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Outdoor School Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Organization: Oregon State University Extension Service
Location: Corvallis, OR

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, September 8, 2019, 12:00am
Posted: August 19, 2019
Job Category: Job
Job Type: Full-time

Job Description:

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement, Extension Service is seeking a Outdoor School Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator at Oregon State University. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE) 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Outdoor School Program Leader and the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement.

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement (Division) enhances access to enrichment and problem solving through reciprocal relationships for the exchange of knowledge and resources in partnership with individuals, communities, business, industries, government, and educational institutions. The Division includes the Extension Service. The Division is under the leadership of the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement.

  • The Extension Service engages the people of Oregon with research-based knowledge and education that strengthen communities and economies, sustain natural resources, and promote healthy families and individuals. The Extension Service has a presence in each of the Oregon’s 36 counties.

  • The Outdoor School (ODS) Program resides within the OSU Extension Service and advances the Extension Service’s vision, mission, and goals through the statewide engagement of School Districts and Educational Service Districts in Outdoor School. The ODS Program helps Oregon’s youth apply learning; develop leadership, critical thinking and social skills; and exposes them to the role of scientific inquiry.

  • The long-term goal of the ODS Program is to integrate placed-based programs into the Oregon school system that build upon youth’s skills in hands-on science and their abilities to be effective stewards and leaders in their community. The OES Outdoor School Program Leader has leadership and administrative responsibility for the OSU Outdoor School Program. OSU Outdoor School Program website: (link is external).

  • The Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP) serves as the primary professional development and curriculum arm of outdoor school program and works in partnership with the ODS program on curriculum and professional development. ONREP is a program of the OSU Extension Service.

  • As Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator of OES Outdoor School Program (ODS), this person will be housed in the ONREP as the curriculum and professional development specialist for outdoor school.

  • This position will work with the ONREP professional development team to ensure the development and delivery of high quality ODS curriculum and professional development to ODS providers and stakeholders across Oregon who specialize in Outdoor School delivery and facilitation.

  • As a member of both the ODS and ONREP teams, this person will help develop and execute a comprehensive professional development and curriculum plan that is inclusive, equitable, and reflects the multi-dimensional diversity of Oregon students; and, promote this within outdoor schools Statewide. Specifically, they will ensure every school and every student within each school has the opportunity to participate in a high quality, culturally responsive and inclusive and accessible ODS program. T

  • he individual will report to the ODS Program Leader and participate in cross team meetings in addition to ONREP and ODS team meetings respectively. Outdoor school and ONREP internally and externally operate in a way that exemplifies the University’s Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity principles and will support participating ODS providers and school districts.

  • This person should have strong written and oral communication skills, both in terms of presenting information and working with a variety of diverse stakeholders across the state. Additionally, this person should have background experience in outreach to a variety of stakeholders including schools, administrators, educators, parents and families, and youth. They should have an understanding of the demographics of Oregon and have experience working statewide with rural and urban stakeholders.

  • This person should have a background of experience in curriculum and professional development (PD), specifically designing and delivering outcome-based PD, creating materials and resources, logistics, supervising program facilitators, and providing coaching feedback and evaluation. Strong knowledge of Oregon department of education state standards, understanding best practices in curriculum design, evaluation, and environmental education and natural resources is required.

  • This position provides support to ODS educators and program staff on curriculum using the ODS high quality curriculum rubric, and provides resources that will help ODS strengthen the alignment of their program’s state standards, ODS legislation, ACA standards, and other standards of excellence.

  • This person should be able to work independently and as a collaborative team member within the ODS and ONREP programs. It is important that the person in this position is open to diverse needs and interests, responsive, and flexible.

  • Oregon State University and the Extension Service are committed to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. All employees of the OSU Extension Service are responsible for helping to ensure that this commitment is achieved. This commitment includes but is not limited to complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations

Minimum/Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Education, Science Education, Environmental Education, Natural Resources or related field. Degree must be completed by application date.

  • Demonstrated experience in project coordination and program management;

  • At least five years of relevant experience and background in outdoor school, science education, place or land-based education and/or outdoor/environmental education;

  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, oral, and written communication skills;

  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills;

  • Demonstrated experience with adhering to budgets;

  • Demonstrated experience in organization, decision-making, problem solving and creating a collaborative environment;

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment;

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with rigid deadlines;

  • Ability to maintain the strictest confidentiality and professionalism;

How to Apply:

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact: Spirit Brooks at (link sends e-mail)

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQcommunity members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the motor vehicle check requirement.

Contact Name:

Spirit Brooks

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AmeriCorps Field Educator

Organization: Wenatchee River Institute

Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 11:00am
Location: Wenatchee, WA
Posted: August 19, 2019
Job Category: Volunteer Opportunity
Job Type: Full-time

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Teach hands-on, natural science education programs in both classroom and outdoor settings at Barn Beach Reserve and off-site locations

  • Safely handle and care for live education animals

  • Operate and maintain lab equipment and field equipment

  • Manage participants’ physical, social, and emotional safety/risk

  • Train volunteers on Field Day activities

  • Create and implement lessons and activities for day camps (summer and school breaks)

  • Instruct day camp programs

  • Assist and support volunteers and high school interns

  • Collaborate with Youth Education & Community Programs staff

  • Teach programs independently and as part of a team

  • Support Wenatchee River Institute mission and community outreach

  • Evaluate impact of Youth Education Programs

  • Share in campus stewardship responsibilities

  • Take photos of programs and manage for different social media and marketing uses


  • Relevant previous experience working with school-aged youth in a formal or informal capacity

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in science, environmental or multi-disciplinary studies or related field

  • Current First Aid and CPR certifications or willingness to obtain

  • Commitment to stewardship, conservation, and connecting youth to the natural world

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within teaching and community

  • Ability to work actively outdoors in a variety of conditions and share a tight office space

  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances

  • Ability to get to Barn Beach Reserve and other programming sites in and around Leavenworth and Wenatchee

AmeriCorps members are required to:

  • Be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident (must submit proof as defined by CNCS regulation)

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of service (17 years of age with signed parental consent form)

  • Pass required National Service Criminal History Checks

  • Not be listed on the National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR)

  • Have a high school diploma or GED

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted through AmeriCorps.

Environmental Science Center Salmon Naturalist

Organization: Environmental Science Center
Location: Burien, Renton, Highline Park
Application Deadline: AUGUST 19th

The Environmental Science Center (ESC) is a non-profit organization, offering quality, experiential environmental education programs at local beaches, streams, forested areas, and in classrooms throughout South King County. We are currently hiring Naturalists for our fall 2019 Salmon Heroes Program, to take place at Normandy Park Cove in Burien, along the Cedar River at the Renton Community Center, and at the Mary Olsen Farm in Auburn.


• Conduct field study programs to 4th-12th grades about salmon life cycle, anatomy, habitat needs, ethnobotany, watershed health, and human impacts on salmon habitat (ESC curriculum provided).

• Model appropriate stewardship behavior.

• Guide groups of 10-15 students during field study programs.


• Experience teaching children and adults in informal and outdoor settings.

• Knowledge of the western Washington riparian ecosystem, human impacts on watershed health, and the lifecycle, habitat needs, and ecological importance of salmon.

• Willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

• Exceptional interpretive skills.

• Must have reliable transportation.

• Must be able to pass a Washington State background check.

Compensation: $17.00/hour - $19.00/hour DOE

Time Commitment: Part-time/ seasonal, based on demand.

The ESC salmon season starts in September and runs through January, 2020. Field studies last 3 or 4 hours, and are scheduled Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 2:00pm.

Supervisor: ESC Programs Manager Joanna Stodden

Please visit our website to fill out 2019 Salmon Heroes Application , and email resume with the subject line “Job Opening Salmon Naturalist” to ESC’s Salmon Coordinator by emailing

EPA Launches ‘Green Interns Program’ For Fall 2019 

Federal Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Job Type: Internship for recent grads. To be eligible for the program, candidates must have earned associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degrees or certificates from qualifying institutions and programs within the previous two years. Veterans are eligible to apply up to six years after completing their degree or certificate. Preference eligible veterans can apply two years after release or discharge from active duty.
Application Avail: June 14, 2019
Jobs Start: Sept 30, 2019

EPA’s new program creates pathway to civil service for recent graduates.

WASHINGTON (June 17, 2019) — The EPA is establishing the Green Interns Program to cultivate a collection of the best, qualified candidates to fulfill mission critical occupations nationwide. The program will provide recent graduates with an opportunity to serve their country through a career in the federal government while gaining valuable work experience and knowledge of environmental issues.                                

Green Interns Program participants will be entitled to benefits including: federal health insurance, the Thrift Savings Plan, sick and annual leave accrual, a transit subsidy and more. Throughout the program, interns will be supported through mentoring, formal interactive training and an Individual Development Plan. After completing the program, participants may be converted into permanent federal employees.

Green Interns will qualify for conversion to either a 1-4-year term or permanent position once they have completed at least one year of continuous service and all other program requirements, demonstrated successful job performance, and meet the qualifications for the permanent position to which they will be converted. Those interested can apply at:

Green Interns Program Manager, please contact Piyachat Terrell at: or (202) 564-1856.

AmeriCorps Opportunity

Organization: Washington Service Corps
Location: Positions Available in 24 counties throughout Washington (Example: Grays Harbor, Cowlitz, Spokane, Kittitas, Palouse, King and Yakima Counties)

Ten-month positions vary from community educator to green classroom coordinator to Native Plant technician and environmental educator.

The mission of the Washington Service Corps is to promote and support community-based initiatives that:

  • Strengthen the capacity of local governments and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and small community-based organizations, to assist individuals, families and communities in need;

  • Encourage and value diversity by serving geographically diverse communities;

  • Recruit a diverse applicant pool that includes young and older adults, a balance of individuals who have not attended college and those with college experience, men and women, individuals with disabilities and individuals of all races, ethnicities, faiths and economic backgrounds; and

  • Increase the amount of volunteering and civic engagement in Washington state by recruiting, supporting and managing volunteers.

Conservation Crew- Crew Positions

Job: Washington Conservation Corps
Organization: Washington Department of Ecology
Location: Port Angeles, Tacoma, Bellingham, Spokane, etc.
Job Openings: Crew positions are open now

Crew Members: Requirements - Must be 18-25 years old, with limited exceptions made for recently returned military veterans*. Strong preference will be given to Washington state residents. Crew Benefits - Members earn $11 hourly in this full-time position and receive an AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,815 (scholarship) upon successful completion of 11-month contract (1700 hours). Educational loan forbearance and health insurance is available. Gain hands-on experience in the environmental field, improve habitat for fish and wildlife, and build your path to the future by joining Washington Conservation Corps! We are still accepting applications for crews statewide.

Looking for more opportunities in other States or Countries, check out the NAAEE resources at: NAAEE Jobs