Could this be the place for you?

With an exceptional core of seasoned year-round staff, low instructor to student ratios and a supportive environment, a job with Primitive Pursuits offers many opportunities to grow and master valuable skills.

We are always seeking gregarious, enterprising individuals to join us!

  • Our radical approach to education fosters a meaningful connection to the outdoors through nature awareness, primitive skills, curiosity, community and the mystery of the natural world.
  • Youth aged 3-15 spend their entire days immersed in the fields, forests and waterways of undeveloped nature – gathering resources, crafting tools, navigating the landscape, mastering fire skills and surviving limitless challenges together.
  • We are a not-for-profit nature education program in partnership with two nationally renowned associations: Cornell Cooperative Extension and 4-H Youth Development

Instructors will help craft our nature-based programs, facilitate positive group energy, and keep kids safe and engaged.

HIRING NOW - Open Positions

2018 Summer Camp Directors/Interim Field Director

Primitive Pursuits is seeking Summer Camp Directors who have a passion for teaching and the natural world and who have experience working with children and staff in outdoor environments.Experience with primitive skills, natural history of the Northeast, team management, and camp operation preferred. Training and teaching opportunities may be provided during the school year.

Two positions are available! The primary Camp Director position will start this fall as a part-time position and will transition to a full-time position next spring; the Overnight Camp Director will start next spring as a part-time position and will transition to full-time in summer. Both positions are seasonal, benefits eligible positions.

Update: Day Camp Director/Interim Field Director position has been filled. The Overnight Camp Director position is still available.

To learn more about these positions read the full position description here.


Summer 2018 Hiring has BEGUN!

If you'd like to apply as a Summer Wilderness Instructor, Camp Nurse, Overnight Camp Cook or our many other positions, please check out our Summer Opportunities webpage with links to our online applications.

Summer Opportunities

Year-Round Positions:

Primitive Pursuits is a year-round nature awareness and primitive skills program serving children ages 3-15 in Ithaca, NY. Our programs for youth include afterschool, homeschool, forest preschool, school breaks, and summer camp. We also offer adult workshops and teen mentoring opportunities. At Primitive Pursuits we help participants of all ages create a deeper relationship to themselves, each other, and the world around them through primitive skills, natural history exploration, play, song, and story. We are seeking year round staff to work with us, serving youth and adults in the field and in an administrative capacity.

We love our jobs and think Ithaca is a great place to live .

"I whole-heartedly believe that the way in which Primitive Pursuits connects children with nature is a genuine saving grace of society. The amount of respect that is displayed towards children as well as each other has been unparalleled in any other organization that I have been a part of." T​.​L​., Summer Staff​

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