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 3-18 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. 

Current Year round Openings:

Ithaca Forest Preschool Coordinator/Educator

Application deadline: 5/3/21

Ithaca Forest Preschool (IFP) is one of the longest running “forest pre-schools” in the country and is a program of CCETC, in partnership with the 4-H Primitive Pursuits program.

We are seeking an individual to take on the leadership for this program, which continues through the summer as a week long summer camp, Growing Wild.

Applicants should: have experience providing educational experiences for young children in the outdoors; be able to demonstrate an understanding of how experiences in nature are beneficial for children; and should be comfortable and enthusiastic about leading outdoor programs through all the seasons and in all types of weather. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are guiding principles for IFP, and individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional training in specific outdoor skills and professional development opportunities will be provided as necessary.

Ability to arrive at programming sites reliably each day is a requirement of the position. During the school year typical program educator hours are 8-1, Monday – Thursday, with additional hours for administrative responsibilities being more flexible. During the summer camp season, program times are longer and run Monday – Friday.

More information about Ithaca Forest Preschool can be found here, and more information about the qualifications and responsibilities for this position can be found in the position description.

Now, more than ever, we need nature as a balancing agent.”
Richard Louv

Author of 'The Last Child in the Woods'