WHY KidSpirit?

KidSpirit aims to provide student staff with great opportunities for experiential learning and development in life skills like communication, leadership, teamwork, problem solving, time management, and mentoring. We learn and grow from our interactions with each other, and by our influence on young people and our communities.

By creating a fun, creative, bold environment for both campers and staff, KidSpirit programs nurture the next generation of learners in ways informed by equity, respect, and wellbeing. Being on the staff of our program means having a blast interacting with youth, and it entails building and being a part of a fun and supportive community.

WHAT opportunities does KidSpirit Offer?

We hire staff year round. During the school year, we hire students with experience in gymnastics, archery, sewing and cooking, AND we hire people who love working with youth to work our ACES days, birthday parties, and other special events. Our school year staff can typically work 8-10 hours per week.

During the summer, we offer a summer camp in which our staff can work as head instructors, camp counselors, office staff and more. This is an opportunity to work any amount of hours up to 40 per week. 

Click here to read more detailed information about the positions we hire for.

HOW to Apply for KidSpirit?

There are two applications that you will need to complete to apply for a position with KidSpirit.

1. OSU Job Site Application - This application should only take about five minutes to complete. You will need to apply for all departments that you are interested in working in. For example, if you are applying for a gymnastics instructor position and an office staff position you will need to apply to KidSpirit Gymnastics and KidSpirit Admin.

2. KidSpirit Ideal Logic Application - This is our main application and is where you will sign up for an interview time and may take up to an hour and a half to complete. We will also ask for two letters of reference within the application along with your availability for the current term.


Do you have intern or practicum hours that you need to fill for a class? We have many opportunities available! At KidSpirit you will be able to participate in a dynamic and exciting work environment. Click here to submit an application! 

There are two primary steps to participate in a KidSpirit Internship:

1. Contact your advisor to apply and register for the internship class that is associated with your program.

2. Once you have registered with your advisor, Click here to submit your application! 

Hiring Requirements

Before applying, we want to make sure working at KidSpirit will be a good fit for you and KidSpirit! Please consider our requirements below before applying. 

  • Oregon State University requires KidSpirit staff to be current students. To clarify, you do NOT have to be a student at OSU specifically, just enrolled in high school, university, community college, etc. Are you going to be a student during the terms you are interested in working? 
  • Certifications: All KidSpirit staff must be certified in First Aid & CPR, Introduction to Childcare Health & Safety (ICCHS), and Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect (RRCAN) before their first day of on the job. ​​​​​​Information will be shared in the orientation during the interview process. 


Pay Scale

Rate ($)
14.50 0-3 months
14.50-14.60 3 months - 1 year
14.60-14.70 1-2 years*
14.70-14.80 2-3 years*
  *Experience or special level of responsibility/certification

If you have questions, please contact KidSpirit at 541-737-5437, or shoot us an email at [email protected]