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Summer Crew Leader Application

Wilderness Trip Co-leader

Urban Wilderness Project™; based in Seattle, Washington, "works to restore and encourage positive communities by providing culturally and environmentally based service-learning projects for youth and adult participants." Creating a fun, memorable, team experience for urban youth experiencing the great outdoors for the first time! We serve youth of African, Asian, Latino and Native descent who have decided to earn credit for school by building trails on public lands. Immediate openings for summer wilderness trip co-leaders with a current WFR or WFA certification. You must be available June 29 - July 1, 2011 for staff training and July 7-July 26 for the backcountry overnight trip. Wilderness Works™, a program of the Urban Wilderness Project™, offers 6-10 high school students per trip an opportunity to earn all the community service-learning hours they need for graduation.

As an adult trip co-leader you are responsible for: Daily planning and logistics while on course; risk management; youth development; working with land management agencies and partners to meet trail building and environmental restoration standards; youth supervision; sharing in daily camp duties, included but not limited to, cooking, camp clean-up, gathering water. Participate actively in risk assessment, recreational planning. Creating a fun, memorable, team experience!

Course description(s):

17-day course
Mandatory pre-trip days July 7 & 8. Trip dates July 9-July 26, 2011 North Cascades National Park, WA on Ross Lake. 10 days of environmental restoration work may include removing Reed Canary Grass and building trails. We pack all gear with students the day before the trip on July 8. We are in the North Cascades National Park July 9-July 26. We will work for 10 days and hike for 7 days. The program includes the arts and will encourage youth to engage their creativity through writing, drawing, spoken word, and journaling.

  • Must be available to be away for the duration of the trip. June 29 - July 1 is staff training and orientation. Expect long days including early morning travel to hikes.
  • Personal experience or professional experience, hiking, backpacking, and camping.
  • Experience working with high school students from diverse backgrounds
  • A demonstrated interest/experience with social and environmental justice concerns.
  • Demonstrated interest/experience in one or more of the following: outdoor living, hiking, camping, and backpacking.
  • Outdoor work experience such as trail maintenance, restoration work, landscaping or other.
  • Must pass criminal background check and complete medical exam.
  • Certifications: Wilderness First Responder.
  • Compensation: $1,200- $1,500 DOE (food and tent lodging included) and staff training.
The Urban Wilderness Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer, L.B.G.T.Q. people of African, Asian, Latino, Native descent strongly encouraged to apply.

Please email cover letter and resume to:
Jourdan I. Keith
Director, Urban Wilderness Project
(206) 579-5848

Logistics Coordinator, Seattle-based.

Immediate Opening
Flexible schedule, some weeks are full-time, some weeks part-time with a 12-15 hour day.
$1,760 - $2,080

Assist with all aspects of fielding summer wilderness crew including:
  • Shopping for food at multiple locations to find the right price and type for camping and backpacking trip for all participants with different dietary needs
  • Sorting food for fair distribution into students backpacks, this includes unpacking and repacking food.
  • Sorting and labeling food for camping and then for the re-supply
  • Proven ability to drive 12 passenger van for student drop-off and pick-up
  • Clean and maintain gear for Adventure outings and Wilderness Trips
  • Maintain system to track gear lending and condition of gear
  • Manage allocated budget
  • Review medical forms to avoid allergens
  • Pick-up gear supplies including camping gear, backpack needs, additional clothing
  • Move and organize existing gear bank
  • Test safety of gear and do gear repairs
  • Must carry cell phone at all times during trip
  • Emergency System Management and Support, i.e. following "system chain of command"
  • Work well independently and meet deadlines
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Strong, proven organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong math skills for determining quantities
  • Excellent time and logistics management skills
  • WA State Driver's License
  • Must have your own car with insurance
  • Must be able to lift 35 pounds
  • Must be able to pass background check
Ideal Candidate
  • Knowledge of hiking and camping equipment
  • Wilderness First Aid or Responder
  • Willling to serve as substitute as a Wilderness trip co-leader working directly with high school youth in the backcountry (see wilderness trip leader position description) NOTE: This would be additional work and pay.
Please email cover letter and resume to:
Jourdan I. Keith
Director,.Urban Wilderness Project
(206) 579-5848

Contact Us
Jourdan I. Keith, Founder & Director
206-579-5848 Cell

P.O. Box 18874
Seattle, WA 98118

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