Summer Intern

Join us this summer as a Summer Camp Nature Instructor Intern! Train to be a “Coyote Mentor” capable of igniting kids’ passions for learning and experience the difference nature connection makes.

Here’s a video invitation from our Summer Camp Coordinator Samuel Bowman inviting you to apply:

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 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%)

Intern Training (1 week) – hands-on learning and practice with Coyote Mentoring and camp curriculum.  (10%) 

Field-Based Hands-On Practice (7 or 8 weeks) – Camp programs are full-day 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 5-18. (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 (once prerequisites have been completed), responsible for carrying out all aspects of summer camps, including mentoring of volunteers. These three weeks will focus on campers age 5-12. (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 knowledge of cutting-edge instructional methodology working with youth ages 5-18 in a variety of program offerings.
  • Aspects of a story teller, song leader, game master, nature enthusiast, bird watcher, track identifier, group facilitator, conflict mediator and child whisperer
  • 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 and local housing
  • 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 kids 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, with an 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 $700 per week (once prerequisites have been completed).
  • 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 on Snoqualmie, Snohomish, Skykomish, and Duwamish traditional territories. Our current parks include:

  • Seward Park
  • St Edwards State Park
  • Cougar Mountain County Park
  • Tolt McDonald County Park
  • Carnation Farms
  • Linne Doran (Our 40-acre campus in Duvall)

Hours and Dates

  • The application deadline is March 1, 2022, or until positions are filled.
  • 8am to 4pm for Day Camps 
  • Summer Season Dates: June 13 – August 26, 2022
  • Required Staff Training Week: June 20 – June 24, 2022

How to apply

Click Here to apply.

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


Contact: Samuel Bowman, Summer Program Coordinator: [email protected]

Wilderness Awareness School