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Staff/Intern Application

Welcome! This application is for you if you are seriously considering being a part of our Sassafras team this summer.  Our work is very rewarding, challenging at times, and all outdoors. We only work with people who have are broadly aware and actively attentive of social inequities and racism, and who are committed to speaking truth and personal growth. The application is for Summer Camp Staff, Interns, Volunteers, and Teen Staff.

Staff Training is required and consists of 3 paid days on Wed June 28, Thu June 29 and Fri June 30, 2023 from 9am - 3pm. Camp hours for staff are from 8 am - 4 pm Mon thru Fri for 6 weeks from July 3 - Aug 11, 2023.

Applicants need to know that there are ticks on Nôepe during the summer months. Tick prevention and daily tick check routines are part of our protocol.  

Age requirements are as follows:

  • Staff and interns 18 and up

  • Teen Leaders age 15 and up and depending on prior experience. 

  • Teen Helpers ages 12 and up use a participant form.

It's important applicants realize that we use an indigenous mentoring approach we call Earth-Centered Mentoring. Our approach is very different from outdoor education. If you are not familiar, please read up on our website.

Sassafras values a just representation of first nations people and all BIPOC. Please read our opening statement on the home page.

Summer Staff and Interns can apply for glamping accommodations right here at Sassafras, provided they do not have summer housing on the island. Accommodations include platforms, a limited amount of tents (you will be asked to bring your own), an outdoor hot & cold shower, outdoor kitchen, fridge and freezer, common spaces such as the barn (with wifi), a fire pit. Living at Sassafras means that in addition to working in the camp, you live mostly outdoors at Box Turtle camp, and have the responsibility to take good care of yourself (and that includes solid daily tick checks). Glampers need to be settled in before Wed June 28, 2023.

IBPOC Preference 

Sassafras has a strong preference in hiring Wampanoag/Indigenous people and POC, as per our reparation policy and to give back the Indigenous teaching we embrace. Additional preferences are any other people from historically marginalized groups, communities, or ancestries.

Questions? Email, call, or text us, we'd love to talk to you! Saskia cell 774 563 0628, David cell 508 560 2969. Email

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