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Salmon Camp Counselor


Program Description

Salmon Camp is a component of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s Tribal Workforce Development program. The annual camp focuses on providing culturally relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiences to foster an interest in natural resources careers for Native American youth.

The Nez Perce Tribe will host Salmon Camp on August 11-17, 2019 at Camp Wittman, just south of Lapwai, Idaho. Youth will participate in hands-on activities exploring the salmon life cycle, watershed health, and food webs. They will have opportunities to speak with tribal elders, community leaders, and professionals about tribal histories, educational opportunities, and career paths.

For more detailed information, visit the program website.

Position Details

We are recruiting four counselors to join our Salmon Camp staff. Counselors will be:

  • Responsible for the safety, health and wellbeing of 25 tribal middle school youth attending Salmon Camp for seven days (with a small-group primary responsibility of 6 campers);
  • Supervise and ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of the high school youth participating as Junior Counselor assigned to your small group for seven days;
  • Address behavioral issues with youth and make recommendations on course of action;
  • Coordinate games and other group activities; and
  • Provide support to camp staff to ensure program objectives and goals are met.


Salmon Camp Counselors should have:

  • Experience working with tribal youth (middle school and high school preferred);
  • STEM/Natural Resources knowledge (preferred);
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check;
  • Possession of a current First Aid/CPR/AED trained (preferred);
  • Monitor river swimming activities; and
  • Ability to frequently stand, frequently walk/hike backcountry terrain, bend, squat, climb stairs/hills and lift up to 30 lbs based on camp activity.

Pricing and Terms

  • Compensation for Salmon Camp is $2,000 per counselor.
  • We are seeking 4 counselors who will be present during the duration of the camp, including travel and activities, camp play activities, and overnight support. Meals will be provided.
  • If there is interest in splitting the position into a day shift and a night shift, that may be able to be accommodated, but it would depend on having a sufficient counselor pool to draw from.
  • Counselors will be required to attend a staff training on August 11 at Camp Wittman and be available for the entire camp August 11-August 17, 2019.


  • Camp counselors will be supervised by the Counselor Coordinator.


  • Counselors are considered independent contractors with respect to CRITFC and Counselors shall not be entitled to any fringe benefits (health, life or accident insurance benefits, paid vacation, or any other employee benefit); Federal Social Security; Worker’s Compensation; or Unemployment Insurance benefits.
  • Counselors are responsible for paying any income tax due as a result of this agreement.
  • The successful applicant must pass a criminal background check.


More Details

Application Procedure

by June 21, 2019:

  1. Complete CRITFC Employment Application;
  2. Cover letter with emphasis on youth or education work;
  3. Resume;
  4. Name and contact information for 2 professional references; and
  5. If First Aid/CPR/AED training, provide a copy of your current certification.

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Closing Date

June 21, 2019

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