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Employment

Minimum qualifications for all Field Staff:

  • A bachelor’s degree or working toward a bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working with populations of children or adolescents on the Autism spectrum, Aspergers and/or ADHD
  • For Expedition and Trailhead staff, must have appropriate wilderness technical skills such as backpacking or sea kayaking experience.

Job Descriptions

Lemonade Company Staff

Work as part of a 4-member staff team to facilitate 3 five-day sessions of a day camp for kids ages 7-9. Most campers are on the autism spectrum or have ADHD, so experience with these populations is mandatory. Many of our previous staff have held degrees in special education, early childhood development, or counseling. You don’t have to like lemonade, but it might be helpful. Housing is not provided for Lemonade Company staff, so applicants should live or have accommodations in the Seattle area and be able to commute to North Seattle (Carkeek Park) for camp each day.  Camp runs from 10a-4p and staff should expect to be at the park from 9a-5p, M-F.

Ranch Camp Staff

Work as part of a 3-member staff team to lead 4 five-day sessions of an overnight camp at a ranch in Cle Elum, WA.  We work with kids and teens on the autism spectrum, with ADHD, or similar disorders. Applicants should have some experience with these populations, as well as experience as a summer camp counselor, teacher, recreation leader, or similar roles. Job duties will include supervision of campers, facilitation of games, crafts and activities, behavior management, cooking group meals, and being a positive, compassionate, and energetic role model for the duration of each program. You should probably not be afraid of horses. Staff will need to be willing to obtain CPR and lifeguarding certifications.  Staff will be based at staff housing in Seattle, WA, but will travel as a group to begin and end each program at the ranch in Cle Elum.

Expedition Staff

Work as part of a 3-member staff team to lead two different types of programs: Treasure Island (two 3-day sessions for 10-12 year olds) and NW Expedition (one 16-day session for 13-17 year olds). Expedition Staff have the very demanding job of leading three sessions total, serving a wide variety of ages and facilitating an even wider range of activities. In the course of the summer, Expedition Staff will lead treasure hunts, a backpacking trip, a sea kayaking trip, several days of sailing (no sailing experience necessary – we have a captain for that), and participate in white water rafting (no experience necessary – we hire a guide service). Applicants should have the following: experience with multi-day expeditions (backpacking, sea kayaking, etc.), strong experience and technical skills as either a kayaker or backpacker, creativity, a positive outlook, an energetic disposition, and most importantly, previous work with teens with ASDs/ADHD. Other favorable qualifications include WFR certification, experience as an outdoor leader, and a strong pirate accent. Housing will be provided in the Seattle area for the duration of staff training and programs.

Trailhead Staff

Work as part of a 2-member staff team to lead one 21-day session of Trailhead, our young adult program. Staff duties include facilitating team building exercises and fostering an environment where campers can learn and grow through the challenges they face as a group. Trailhead staff serve the role of guides and focus on building campers’ skills rather than completing tasks for them.  Qualifications include experience working with teens and young adults on the autism spectrum, patience and tenacity, technical backpacking skills, strong organization and planning abilities, a passion for the outdoors, and an appreciation of experiential learning practices. Ultimate frisbee skills, a sense of humor, and any experience with online gaming will serve you well (for van ride conversation purposes). Applicants must have experience with long backpacking expeditions (greater than 5 days) and hold or be willing to obtain a current WFR certification.