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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


  • 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


  • 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.

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