At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. 

Through our Artists in Residence Program, Caldera supports artists, creatives, and cultural workers to build skills, relationships, and projects that inspire growth, combat oppression, and activate change. Residents draw inspiration from the residency community and the natural world surrounding our Arts Center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Sisters.

Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center. 

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds. We are an organization that strives to respect the race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, size, ability, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, religious background, marital status, military status, strengths, and differences of all people.

For questions regarding hiring and open staff positions or other general inquiries email Caldera@CalderaArts.org 

For questions regarding our Artists in Residence Program email AiR@CalderaArts.org

If you have technical issues or questions, please contact the Submittable support team. Email: support@submittable.com, Phone: (855) 467-8264

CHALLENGE COURSE FACILITATOR

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title:  Challenge Course Facilitator

Supervisor:  Camp Manager

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $139/day with current certification, $124/day if certification is needed. Additional 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $50/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days  (Non-programing days are July 14th  July 26th-27th, And August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session).

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center--31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided)

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 10 for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling

(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:40-9:20 Community Circle

9:30-12:25 Teach Classes OR Break

12:25  Kitchen Prep

12:30-1:20 Lunch

1:20-1:50 Staff Meeting

1:50-3:10 Lead Free Time Activity or Class Prep

3:10-6:20 Teach Classes OR Break

6:30-7:30 Dinner

7:45-8:45 Capture the Flag or Other Evening Activity

8:45-9:45 Campfire

10:30-11:30 Night Duty (once per session)

Position overview: The Challenge Course Facilitator plans and implements curriculum that utilizes all elements of Caldera’s challenge course. They incorporate program goals into course facilitation and encourage campers to set goals, take positive risks, and challenge personal boundaries while on the course. This position will also help campers build a sense of their own strengths within a group and increase participants’ sense of self-confidence and mutual support. Ideal candidates for this position will promote personal responsibility and stimulate conversation that makes the lessons learned on the Challenge Course relevant to campers’ home and camp lives. This position may also implement and arrange program components outside of challenge course settings, such as off-site field trips or overnight hikes.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Create and submit engaging lesson plans that utilize the course’s eight low elements and three high elements prior to Day 0 of each session
  • Complete check of course to ensure setup is correctly completed prior to each camp session, and if applicable, manage take-down at the end of camp season
  • Facilitate trust/team building activities suited to the dynamics of each group and allow time for reflection and debriefing
  • Follow safety procedures as specified in the Camp Caldera Challenge Course Policies & Procedures Manual
  • Manage and monitor upkeep of the course, including a safety check of elements and surrounding environment prior to each use
  • Keep accurate records and log the use of equipment
  • Provide necessary maintenance of equipment and/or work with Camp Manager to submit work orders
  • Spray helmets for lice prior to each use
  • Alert supervisor to relevant camper issues 
  • Co-facilitate additional components of daily program as requested
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times 
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session

Qualifications:

  • Applicants for the position should complete a professional program (group facilitation techniques, belay, basic skills and leading-edge climbing) through a certifying agency that is insured to train facilitators, or equivalent.  (Please upload proof of certification)
  • Candidates must have a minimum of one year experience facilitating groups of middle and/or high school youth
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification (please upload copies of certification)
  • Ability to understand our racially diverse student population’s perspective, either through lived experience, previous qualifications, or work experience 
  • Ability to navigate through potentially triggering and challenging conversations and situations while maintaining focus on the wellbeing of youth
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with racially and ethnically diverse staff and youth
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.  
  • Typical days are 12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns of students and appropriately re-direct any behavior that is misaligned with Caldera agreements
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include but is not limited to, heat, rain, wind, cold, and smoky or dusty conditions.
  • Moments of quiet and non-activity are few and spread out
  • Creating a cohesive staff environment round the clock can be challenging. It is crucial that staff see youth and adults through a strengths-based lens and prioritize creating the best possible youth experience at all times, despite what challenges may arise at the staff level
  • Physical Demands: 5% Sitting, 30% Standing, 20% Walking, 45% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

CAMP CALDERA PHOTOGRAPHER & MEDIA COORDINATOR 

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position: Camp Photographer & Media Coordinator

Supervisor: Camp Artistic Director & Arts Coordinator

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $108/day, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $50/day
  • Room and all meals provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session.

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center--31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided)

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 10 for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17
  • One day post-production and file management to occur by Aug 31

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling

(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Schedule:

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:40-9:20 Photograph Community Circle

9:30-12:30 Photograph classes, edit photos, and email shots for social media OR Break

12:40-1:20 Lunch

1:20-1:50 Staff Meeting

1:50-3:00 Lead Free Time Activity or Photograph Lake activity

3:00-6:00 Photograph classes, edit photos, and email shots for social media OR Break

6:20-7:20 Dinner

7:30-8:45 Photograph Capture the Flag or Other Evening Activity

8:45-9:45 Campfire

10:30-11:30 Night Duty (once per session) 

Position Description: The Camp Photographer & Media Coordinator plans, captures, and organizes media from camp activities and projects. 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Photograph/film for archival and external communications purposes
  • Take student and staff portraits and tipi group photos on the first day of each session; work with Logistics Coordinator to package and send  photos to be printed,upload to Caldera’s database, and identify students whose photos cannot be used externally
  • Capture and properly save photos of all aspects of camp life, including each art workshop, adventure activities, field trips, evening activities, meals, arrival and departure, final showcase etc. (excluding personal times like tipi time and Connect class)
  • Create and present final slideshow for each camp session, making sure each student is included
  • Set up and staff photo booth at dances and package and send  photos to be printed
  • Work with supervisor and Caldera communications team  to provide photos to be shared on social media
  • Manage images containing students whose image is not released for external use , throughout camp sessions and afterwards
  • Execute post-production work including light editing and final file organization 

Media & Program Support

  • Help set up tech (cameras, sound, mics, lighting) for talent shows, dances, student showcases, etc.
  • Work with artists to load content, and support A/V during shows as needed
  • Help in art workshops as needed
  • Lead free time activities as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times 
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session

Qualifications/Application Requirements:

  • Experience working with middle and high school youth and a background in photography, through education or profession, are required
  • At least one year of digital photography experience and knowledge of photo editing software 
  • Superb organizational and time management skills and ability to balance job duties with self-care
  • Ability to manage direction from and collaborate with multiple sources
  • Must be motivated self starter who takes initiative with minimal supervision 
  • Ability to understand our racially diverse student population’s perspective, either through lived experience, previous qualifications, or work experience 
  • Ability to navigate through potentially triggering and challenging conversations and situations while maintaining focus on the wellbeing of youth
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with racially and ethnically diverse staff and youth
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • Knowledge of sound and other A/V equipment strongly desired
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days. (On staff arrival days dinner will be provided and brunch is served on the last day of camp)
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.  
  • Typical days are 12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns of students and appropriately re-direct any behavior that is misaligned with Caldera agreements
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include but is not limited to, heat, rain, wind, cold, and smoky or dusty conditions.
  • Moments of quiet and non-activity are few and spread out
  • Creating a cohesive staff environment round the clock can be challenging. It is crucial that staff see youth and adults through a strengths-based lens and prioritize creating the best possible youth experience at all times, despite what challenges may arise at the staff level. 
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 5% Sitting, 40% Standing, 40% Walking, 15% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ASSISTANT

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title:  Environmental Education Assistant

Supervisor: Camp Manager 

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $81/day, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $50/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th. A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session).

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center--31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided)

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 10 for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling

(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:40-9:20 Community Circle

9:30-12:25 Assist in Classes OR Break

12:25  Kitchen Prep

12:30-1:20 Lunch

1:20-1:50 Staff Meeting

1:50-3:10 Lead Free Time Activity or Class Prep

3:10-6:20 Assist in Classes OR Break

6:30-7:30 Dinner

7:45-8:45 Capture the Flag or Other Evening Activity

8:45-9:45 Campfire

10:30-11:30 Night Duty (once per session)

Environmental Education at Caldera:

The goal of Caldera’s Environmental Education program is to inspire curiosity about nature and help students build lasting connections to the environment. We hope to increase student knowledge of the natural history of Caldera’s land in Central Oregon and to develop a sense of place through an emphasis on direct sensory exploration of the diverse habitats immediately surrounding camp. Campers may learn about trout habitats while wading barefoot in the creek, make observational sketches of forest regrowth with charcoal from wildfire-charred trees, and taste wild mint during a field lesson in ethnobotany. Many of them are experiencing just being kids in the outdoors for the first time in their lives. Beyond lessons taught in the context of class, Caldera uses common daily practices to model environmental responsibility. Campers weigh the amount of food that is thrown away at the end of each meal and graph the reduction of waste over the course of their stay at camp. Fruit and vegetable matter are separated for compost to nourish our vegetable garden. It is our hope that when complemented by discussion, hands-on activities like these help students draw connections between environmental lessons learned at camp and the far-reaching ecological impact of small choices they make everyday at home.

Position overview: 

The Environmental Education Assistant supports the Environmental Educator to implement environmental curriculum and incorporate program goals into daily sessions, inspire curiosity about nature, and build connections to the environment. This position will help facilitate discussions about environmental justice with a population that has historically been marginalized in the environmental movement.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Environmental Educator to ensure effective delivery of environmental instruction
  • Help prep and organize materials, supplies, equipment, and classroom space
  • Assist with evaluating Caldera’s youth and programs  
  • Help organize and set up for final exhibition of student work
  • Help document, archive, and organize student work
  • Assist with setup and breakdown of classroom and teaching spaces
  • Conduct daily composting/food waste procedures
  • Alert supervisor to relevant camper issues 
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times 
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session

Qualifications:

  • At least 2 years experience working with youth from underserved communities, and a background in environmental studies, through education or profession
  • Knowledge of high desert and forest ecosystems or willingness to learn about them
  • Ability to understand our racially diverse student population’s perspective, either through lived experience, previous qualifications, or work experience 
  • Ability to navigate through potentially triggering and challenging conversations and situations while maintaining focus on the wellbeing of youth
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with racially and ethnically diverse staff and youth
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Willingness to work with a range of educators across different mediums
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural skills highly preferred
  • Wilderness First Responder certification preferred
  • Must pass a background check. Caldera considers systemic injustices when investigating findings
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.  
  • Typical days are 12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns of students and appropriately re-direct any behavior that is misaligned with Caldera agreements
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include but is not limited to, heat, rain, wind, cold, and smoky or dusty conditions.
  • Moments of quiet and non-activity are few and spread out
  • Creating a cohesive staff environment round the clock can be challenging. It is crucial that staff see youth and adults through a strengths-based lens and prioritize creating the best possible youth experience at all times, despite what challenges may arise at the staff level
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 5% Sitting, 45% Standing, 30% Walking, 20% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

JUNIOR ADVOCATE 

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title: Junior Advocate

Supervisor: Junior Advocate Supervisor

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $81/day, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $50/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (Non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session).

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center--31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided)

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 10 for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling

(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:00  Breakfast
8:40  Community Circle
9:30-12:30  Support during Class Rotation 

12:55  Lunch
1:15-1:45 Supervise Scrub Club Cleaning

1:45-3:00 Junior Advocate Meeting & Free Time Activity Leading

3:10-6:10 Break
6:10-7:00  Dinner
7:00  Capture the Flag or Other Evening Activity
8:45-9:45  Lead Campfire 

10-10:15  Lantern Time 

Position Overview: This position is intended to help train, mentor, and provide feedback for individuals with limited experience who are interested in becoming youth workers. Each Junior Advocate supports a group of four to eight campers per camp session and works to build a fun and cohesive team with assigned campers as well as the greater camp community. The Junior Advocate will take over for Advocates as assigned by the Junior Advocate Supervisor.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Meet youth and families at bus pick-up locations, support check-in process and supervision on the bus 
  • Actively participate in pre-camp training and meetings
  • With the guidance of supervisor and camp leadership, assist Caldera youth with conflict resolution and one-on-one goal setting encouraging appropriate risk-taking
  • With the guidance of supervisor and camp leadership, guide campers to participate successfully in all aspects of camp activities, which include but are not limited to: orientation, behavior policies, meals, free time, tipi time, shower scheduling, housekeeping duties, evening activities, community meetings, campfires, field trips, and final celebrations
  • With team of Junior Advocates, plan and lead nightly campfires, modeling appropriate structure and behavior
  • Usher campers to and from activities in a punctual manner
  • Maintain camper confidentiality (except in the event of specific necessary disclosures)
  • Support health, safety, and emotional well being of campers
  • Alert supervisor to relevant camper issues 
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times and perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session

Qualifications: This is an entry-level position.

  • Some experience working with youth is preferred
  • A strong desire to learn and help foster a positive community experience
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have had at least one year away from Caldera as a camper
  • Ability to understand our racially diverse student population’s perspective, either through lived experience, previous qualifications, or work experience 
  • Ability to navigate through potentially triggering and challenging conversations and situations while maintaining focus on the wellbeing of youth
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with racially and ethnically diverse staff and youth strongly preferred
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural skills highly desired
  • Must pass a background check. Caldera considers systemic injustices when investigating findings
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.  
  • Typical days are 12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns of students and appropriately re-direct any behavior that is misaligned with Caldera agreements
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include but is not limited to, heat, rain, wind, cold, and smoky or dusty conditions.
  • Moments of quiet and non-activity are few and spread out
  • Creating a cohesive staff environment round the clock can be challenging. It is crucial that staff see youth and adults through a strengths-based lens and prioritize creating the best possible youth experience at all times, despite what challenges may arise at the staff level
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 25% Sitting, 40% Standing, 30% Walking, 5% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

KITCHEN ASSISTANT

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title: Kitchen Assistant

Supervisor: Head Chef & Camp Manager

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $81/day, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session.

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center--31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided)

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 9 to prep for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling

(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

6:00-7:50 Breakfast Prep

8:00-8:30 Serve Breakfast

8:30-9:00 Breakfast Cleanup

9:00-10:00 Break

10:00-12:20 Snack & Lunch Prep

12:30-1:20 Serve Lunch

1:20-2:00 Lunch Cleanup

2:00-7:30 Off

7:45-8:45 Optional Evening Activity

8:45-9:45 Optional Campfire

OR (each day may rotate)

8:00-10:30 Off

11:30-12:20 Snack & Lunch Prep

12:30-1:20 Serve Lunch

1:20-2:00 Lunch Cleanup

2:00-3:00 Break

3:00-6:00 Snack & Dinner Prep

6:30-7:30 Dinner

7:45-8:45 Optional Evening Activity

8:45-9:45 Optional Campfire

Position overview: At Caldera, the kitchen staff is a very important part of the community and is welcome to participate in daily program activities when kitchen duties are complete. Head Chef, Sous Chef, and five Kitchen Assistants maintain Caldera’s kitchen and prepare meals that are healthy, delicious, and appealing to both youth and adults (roughly 100-120 per session). 

Kitchen Assistants are responsible for meal preparation and maintaining a friendly, sanitary kitchen and dining space. This position begins before youth and staff arrive.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a clean, healthy work environment
  • As directed by Head Chef, prepare meals, providing abundance on a tight budget
  • Follow serving guidelines while being sensitive to youth who may be familiar with the concept of scarcity and feelings of hunger
  • Assist with set up and take down of kitchens
  • Follow meal schedule determined by Head Chef and Camp Manager
  • Complete assigned, shared dishwashing and cleaning duties
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times 
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session

Qualifications: 

  • Current Oregon Food Handler’s Permit required (please attach)
  • Prior experience in food service, nutrition and/or youth programming is desirable
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.  
  • Typical days are 10-12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns in the kitchen or on campus
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include heat, rain, smoky, cold, and windy conditions
  • Noise level ranges from very quiet (i.e. forest trail) to loud (i.e. concert) 
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 5% Sitting, 65% Standing, 10% Walking, 20% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

HEAD CHEF

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title: Head Chef

Supervisor: Camp Manager

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: 
    • $17.33/hr for approximately 20 hours prep work July 1-9
    • $140/day during camp training and sessions, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session.

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center- 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided).  

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 9 to prep for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling

(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

Position Overview: At Caldera, the kitchen staff is a very important part of the Caldera Community and is welcome to participate in daily program activities when kitchen duties are complete. Head Chef, Sous Chef, and up to five Kitchen Assistants maintain Caldera’s kitchen. Kitchen staff prepare meals that are healthy, delicious, and appealing to both youth and adults (roughly 100-120 each session). 

The Head Chef oversees six staff and is responsible for food preparation as well as maintaining a friendly, sanitary kitchen and dining space. This position manages the food budget (approximately $23,000), purchasing, meal planning, staff oversight and scheduling for the Sous Chef and five assistants, and on-the-job training for all kitchen staff. The Head Chef ensures that Caldera meals meet Federal Summer Food Service Program meal requirements. This position begins before youth and staff arrive.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Plan and document all camp meals and snacks in accordance with Federal Summer Food Program guidelines; submit meal plans prior to Day 0 of each camp session
  • Oversee meal preparation, providing abundant meals on a tight budget; follow serving guidelines while being sensitive to youth who may be familiar with the concept of scarcity and feelings of hunger
  • Place and manage food orders and oversee their delivery
  • Maintain and organize files, receipts, and meal counts related to annual Federal Summer Food Program guideline audit and supply that documentation as requested
  • Supervise, train, and schedule kitchen staff
  • Maintain a clean, healthy work environment
  • Work with Camp Manager to address key personnel or student issues
  • Oversee kitchen set up and take down at the start and end of camp
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times 
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session

Qualifications: 

  • Minimum two years experience managing a kitchen, including: staff, food inventory, budgets, and menus
  • This position arrives two days early and departs after final staff meal and after the summer kitchen has been closed for the season
  • Current Oregon Food Handler’s Permit required (must attach copy)
  • Prior experience in food service, nutrition, and/or youth programming is desirable
  • Familiarity with anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with diverse staff and youth
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.    
  • Typical days are 10-12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns in the kitchen and on campus
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include heat, rain, smoky, cold, and windy conditions
  • Noise level ranges from very quiet (i.e. forest trail) to loud (i.e. concert) 
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 5% Sitting, 65% Standing, 10% Walking, 20% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

 SOUS CHEF

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title: Sous Chef

Supervisor: Head Chef

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $108/day, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session.

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center- 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided).   

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 9 to prep for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling

(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

Position Overview: At Caldera, the kitchen staff is a very important part of the Caldera Community and is welcome to participate in daily program activities when kitchen duties are complete. Head Chef, Sous Chef, and up to five Kitchen Assistants maintain Caldera’s kitchen. Kitchen staff prepare meals that are healthy, delicious, and appealing to both youth and adults (roughly 100-120 each meal). 

The Sous Chef supports the Head Chef in food preparation and training Kitchen Assistants as well as maintaining a friendly, sanitary kitchen and dining space. The Sous Chef oversees the kitchen when Head Chef is not present and assists in ensuring that Caldera meals meet Federal Summer Food Service Program meal requirements. This position provides support to the Head Chef on budget management (approximately $23,000) and staff oversight and scheduling for Kitchen Assistants. This position begins before youth and staff arrive.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a clean, healthy work environment
  • Oversee meal preparation under guidance of Head Chef, providing abundant meals on a tight budget; follow serving guidelines while being sensitive to youth who may be familiar with the concept of scarcity and feelings of hunger
  • As directed by Head Chef, assist with supervision and training of kitchen staff
  • Follow meal schedule determined by Head Chef and Camp Manager
  • Set up summer kitchen and break it down at the end of camp
  • Assist with collecting and maintaining information required for Federal Summer Food Program audit
  • Support Head Chef with administrative duties as needed 
  • Share dishwashing and cleaning duties
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times 
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session

Qualifications:

  • Minimum two years experience working in a kitchen including food inventory, budgeting, and menu planning; supervisory experience strongly preferred
  • Current Oregon Food Handler’s Permit required (must attach copy)
  • Prior experience in food service, nutrition, and/or youth programming is desirable
  • Familiarity with anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with diverse staff and youth
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.  
  • Typical days are 10-12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns in the kitchen and on campus
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include heat, rain, smoky, cold, and windy conditions
  • Noise level ranges from very quiet (i.e. forest trail) to loud (i.e. concert) 
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 5% Sitting, 65% Standing, 10% Walking, 20% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

LIFEGUARD & ACTIVITY COORDINATOR

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title: Lifeguard & Activity Coordinator

Supervisor: Camp Manager

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $107/day with current certification, $97/day if certification is needed, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $50/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session.

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center--31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided)

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 10 for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling

(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:40-9:20 Community Circle

9:30-12:30 Break or Lifeguard Duty

12:40-1:20 Lunch

1:20-1:50 Staff meeting

1:50-3:10 Lifeguard Duty: free time

3:10-5:30 Break or Lifeguard Duty

5:30-6:20 Set-up for Evening Activity

6:30-7:20 Dinner

7:30-8:45 Lead Capture the Flag

8:45-9:45 Facilitate Campfire

10:30-11:30 Night Duty (roughly one night per session)

Position overview: The Lifeguard & Activity Coordinator oversees planning and delivery of free time, evening, and waterfront activities that are safe, fun, and appropriate to campers’ age and abilities. The Lifeguard & Activity Coordinator will provide management to the physical operation of the waterfront’s facilities and equipment. 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate aquatic abilities of campers and staff on first day of session
  • Plan and deliver creative swimming and watercraft program activities
  • Train staff in appropriate waterfront rules and responsibilities
  • Set up waterfront area prior to and during staff training
  • Teach and monitor proper use of equipment
  • Maintain organization and safety of marina supplies and equipment such as boats, life jackets, and water toys
  • Conduct initial and end-of-season inventory and store equipment for safety
  • Conduct a daily check of equipment for safety, cleanliness, and repair. Work with Camp Manager to submit necessary work orders
  • Survey waterfront area daily and keep the area free of hazards and debris
  • Collaborate with staff to coordinate and lead free time and evening activities
  • Alert supervisor to relevant camper issues 
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times 
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session

Qualifications: 

  • Current Lifeguard and First Aid/CPR Certification required (attach copy)
  • At least 1 year of experience working with middle and/or high school youth
  • Ability to operate a small, motorized rescue boat
  • Ability to understand our racially diverse student population’s perspective, either through lived experience, previous qualifications, or work experience 
  • Ability to navigate through potentially triggering and challenging conversations and situations while maintaining focus on the wellbeing of youth
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with racially and ethnically diverse staff and youth
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.  
  • Typical days are 12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns of students and appropriately re-direct any behavior that is misaligned with Caldera agreements
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include but is not limited to, heat, rain, wind, cold, and smoky or dusty conditions.
  • Moments of quiet and non-activity are few and spread out
  • Creating a cohesive staff environment round the clock can be challenging. It is crucial that staff see youth and adults through a strengths-based lens and prioritize creating the best possible youth experience at all times, despite what challenges may arise at the staff level
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 5% Sitting, 30% Standing, 20% Walking, 45% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

HEALTH DIRECTOR

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title:  Health Director
Supervisor: Camp Manager
Compensation: 

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $141/day with current Wilderness First Aid certification, $151/day with current EMT certification, $161/day with current RN certification, and 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $50/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session.

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center- 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided).   

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Two days between July 6-9 to review camper health forms
  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 10 for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling

(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample daily schedule:
7:30  Administer Medications 
8:00    Breakfast 
9:00-12 Chart, phone calls to guardians, on call for health issues

12:00  Administer Medications
12:15   Lunch
1:00–6  Chart, phone calls to guardians, on call for health issues

 6:00   Administer Medications
6:15  Dinner
7:00   Evening activities and campfire
9:15  Follow up with possible sick campers, late meds, etc.

Position overview: The Health Director is responsible for providing medical and preventative care to all campers and staff during training and camp sessions.
 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Submit standing orders to local physician for approval and clarification on best treatment protocols
  • Respond immediately to accidents or emergencies
  • Evaluate camper and staff injuries and illnesses, treat or refer for transport to off-site medical facilities, as appropriate
  • Identify health problems serious enough to require a physician's attention and initiate appropriate next steps
  • Maintain log of Health Center visits and produce detailed accident/incident reports, provide to supervisor as requested
  • Maintain and manage distribution of First Aid supplies in the Health Center and all areas of camp
  • Safeguard campers’ prescription medications
  • Administer medications (along with additional adult at all times) at prescribed doses and hours
  • Complete necessary insurance forms
  • Provide training for staff in preventative health care both for themselves and campers, rules and guidelines for the health care program, and a youth worker’s approach to the treatment of illnesses and injuries
  • Review Health History Forms prior to camper arrival and provide a written list of campers with minor to major health issues (i.e. severe allergies, asthma, anxiety medications, etc.) to Camp Manager
  • Communicate with parents and guardians about camper health as needed
  • Produce written list of camper/staff dietary restrictions and provide to Camp Manager
  • Conduct camper and staff intakes
  • Maintain regular clinic hours for campers’ treatment, and be on-call during all other hours
  • Alert supervisor to relevant camper issues 
  • Prepare and maintain first-aid kits for daily outings
  • Monitor camp procedures, facilities, and conditions and communicate any needed modifications to maintain healthful conditions at camp
  • Make nurse’s cabin available to campers who need an alternate sleeping arrangement due to illness, behavioral issues, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities: 

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times 
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session
  • Communication with parents/guardians of campers regarding medications, medical treatment or emergencies as needed

Qualifications: 

  • Licensed and currently registered as a LPN, RN, EMT, Wilderness First Aid, or have reciprocity, to practice in the state of Oregon (please attach proof of registration)
  • A Nurse Graduate who passed the NCLX prior to the beginning of the June season will be qualified and considered for the position (please attach proof)
  • Ability to discreetly and effectively handle information of a confidential or sensitive nature
  • Ability to understand our racially diverse student population’s perspective, either through lived experience, previous qualifications, or work experience 
  • Ability to navigate through potentially triggering and challenging conversations and situations while maintaining focus on the wellbeing of youth
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with racially and ethnically diverse staff and youth
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared staff quarters
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.  
  • Typical days are 10-12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns of students and appropriately re-direct any behavior that is misaligned with Caldera agreements
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include but is not limited to, heat, rain, wind, cold, and smoky or dusty conditions.
  • Moments of quiet and non-activity are few and spread out
  • Creating a cohesive staff environment round the clock can be challenging. It is crucial that staff see youth and adults through a strengths-based lens and prioritize creating the best possible youth experience at all times, despite what challenges may arise at the staff level
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 25% Sitting, 50% Standing, 20% Walking, 5% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

YOUTH ADVOCATE

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title: Youth Advocate

Supervisor: Youth Advocate Supervisor 

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $97/day, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $50/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session.

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center- 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided).  

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 10 for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling (must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

7:00-7:30 Supervise youth shower time

7:30  Morning wake up bell (Wake up youth up and get ready for the day)

7:45-8:00 Kitchen Prep 

8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:40-9:15 Community Circle
9:30-12:30  Support during Class Rotation or Break

12:55-1:15 Lunch
1:15-1:45 Staff meeting 

1:45-3:00 Lead Free Time Activity 

3:10-6:10 Support during Class Rotation or Break
6:10-7:00  Dinner
7:00-8:45 Capture the Flag or Other Evening Activity
8:45-9:45  Campfire

9:45-10:00 Youth get ready for bed (brushing teeth etc.) 

10-10:15  Supervise Lantern Time (Time can vary between 10-11pm)

Position Overview: The Youth Advocate is an important and challenging job at Camp Caldera. Working with a group of six to eight campers each camp session, an Advocate’s daily responsibilities include: building positive relationships with students individually and in groups, facilitating  activities, playing hard, promoting self-discipline and self-awareness among campers, and safeguarding campers physically and emotionally. A Youth Advocate is more than a camp counselor role, they act in the best interest of the youth that they are working with, ensure that youth's needs are being met, and aid in skill building and social-emotional development. Time spent with students is upbeat and nonstop, and Advocates start and end all days with youth.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Meet youth and families at bus pick-up locations, lead check-in process and manage supervision on the bus 
  • Actively participate in pre-camp training and meetings
  • Assist Caldera youth with conflict resolution and one-on-one goal setting while encouraging appropropriate risk-taking
  • Guide campers in participating successfully in all aspects of camp activities, which includes but is not limited to: orientation, behavior policies, meals, classes, free time, tipi time, shower scheduling, housekeeping duties, evening activities, community meetings, campfires, field trips, and final celebrations
  • Usher campers to and from activities in a punctual manner and be responsible for their whereabouts at all times when on duty
  • Plan and facilitate tipi bonding activities, provide supply lists by designated deadline
  • Maintain camper confidentiality (except in the event of specific necessary disclosures)
  • Oversee health, safety, and emotional well being of campers
  • Alert supervisor to relevant camper issues 
  • Meet and communicate regularly with supervisor regarding concerns, updates, and challenges
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times 
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session
  • Youth Advocates should be prepared to work night and weekend hours supervising campers' tipi areas

Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience working with middle and/or high school youth
  • Strong communication skills and experience facilitating groups of youth
  • High degree of flexibility and adaptability to rapidly changing situations
  • Ability to understand our racially diverse student population’s perspective, either through lived experience, previous qualifications, or work experience 
  • Ability to navigate through potentially triggering and challenging conversations and situations while maintaining focus on the wellbeing of youth
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with racially and ethnically diverse staff and youth
  • Ability to discreetly and effectively handle information of a confidential or sensitive nature
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural skills highly desired
  • Must pass a background check. Caldera considers systemic injustices when investigating findings
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.  
  • Typical days are 12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns of students and appropriately re-direct any behavior that is misaligned with Caldera agreements
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include but is not limited to, heat, rain, wind, cold, and smoky or dusty conditions.
  • Moments of quiet and non-activity are few and spread out
  • Creating a cohesive staff environment round the clock can be challenging. It is crucial that staff see youth and adults through a strengths-based lens and prioritize creating the best possible youth experience at all times, despite what challenges may arise at the staff level
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 5% Sitting, 45% Standing, 30% Walking, 25% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

ARTIST ASSISTANT

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title: Artist Assistant

Supervisors: Camp Artistic Director

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $81/day, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $50/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session.

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center- 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided).   

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 10 for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling

(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:00  Breakfast

8:40  Community Circle

9:30-12:25 Break

12:25  Kitchen Prep

12:30  Lunch

1:20  Staff Meeting

2:00  Class Prep

3:10-6:20 Assist in Classes

6:30  Dinner

7:45  Capture the Flag or Other Evening Activity

8:45  Campfire

10:30-11:30 Night Duty (once per session)

Position Overview: Artist Assistants support Teaching Artists in various mediums to provide a rigorous arts curriculum for middle and/or high school campers. They provide a positive learning environment and deliver engaging arts lessons that reach a diverse population. 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Teaching Artists to ensure effective delivery of arts instruction
  • Help prep and organize art materials, supplies, equipment, and classroom space
  • Assist with evaluating Caldera’s youth and programs  
  • Help organize and set up for final exhibition of student work
  • Help document, archive, and organize student work
  • Alert supervisor to relevant camper issues 
  • Assist with setup and breakdown of classroom space
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times 
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session

Qualifications/Application Requirements:

  • At least 2 years experience working with youth from underserved communities, and a background in the arts, through education or profession
  • Ability to understand our racially diverse student population’s perspective, either through lived experience, previous qualifications, or work experience 
  • Ability to navigate through potentially triggering and challenging conversations and situations while maintaining focus on the wellbeing of youth
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with racially and ethnically diverse staff and youth
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Willingness to work with a range of artists across different mediums
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural skills highly preferred
  • Must pass a background check. Caldera considers systemic injustices when investigating findings
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.   
  • Typical days are 12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns of students and appropriately re-direct any behavior that is misaligned with Caldera agreements
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include but is not limited to, heat, rain, wind, cold, and smoky or dusty conditions.
  • Moments of quiet and non-activity are few and spread out
  • Creating a cohesive staff environment round the clock can be challenging. It is crucial that staff see youth and adults through a strengths-based lens and prioritize creating the best possible youth experience at all times, despite what challenges may arise at the staff level
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 5% Sitting, 45% Standing, 20% Walking, 30% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

CONNECT FACILITATOR 

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title:  Connect Facilitator

Supervisor:  Camp Manager

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $124/day, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $50/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session.

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center- 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided).   

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 10 for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling

(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:00  Breakfast

8:40  Facilitate Community Circle

9:30-12:25 Break

12:25  Kitchen Prep

12:30  Lunch

1:20  Staff Meeting

2:00  Class Prep

3:10-6:20 Teach Classes

6:30  Dinner

7:45  Capture the Flag or Other Evening Activity

8:45  Campfire

10:30-11:30 Night Duty (once per session)

Position overview: The Connect Facilitator develops and implements curriculum in which campers can explore making deeper connections with their peers, learn life skills, and process their life and camp experience with others. Connect class offers an excellent opportunity for youth to engage in meaningful discussions about pertinent, youth-driven topics such as peer pressure, cliques, and conflict. The Connect Facilitator incorporates program goals into facilitation and encourages campers to set goals, take positive risks, and challenge personal boundaries while at Camp Caldera. Ideal candidates for this position will be dynamic facilitators who stimulate conversation that makes lessons learned in Connect class relevant to campers’ home and camp lives.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Submit initial lesson plans, adjust based on feedback, and complete detailed, final plans at least one month prior to staff training
  • Provide supply lists and other requested information by designated deadlines
  • Facilitate community building activities suited to the dynamics of each Connect group, adapting submitted lesson plans as needed with guidance from supervisor
  • Plan and facilitate daily, all-camp Community Circle activities that are relevant to the needs of the camp community 
  • Collaborate with Youth Advocates assigned to the Connect class around student needs and issues to ensure smooth delivery of instruction
  • Alert supervisor to relevant camper issues 
  • Encourage a culture of appreciation, create appreciation board including an envelope for each camper and staff member
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times 
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session

Qualifications:

  • Two years of lesson planning and facilitation experience with middle and/or high school youth from underserved communities
  • Ability to discreetly and effectively handle information of a confidential or sensitive nature
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with racially and ethnically diverse staff and youth
  • Familiarity with social-emotional learning and strong classroom management skills
  • Strong communication with youth and adults and experience facilitating groups of varying skill levels
  • Ability to design sequential lesson plans around environmental concepts that build creativity and youth voice
  • Ability to understand our racially diverse student population’s perspective, either through lived experience, previous qualifications, or work experience 
  • Ability to navigate through potentially triggering and challenging conversations and situations while maintaining focus on the wellbeing of youth
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural skills highly preferred
  • Must pass a background check. Caldera considers systemic injustices when investigating findings
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.  
  • Typical days are 12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns of students and appropriately re-direct any behavior that is misaligned with Caldera agreements
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include but is not limited to, heat, rain, wind, cold, and smoky or dusty conditions.
  • Moments of quiet and non-activity are few and spread out
  • Creating a cohesive staff environment round the clock can be challenging. It is crucial that staff see youth and adults through a strengths-based lens and prioritize creating the best possible youth experience at all times, despite what challenges may arise at the staff level
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 45% Sitting, 30% Standing, 20% Walking, 5% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title: Environmental Educator

Supervisor: Camp Manager

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $124/day, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $50/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session. 

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center- 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided).   

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 10 for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling

(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:40-9:20 Community Circle

9:30-12:25 Teach Classes OR Break

12:25  Kitchen Prep

12:30-1:20 Lunch

1:20-1:50 Staff Meeting

1:50-3:10 Lead Free Time Activity or Class Prep

3:10-6:20 Teach Classes OR Break

6:30-7:30 Dinner

7:45-8:45 Capture the Flag or Other Evening Activity

8:45-9:45 Campfire

10:30-11:30 Night Duty (once per session)

Environmental Education at Caldera:

The goal of Caldera’s Environmental Education program is to inspire curiosity about nature and help students build lasting connections to the environment. We hope to increase student knowledge of the natural history of Caldera’s land in Central Oregon and to develop a sense of place through an emphasis on direct sensory exploration of the diverse habitats immediately surrounding camp. Campers may learn about trout habitats while wading barefoot in the creek, make observational sketches of forest regrowth with charcoal from wildfire-charred trees, and taste wild mint during a field lesson in ethnobotany. Many of them are experiencing just being kids in the outdoors for the first time in their lives. Beyond lessons taught in the context of class, Caldera uses common daily practices to model environmental responsibility. Campers weigh the amount of food that is thrown away at the end of each meal and graph the reduction of waste over the course of their stay at camp. Fruit and vegetable matter are separated for compost to nourish our vegetable garden. It is our hope that when complemented by discussion, hands-on activities like these help students draw connections between environmental lessons learned at camp and the far-reaching ecological impact of small choices they make everyday at home.

Position overview: 

The Environmental Educator is responsible for designing and facilitating environmental curriculum for middle and/or high school campers. They provide a positive learning environment and deliver engaging lessons that reach a diverse population, incorporate program goals into daily sessions, inspire curiosity about nature, and build connections to the natural world. This position will facilitate discussions about environmental justice with a population that has historically been marginalized in the environmental movement.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Submit initial  lesson plans, adjust based on feedback, and complete detailed, final plans at least one month prior to staff training
  • Provide supply lists and other requested information by designated deadlines
  • Partner with the Environmental Education Assistant to adjust curriculum, organize supplies, and oversee youth during classes
  • Collaborate with Assistants and Advocates around student needs to ensure smooth delivery of instruction
  • Maintain clean, organized classroom and shared supply spaces
  • Set and respect appropriate boundaries inside and outside of the class and encourage appropriate risk-taking
  • Plan, set up, and take down exhibition of student work
  • Document, archive, and organize student work and transfer work and files as instructed by supervisor 
  • Manage setup and breakdown of compost stations, teaching space and other areas as assigned
  • Alert supervisor to relevant camper issues 
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times 
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session

Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience teaching youth from underserved communities and a background in the environmental studies, through education or profession
  • Knowledge of high desert and forest ecosystems or willingness to learn about them
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with racially and ethnically diverse staff and youth
  • Familiarity with social-emotional learning and strong classroom management skills
  • Strong communication with youth and adults and experience facilitating groups of varying skill levels
  • Ability to design sequential lesson plans around environmental concepts that build creativity and youth voice
  • Ability to understand our racially diverse student population’s perspective, either through lived experience, previous qualifications, or work experience 
  • Ability to navigate through potentially triggering and challenging conversations and situations while maintaining focus on the wellbeing of youth
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural skills highly preferred
  • Must pass a background check. Caldera considers systemic injustices when investigating findings
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.  
  • Typical days are 12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns of students and appropriately re-direct any behavior that is misaligned with Caldera agreements
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include but is not limited to, heat, rain, wind, cold, and smoky or dusty conditions.
  • Moments of quiet and non-activity are few and spread out
  • Creating a cohesive staff environment round the clock can be challenging. It is crucial that staff see youth and adults through a strengths-based lens and prioritize creating the best possible youth experience at all times, despite what challenges may arise at the staff level
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 5% Sitting, 45% Standing, 30% Walking, 20% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

TEACHING ARTIST

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title: Teaching Artist

Supervisor: Camp Artistic Director

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $124/day, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $50/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days. (Non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session.

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center- 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided).   

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 10 for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling

(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:00  Breakfast

8:40  Community Circle

9:30-12:25 Break

12:25  Kitchen Prep

12:30  Lunch

1:20  Staff Meeting

2:00  Class Prep

3:10-6:20 Teach Classes

6:30  Dinner

7:45  Capture the Flag or Other Evening Activity

8:45  Campfire

10:30-11:30 Night Duty (once per session)

Position overview: Teaching Artists are responsible for designing and facilitating rigorous arts curriculum for middle and/or high school campers. They provide a positive learning environment and deliver engaging arts lessons that reach a diverse population.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Submit initial lesson plans, adjust based on feedback, and complete detailed, final plans at least one month prior to staff training
  • Provide supply lists and other requested information by designated deadlines
  • Partner with Artist Assistant (who may not have experience in your medium) to adjust curriculum, organize supplies, and oversee youth during classes
  • Collaborate with Artist Assistants and Advocates around student needs to ensure smooth delivery of arts instruction
  • Maintain clean, organized classroom and shared supply spaces
  • Set and respect appropriate boundaries inside and outside of the class while encouraging positive risk-taking
  • Alert supervisor to relevant camper issues 
  • Plan, set up and take down exhibition of student work
  • Document, archive, and organize student work and ensure its transfer to Caldera year-round staff
  • Manage setup and breakdown of arts studio
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times 
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session

Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience teaching art to youth from underserved communities and a background in the arts, through education or profession
  • Current practice in one or more art mediums
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with racially and ethnically diverse staff and youth
  • Familiarity with social-emotional learning and aesthetic principles and strong classroom management skills
  • Strong communication with youth and adults and experience facilitating groups of varying skill levels
  • Ability to design sequential lesson plans around artistic concepts that build creativity and youth voice
  • Ability to understand our racially diverse student population’s perspective, either through lived experience, previous qualifications, or work experience 
  • Ability to navigate through potentially triggering and challenging conversations and situations while maintaining focus on the wellbeing of youth
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural skills highly preferred
  • Must pass a background check. Caldera considers systemic injustices when investigating findings
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.  
  • Typical days are 12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns of students and appropriately re-direct any behavior that is misaligned with Caldera agreements
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include but is not limited to, heat, rain, wind, cold, and smoky or dusty conditions.
  • Moments of quiet and non-activity are few and spread out
  • Creating a cohesive staff environment round the clock can be challenging. It is crucial that staff see youth and adults through a strengths-based lens and prioritize creating the best possible youth experience at all times, despite what challenges may arise at the staff level
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 5% Sitting, 45% Standing, 20% Walking, 30% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

Caldera's Artists in Residence Program
Through our residency program, Caldera supports artists, creatives, and cultural workers to build skills, relationships, and projects that inspire growth, combat oppression, and activate change. Residents draw inspiration from the residency community and the natural world surrounding our Arts Center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.


Residencies are open to US-based and international artists, creatives and cultural workers in any discipline. Artists at any stage of their careers who are not current students are eligible. Residencies are also available for parent artists who would like to bring their children.
Please visit our website for full program overview and guidelines.

2021 Residency Dates

  • January 8 – February 1, 2021  (3.5 weeks)
  • January 18 – February 1, 2021  (2 weeks)
  • February 5 – March 1, 2021  (3.5 weeks)
  • February 15 – March 1, 2021  (2 weeks)
  • March 5  – 29, 2021  (3.5 weeks)
  • March 15  – 29, 2021   (2 weeks)

 If you have questions about the residency or application, please contact Maesie Speer, Arts Center Programs Director, Email: Air@CalderaArts.org, Phone: 503.937.3075.


Statement of Equity & Inclusion
We recognize that Caldera's communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.


We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.


We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth.


At Caldera, we are striving towards racial equity and inclusion that we define as when the power and resources of the organization are held by the communities we serve, and we create opportunities for all to lead and thrive.


We celebrate the identities of all involved in Caldera, past and present. We are an inclusive creative community that welcomes marginalized voices and traditionally excluded people and groups.


Caldera encourages applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, size, disability, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, criminal background, religious background, marital status, or military status.

Caldera's Artists in Residence Program  

Through our residency program, Caldera supports artists, creatives, and cultural workers to build skills, relationships, and projects that inspire growth, combat oppression, and activate change. Residents draw inspiration from the residency community and the natural world surrounding our Arts Center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.  

Residencies are open to US-based and international artists, creatives and cultural workers in any discipline. Artists at any stage of their careers who are not current students are eligible. Residencies are also available for parent artists who would like to bring their children. Please visit our website for full program overview and guidelines.

2021 Residency Dates

  • January 8 – February 1, 2021  (3.5 weeks)
  • January 18 – February 1, 2021  (2 weeks)
  • February 5 – March 1, 2021  (3.5 weeks)
  • February 15 – March 1, 2021  (2 weeks)
  • March 5  – 29, 2021  (3.5 weeks)
  • March 15  – 29, 2021   (2 weeks)

If you have questions about the residency or application, please contact Maesie Speer, Arts Center Programs Director, Email: Air@CalderaArts.org, Phone: 503.937.3075. 

Statement of Equity & Inclusion  

We recognize that Caldera's communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression. 

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.  

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth.  

At Caldera, we are striving towards racial equity and inclusion that we define as when the power and resources of the organization are held by the communities we serve, and we create opportunities for all to lead and thrive.  

We celebrate the identities of all involved in Caldera, past and present. We are an inclusive creative community that welcomes marginalized voices and traditionally excluded people and groups.  

Caldera encourages applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, size, disability, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, criminal background, religious background, marital status, or military status.

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