WHY KidSpirit?

KidSpirit is proud to provide student staff with experiential learning and development opportunities in life skills like communication, leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, time management, and mentoring. Being on our program's staff means having a blast interacting with youth, and it entails building and being a part of a fun and supportive community.


WHAT positions does KidSpirit hire for?


  • Currently Hiring: 
    • KidSpirit Educational Program Assistant 2 (Full-time)
      • Are you ready to take on a role that involves training, mentoring, leadership, and shaping the minds of tomorrow's leaders? Do you want to collaborate with passionate colleagues across diverse community-focused programs? Oregon State University (OSU) KidSpirit is seeking a dedicated Education Program Assistant 2 to join our team! In this position, you'll provide comprehensive training and development opportunities for staff and volunteers within the KidSpirit program while collaborating with the Outdoor School Office High School Leader program to develop youth-centered leadership development workshops for youth leaders in a unique, state-wide environmental education program. From creating engaging training materials to leading hands-on sessions and providing ongoing support, you'll ensure that our team has the skills and knowledge to deliver exceptional educational experiences.

        At Oregon State University, we're more than just a workplace – we're a community committed to making a positive impact. You'll enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, professional development opportunities, and collaboration with a team of passionate individuals dedicated to building a brighter future. If you're passionate about youth development and ready to make a difference, join us at OSU KidSpirit and let your passion shine! Please apply now to start your journey with us.

      • Apply Now and make an impact on tomorrow’s leaders!

  • AmeriCorps VISTA position
    • AmeriCorps VISTAs will create long-term capacity to serve hundreds of low-income children who have previously been unable to access the high-quality programming offered through the OSU campus-based program. Increasingly, there is concern that the disparity of access contributes to the growing divide between children of different backgrounds in our community. The VISTA opportunities will work to create quality out-of-school time programs accessible to all youth. 

      • KidSpirit VISTA Fundraising and Capacity Building Specialist: responsible for improving accessibility, capacity, and sustainability of OSU KidSpirit youth programs serving youth grades pre-K-12th and securing stable support by networking, fundraising, and building relationships with university programs, faculty and administration, local support systems, and local communities. Collaborate with VISTA position #1 on assessing funding aspects of the Pre-K Program towards a sustainable program delivery model. Link to Apply

  • Student Positions Available 
    • Internships: many opportunities to work for KidSpirit in different capacities and earn internship hours!
    • Youth class instructors (year-round): teach gymnastics, archery, sewing, cooking, and preschool.


  • Summer Hiring begins in February 2024 for the following positions: 
    • Camp counselors (summer): lead a group of youth through a day of summer camp, guiding them to classes and assisting with classroom management during Instructor-led activities.
    • Education Program Assistant (summer): A leadership position for experienced teachers/instructors/camp counselors to mentor our student staff.
    • Internships: many opportunities to work for KidSpirit in different capacities and earn internship hours!
    • The office staff (year-round): assist with scheduling software, answering parent questions, and checking youth in and out of classes.


  • School Year positions filled at this time: 
    • Special events staff (year-round): have fun with youth during ACES days (single-day camps when K-12 schools are out), birthday parties, and other special events.

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 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 and 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 ensure 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. Will you be a student during the terms you are interested in working? 
  • Certifications: Before their first day, all KidSpirit staff must be certified in First Aid & CPR, Introduction to Childcare Health & Safety (ICCHS), and Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect (RRCAN). Information will be shared in the orientation during the interview process. 


Pay Scale

$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*
$14.80-$15.00 3 years+ 

Benton County minimum wage is $14.20 - Oregon Minimum Wage information. The pay rate is 

calculated on your full-time (40 hours/week) equivalent work experience as listed in your application/resume and considering your applicable experience for KidSpirit.

*Experience or special level of responsibility/certification +.25

If you have questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with KidSpirit at 541-737-5437 or shoot us an email at [email protected]