Caldera’s Artists in Residence program offers the gift of time and space on the eastern slopes of Oregon's Cascade mountain range. Residencies include private accommodations, 24-hour access to studios, and a weekly meal. By design, residents form a small community of 7–12 artists, depending on the group. 

Caldera prioritizes supporting artists of color, parent artists, and those who are interested in engaging Caldera's youth and communities.

Applications are due by midnight on March 15. Applicants will be notified by July 1.

For detailed information and guidelines, please visit our website: http://www.calderaarts.org/caldera/arts-in-residence/

If you have questions about the application, please contact Caldera staff. Email: AiR@CalderaArts.org, Phone: 541.595.0956.

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

Supervisor:  Camp Manager

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $110-130/day depending on experience with Caldera
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center (31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756)

Must be available on the following dates:

  • Mandatory training for staff: July 13-16 at the Arts Center
  • Immersion: July 19-28
  • Immersion 2: August 1-9
  • Discovery: August 13-20

Position overview: The Challenge Course Facilitator plans and implements curriculum that utilizes all elements of Caldera’s challenge course. S/he incorporates program goals into course facilitation and encourages campers to set goals, take positive risks, and challenge personal boundaries while on the course. This position will also help the 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 will also implement and arrange program components outside of challenge course settings, such as off-site field trips or overnight hikes.

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement
  • 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 (cleanliness, punctuality, housekeeping duties, rules, and sportsmanship)
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries
  • Act as a mentor, adviser, guide, and ally to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Create and submit lesson plans to be reviewed prior to camp

  • Ensure setup of challenge course is completed prior to camp

  • Facilitate trust/team building activities suited to the dynamics of each group and allow time for reflection and debriefing

  • Utilize the Challenge Course’s eight low elements and three high elements through engaging curriculum

  • 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 staff to relevant camper issues at staff meetings

  • Co-facilitate additional components of daily program

  • Course setup and take-down

  • Other duties as assigned

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 also have a minimum of one year experience facilitating groups of young people  

  • Current CPR and First Aid certification (please upload copies of certification)

  • Familiarity with anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with diverse staff and youth

  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner

  • Excellent communication skills and work experience with middles school and high school youth

Working and Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living, including shared staff quarters

  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days

  • Meals include a vegetarian option that may include eggs and/or dairy. Employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals

  • Typical days are 10-12 hours in length.  Weekend programming can occasionally make for 13 straight days of work without a full day off. (American Camp Association time off standards will be met (2 hours off daily, and 24 hours or more off each two-week block))

  • Must be physically able to lead students in hikes of up to 5 miles in a day

  • Must have visual, perceptual, cognitive and judgment ability to: recognize and respond verbally to health and safety concerns and to deal appropriately with any improper behavior

  • The environment is rustic with potentially uneven hilly terrain, wooded trails, variable ambient light, and weather conditions. The employee must carry out his or her duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include heat, rain, snow, cold, and windy conditions

  • Vision requirements include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (the ability to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing standard red, green, and amber), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships), and ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus)

  • Noise level is very quiet (examples: forest trail, isolation booth for hearing test) to loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department, large earth-moving equipment)

  • Physical Demands: 5% Sitting, 30% Standing, 20% Walking, 45% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

  • Prepared to work night and weekend hours, as this is an on-call position in case of emergency

  • Must be able to respond quickly to emergency events any place in the camp setting and be able to maneuver in outdoors, common areas, rustic buildings, and sites. Sites may have crowded walkways or common spaces. Stairs and walkways are exposed to weather and may be slippery

Some additional physical requirements of this position include: prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking long distances, hiking, climbing, and stretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs. Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities (cell phones and internet connection) and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.


Position:  Camp Photography & AV Coordinator

Supervisor:  Camp Manager & Arts Curriculum Coordinator

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $100-130/day, depending on length of experience with Caldera

  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center (31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756)

Must be available on the following dates:

  • Mandatory training for staff:  July 13-16
  • Immersion 1: July 18-28
  • Immersion 2: July 31- August 9
  • Discovery: August 12-20

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

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement

  • 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 (cleanliness, punctuality, housekeeping duties, rules, and sportsmanship)

  • Observe and practice Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement and responsibility process

  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity

  • Set and respect personal boundaries

  • Act as mentors, advisers, guides and allies to campers

  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures

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 have photos printed and uploaded to database and identify students whose photos cannot be used externally

  • Develop shot lists for, capture, and properly save photos of all aspects of camp life, Including each art workshop, adventure activities, evening activities, meals, arrival and departure, final showcase etc. (excluding personal times like tipi time and connect class)

  • Develop shot lists for, capture and properly save photos of final artwork from each art workshop

  • Move images containing not released students to subfolders, throughout camp sessions and afterwards

Technical & Program Support

  • Help set up tech (cameras, sound, mics, lighting) for talent shows, dances, student showcases, etc.

  • Work with artists to load content, and run A/V during shows

  • Lead free time activities as appropriate

  • Create and present final slideshow for each camp session, making sure each student is included

  • Work with Caldera office staff to share photos immediately to social media

  • Set up and staff photo booth at dances and have photos printed

  • Help in art workshops as needed

  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications/Application Requirements:  

  • Experience working with youth and a background in the arts, through education or profession, are required

  • At least one year (college or equivalent) of digital photography experience, and basic film skills

  • Knowledge of sound and other a/v equipment strongly desired

  • Superb organizational and time management skills

  • Familiarity with anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with diverse staff and youth

  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner

  • Excellent communication skills and work experience with middle and high school youth

Working and Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living, including shared staff quarters

  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days

  • Meals include a vegetarian option that may include eggs and/or dairy. Employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals

  • Typical days are 10-12 hours in length.  Weekend programming can occasionally make for 13 straight days of work without a full day off. (American Camp Association time off standards will be met (2 hours off daily, and 24 hours or more off each two-week block))

  • Must be physically able to move around camp property to capture engaging shots at the waterfront, ropes course, etc.

  • Must have visual, perceptual, cognitive and judgment ability to: recognize and respond verbally to health and safety concerns and to deal appropriately with any improper behavior

  • The environment is rustic with potentially uneven hilly terrain, wooded trails, variable ambient light, and weather conditions. The employee must carry out his or her duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include heat, rain, snow, cold, and windy conditions

  • Vision requirements include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (the ability to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing standard red, green, and amber), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships), and ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus)

  • Noise level is very quiet (examples: forest trail, isolation booth for hearing test) to loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department, large earth-moving equipment)

  • Physical Demands: 5% Sitting, 40% Standing, 40% Walking, 15% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

  • Prepared to work night and weekend hours, as this is an on-call position in case of emergency

  • Must be able to respond quickly to emergency events any place in the camp setting and be able to maneuver in outdoors, common areas, rustic buildings, and sites. Sites may have crowded walkways or common spaces. Stairs and walkways are exposed to weather and may be slippery

Some additional physical requirements of this position include: prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking long distances, hiking, climbing, and stretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs. Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities (cell phones and internet connection) and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.