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 Director and Overnight Camp 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 immediately; the Overnight Camp Director will start in the spring as a part-time position and will transition to full-time in summer. Both positions are seasonal, benefits eligible positions.

To learn more about these positions read the full position description here. Applications for both positions must be completed through the Cornell Cooperative Extension Workday website. Resumé and cover letter required.

Summer Camp Director Application

Overnight Camp Director Application

Summer 2018 Hiring has BEGUN!

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

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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 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.


Staff Interest

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

"We tend to block off many of our senses when we're staring at a screen. Nature time can literally bring us to our senses." Richard Louv, Author of 'The Last Child in the Woods'

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