Outdoor Educator / Youth Development Specialist

Twin Rivers Charter School

Eugene, Oregon

Job Type Paid Internship
Salary Details Monthly Living Stipend

Twin Rivers Charter School is an publicly chartered, alternative high school associated with Northwest Youth Corps. The Outdoor Educator/Youth Development Specialist AmeriCorps internship is both highly demanding and highly rewarding serving high school students identified as at risk of academic failure and/or present behavioral challenges. Outdoor Educator/Youth Development Specialists spend most of their time in direct contact with students, either doing direct student instruction in small groups in a classroom setting, providing environmental education in the field, or facilitating conservation-based, service-learning projects.

Duties and Responsibilities- Essential Functions

  • Aid student learning through small group instruction in the classroom
  • Provide individualized attention for struggling high school students
  • Lead youth in field education and on service-learning projects
  • Facilitate experiential learning in the outdoors
  • Act as a role model for youth, manage conflict-resolution
  • Camp with students and teaching staff on up to four, 8-day trips in a wilderness setting
  • Attend all AmeriCorps meetings and trainings
  • Members are not allowed to engage in any prohibited activities per the Prohibited Activities form
  • Knowledge and experience with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Duties and Responsibilities- Secondary Functions

  • Transport student teams in 12-passenger buses to field sites
  • Participate in student conferences, interact with parents, and participate in behavior management planning
  • Partner with other organizations and agencies, such as the School Garden Project, Bergrenn Experimental Farm, US Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management.
  • Coordinate school projects, such as student council and student appreciation
  • Help establish one new school partnership and/or research and write 1 new grant

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching and/or leading youth, conservation, reforestation and/or outdoor recreation skills
  • Desire for personal challenge and to help youth develop leadership and job skills
  • Strong communication skills and a vested interest in community service
  • Ability to participate in physical labor

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required (Outdoor Leadership and/or Youth Development experience preferred)
  • Valid driver's license and a history of responsible driving
  • Applicant must be between the ages of 21 and 24 when applying
  • Must provide current photo ID and proof of US Citizenship, US National or Permanent Resident status
  • Willingness to undergo a criminal and sex offender background check

Schedule Requirements:

  • Full time (40-45 hours a week) with a minimum of 1700 hours during a ten month service term from August 19th, 2019 to June 17th, 2020. Exact dates are subject to slight change due to snow days and other unforeseen changes in the calendar.
  • Service hours are generally Mon-Fri, 8-4:30pm, with occasional night and weekend hours.

Program Benefits:

  • $16,500 living allowance over the course of 10 months dispersed on a monthly basis.
  • Health insurance plan, training, loan forbearance, interest accrual relief, City of Eugene bus pass, 15 days of break
  • $5,920 education award (upon successful completion of service term and all program requirements)
  • The living allowance and education award are taxable
  • Members are responsible for providing housing, food, work clothing, and a pair of 8 inch tall leather work boots

AmeriCorps and Northwest Youth Corps are Equal Opportunity Employers. AmeriCorps members have the right to reasonable accommodation and accessibility for a disability.


please submit resume and cover letter to Principal Jay Breslow at Breslow@nwyouthcorps.org or apply through our website at: https://www.nwyouthcorps.org/m/OurPrograms/ConservationInterns

For specific information about the Twin Rivers Charter School or the Outdoor Educator/Youth Development Specialist position please contact: Principal Jay Breslow Breslow@nwyouthcorps.org

For AmeriCorps related questions contact: Caitlin Arnot-Copenhaver at CaitlinAC@nwyouthcorps.org

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.