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 Recruting:  

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 is Open for the following positions. All other positions have been filled at this time.

  • Counselor-in-Training (Volunteer)
  • Marketing/Multimedia
  • Volunteer/Intern

Apply Now! 


Equity Statement 

AmeriCorps, KidSpirit and OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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]