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 four 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


2023 Artist in Residence Applications  open July 1, 2023 and close October 3, 2023.

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 regional and national, creatives and cultural workers in any discipline. Artists at any stage of their careers, who are not current students, are eligible to apply. Residencies are also available for parent artists who would like to bring their children.
Residents will receive private lodging, studio, and artist stipend. Please note: transportation to and from the residency site is not provided by Caldera Arts. 


2023 Residency Dates

January 5 - 30, 2023  -- 3.5 weeks
January 5 - 19, 2023 -- 2 weeks
February 3 - 27, 2023 -- 3.5 weeks
February 3 - 17, 2023 -- 2 weeks
March 3 - 27, 2023 -- 3.5 weeks
March 3 - 17, 2023 -- 2 weeks

If you have questions about the residency or application, please contact Air@CalderaArts.org

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2023 AiR Overview Info

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

Caldera offers 2 and 3.5-week residencies from January through March. A cohort of 5 artists/collaborations is in residence each month. Residents are responsible for travel to and from Caldera Arts Center. Caldera staff can make arrangements to pick up groceries for those without onsite transportation.

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 (more information below).

AiR Priorities

Residencies are open to US-based artists, creatives, and cultural workers in any discipline. Artists at any stage of their careers, who are not current students at the time of the residency, are eligible. Caldera supports collaborations of up to 4 people, as well as individuals.

Caldera Arts has identified the following as priorities for our AiR Program, and selection is made with these in mind:

  • Artists and cultural workers who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color). Caldera’s benchmark for 2023 is for BIPOC artists to make up 90% of our residents.
  • Artists and cultural workers advancing cultural and social change through their work.
  • Artists who have experience working with and teaching racially/ethnically diverse groups of young people. Teaching artist applicants are invited to propose workshops, skill-share sessions, and or other public engagements during their residency.
  • Parents, particularly parents of color are invited to apply (see details below).

Stipends

Stipends of $700 -$1200 will be provided to each artist/group in residence depending on the length of their residency.

Setting

The Caldera Arts Center is located at an altitude of 3,500 feet in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains. We sit on the shores of Blue Lake, one of the deepest lakes in Oregon, among 120 acres of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir surrounded by Deschutes National Forest. By design, residents form a small community of 7–12 artists. Collaboration, community building, and exchange are encouraged.

Residents are given 24-hour access to all facilities and the time and space to create. All residents have access to the Hearth Building including a Library common areas with fireplaces, A/V systems, and a well-equipped commercial kitchen. Residency periods are in winter and early spring when weather is variable in the Cascades. Applicants should prepare for up to 4 feet of snow on the ground, heavy snowfall, rain, and temperatures from the 50s to the teens.

Due to our rural location, applicants should be comfortable with a high degree of solitude and disconnection from the outside world. The closest town, Sisters, is 25 minutes away by car.

Additional elements that applicants should be aware of:

  • There is little to no cell service at Caldera. Dependable service is a 20-minute drive away in Sisters. A landline phone is available for calls using a calling card.
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout the Hearth Building, studios, and cabins however, due to our rural location, it can be slow and unreliable and is not appropriate for streaming media.
  • We regret that pets are not allowed at this time.
  • We are a child-friendly residency and welcome children to participate as part of our residency community. Applicants should be comfortable with children in shared common areas, at weekly shared dinners, and all other gatherings.
  • Overnight guests are not allowed. Accommodations for visitors are available in the local area and range from 2–16 miles from Caldera. Exceptions are for parent artists who may have their children and a caretaker stay overnight in their cabin and artists being dropped off the first night of the residency.

Accessibility

Caldera’s Studios and the Hearth Building are ADA accessible however, our cabins are not. Winter weather including ice and snow on the ground and walkways also impacts accessibility at our facility. Please contact us directly with specific questions or provide information about your needs in your application.

Accommodations

Residents are provided a private A-frame cabin with a sleeping loft, living room/work area, kitchenette, bathroom with shower, and a porch overlooking Link Creek. Wireless internet is available in all cabins.

Cabin kitchens have a coffee pot, two-burner stove, toaster oven, Instant Pot, microwave, small refrigerator, dishes, and pots and pans. Cabins are heated by electric heat and wood stoves (wood provided). Linens and towels are provided.

Studio Spaces

Writers and others not needing an expansive workspace are assigned to work in their A-frame cabins, which contain a table and living area. A shared loft space in the Hearth Building is optional for writers and artists not needing traditional studios.

Performing artists work in the Hearth Building Grand Room, which is a large, light-filled semi-private space with a sprung wood floor, audio/visual system, and lighting system. The main floor area is 65′ x 40′ and the stage is 24′ x 20′

Visual artists work in one of Caldera’s two studios which feature natural light and large white walls:

  • The Campbell Studio is a private studio for visual artists of all kinds. One side of Campbell Studio has two electric kilns, a slab roller, a pottery wheel, drying shelves, a work table, sink, and counter; the other side has large walls, a work table, a large and small sink, and counters. The main floor is 42′ x 27′. This studio also has an 18′ x 26′ loft for additional workspace.
  • The Photo Studio has large walls, a sink, counter, work table, a darkroom with related equipment, and an etching press. The main floor is 48′ x 26′. This studio also has a 10′ x 18′ loft for additional workspace.

Artists should be able to practice their work independently without Caldera or artist assistance and provide their own materials and tools.

Meals

Due to COVID, we are suspending our weekly dinners and providing residents with staple pantry items such as grains, beans, oats, oils, and other products. A welcome dinner will be provided for all residents on the day of arrival.

Equipment

Caldera’s visual arts studios include some equipment that is available for residents including: two kilns, a pottery wheel, a slab roller, drying shelves, a darkroom, a projector, and an etching press. Our performing arts studio includes a full audio/visual system with microphones and large screen projection, and a lighting system. Extra tables and chairs are also available for residents if needed.

Residents provide all other tools and materials.

Parent Artists

Offering residencies that welcome children to attend with their parent(s) is a natural extension of our mission, and we honor children as a part of our residency community.

  • Parent artists are welcome to attend with their children and another caretaker. Children and caretakers can come and go from Caldera as needed.
  • Artists in residence should plan to reside at Caldera for the entire duration of the residency.
  • Caldera does not provide childcare.
  • Caldera has two pack-and-plays, two high chairs, baby gates, and outlet covers for families to use in their cabin and/or studio upon request.
  • We are in a rural area in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, and travel can be difficult in the winter due to the amount of snow we receive. That said, the snow provides lots of opportunities for outdoor fun for children (sledding, snowshoeing, building forts, etc.). We are about 25 minutes away from Sisters, the closest town.


If you have any questions about the program or application process please email us at AiR@CalderaArts.org


PHOTOGRAPHER & MEDIA COORDINATOR

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera Arts is a catalyst for the transformation of youth from underserved communities through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides students from Portland and Central Oregon with long-term mentoring and a summer camp experience that nurtures individual creativity, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Caldera weaves the arts, nature, and personal expression into powerful work that ignites self-expression and allows young people to be creative change agents in their lives and communities.

Position Title: Photographer & Media Coordinator

Supervisor: Camp Artistic Director

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $108/day, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%); plus one post-production day for file transfer and management
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $70/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days. 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 8 for Staff Training July 8-10
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 12* for the Immersion 1 session July 13-22
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 24* for the Immersion 2 session July 25-Aug 2
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 4* for the Discovery 1 session Aug 5-12
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 14* for the Discovery 2 session Aug 15-22

*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 1: July 12-22                                 Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 24 - August 2   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery 1: August 4-12   Working with 6th-8th graders
  • DIscovery 2: August 14-22   Working with 6th-8th graders

Sample Daily 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)

Equity & Inclusion

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.

Position Overview:

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
  • 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:

  • Ability to abide by Caldera COVID-19 and other safety protocols
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to show proof of vaccination
  • 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 and internet service and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions:

  • Requires on-site living in shared staff quarters.
  • 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.
  • Alcohol and drugs are not permitted on campus, even in personal living quarters.

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, 45% Walking, 10% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.



KITCHEN ASSISTANT

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera Arts is a catalyst for the transformation of youth from underserved communities through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides students from Portland and Central Oregon with long-term mentoring and a summer camp experience that nurtures individual creativity, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Caldera weaves the arts, nature, and personal expression into powerful work that ignites self-expression and allows young people to be creative change agents in their lives and communities.

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. 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 9:00 am-10:00 am July 7 to prep for Staff Training July 8-10
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 12* for the Immersion 1 session July 13-22
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 24* for the Immersion 2 session July 25-Aug 2
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 4* for the Discovery 1 session Aug 5-12
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 14* for the Discovery 2 session Aug 15-22

*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 1: July 12-22                                 Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 24 - August 2   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery 1: August 4-12   Working with 6th-8th graders
  • DIscovery 2: August 14-22   Working with 6th-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

Equity & Inclusion

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.

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:

  • Ability to abide by Caldera COVID-19 and other safety protocols
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to show proof of vaccination
  • 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 and internet service and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions:

  • Requires on-site living in shared staff quarters.
  • 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.
  • Alcohol and drugs are not permitted on campus, even in personal living quarters.

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.


HEALTH DIRECTOR

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera Arts is a catalyst for the transformation of youth from underserved communities through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides students from Portland and Central Oregon with long-term mentoring and a summer camp experience that nurtures individual creativity, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Caldera weaves the arts, nature, and personal expression into powerful work that ignites self-expression and allows young people to be creative change agents in their lives and communities.

Position Title:  Health Director

Supervisor: Camp Manager

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: Up to $200/day
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $70/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days. 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 8 for Staff Training July 8-10
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 12* for the Immersion 1 session July 13-22
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 24* for the Immersion 2 session July 25-Aug 2
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 4* for the Discovery 1 session Aug 5-12
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 14* for the Discovery 2 session Aug 15-22

*Indicates Half day compensation

**Some availability between July 1-8 is preferred but not required

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

  • Immersion 1: July 12-22                                 Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 24 - August 2   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery 1: August 4-12   Working with 6th-8th graders
  • DIscovery 2: August 14-22   Working with 6th-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.

Equity & Inclusion

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.

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:

  • Ability to abide by Caldera COVID-19 and other safety protocols
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to show proof of vaccination
  • 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 and internet service and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions:

  • Requires on-site living in rustic staff quarters.
  • 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.
  • Alcohol and drugs are not permitted on campus, even in personal living quarters.

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.



SOUS CHEF

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera Arts is a catalyst for the transformation of youth from underserved communities through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides students from Portland and Central Oregon with long-term mentoring and a summer camp experience that nurtures individual creativity, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Caldera weaves the arts, nature, and personal expression into powerful work that ignites self-expression and allows young people to be creative change agents in their lives and communities.

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. 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 9:00 am-10:00 am July 7 to prep for Staff Training July 8-10
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 12* for the Immersion 1 session July 13-22
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 24* for the Immersion 2 session July 25-Aug 2
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 4* for the Discovery 1 session Aug 5-12
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 14* for the Discovery 2 session Aug 15-22

*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 1: July 12-22                                 Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 24 - August 2   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery 1: August 4-12   Working with 6th-8th graders
  • DIscovery 2: August 14-22   Working with 6th-8th graders

Equity & Inclusion

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.

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), 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:

  • Ability to abide by Caldera COVID-19 and other safety protocols
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to show proof of vaccination
  • 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 and internet service and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions:

  • Requires on-site living in shared staff quarters.
  • 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.
  • Alcohol and drugs are not permitted on campus, even in personal living quarters.

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.



ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera Arts is a catalyst for the transformation of youth from underserved communities through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides students from Portland and Central Oregon with long-term mentoring and a summer camp experience that nurtures individual creativity, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Caldera weaves the arts, nature, and personal expression into powerful work that ignites self-expression and allows young people to be creative change agents in their lives and communities.

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%); plus one planning day added to first check upon curriculum submission
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $70/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days. 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 8 for Staff Training July 8-10
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 12* for the Immersion 1 session July 13-22
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 24* for the Immersion 2 session July 25-Aug 2
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 4* for the Discovery 1 session Aug 5-12
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 14* for the Discovery 2 session Aug 15-22

*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 1: July 12-22                                 Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 24 - August 2   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery 1: August 4-12   Working with 6th-8th graders
  • DIscovery 2: August 14-22   Working with 6th-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)

Equity & Inclusion

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 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 young people 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 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:

  • Ability to abide by Caldera COVID-19 and other safety protocols
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to show proof of vaccination
  • 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 and internet service and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions:

  • Requires on-site living in shared staff quarters.
  • 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.
  • Alcohol and drugs are not permitted on campus, even in personal living quarters.

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.


TEACHING ARTIST

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera Arts is a catalyst for the transformation of youth from underserved communities through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides students from Portland and Central Oregon with long-term mentoring and summer camp experience that nurture individual creativity, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Caldera weaves the arts, nature, and personal expression into powerful work that ignites self-expression and allows young people to be creative change agents in their lives and communities.

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%); plus one planning day added to first check upon curriculum submission
  • Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $70/day
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days. 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 8 for Staff Training July 8-10
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 12* for the Immersion 1 session July 13-22
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 24* for the Immersion 2 session July 25-Aug 2
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 4* for the Discovery 1 session Aug 5-12
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 14* for the Discovery 2 session Aug 15-22

*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 1: July 12-22                                 Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 24 - August 2   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery 1: August 4-12   Working with 6th-8th graders
  • DIscovery 2: August 14-22   Working with 6th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:00  Breakfast

8:40  Community Circle

9:30-12:15 Break

12:15  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)

Equity & Inclusion

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.

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:

  • Ability to abide by Caldera COVID-19 and other safety protocols
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to show proof of vaccination
  • Two years of experience teaching art to youth from underserved communities and a background in the arts, through education or profession
  • 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 and internet service and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions:

  • Requires on-site living in shared staff quarters.
  • 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.
  • Alcohol and drugs are not permitted on campus, even in personal living quarters.

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.


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