Tsuga Organizational Background Information:

Tsuga Community Commission (TCC) was founded in 2008 to serve as a social entrepreneurship initiative building community capacity between and within Oregon youth communities. TCC was established as an Oregon 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2010. We conduct formative research through grant funded initiatives to inform the curriculum applied through our community development camps and residential environmental education programming.

Mission:  Tsuga conducts and responds to needs assessments identifying opportunities in youth development and community enhancement, to build custom residential and day-camp programs, with complimentary professionals and collaborative organizations, to produce sustainable social capital networks within and between Oregon youth communities.

Do you have more than just a passion for camp, but also the unique set of skills that make you a greater version of yourself at Summer Camp or Outdoor School?

Tsuga Staff have been developing their unique style of camp programming since 2006 at more than nine different camps around Oregon. The Camp Staff Coalition thrives as an organization of young professionals, mutually encouraging career development opportunities through their experiential learning, service to a nonprofit organization and by enjoying the lifestyle of a summer camp community.  Tsuga Staff are typically recruited from Multnomah County’s Outdoor School, the Northwest Outdoor Science School and other affiliated summer camps. Those who have graduated from being a participant with one of our programs, and those who started with TCC in an internship role during the off-season are also great candidates to continue their involvement as paid staff. Word of mouth referrals have been a positive way for us to continue working with those who have both the passion and skills we’re looking for.

This 10-question application is a quick and easy way to get the attention of our Founder and Director, Ethan Erickson.  If your submission qualifies you for an interview, Ethan will be in touch with you by phone or email quickly.  If you have any questions feel free to be in touch by email:  ethan@tsuga.org. 

Thanks - See you soon! 


* 1. Senior Staff Decisions will be made by Sunday, May 1st.  Senior Staff will need to begin communicating with each other and spend a couple hours planning their role / contributions prior to Sunday, May 15th.  

2.  Senior Staff will need to be available to interview and select the 2016 Counseling Staff during our annual Counselor hiring event in Portland, this year on Sunday, May 15th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Counselor applicants will need to attend this event to interview.  Location details will be emailed to applicants after the application period closes in late April.  

3.  Tsuga's annual Fundraising event (Tsugapalooza) is happening Saturday evening, May 21st in Portland.  All staff are expected to attend (for free) and are encouraged to bring a few friends / family to attend the event with them (for the regular event ticket price ($35).   There will be six live bands, raffle prizes, heavy appetizers and many other reasons this event will be a great kick-off to our summer. 

4. There is a mandatory all-staff training workshop from Friday, June 10th through Sunday, June 12th at Camp Cascade: 33806 North Fork Road Southeast, Lyons, OR 97358 

5.  Field Instructors will need to be available to pilot their curriculum during Neighborhood PLACE from Tuesday, June 14th to Thursday, June 16th.  

5.  All staff are required to be on site for the two weeks of Operation Purple Camp / Oregon Summer Star from Sunday, June 19th through Friday, July 1st.  

You will need to attend all of these scheduled events to be on staff this summer.  Check your calendar, save the dates and make sure you can attend.

* 2. How can we be in touch with you?

* 3. What is your level of education?

* 4. What prior experience do you have that makes you a good candidate for Summer Camp work?

* 5. What position(s) are you interested in?

* 6. Rank the following based on your greatest strengths, talents or interests (higher number = greater skill):

* 7. Why are you interested in working with the Tsuga Community Commission? 

* 8. What do you want to be doing with your life in 10 years?

* 9. If you could spend one full day as anyone other than yourself (past or present), who would it be and why?

* 10. Please list the full name, phone number and email for at least two references who have observed you work at either Outdoor School or another Summer Camp.