Willowbrook summer staff is composed of nearly 200 creative and passionate people who dedicate up to six weeks each summer to teach children ages 3-18. Our dedicated team (the Willowbrook Family) includes our year-round Administrative Staff, Specialists, College Assistants, High School Apprentices and Support staff such as Security, Nurses, Facilities, and Registration.

Collectively, our goal is to encourage kids to be themselves and develop their creative human potential through hands-on experiences in arts and nature. We give kids the freedom to make choices in a unique, welcoming and nurturing environment dedicated to the imagination, where kids follow their inclinations, curiosity and discovery. Willowbrook is a child-centered summer camp where kids are active participants in their learning and development.

Working at our outdoor camp is one of the hardest, but most rewarding and life changing experiences. All summer job are temporary, seasonal, exempt, non-benefited positions.

Interested in joining our Willowbrook camp team this summer? Please check out some our current opportunities below. When ready, please complete an online application according to the Application Deadlines.

For Returning staff – please use the following link to complete our 2019 application for returning staff

New staff - please use the following link to create a Willowbrook account and access to our 2019 application for new staff

We will continue our search for new applicants until we are fully hired for the summer.

Application Deadlines:

Specialists: February 11

College Assistants: March 4
High School Apprentices: April 1

Some of our current opportunities for Summer 2019:

IMPORTANT: All hired summer staff (new and returning) will be required to attend a training session before camp begins as well as attend Set Up and Tear Down Days. You will be paid for this time.

Specialists: Sat. June 8, 9:00 - 11:30 am
College Assistants: Wed. June 19, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
High School Apprentices: Sat. June 8, 1:00-3:30 pm OR Wed June 20, 2:00-4:30 pm (must choose one)
Other Support Staff: TBD

The above Training Sessions will be held at Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin, OR 97062

SET UP DAY: Sat. June 22, 8:30 am - approximately 3:00 pm @ Browns Ferry Park, Tualatin

TEAR DOWN DAY: Sat. August, 3, 8:30 am - approximately 3:00 pm @ Brown's Ferry Park, Tualatin


The Specialist’s primary role is to plan and lead six-weeks, of hand-on arts or nature activities designed to help children, of various ages, develop their creative potential in a free-flowing, child-directed camp environment. They are experts in their field and have experience leading children through projects and activities designed to nurture creative skills and foster a sense of discovery. Additional responsibilities include: directing and mentoring area staff; oversight of area and supplies; planning and coordinating with the Program Director and other Specialists as needed. For qualifications and a full description please read the Specialist job announcement here.


The College Assistant’s primary role is to assist area Specialists in leading children, of various ages, in hand-on arts or nature programs in a free-flowing, child-directed camp environment. They have knowledge and skills in the focus area and are comfortable guiding children through projects and activities designed to nurture creative skills and foster a sense of discovery. Additional responsibilities include: assisting with area prep and supplies; helping to mentor High School Apprentices; taking on additional camp duties as needed. For qualifications and a full description please read the College Assistant job announcement here.


The Willowbrook Apprentice Program is designed to help high school students build job skills and gain work experience through hands-on opportunities in a free flowing, child-directed camp environment. The High School Apprentice’s role is to assist area Specialists and College Assistants and be exemplary Willowbrook ambassadors; fostering a sense of community and inclusiveness. They take on new responsibilities, develop associated knowledge and skills, and learn how to teach and guide children of all ages. Being a former/current camper is a plus, but not a guarantee for acceptance into the Apprentice Program. For qualifications and a full description please read the Apprentice job announcement here.


We are so happy that you are interested in having your child join the Willowbrook staff as an apprentice assistant this summer!

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.

For other summer job opportunities and for general employment questions, please email [email protected]

Willowbrook Camp is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a work environment which is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of sex, gender, race, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military service, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.