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7 Jun 2017

Temporary Outdoor Science Instructor

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center – Posted by Katie Ryan Gates, Oregon, United States

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Job Description

Position: Outdoor Science Instructor

Location: Opal Creek Wilderness Area, Oregon

Work year: Seasonal: June 16th-November 15th, 2017

Responsible to: Program Coordinator; Program Director


Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center is seeking dynamic Instructors for our 2017 programming season. Opal Creek is a magnificent 35,000-acre ancient forest on the western slopes of the Cascade Range in Oregon. This spectacular area achieved federal protection from logging after a very long and nationwide struggle. In this setting our Instructors are responsible for carrying out all Opal Creek programs; generally split between environmental education and hospitality. Tasks include: environmental science education, leading backcountry camping trips, cabin rental hospitality, and engaging the public.

Instructors are responsible for teaching old-growth forest ecology and cultural history curriculum to all educational groups including; elementary, middle, and high school classes, and university programs; youth, adult, and family workshops; volunteer and other private events. Throughout the season Instructors are responsible for hosting cabin renters; including driving gear shuttles, moving renters’ luggage, cleaning cabins, and hospitality. In the summer months Instructors lead youth in week-long backcountry camping expeditions in and around the Opal Creek Wilderness.

We have a small staff and everyone is required to help in all aspects of running a remote residential facility with a diversity of programs. We run our programs from the old mining town of Jawbone Flats, an off grid community three miles inside of the Opal Creek wilderness Area. This is a residential position, and staff will live at Jawbone Flats in housing provided by the organization.

Compensation: $80/day, plus housing, utilities and partial board.


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Minimum qualification

BS/BA, preferably in natural sciences or education, previous teaching experience, experience working in a camp setting, and backcountry camping experience. The selected candidates will have the personal qualities necessary for working within a small non-profit organization, including the ability to succeed in a dynamic and demanding environment. A Wilderness First Responder certification is required by the time of employment.

How to Apply

To Apply: Send a Resume and Letter of Interest to Megan Selvig, Program Director, at Position open until filled.

Job Categories: Conservation. Job Types: Temporary. Job Tags: environmental education, naturalist, and old growth forest. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

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