Outdoor School Educator

Multnomah Education Service

Portland, OR

Portland, OR
30+ days ago


REPORTS TO:Site Supervisor

SUPERVISED BY:Site Supervisor and Program Supervisor

COMPENSATION:  $664.84 per Sun-Fri week/contracted salary*

START DATE:  9/14/21

END DATE:  11/6/21

Positions open until filled. Screening and scheduling will happen as applications are received and applicants will be contacted through phone and email  

*dependent upon final district school schedules


At Outdoor School we believe that every individual is equal, valuable and welcome. We work to acknowledge and celebrate our differences, whatever they may be. Inclusion means everyone and together we will strengthen our skills to work and live with others that are alike and different from ourselves. At Outdoor School we are building a community where everyone is honored for exactly who they are.  

MESD and Outdoor School programs recognize that diverse workplaces offer the richest learning opportunities, the diversity of races, cultures, backgrounds and experiences of the communities we serve must be represented in our leadership in order to welcome and represent all participants. We strongly encourage people of color as well as folks who are LGBTQ+, multilingual, first-generation or from other traditionally marginalized communities to join us in our efforts to reclaim, build connections and create authentic relationships with nature and science.

MESD and Outdoor School are committed to a policy of equality in our employment practices. All employees will be treated fairly at all times and without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship, veteran or marital status, source of income, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or the presence of any sensory, physical, psychological or learning disability, and all other bases prohibited by local, state, or federal law. MESD and Outdoor School welcomes applications from candidates that expand the agency’s diversity, if you are unsure of how your experience correlates with our qualifications, please reach out to our HR department as we want to ensure that we are reaching as diverse an applicant pool as possible. 

Outdoor School staff members will be a part of a collaborative educational team implementing an immersive overnight learning to 6th grade students. High school students provide mentorship and community development and are empowered to become teachers themselves, teaching hands-on immersive science in the field. As a team player, Outdoor School employees will work collaboratively and responsibility within their team and the Outdoor School leadership staff.  Staff should be receptive to different outcomes, accept and incorporate feedback and be a positive team player through honest communication, altruism and respectful actions.  As an Outdoor School employee you are expected to work the hours assigned, communicate and engage with your supervisor, and uphold themission and valuesof the Outdoor School program.You act as a role model, mentor and community leader as they process and experience their week at Outdoor School. We are looking for dedicated, culturally sensitive, patient, student centered team players.We value diversity, equity and inclusion in all our participants, as well as in our seasonal and regular staff teams. MESD Outdoor School is an actively Anti-Racist organization, and we honor and respect the Native American and Indigenous traditional lands that we are located on.


Outdoor School staff members implement environmental education programs through mentoring high school student leaders and supervising elementary and middle school students. Outdoor School focuses on sixth-grader science standards around inquiry, scientific thinking, and engagement with the natural world. Field Instructorsare tasked with broad goals of program-wide community development and implementing curriculum by leading/modeling hands-on immersive field activities to train high school student leaders, who then teach sixth-grade students.Program Leaderssupport the social-emotional health and wellbeing of sixth-grade students and high school participants in their living community.  During programming weeks Outdoor Instructors are required to live on-site providing supervision and safety for all participants within the community.  Placement of position, Field Instructor or  Program Leader, will be discussed during the interview process

Desired Education and Professional Experience:

  • Experience in outdoor recreationorworking with children/adolescentsorexperience in a related education/caregiving role.
  • High School DiplomaorGeneral Education Diploma

Desired Skills:

  • Ability to work well with teams with diverse perspectives, values, and identities
  • Shares core values of program-Equity, Inclusion, Authentic Outdoor experiences for youth, caregiving, education, and teaching 
  • Dedicated to learning about our curriculum, learning objectives and student outcomes
  • Understanding of the myriad of relationships youth may have with the outdoors and outdoor program based on class, race, and gender
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Understands the value of feedback, possessing the ability to accept feedback and integrate it.
  • Dedication to communicate in an inclusive and collaborative manner.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in a dynamic outdoor environment.
  • Experience working with children, high school students and/or adolescents.
  • High School Diploma or General Education Diploma
  • Flexibility and solution-oriented problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks with competing timelines.

Additional Skills that are Valued*

  • Bilingual
  • Science degree 
  • Experience with diverse communities
  • Experience with students with special needs
  • Diverse life experiences and knowledge
  • Experience implementing trauma-informed care and/or supporting youth with mental health needs.
  • Experience implementing restorative justice models in an educational setting or similar setting working with youth.


Implements the overnight Outdoor School schedule and program. Lives on-site during the Outdoor School program season.(Sun-Fri)  Participates fully in all aspects of the Outdoor School on-site program, including meals, meetings, and events. Typical days are 16 hours in length.  Typical weeks run from Sunday to Friday. Weekend programming in one instance makes for 13-day consecutive days of work without a full day off. Beginning Oct 3rd- staff can expect one night off a week, as well as additional scheduled time off 

  • Supporting and leading teams of students and high school volunteer in activities and science field studies.
  • Responsive and sympathetic to students need to set them up for success. Provides training, support, supervision, and evaluations for high school volunteers.
  • Recognize, mitigate and respond to hazards to ensure a healthy and safe program for all participants. 
  • Fulfills job expectations safely, thoroughly, and in compliance with MESD and program policies and procedures.
  • Provides back-up support to other Outdoor School staff as needed.
  •  Assist in site set-up, weekly cleaning, and closing each session.
  • Assist in the inventory, care, and maintenance of program supplies and equipment. 
  • Valid First Aid/CPR* (AED) Card,Bloodborne Pathogens*,Food handler’s Card, and MESD SafeSchools* Trainingby the first day of employment. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Ability to secure transportation to and from the Outdoor School site and equip self with appropriate personal gear to stay warm, safe, and prepared to work in the Outdoor School environment. Raincoats and some gear is available to borrow. 

*trainings provided by MESD during training week upon acceptance of a position


Employment is temporary and subject to the school participation schedule. This position works in an overnight, Outdoor School setting. This position includes being available 24 hours to the attendees and staff members. An employee works a six-day week and is typically on duty from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. The environment is rustic with potentially uneven hilly terrain, wooded trails, variable ambient light and weather conditions. The employee must carry out duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include heat, rain, snow, cold, and windy conditions. 

This employee supervises groups of children in this environment, often kneeling and sitting on the ground to obtain a child-level view. This employee can be expected to carry odd objects, such as buckets of water, science equipment, saws, and teaching materials. Employees must be able to respond quickly to emergency events at any place in the Outdoor School setting and be able to maneuver in outdoors, common areas, rustic buildings, and sites. 

This position is a first responder in a medical emergency. The employee must be able to administer 1stAid/CPR, requiring the ability to get to ground level or in awkward positions to administer assistance. Outdoor School sites may have crowded walkways or common spaces. Stairs and walkways are exposed to weather and may be slippery. 

Housing and meals are provided Sunday through Friday. In specific circumstances, some weekend housing may be available on a limited basis. Housing may be shared with other employees in assigned rustic cabins or bunk rooms, all sites include showers, electricity, running water, heat. Meals include a vegetarian option that may include eggs and/or dairy. Employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals.