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Outdoor Science Instructor - Pacific Marine & Cascade Science Schools

October 19, 2012 - March 31, 2013
Location:Varies, OR
Salary Range:$50 - $75 per day.
Benefits:Not eligible for benefits.
Employment Type:Special Project - Full-Time
Description:The Outdoor Science Instructor teaches concept-based outdoor science education in the field. This position requires living on-site during the spring and fall at one of OMSI’s 3 outdoor science schools: Hancock Field Station, Pacific Marine Science School or Santiam Science School. During the summer, instructors travel with students across the Pacific Northwest, teaching week-long residential science camps. Work schedule depends on the site and programming needs.
“Performing the following will involve driving to various locations outside OMSI’s corporate headquarters:”

•Responsible for teaching concept-based, natural science curriculum, utilizing a mix of outdoor and classroom settings for students K-12.

•Prepare daily lesson plans and create small teaching tools as needed to enhance personal teaching style.

•Organize, assemble and maintain equipment and teaching supplies for the program.

•Lead summer traveling programs including driving a van or bus, teaching, preparing meals and campsite set up/breakdown to ensure a healthy and safe program for all participants.

•Responsible for driving campers to field locations throughout programming.

•This position is exempt, paid by a day rate.

•This position is special project, scheduled for 40 hours/week March through June.

Working and Living Conditions:

•Requires on-site living, including shared staff quarters.

•Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days between back to back groups.

•Extended hours and occasional weekends required. (American Camp Association time off standards will be met (2 hours off daily, and 24 hours or more off each two-week block)).

•Must be physically able to lead students in hikes of up to 10 miles in a day.

•Work environment includes all season outdoor weather conditions.

•Must have visual, perceptual, cognitive and judgment ability to: recognize hazards in the camp setting, physical symptoms of injury or illness; respond verbally to health and safety concerns and to deal appropriately with any improper behavior.

•Vision requirements include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (the ability to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing standard red, green, and amber), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships), and ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus).

•Noise level is very quiet (examples: forest trail, isolation booth for hearing test) to loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department, large earth-moving equipment).

•Physical Demands: 5% Sitting, 30% Standing, 20% Walking, 45%Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 – 80 lbs


•Logistics and facility support includes driving, food service, minor site and vehicle maintenance, cleaning and other tasks deemed necessary for successful camp operation by the manager.

•Coordinate with other instructors in program planning and implementation.

•Provide first aid care to participants and staff when necessary.

•Incorporate adult chaperons and teachers into the program as teaching assistants who are also learners.



•Ability to follow basic instructions.

•Ability to communicate and direct small and large groups.

•Flexibly in weekly schedules and daily programming.

•Understanding of confidentiality and protocol.

•Professional communication skills, both written and oral.

•Excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.

•Excellent coordination and project management skills.

•Good attention to detail.

•Strong customer service skills.

•Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.


•Pack and drive trailers.

•Working knowledge of rock walls and belaying.



•Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of experience and education.

•Working knowledge of the concepts in natural history and ecology.

•Minimum 1 year of working with youth in an outdoor setting.


•Bachelor's Degree or Masters Degree in Natural Sciences, or Education.

•Teaching Certificate

•Experience in leading backpacking or rafting trips.

•Experience in captive raptor management.

•Minimum 2 year working as an instructor for a residential outdoor education program.

•Bilingual - Spanish/English.

•Experience working with volunteers.



•Valid Class B Commercial Drivers License w/ air break & passenger endorsement (training is available during non-working days at employee’s expense)

•Current Wilderness First Responder (training is available during non-working days at employee’s expense)

•CPR for professional rescuer (training is available during non-working days at employee’s expense)

•Lifeguard certification (training is available during non-working days at employee’s expense)

•Whitewater or Swift Water Rescue Technician certification (for Rafting Instructors of HFS Only, training is available during non-working days at employee’s expense)

•Oregon Food Handlers Card (training is available during non-working days at employee’s expense)

•Pre-employment and/or pre-duty checks, such as criminal background check, fingerprinting, reference checks, American Camp Association (ACA) background checks (& on annual basis), requirements in the MVR Policy including passing Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check and Alcohol & Drug Test for non-CDL Drivers Policy, including pre-duty drug test.

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