Youth Leadership Specialist

Wallowa Resources

job description

Location: Enterprise, Oregon

Posting Date: 03/07/2022

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Reports To: Youth Program Manager

Category: Seasonal, Full-Time

Duration: May 2nd - October 28th (some flexibility on exact start and end dates and potential for long-term work)

FLSA Status: Nonexempt

Compensation: $18-$20/hour depending on experience. Wallowa Resources offers excellent benefits.


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Wallowa Resources is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, established in 1996 with leadership from Wallowa County Commissioners. Since then, Wallowa Resources has worked to bring people together to empower rural communities to create strong economies and healthy landscapes through land stewardship, education, and job creation. Headquartered in Wallowa County, we strive to help communities throughout Northeast Oregon balance rural economic well-being with the stewardship and conservation of their resources, preserving each rural area’s heritage of making a living from the land. We work with a wide range of public and private partners to undertake collective efforts that reduce wildfire risk, improve forest and watershed health, develop natural resources work forces, and increase effective collaboration among the region’s many interest groups. Wallowa Resources is nationally recognized for its leadership and on-the-ground results in land stewardship, watershed restoration and education.


Wallowa Resources (WR) is seeking candidates who enjoy working in the outdoors and want to contribute to our mission of inspiring environmental stewardship through transformative learning experiences in nature. The Youth Leadership Specialist, is responsible for assisting the Youth Education Manager with implementation of youth education programs offered by WR, specifically leading high school students in outdoor field settings. The Youth Leadership Specialist ensures the physical and emotional safety and education of high school youth participating in backcountry programs while role modeling and guiding students in creating an inclusive environment that celebrates diverse life experiences and perspectives. The Youth Leadership Specialist is responsible for assisting with curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation of the organization’s Youth Stewardship Education Program. Specifically, this person will be asked to head up the eight-week HAWK program, a high school field internship program in natural resource management which involves daily field experiences in remote settings with up to five high school students. This will be the primary focus of this position, but staff will also be expected to help out on camping, backpacking, regional Outdoor School and other k-12 youth programming as needed. Exact participation will depend on individual candidates’ skills and experience. Upon successful completion of this six-month period, possible longer-term employment may be available.


  • Lead, teach and supervise a group of 4-5 high school students during the course of the 8-week HAWK summer internship in remote field settings.

  • Provide leadership in risk management before, during and after programs. Implement and evaluate safety and emergency response procedures.

  • Facilitate lessons in natural and cultural history, environmental stewardship, outdoor skills, leadership, communication, and community that are inclusive of a variety of perspectives and learning styles.

  • Create a safe learning environment for youth and adults with positive reinforcement, role-modeling and cultural sensitivity.

  • Collaborate with youth program manager and other staff during course planning, field-based portion of each trip, and wrap up including curriculum planning, assessing group needs & risk management.

  • Provide clear, effective and timely communication with supervisor, other staff, program participants and parents.

  • Carry out service and monitoring projects with personnel from partnering agencies.

  • Support equity initiatives at Wallowa Resources and actively contribute to WR as a community of belonging that is welcoming and accessible to everyone. Develop a personal equity, diversity, and inclusion related goal(s) and track progress towards your goal(s) with your supervisor.

  • Communicate with other staff and program partners as needed to develop, implement and coordinate program activities.

  • Other duties, as assigned.


The following are desired to successfully perform the Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities.

·        Experience working with youth in outdoor field settings and/or Bachelors Degree in Education, Natural Resources, or relates fields.

·        Experience creating, planning and implementing education programs with youth with an emphasis on the natural environment, community development and/or related fields.

·        Good written and oral communication skills

·        Minimum age of 21 with a clean driving record and ability to drive youth safely to remote field settings.

·        Attention to logistics and ability to meet deadlines.

·        Ability to work outside in all types of weather, including overnight camping trips and walk on uneven terrain and to lift up to 25lbs.

·        Minimum of first aid and CPR certification OR willingness to obtain before working with youth.

 Preferred Qualifications

·        Wilderness medical training (Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness Advanced First Aid)

·        Working knowledge of rural communities and working landscapes.

·        Good computer skills, including Microsoft Office-based programs and graphic design programs (i.e. Adobe In-Design).


Environment and Physical Requirements

The Youth Leadership Specialist works in an office and outdoor environment. During the summer months the position works primarily in outdoor education locations including parks, forests, camps, and other locations. Those outdoor locations are subject to a variety of extreme weather conditions including heat, cold, rain, snow, wind, and dust. The position frequently requires daily travel by car, with occasional overnight travel. The Youth Leadership Specialist interacts constantly with staff, visitors, program participants, parents, government agencies, and others. The position sits, stands, walks, bends, lifts, and moves intermittently during working hours. The incumbent must be able to lift, push, pull and move files and equipment in excess of 25 pounds.


Hours: The Youth Leadership Specialist works full time between the typical office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Youth Leadership Specialist may be required to work extended hours during the peak program months.

Other Duties and Responsibilities: This job description is a summary of the essential duties and responsibilities for this job, and it does not necessarily represent an all-inclusive list of duties, responsibilities, tasks or procedures. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by other film representatives authorized to give instruction or assignments. Nothing in this description restricts WR’s right to assign or reassign duties at any time.


Accommodation Statement: Essential job duties and responsibilities are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform the job successfully, an incumbent or applicant must possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform each essential duty and responsibility proficiently. If you require an accommodation in order to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job, please contact the WR Executive Director.


Wallowa Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer

contact information

business: Wallowa Resources
address: 401 NE First St. Suite A
Enterprise, OR 97828
phone: 541-426-8053 (Call Now)