2020 Staff Application

Are you a role-model of traditional tool skills, safe practices, good character, mindfulness, and deep nature connection?

"Tribal Wisdom Academy guides children in experiencing the primal technology and knowledge required for an authentic human childhood. These traditional skills equip our students for adventures together in our wild forest Adventureland with adult Mentor supervision."  - Ben Walker 

Jobs & Work Dates:

  • Summer Day Camp Staff 2020: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-3:30pm, June 8 - Aug 14 (or work June 1 - Aug 28). Apply NOW. Located at Los Gatos Farms near Santa Cruz, CA. This is a well paid job with a great team.

  • Advisor/Instructor at China's first Outdoor School: Qualified staff are offered free travel, meals, a log cabin and a good salary at our pioneer environmental education camp on a huge forest property in mainland China. The summer program in China is July and August, with possible employment all year.

  • School field trips Leader Positions: to ancient tribal villages in China's Tibetan Plateau region, and to the Szechuan Panda Sanctuary in the wilderness of Southern China.

Note that all staff must be vetted with excellent references. And TWA requires adults to pass a LiveScan DOJ/FBI Fingerprint Background Check. See the full list of criteria as detailed in the Job Application. 

We are located near Los Gatos, California. Staff need reliable transportation to work. (Camp Location). TWA may help you find local or on-site housing if needed.


  • Allow children to have an actual childhood that is full of real adventures.

  • Create unstoppable self-directed lifelong learners that can get into any career or college that they choose.

  • Focus on moral character and sustainability.

  • Help families find a balance between self-reliance and community.

  • Train kids to thrive in any world future with an intertwining of paleolithic survival skills and modern day life-skills.

  • Connect students with how the natural world provides all of our food and raw materials, in today's advancing technological world.

  • Train some of our staff to pioneer China's first Outdoor School.

  • Save the world.

  • Have a lot of fun. Pay staff well.