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Coyote Summer Camp Internship

Wilderness Awareness School Seattle, WA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $15 Hourly
  • Other

Join us this summer as a Summer Camp Nature Instructor Intern!

  • Train to be a “Coyote Mentor” capable of igniting kids passions for learning
  • Work alongside some of the most skilled and experienced nature instructors in the field
  • Experience the difference nature connection makes, while also making it possible for kids

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 Kindergardens 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.

Internship Details:

Staff Training (1 week) - learn curriculum, policy and culture of WAS camps (10%)

Art of Mentoring class (1 week) - learn Coyote Mentoring deep nature connection principles and practices. (10%)

Field Based hands on practice (7 or 8 weeks) - Camp programs include half-day, full-day and overnight 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 4-18. (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, responsible for carrying out all aspects of summer camps, including mentoring of volunteers. These three weeks will focus on campers age 4-12. (30%)

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

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 a knowledge of cutting-edge instructional methodology working with youth ages 4-18 in a variety of program offerings
  • 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 housing in local area.
  • Current Wilderness First Aid certification.
  • Willingness to submit to background and reference check.

Wilderness Awareness School is a leader in the field of nature education, and our internships call
for individuals who meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age 18
  • Desire to connect with youth ages 4-18 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, ability to work long hours
  • Positive Attitude as a cooperative team member
  • Ability to communicate appropriately with all stakeholders: staff, volunteers, campers and parents.

Benefits to the Intern:

  • Three Lead Instructor weeks paid at approximately $500 per week.
  • 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


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

Hours and Dates

  • Application Deadline is March 1, 2020 or until positions filled.
  • 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, 2020
  • Art of Mentoring Training: June 28 - July 4, 2020

How to apply:

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

Wilderness Awareness School

Why Work Here?

Are you interested in connecting children with the outside world and do you want to inspire them to be the best they can be.

Wilderness Awareness School, a 501(c)(3) 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.


5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle, WA, 98118
Seattle, WA


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