2017 Salmon Camp Counselors - 4 vacancies

  • Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
  • Umatilla Indian Reservation, Umatilla County, OR, United States
  • May 12, 2017
Temporary Biology/Ecology Communication/Public Outreach Natural Resources Training Water Quality Watershed/Stormwater Wetlands/Coastlines/Floodplains

Job Description

Closing Date: May 26, 2017

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 Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will host Salmon Camp on June 25-30, 2017 on and near the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Eastern Oregon. 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 Salmon Camp page.

Position Details

  • Compensation: $1,728 for seven days of service from June 24 through June 30.
  • We are seeking two female and two male counselors.
  • Counselors will be required to attend a staff training on June 24 and be available for the entire camp June 25 – June 30.

Essential Job Functions

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

  • Responsible for the safety, health and well-being of 20 Native American middle school youth attending Salmon Camp for six days;
  • Supervise and ensure the safety, health and well being of four Native American high school youth participating as Junior Counselors for seven days;
  • Address behavioral issues with youth and make recommendations on course of action;
  • Provide support to camp staff to ensure program objectives and goals are met;
  • Safely transport youth from camp to various field sites.

Job Requirements/Qualifications

Salmon Camp Counselors should have:

  • Experience working with tribal youth (middle school and high school preferred);
  • STEM/natural resources background (preferred);
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check;
  • Valid driver’s license and insurance;
  • Possession of a current CPR card (preferred);
  • Ability to be present for the entire camp including a staff training on June 24.


  • Counselors are responsible for ensuring that they possess both a valid driver license and insurance.
  • 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 tax due as a result of this agreement.
  • Counselors are also responsible for having liability insurance for protection against claims for injuries to persons or damages to property that may arise from or in connection with the performance of the work.
  • The successful applicant must pass a criminal background check.


  • Supervision received: Counselors will report to the Camp Coordinator.
  • Supervision given: Counselors will supervise the Junior Counselors and be in a leadership position over the 20 camp participants.

Working Conditions

Salmon Camp is a camping setting. Counselors are expected to have the physical fitness and stamina to fulfill the rigors and activities of the camp. They will be required to frequently walk and hike in backcountry terrain. They will also be expected to  stand for long periods of time, bend, squat, climb stairs/hills, and lift up to 30 lbs.

CRITFC Motor Vehicle Policy

The driver operating a CRITFC vehicle or their own private vehicle for business related purposes shall be in possession of a valid, unrestricted current driver’s license, or other operator’s license, as required by law; and be eligible for coverage under CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle insurance policy. Upon request, CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle policy is available to applicants to review the required criteria.

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$1,728 for seven days of service from June 24 through June 30.