able to administer 1st Aid/CPR, requiring the ability to get to ground level or in awkward positions to administer assistance.

        Housing and meals are provided. Housing is shared with other employees in assigned, same gender rustic cabins or bunk rooms. Meals include a vegetarian option that may include eggs and/or dairy. Employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals.

Salary Range: $440 Weekly

Shift Type: Temporary

We are accepting applications until February 15th, 2017. If you are interested in applying, please forward your cover letter and resume to Lauren Rodgers at by February 15th!