Summer Backpacking Intern

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Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 5:00pm


Lyons, OR
United States

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Summer Backpacking Intern


Opal Creek Wilderness Area, Oregon

Work year:

Seasonal: June 16 to August 25, 2017

Responsible to:

Director of Programs and Hospitality; Program Coordinator

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center is seeking a dynamic intern for our 2017 summer programming sessions. Opal Creek is a magnificent 35,000-acre ancient forest on the western slopes of the Cascade Range in Oregon. This spectacular area achieved federal protection from logging after a very long and nationwide struggle. In this setting the summer intern (along with our science instructors) is responsible for enthusiastically teaching best practices and safe backcountry camping skills to Opal Creek Expedition participants, ranging in age from 8-18 years old, and assisting in all aspects of our cabin rental services. The summer intern must have experience with backcountry camping, leave no trace practices, and working with youth. The summer intern is also responsible for providing excellent customer service to our cabin renters, maintain and clean our rental cabins, and generally be a positive, responsible member of our community. We have a small staff and everyone is required to help in all aspects of running a residential field science program that includes workshops, Expeditions, Outdoor School and cabin rentals-tasks include cleaning cabins, driving gear shuttles, helping in the kitchen, facility assistance, etc.

We run our programs from the old mining town of Jawbone Flats, an off grid community three miles inside of the Opal Creek wilderness Area. This is a residential position, and staff will live at Jawbone Flats when not in the backcountry. 

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Minimum qualifications:

Formal education and background preferably in education or outdoor skills, previous teaching experience and experience working in a camp setting. The selected candidate will have the necessary personal qualities required in similar small non-profit organizations: the ability to succeed in a friendly, supportive, and demanding environment. A Wilderness First Aid certification is required by the time of employment.

Our Mission:

Promoting conservation through educational experiences in wilderness.

How to Apply:

To Apply:

Send a resume and letter of interest to Megan Selvig, Director of Programs and Hospitality, at  Applications accepted until May 17th.

Compensation Information:


$200/week, plus housing, utilities and partial board.