Sail2Change is a Portland-based nonprofit 501 (C) (3), which aspires to improve community equity by empowering our youth through access, opportunity, authentic relationships, and alternative outdoor education.
Our summer program consists of a two-week sailboat training on the Willamette River and two-weeks of wilderness survival training for upcoming 10th-grade students. This year I will be taking the students, along with 8 to 10 guides. We will spend a total of 5 days in a campground, and 7 days on the trail. There are two sessions of this for boys and girls.
I am looking for wilderness guides to accompany me this summer. We are looking for folks with a strong knowledge of this area, backpacking, edible plants, water filtration, making shelters, and in general wilderness survival skills. It's a huge bonus if they are WFR certified. Do you know anyone who would be interested?
Please let me know if you have any questions at all about this, and if you know of anyone who would be interested in this opportunity.
Sail2Change is a nonprofit organization, aspiring to improve community equity by empowering our youth through access, opportunity, authentic relationships, and alternative outdoor education.
We offer alternative outdoor education, which includes wilderness survival training and sailing courses, for underserved high school aged youth. Our mission is to provide an opportunity to learn new skills, build self-confidence, and become a successful member of the community, all while immersing youth in the beauty of the great Pacific Northwest. We are inspired to support our nation’s marginalized youth and we want YOU to be a part of their success!
Sail2Change is seeking wilderness guides for a 5 week summer camp. Guides must be available the week before camp starts (week 1) for training, team building, and development of curriculum. This is paid training; starting on July 20th. Training will take place in Portland, Oregon.
The first day of camp is July 27th, 2020, last day of camp is August 21st, 2020. If you are not available for the full 5 weeks, you can apply to guide for 3 weeks (Training + one session.) The camp is split into two sessions: Weeks 2-3 are dedicated to male students, and weeks 4-5 are dedicated to the female program. Guides who apply for the full five weeks will have a two day break between the male and female sessions.
Wilderness guides will instruct and supervise groups of 9th graders as they immerse themselves in the wilderness for the first time. Guides will provide presentations and with support from staff on topics such as edible plants, building fires and shelters, navigation, ecology, and a few others depending on your expertise. Guides will stay in the wilderness for the duration of the camp and take part in all activities such as hiking, cooking, game time, swimming, etc. Guides need to be able to hike a minimum of 5 miles per day for a 7 day period. (5 days in a campground, 7 days on the trail) For further details, see Job Responsibilities.
We are seeking candidates who:
- Have 2 years minimum wilderness and leadership experience in outdoor education and/or expedition-based youth programs
- Have experience working with diverse and at-risk populations
- Comfortable implementing behavior management strategies and acting as a leader
- Are familiar with the Pacific Northwest
- Knowledge of First Aid
- Wilderness First Responder Certified
- Enjoy working with teens of various socioeconomic backgrounds
- Have excellent communication and organizational skills
- Practice with outdoor therapy programs
- Outdoor Navigation Skills
- Knowledge of:
- Outdoor Cooking and Sanitation
- Leave-no-Trace Ethics
- Map and Compass Navigation
- Forest Fire Ecology
- Shelter Building
- Wildlife Safety
- Pacific Northwest Wildlife and Tracking
- Native Plant and Tree Identification
- Yoga for Backpacking
- Bush Craft & Edible Plants Knowledge/Foraging
- CDL License
- Expedition & Travel Experience
- Provide input on presentation topics and activities with the guidance of the Program Director
- Support staff on topics such as edible plants, building fires and shelters, navigation, ecology, and a few others depending on your expertise.
- Supervise students in your small group, as well are during whole group activities
- Assist with set up, wake up time, cooking, enforcing rules, mentoring campers
- Foster an environment of inclusivity and acceptance
- Facilitate activities and free time, icebreakers
- Communicate effectively on all issues with Program Director and fellow staff
Salary: $850 weekly stipend
How to Apply:
Please send a detailed cover letter and a resume to: Michelle@Sail2Change.org with “Wilderness Guide” in the title. Feel free to include outdoor leadership and/or education portfolios. Sail2Change is committed to making a difference within a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. Three professional references whom we can contact will be
required at the first interview. All guides must complete a background check prior to hiring. Sail2Change is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.