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.


Client Services Manager

Responsibilities: This individual will be responsible for customer communication, correspondence, record keeping and enrollment and registration while supporting the administrative efforts of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Primitive Pursuits program. The majority of this support will come from implementing client relations management software, managing spreadsheets, cultivating communication with clients, intake coordinating and maintaining accurately detailed accounts and reports.This person will also provide administrative support to fundraising and marketing projects in the program.

Qualifications:High School diploma or equivalent education. Experience relevant to the position. Ability to identify and achieve goals independently. Thrives in fast-paced work environments. Initiates creative and efficient problem-solving. Demonstrated skill in using a variety of software, including Excel and/or other data management systems. Demonstrated ability to enter data quickly and accurately. Written and verbal communication skills worthy of public representation and professional rapport. Ability to work in a changing environment and engage in challenges every day. Creative, pleasant demeanor and interest in the program’s mission are desired. Ability to identify needs of parents and youth, particularly youth in at-risk environments. Knowledge of or familiarity with comparable database/cloud management software programs is highly valued. Experience in fundraising and marketing campaigns is also desired.

For more information and application: http://ccetompkins.org/jobs.

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 throughout the school year. 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 always interested in meeting dedicated applicants for field and administrative positions.

Summer Positions:

Primitive Pursuits. Strengthening Connection to Nature. Friction Fire. Epic Games. Nature Awareness. Stories and Songs. Building Community. Do you have a deep connection with the natural world that you want to share with others? Do you love practicing primitive skills and playing epic games? Do you thrive working in the outdoors with youth?

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

"This weekend made me fully realize that Primitive Pursuits is connecting me with the knowledge that I have been wishing to obtain in order to further my career and skill set. It is great to realize I don't need to travel far to gain this amazing knowledge." Z.K., Workshop Participant

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