Job Opportunity: Environmental Education Instructors – Mount Rainier Institute

Mount Rainier Institute is searching for outstanding and passionate educators to help shape the inaugural school season.

Now hiring Fall Environmental Education Instructors-late August to Mid-November 2015. Click here for the job description.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Soper.

In partnership with Mount Rainier National Park, University of Washington has created the Mount Rainier Institute. Mount Rainier Institute is a new residential environmental education program. Our mission is to provide outstanding nature-based education experiences that are rooted in science and nurture the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders. We are looking for skilled educators to help establish a solid program with one of the nation’s iconic National Parks.
Environmental Education Instructors are key members of the program staff. They will instruct youth and adults regarding the diversity of ecosystems, plants and animals, and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest. EE Instructors will also have the opportunity for professional growth through the development of their naturalist, outdoor education, and resource interpretation skills and techniques. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of starting a new residential environmental education program.
Term of Position: Spring season is late March through June 6th, may involve weekend and evening hours. Shared housing will be provided along with meals when groups are in residence. First Aid and CPR training will be provided for individuals who do not have these certifications.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead students through Mount Rainier Institute programs in natural and cultural history, inquiry-based field investigations, and resource stewardship for youth and adults; primarily students in grades 4-12.
  • Lead half-day and day-long educational hikes (including using snowshoes) on Pack Forest and Mount Rainier National Park trails.
  • Assist in the design of customized environmental and science education programs for students of all ages.
  • Attend training and regularly scheduled staff meetings.
  • Ensure safety and well-being of program participants.
  • Conduct evening and weekend programs as needed.
  • Assist in the maintenance of all program supplies, equipment, and facilities.
  • Assist with other duties as required.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • BA/BS in Natural Sciences, Biology, Education, Parks and Recreation Management,
  • Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Resource Interpretation, Natural
  • Resources, Outdoor or Environmental Education, or related field.
  • Previous teaching/working with children.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Physically able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and hike several miles.
  • Great independent worker and team player.

DESIRED:

  • Extensive experience in classroom teaching, outdoor education, residential camp setting, nature center, or day camp.
  • Experience facilitating inquiry-based scientific field studies for middle and high school students.
  • Knowledge of the natural history of the Pacific Northwest and snow science.

COMPENSATION:
$1864 per month (prorated). Shared housing and meals when groups are in residence.

To apply send an e-mail with your resume, a brief cover letter, and 3 references to sopere@uw.edu.

Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.

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