Field Instructor/Program Leader

MESD Outdoor School

Portland, Oregon

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $526/week contracted
Deadline Oct 01, 2019

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.

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

(phone interviews can be scheduled if needed due to location; Alternative interviews dates can be scheduled)

$525.76 per week contracted salary

REPORTS TO: Site Supervisor

SUPERVISED BY: Site Supervisor and Program Supervisor


Part of a collaborative team responsible for working together to meet program objectives, including providing students with positive outcomes in a welcoming immersive outdoor educational experience

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, care giving, 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 and produce results
  • Ability to accept feedback graciously 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
  • Teaching Experience

Additional Skills that are Valued

  • Bilingual
  • Experience with diverse communities
  • Experience with students with special needs
  • Diverse life experiences and knowledge


  • Implements the residential Outdoor School schedule and program. Lives on site during the Outdoor School program season. Participates fully in all aspects of the Outdoor School on-site program, including meals, meetings and events.
  • Implementation of Outdoor School Science curriculum, hands-on culturally relevant science education for sixth graders to learn and high school students to teach; much of which is available, in one Field Study area, Plants, Animals, Water or Soil.
  • Supporting and leading teams of students and student leaders in duties, activities, and field studies.
  • Responsive and sympathetic to students needs to set them up for success. Provides training, support, supervision and evaluations for student leaders.
  • 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 Card (AED training) by 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.


Employment is temporary and subject to school participation schedule. This position works in a residential, Outdoor School setting. This position includes being available 24 hours to the attendees and staff members. 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. Employee must be able to respond quickly to emergency events 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 1st Aid/CPR, requiring the ability to get to ground level or in awkward positions to administer assistance. Outdoor School sites may have crowded walkway or common spaces. Stairs and walkways are exposed to weather and may be slippery.

Housing and meals are provided. Housing is shared with other employees in assigned, same-gender rustic cabins or bunk rooms. 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.

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