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Outdoor Education Lecture and Course

The College of Education is hosting faculty from our partner institution in Norway for a lecture on May 4th at 4:30PM. At this event, students will engage in meaningful discussion about the impact of outdoor education on children and youth.

Additionally, the College of Education will be offering a 499 course on this topic during Winter and Spring, 2018. The course will be open to undergraduate and graduate students. NW credit awarded for both courses. Priority course registration will be given to students who attend the May 4th event.

More details in the attached flyer. RSVP required.

Outdoor Education Event & Course

Job/Internship Opportunities: Education/Interpretation – Mount St. Helens Institute

Mount St Helens Institute LogoThe Mount St. Helens Institute is excited to announce 4 seasonal positions at Mount St. Helens. While its not necessarily collecting data or studying volcanoes; it is sharing appreciation and understanding of volcanoes with youth and adults.
This includes working with the USGS/MSHI collaborative GeoGirls progra and working at Johnston Ridge Observatory.
Position Description HERE and attached.
Please share with your current and former students:
  • Science Education – 2 positions available – starts April 17; closes March 6
  • Education and Interpretation Internship
  • Interpretation Internship

Mount St. Helens Educator

Mt. St. Helens Education and Interpretation Intern

Mt. S. Helens Interpretation Intern

Job Opportunity: Outdoor Environmental Educator – YMCA Camp Colman

YMCA Camp ColmanYMCA Logo
Longbranch, Washington
Website: http://www.campcolman.org

At YMCA Camp Colman, located on 110 acres of forested, beachfront property, we work to create an inclusive, low-risk environment in which youth from all over Western Washington are empowered to discover their unique strengths and talents, and encouraged to share those with their peers, their community and the environment.  During the spring season, mid-February  through mid-June 17, 2017, we will invite thousands of participants to explore, encourage their curiosity, guide critical thinking and support their effort in the Environmental Sciences, Outdoor Skills, and Challenge Education.  Instructors lead classes, tend to the organic garden, care for the marine invertebrates in the touch tanks, maintain facilities, and have opportunities to collaborate on a team to create curriculum, develop programming and grow professionally.  Instructors live on-site in a compassionate, hard-working community.  In addition to housing, instructors also receive food and a $55-65 daily stipend DOE.  Applicants should be passionate about the sciences and the outdoors, experienced in working with youth, have a degree or experience in a related field and must be over 21.  To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Outdoor Environmental Education Director, Nicky Crummett at ncrummett@seattleymca.org.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Job Opportunity: Seasonal Naturalist – Long Lake Conservation Center

Long Lake Conservation Center LogoSeasonal Naturalist
Long Lake Conservation Center
Palisade, Minnesota
Website: http://www.longlakecc.org

Long Lake Conservation Center is seeking candidates for the Seasonal Naturalist Position

Seasonal Naturalist Job Summary
Seasonal Naturalists at Long Lake both learn and teach. They learn through observation of and interaction with our creative and dynamic staff of Naturalists. They teach by sharing knowledge with students, and also by bringing fresh insights and individual expertise to our community.

Long Lake Conservation Center is a Residential Environmental Learning Center located in the North woods of Minnesota, only a couple hours from the Twin Cities, and in the heart of Aitkin County. Long Lake provides unique, hands on learning experiences. With environmental education opportunities for students of any age; Long Lake encourages the exploration, conservation, education, and appreciation of nature.

Long Lake is Minnesota’s original environmental learning center. Since 1963, Long Lake has been dedicated to youth environmental education and offers school programs for beyond the classroom learning. “The Long Lake Field Study” school program is tailored to individual visiting student groups with fully accredited classes taught by professional and seasonal naturalists.

In addition to “The Long Lake Field Study,” Long Lake provides opportunities to explore and admire the natural world for all audiences. Long Lake offers facility rental, retreat accommodations, and/or educational programming to interested parties. Furthermore, as the flagship of Aitkin County’s park system, Long Lake is open to the public for adult and family classes, community programming, and access to miles of hiking and ski trails. There is always something to see, do, and learn at Long Lake!

Seasonal Naturalists come to Long Lake for an entire academic year, September through May. It is also possible to spend either the fall or spring term. Seasonal Naturalists may also return for an additional academic year.

Essential Functions:
Seasonal Naturalist responsibilities:

  • Care for the health, safety, enjoyment, and enrichment of our visiting students.
  • Observe, take notes, and teach classes.
  • Teach and lead classes independently, after exposure to the curriculum.
  • Work weekends on a rotating basis.
  • Willingly work outdoors in all kinds of weather.
  • Assist in all aspects of the education department (critter care, equipment upkeep, etc.).

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Job Opportunity: Instructor I – Texas State Aquarium

Texas State Aquarium Logo

Instructor I
Position Type: Part Time


  • Instruct educational programs, on and off site, for school and public audiences adhering to program goals, curriculum and quality customer service standards as outlined by department and/or Aquarium procedures. Programs include, but are not limited to Aquavision Distance Learning, Outreach, Aquarium Discovery Programs, Camp-In, Homeschool, SeaCamp
  • Present videoconference programs in a dynamic way.
  • Promote, schedule and conduct videoconference programs.
  • Operate videoconference equipment.
  • Maintain Aquavision program records.
  • Assist with special technology projects within the Education department.
  • Conduct outreach programming for school and community groups.
  • Assist in promotion of outreach programs to meet revenue goals.
  • Assist in outreach program development under the Texas State Aquarium Education Plan.
  • Conduct On-site programs as needed with prior approval.
  • Provide quality education programming.
  • Comply with a safety policies, practices, and procedures. Report all unsafe work practices to supervisor and / or Human Resources.
  • Abide by all policies and procedures outlined in the Animal Husbandry Standard Operating
  • Procedures as it pertains to the Outreach Animal Collection.
  • Incorporate audience inclusiveness, inquiry and STEM content accuracy.
  • Properly use and maintain teaching resources and equipment, including but not limited to those for field, lab and classroom use.
  • Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge and skills, along with mentoring and guiding volunteers and new PT Instructors through program processes and protocols.
  • Participate in and/or assist with other educational and Aquarium programs/events as needed, such as World Oceans Day, Adopt-a-Beach, Dollar Day, and Party for the Planet.
  • Properly handle and utilize live animals, adhering to established guidelines and protocol.
  • Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and Aquarium objectives, goals and mission.
  • Provide exceptional guest service.
  • Abide by all policies and procedures outlined in the employee handbook.

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Job Opportunity: Assistant Teacher – Fiddleheads Forest School, UW Botanic Gardens

University of Washington Botanic Gardens LogoLocation: Washington Park Arboretum

The University of Washington Botanic Gardens Youth and Family Education programs serve over 10,000 youth ages 2‐18 and their families each year through family classes, school field trips, summer camp and preschool programs. Tucked within the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Youth and Family Education Programs is the Fiddleheads Forest School, an entirely outdoor preschool for students ages three to five. At the Fiddleheads Forest School, we aim to foster a sense of wonder, to guide rather than compel, and to provide room for possibility rather than attempt to constrain children’s interests to fit within a certain curriculum. Unlike traditional programs, at the Forest School our classroom grows and changes along with its students. This dynamic environment offers an unparalleled setting for the development of self‐regulation and fundamental appreciation for the natural world. Our unique, child‐driven curriculum addresses the individual developmental needs of every student. Each day is approached with joy and wonder at the wide world around us.

General Duties/Description: This position will assist the lead teachers with all aspects of implementing a weekly, part‐day nature preschool program. During the school year, this position will assist teaching classes of up to 14 students 2‐3 days per week from 8:30AM – 1:30PM while spending the vast majority of that time outdoors, exploring the natural world through age‐appropriate lessons and activities. Additional hours may be available for substituting, assisting with school events and teaching in the school field trip program.

For more information, see the full job posting.

Job Opportunity: Fall Instructor – YMCA Camp Colman

YMCA LogoOrganization: YMCA Camp Colman
Address: Longbranch, WA
Website: YMCA Camp Colman

Instructors in the Outdoor Environmental Education Program at YMCA Camp Colman work to create an inclusive, low-risk environment in which individuals are empowered to discover their unique talents and strengths and encouraged to share those with their peers, their community and the environment. Instructors teach a diverse student population in a variety of classes focused in Challenge Education, Environmental Sciences and Outdoor Skills. In addition to facilitating programming for our residential students and weekend groups, instructors also have opportunities for professional development through creating passion projects, working in our organic garden, writing curriculum, feeding the animals at our Marine Center and participating in trainings for various industry certifications. Members of our community wear many hats including cleaning and maintenance and have the privilege of modeling responsibility, respect, honesty and caring in our day to day tasks. Instructors receive a daily stipend (DOE) in addition to room and board in communal housing located on our beautiful 110 acre forested, beach-front property located on the Puget Sound. Instructors begin mid-August 2016 and commit through mid-November 2016.

Job Duration:

How to Apply:
Please email Nicky Crummett at ncrummett@seattleymca.org with your resume and cover letter. We look forward to hearing from you!

Job Compensation:

Compensation Information:
Instructors receive a daily stipend (DOE) in addition to room and board in communal housing located on our beautiful 110 acre forested, beach-front property located on the Puget Sound.