Employment

SUMMER STAFF

Thank you for your interest in Willowbrook Arts Camp. We have completed hiring for Summer 2018 and are no longer accepting applications. If you're interested in working next summer, be sure to check back with us early 2019.

We have over 200 experienced staff working our outdoor summer camp located at Brown's Ferry Park, located in Tualatin, Oregon. These positions range from Specialists to College Assistants and High School Apprentice Assistants.

SPECIALISTS:

Specialist teachers are college graduates, or of graduate age with suitable experience in the teaching field and/or are artists with a background in teaching arts to children. They are not only instructors, but also mentor CA's and AA's in teaching skills and working with children. Specialists are in charge of their area, plan daily and weekly activities, create supply lists, and set the stage for their immediate staff. They are the primary lead in their designated area in this very free flowing, child-directed camp. Successful Specialists are flexible, energetic, enthusiastic, creative, and able to think on their feet. They are paid an hourly rate determined by Willowbrook Arts Camp. Because this is only a short 6 week program, full-time attendance is required unless special permission is granted for a part time schedule. Please include in your application possible date conflicts with the camp schedule.

COLLEGE ASSISTANTS (CA's):

College Assistants are at least 17 years old by Willowbrook’s starting date and have completed high school. CA's assist Specialists, check campers in and out and help guide them in various activities, and assist with other duties such as parking. Generally speaking, CAs are the "Jacks and Jills-of-all-trades!" CA's are supervised by area Specialists and may sometimes work together in teams to lead centers in place of a Specialist. Their work and contributions are invaluable in this very free flowing, child-directed camp. Successful CA's are proactive, flexible, energetic, enthusiastic, great communicators, and team players. They are paid an hourly rate determined by Willowbrook Arts Camp. Because this is only a short 6 week program, full-time attendance is required unless special permission is granted for a part time schedule. Please include in your application possible date conflicts with the camp schedule.

APPRENTICE ASSISTANTS (AA's):

High school Apprentice Assistants are at least 14 years of age by Willowbrook's starting date. AAs learn how to work in a specific area or areas along side Specialists and CAs, take on new responsibilities, teach and guide campers, and help provide a welcoming atmosphere. Designed to help high school students attain job experience in teaching, working with children, and the arts while developing job skills for the future, this position offers direct hands-on opportunities in a free flowing, child-directed camp. Successful AAs are energetic, enthusiastic, and willing to learn and contribute to the team while being exemplary Willowbrook ambassadors. They are paid an hourly rate determined by Willowbrook Arts Camp. Many AA's return as CA's, and eventually Specialists in future years.

Qualifications for Apprentice Assistants:
  • 14-18 years of age.
  • Enrolled as a half-day paying Willowbrook camper and work the other half of the day, paid at an hourly rate.
  • Have attended Willowbrook as a camper for at least two summers is preferred.
  • Available to work in 3 consecutive 2-week time blocks.
  • Able to commit to at least one full time block.
  • A Director may assign extra available weeks.
    Once an Apprentice Assistant leaves Willowbrook (e.g. for vacation) their working time may be completed for the summer, depending on the needs of Specialists and Directors. They may return as students.

    A SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS OF APPRENTICE ASSISTANTS

    We are so happy that you are interested in having your child join the Willowbrook staff as an apprentice assistant this summer! Applications and job requirements are posted online around mid-January.

    It is important for teen applicants to go through the application process themselves, both to develop this skill for future employment and because it is important for us to see their ability to follow through with the necessary steps. Willowbrook embraces our founder's conviction that we are “a small seed we plant today for the belief in tomorrow.” There is no better way to grow than to be personally responsible for applying to join a "family" that supports the growth of younger children. Feel free to encourage, perhaps proofread, or even give ideas – we all appreciate that kind of support. Ultimately though, it will be their potential job. Give your teen the small seed now that helps them grow into self-confidence tomorrow. Our most successful apprentice assistants accept this responsibility and enjoy taking ownership in what can be a significant part of their summer.

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