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Outdoor Educator in the San Juan Islands

Organization: YMCA Camp Orkila
Location: Eastsound, WA
Posted: January 7, 2019
Job Type: Full-time

Work as an Outdoor Environmental Educator at YMCA Camp Orkila on Orcas Island.  March 4th-June 17th, 2019.  Compensation includes housing, food, and $60-65/day. Other benefits include; in-depth paid training, access to sea kayak fleet, access to Organic garden, caring, fun, adventurous co-workers, optional discounted Wilderness First Responder training.

General duties:

  • Act as part of the total camp staff team to provide a quality outdoor education program to school groups and weekend family camps.

  • Actively contribute to the camp staff team by communicating ideas and concerns openly, by making solution-oriented suggestions, by exhibiting a service-minded attitude, by being an appropriate role model, and by participating in staff meetings.

  • Prepare and teach classes in Environmental Education, Challenge Education, Outdoor Living Skills, and or Science-based classes daily as assigned.

  • Assist with ongoing training and program development by contributing to staff workshops, critiquing and revising existing curriculum, and developing new curriculum.

  • Facilitate activities (crafts, archery, row boating, large group games, campfires, etc.) during the daily Open Recreation period and Evening Activity period as assigned.

  • Plan and facilitate program orientation meetings for school groups.

  • Cooperate with Program Directors to provide activities for weekend groups.

  • Model and enforce all camp policies. Model a positive, service-minded attitude.

  • Be consistently on time for all meals, classes, and other activities.

  • Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings.

  • Ensure that all camp resource materials and equipment are kept orderly, safe, and well-maintained.

  • Ensure high standards of housekeeping in all cabins, facilities, staff housing, program areas, bathrooms and main lodge. Monitor and re-stock housekeeping supplies as needed.

  • Perform physical tasks involving lifting up to 50 pounds, bending, stooping, and other such movements. Activities may include, but are not limited to: belaying, climbing, moving luggage, shoveling, cleaning and walking long distances.


  • Have previous experience working with youth

  • Strong communication and leadership skills.

  • Current Red Cross First Aid and CPR certifications.

Environmental Educator

Organization:  Associated Recreation Council
Location: Seattle, WA
Posted: January 7, 2019. Position opened until filled. Applications are reviewed weekly. 
Job Type: Part-time, this is a summer only, non-benefited position. Rate: $17.00 per hour to start.

The Associated Recreation Council and the Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center is recruiting for enthusiastic and engaging  Environmental Educators to join the EarthKeepers Nature Day Camp team. Carkeek Park offers extraordinary opportunities for nature adventures with 220 acres including forests, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach access.   

The popular EarthKeeper nature day camp, includes weekly themes such as Nature Detective,  Furs, Tails, Tracks and Trails, Tidepools- Window to Puget Sound, Survivor’s Island, Buggin’ Out, and Carkeek’s Incredible Time Machine.  

Summer Day Camp Schedule: 

  • July 1, 2019 – August 27, 2019 (no camp on July 4th). 

  • Monday – Friday, 30-40 hours per week. 

  • Shifts will be 7 to 8 hours per day between 8:00am - 5:00 pm (subject to change based on business need). 

  • A one day mandatory pre-camp orientation will be  scheduled in mid-June. 

  • Nature Camp Training is framed between June 21-28, 2019

Basic Duties:  

  • Guide children ages 6-12 in hands-on, environmental education activities. 

  • Work closely with the Education Director and EarthKeeper team to plan and implement programs and activities. 

  • Guide 8-10 children, ages 6-12,  independently  while exploring  Carkeek Park. 

  • Teach with  other staff members and direct games and activities (including songs and art projects) for 20-30 campers. 

  • Serve as a positive role model for campers and use positive behavior guidance strategies. 

  • Maintain a safe, friendly and fun learning environment. 

  • Work outdoors and keep high energy and engagement while exploring Carkeek Park for long periods of time. 

  • Be flexible, adaptive and willing to provide ongoing constructive feedback to improve program. 


  • At least 1 year experience working with children, preferably in an outdoor setting; 

  • One year of college level education, preferably with course work in the natural sciences and/or education; 

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision; 

  • Ability to work collaboratively with team members of diverse backgrounds; 

  • Valid WA driver’s license and First Aid/CPR certification or ability to obtain;  

  • Commitment to work full summer program;  

  • Maintain positive attitude as a team player; 

  • If hired, must pass criminal background check…

Environmental Science Educator
Organization: NatureBridge
Location: Port Angeles, WA
Posted: January 9, 2019
Position Start Date: Monday, April 1, 2019

Environmental Science Educators are responsible for leading groups of students outdoors for 3-5 day programs in a residential setting. Top candidates will possess a passion for working with students and teaching environmental science, and be highly skilled in outdoor leadership and risk management. Applicants must have teaching experience and training in environmental education content, curricula, and pedagogy, and are WFR/ CPR certified. Compensation includes a competitive daily rate, paid training days, benefits, and housing.

Executive Director

Organization:  Wild Whatcom
Location: Bellingham, WA
Posted: January 9, 2019
Priority Application Deadline: February 4, 2019
Job Type: Full-time

Wild Whatcom is a flourishing non-profit organization dedicated to connecting youth to nature and developing positive character traits through outdoor exploration and discovery. We provide experiential learning opportunities that inspire participants to build healthy relationships with nature, community, and self. We serve more than 2,000 individuals each year through our schools programs, Explorers Clubs, summer trips/camps, community programs, and after-school adventures. With a talented staff of 24, we provide more than 50,000 nature hours to children in western Whatcom County each year.  

Wild Whatcom board and staff are united in a vision of organizational growth that increases opportunities for diverse populations to (re)connect with nature; allows us to attract, retain, and nurture talented staff from all parts of our community; and expand our programs. We seek an Executive Director with excellent fundraising and organizational skills, a collaborative, heart-centered approach, and the entrepreneurial spirit to achieve this vision.

Equity and access are at the center of our organizational goals. We’re reducing barriers by creating a robust school-based program to connect kids to the outdoors, prioritizing ongoing staff and board training and personal development work, and revising organizational policies and practices. We are committed to advancing social and economic equity and are looking for a capable Executive Director to help continue this important journey.  

Leadership Opportunity

The Board of Directors is looking for a dynamic leader to further the mission of Wild Whatcom. We are a strong organization with a healthy internal culture and solid financial footing. Seventy-five percent of our annual income (~$375,000) is generated through fee-based revenue, our reserve fund holds several months of operating expenses, and we have a track record of strong financial management and performance. The high quality of our programming and staff draw participants to our organization. We have deep roots in distributed leadership, prioritizing shared decision-making and stakeholder engagement. We seek someone to cultivate these strengths and bring new capacities, vision, and perspectives to the work.

The Executive Director reports to a dedicated Board of Directors and holds responsibility for the daily operations of the organization as well as the strategic implementation of its vision and mission.  

The priorities for the first 12-36 months will be to lead Wild Whatcom to make significant progress on the following goals:

*Take stock of the opportunities to evolve and develop in ways that increase access to the outdoors for all populations in western Whatcom County.

*Increase our fundraising capacity so that we are able to provide more non fee-based programming and provide traditional benefits and wage increases to our outstanding staff.

*Refine our current staffing model to increase our capacity to attract, retain, and nurture talented staff.

*Promote Wild Whatcom to individuals and businesses in our community, encouraging them to become donors and partners in connecting kids to nature.

*Nurture our positive community reputation and our organizational culture of collaborative leadership.

*Continue and augment our strong financial footing through exemplary fiscal management.

Faculty: 4-H Youth Development

Location: Snohomish County Organization: WSU Extension
Job Type: Full-Time
Posted: January 7, 2019

The WSU Extension Snohomish County 4-H Youth Development Assistant/Associate Professor is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position within the WSU Extension Youth and Families Program Unit.

The WSU Extension Youth and Families Program Unit is seeking a dynamic, inspired, and highly qualified professional to provide leadership, vision, educational programming, planning, development, implementation, and direction of the Snohomish County 4-H Positive Youth Development program in collaboration with staff, volunteers, youth, partners, and the community.


  • Provide leadership in planning, developing, and implementing flexible programs that demonstrate enhanced leadership skills, positive self-esteem, effective communication skills, sound decision-making ability, and other life skills in program participants.

  • Provide program leadership for the management and support to the adult volunteer systems, including recruiting, screening, training, supervising, guiding and advising, experiential learning, evaluating, and public recognition of volunteer leaders.

  • Build innovative programs that lead to peer-reviewed scholarship for advancement in rank and tenure.

  • Acquire both financial and human resources through grants, contracts, fee-for-service, and gifts to support the development and delivery of programming.

  • Develop, implement, and maintain an in-depth evaluation system to measure the outcomes and impacts of programs.

  • Maintain current knowledge of issues, best practices, and evidenced-based programs in positive youth development, family, adult education, and volunteer development to ensure that program outreach effectively includes diverse and under served communities and meets the needs in the region.

  • Evaluate the needs of the community, and develop curriculum and outreach programs to meet those needs.

  • Ensure that program outreach effectively includes diverse and underserved individuals that are representative of the community.

  • Collaborate with other Extension faculty and staff on program initiatives that affect youth, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed), Master Gardeners, Childhood Obesity, Strengthening Families, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community Economic Development and other programs.

  • While maintaining traditional clubs, identify opportunities for 4-H school enrichment, short term projects, focused youth education, and community-based organizations. Particular emphasis will be on expanding youth participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), citizenship, and healthy living programs.

Programs Coordinator

Organization: Northwest Youth Corps
Location: Eugene, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; or Tacoma, Washington
Job Type: Full-time

BENFITS OVERVIEW:  This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits. Benefit Package includes: Generous Personal Leave, Paid Holidays, Medical Coverage, Dental Coverage, Disability Insurance, and an 403(b)(7) investment plan.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time. Northwest Youth Corps operates residential and non-residential field-based programs.  Program Coordinators are primarily office-based positions that support programs, but does require a PC to spend up to 10% of their time in the field helping implement programs. PCs may operate under a non-traditional work week schedule depending on crew schedules.


Since 1984, Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) is a non-profit organization that provides unique work training experiences that empower youth and young adults to become successful, resilient members of their communities. To achieve this, NYC provides a variety of outdoor, conservation-specific programs throughout the Northwest that emphasize leadership, growth and personal success.  NYC partners with agencies like the U.S. Forest Service; National Park Service and Bureau Land Management to provide strenuous field-based work projects. NYC’s programs serve over 1,000 youth and young adults annually, with programs operating in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California.  Idaho Conservation Corps (ICC) is a program of Northwest Youth Corps.

NYC engages youth and young adults from all walks of life and provides a multifaceted experience that helps propel them into future opportunities and careers. Hard and soft skills are taught and reinforced throughout the member’s term through formal practical trainings.  NYC strives to provide program participants the skills and competencies needed to succeed in a wide variety of professional environments and life circumstances. 


Northwest Youth Corps runs a full suite of residential and non-residential programs for youth and young adults that run year round.  The Programs Coordinator is a predominantly office-based position charged with helping prepare programs for successful delivery and supporting implementation of multiple programs a year.

The Programs Coordinator (PC) position at NYC is designed as a career pathway model, meaning NYC will help PCs develop their professional skills and competencies and further expand their leadership capacity and ability to succeed in many roles in the outdoor industry.  While NYC seeks to hire Program Coordinators that have significant experience in youth and conservation programs, it is expected that Program Coordinators will receive considerable professional development as a part of their role and have a strong desire to learn.  Specific areas of professional development include: project management; human resources; hiring & supervision; risk management & incident response; USDA National Sawyer Certification; wilderness medicine; mental health first aid; logistics and planning; inventory maintenance; partnership development; leadership; community building; curriculum development; grant development; donor development; budgeting; meeting facilitation; and event coordination.

The Programs Coordinator is charged with:

  • Engage with agency partners to find and schedule work projects to be completed by NYC crews;  

  • Hire and train seasonal field leaders who manage day-to-day crew operations;

  • Provide support to field staff and crews prior during the implementation of programs;

  • Assure that programs reflect NYC culture of thoughtful risk management, inclusion, grit and fun;

  • Overseeing the tracking of crew accomplishments, paperwork and reporting processes;

  • Directly supervise Woods Bosses and young adult staff, to ensure NYC safety, education and workplace standards are upheld, and facilitate learning, growth, and success within those leaders.

Program Coordinators must have strong communication and interpersonal skills and stalwart capabilities. The right person for this position will be solution oriented, work well with people from diverse backgrounds and have substantial personal initiative.


  • Agency Relations – steward existing partner relationships and build new relationships with stakeholders and stakeholder groups

  • Program Coordination – Works with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to ensure programs have a coordinated slate of supplies, food, work, campsites, project partners, educational materials/experiences and recreational activities to sufficiently support NYC field crews.

  • Safety – Assure that all staff and members are actively following NYC safety and risk management protocols; serve on the NYC Risk Management Team; respond to field incidents and emergencies as necessary.

  • Administrative/Record Keeping - Responsible for coordinating the accurate, timely and thorough completion of field paperwork so that it can be processed in the office.

  • Field Staff Supervision – Establishes expectations and responsibilities for young adult Leaders and Woods Bosses around maintaining NYC camp, work, and cultural standards within programs.   Establishes individual development plan with Leaders (Community and Young Adult Programs) and Woods Bosses to help them learn, grow and habitualize success.

  • Operations – Helps coordinate resupply of supplies, tools and food for crews, as needed.

  • Training – Helps coordinate and facilitate effective training for field staff in partnership with other staff to train field staff.

  • Constant Improvement – Helps the organization analyze and adjust elements of our programs, training and administrative processes that can be improved and coordinate those improvements.


Education: Prefer post-secondary education in a related field and/or experience in outdoor recreation, environmental education, youth development or educational fields.
Experience: Applications will be reviewed considering all relevant experience relating to youth leadership, outdoor recreation, environmental education, and/or natural resource management backgrounds. Experience leading or supervising a group or team and experience managing outdoor projects is required. Experience working on manual labor projects, using hand tools, operating chainsaws, and driving passenger vans is desirable. 
Certification: Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications are required; or applicants must be willing to obtain certification prior to their employment. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an acceptable driving record during the last three years.
Physical Condition: Applicants in good physical condition, capable of working long hours on strenuous, labor intensive projects are preferred as training and work projects often require heavy lifting, constant bending, digging, and long hikes to and from the worksite, though this requirement represents a small component of the job.

Northwest Youth Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Our core purpose is to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success. We believe diversity is a key source of strength for our communities, and we strive to create a safe and empowering environment for participants from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities.  We are deeply invested in the success of youth and young adults of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations, economic statuses, or other socio-cultural identifiers.

How to Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Matt Springer, Programs Director, Northwest Youth Corps, 2621 Augusta Street, Eugene, OR 97403 or you may e-mail (link sends e-mail) with Programs Coordinator in the subject line and document attachments in either word or pdf format. Please do not call.

Program Instructor & More

Organization:  North Cascades Institute
Location: Diablo, WA
Deadline to Apply: Monday, February 11, 2019, 11:30pm
Job Type: Full-time
Start Date: February 19, 2019
Job Duration: February 19th - June 4, 2019
Also see: Youth Leadership Coordinator

Job Description:

Based out of the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in North Cascades National Park, the Program Instructor position functions as a professional member of the North Cascades Institute’s program instructional team. This position primarily supports the Mountain School program in the spring and fall, Adult & Family programs in the summer, and assists with other Institute programming throughout the instructor season. The ideal candidate is a creative, energetic, professional, motivated, cooperative team player. They possess a strong work ethic with motivation to grow professionally as an instructor and as a key staff member of a mission-driven organization. Priority consideration will be given to candidates with prior experience in the roles, program areas, and tracks in which they apply.


Mountain School Programs (Spring)

Mountain School is the Institute’s primary school based education program. It is a nationally recognized residential environmental education program serving approximately 2,400 elementary and middle school students annually. Students spend three days and two nights at the Learning Center hiking under towering trees, exploring terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and learning about the rich natural and cultural history of one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Program instructors lead trail groups of students primarily from fifth grade classrooms, facilitating a safe, hands-on, outdoor learning experience.

Graduate Program (Spring)

North Cascades Institute, in partnership with Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment, offers a Master of Environmental Education degree program. This program blends teaching, leadership, nonprofit administration, curriculum development, instructional strategies, as well as natural and cultural history. Graduate students function as Mountain School instructors during the Spring Mountain School season as a way to fulfill their teaching practicum requirement. Program instructors function as professional examples for graduate students during this teaching practicum.


  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ages

  • Enthusiasm for learning and teaching about the natural world

  • Previous experience in instructional roles

  • Good judgment, flexibility and ability to work independently and reliably

  • Current Wilderness First Responder (preferred) or Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification upon date of hire

  • Ability to lift and carry 30 pounds

  • Ability to talk and instruct while hiking over uneven terrain

  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends

  • Ability to work and live in a small, rural community

  • Final offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check that may include employment history, national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and a driving history check


  • Working collaboratively with individuals from different identity groups, including historically excluded groups

  • Teaching elementary and middle school youth, as well as working with teachers and parent chaperones

  • Employing different teaching methods and styles to accommodate different audiences and learning styles

  • Developing lesson plans

  • Leading wilderness programs and associated risk management protocols

  • Creating identify-safe learning environments

  • Inquiry-based teaching and learning

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field

  • Knowledge of basic scientific principles and how to teach them

  • Knowledge of the North Cascades natural and cultural history

  • Valid driver’s license. Driving record must have no more than one moving violation in the past three years, no DUI, reckless driving, or serious moving violations, etc.


Program Instruction & Delivery (85%)

  • Create a safe, welcoming learning environment for youth and adults through positive reinforcement, role-modeling, and cultural sensitivity

  • Design and implement lessons with clear learning objectives in natural and cultural history, science, the arts, and other subjects during Mountain School

  • Deliver Mountain School student orientations

  • Lead program participants on trail hikes

  • Assist with maintaining and managing inventory of program educational materials

  • Provide positive learning environment and peer coaching to Graduate Students during Mountain School teaching practicum

  • Drive participants to and from off-campus locations using Institute vehicles, if qualified to drive and as needed

  • Function as Camptender for Mountain School, as needed

  • Assist in other Learning Center program areas as needed

Administration (10%)

  • Regularly report on programming activities and field issues/concerns to Program Coordinator

  • Participate in all scheduled program trainings including check-ins with supervisor

  • Manage, respond to, and report any risk management incidents

  • Engage in self-guided research into relevant natural history topics

  • Support marketing and registration that promote enrollment

General (5%)

  • Support and actively contribute to the Institute’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives

  • Participate in Learning Center staff meetings and weekly community work parties

  • Provide ELC facilities, housekeeping, and kitchen staff with occasional light duty support

  • Other duties as assigned


This is a temporary/seasonal, full time, non-exempt position, eligible for overtime pay. The wage is $13.00 per hour; benefits include sick leave and holiday pay. Shared rental housing may be available, either at the Learning Center or in the neighboring towns of Diablo or Marblemount. Pets and smoking are not allowed in Institute housing. Meals are provided when programs are in session; otherwise, instructors are responsible for providing their own food. Employees are responsible for transportation to and from work.

Education Outreach Coordinator

Organization: The REACH Museum
Location: Richland, WA
Job Type: 20 hours per week, $13.00 per hour

Job Description:

The REACH Museum seeks an experienced educator to fill a part-time position on our education team. The ideal candidate will:

  • be enthusiastic about learning and teaching

  • have innovative ideas to contribute to a growing organization

  • be willing to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends

  • have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

  • be able to lift 50 lbs. and stand for long periods, both indoors and outdoors

  • be comfortable using Office software for communication and in creating educational materials

  • be willing to work with visitors and students of all ages and abilities

Job duties include:

Responds to requests for outreach events: communicate with schools and community organizations, organize volunteers to help with outreach, participate in outreach events, positively representing The REACH to the public, transport and set up materials at event locations

Leads education programs at the museum and at school visits, as part of the Education team, supporting the REACH Museum’s mission: teach content for school programs at the museum and in the community, plan and lead education activities for museum events as needed, create positive interactions with visitors of all ages

Logistics & Galley Coordinator

Organization:  Salish Sea Expeditions
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Compensation: $1400-$1600/month, depending on experience, full room, partial board and sea time.

Logistics & Galley Coordinator

The Logistics & Galley Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating pre-trip and day-to-day food and supply details for 3-5 day science education programs and day sail events aboard the vessel. This position will be split with approximately 30% of time in the office and 70% onboard the vessel. In the office, the Galley & Logistics Coordinator will use student menu plans provided by each group to design meals for the duration of the expedition. Shopping for and packing food and additional supplies necessary for the trips will also be the responsibility of the Galley & Logistics coordinator. Onboard the vessel, the Galley & Logistics Coordinator will be responsible for preparing lunches and snacks for all participants, organizing foods so they can be divided for the group camping onshore as well as the group sleeping on the boat in the evening, ensuring there are adequate food stocks and cleaning supplies aboard, and assisting marine educators and sailing crew where needed.

About You

  • Exceptional organizational skills

  • Time management, responsibility and flexibility a must

  • Experience in food service and interest in cooking

  • Experience working with 10-16 year olds

  • Ability to lift an carry gear up to 50lbs

  • Ability to stay positive when working with crew and students over multiple days in relatively confined spaces of the vessel

  • Proactive work ethic: willingness to help in any aspects of programming necessary

  • First Aid & CPR Certified by position start date

About Us

Salish Sea Expeditions is a nonprofit organization established to provide opportunities for students in grades 5th and beyond to design and conduct real scientific, boat-based research on the waters of the Salish Sea and within their local watersheds.


To inspire youth to connect with the marine environment through boat-based scientific inquiry and hands-on learning, instilling curiosity, confidence, and critical thinking.

About Our Education Team

To achieve our organizational mission, our Education Director and Program Manager hire nautical and marine scientist educators for our Spring and Fall Seasons to teach in the classroom and deliver our program aboard the sailing vessel Carlyn. Programs range from 1- to 5-days, with multi-day onboard programs involving Pre- and Post-Expedition Sessions with our student scientists and sailors.

Integral to the success of Salish Sea Expeditions and our hands-on, boat-based programs is a crew full of knowledgeable, curious, enthusiastic, and self-motivated educators. There are typically six crew members on all expeditions.

Captain, Mate & Deckhand: Oversee ship operations and nautical instruction
Marine Science Educator: Instruct & guide student research efforts
Program Coordinator: Responsible for oversight of the entire experience, facilitates each trip and assists in the science program.
Logistics & Galley Coordinator: In charge of preparing lunches for the students and crew and coordinating meals and supplies for the expeditions.

Professional development opportunities vary from season to season and may include attending conferences and outreach events throughout the area, volunteer opportunities with other scientific research groups, and continuing education classes in the maritime sector. If you’re interested in joining our team, please take a look at our position descriptions below. Each season we may also host additional programs, including Marine Explorers Weekends, Science Under Sail and Educator Expeditions & Workshops.

Garden Educator

Organization: CYO Camp Services
Location: Monroe, WA
Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 11:45pm
Posted: November 27, 2018
Job Type: Seasonal. Seasonal pay starts just over $2,500 for the season. Room and Board is included.
Position Start Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Job Description:

The Environmental Education program at Camp Hamilton is currently looking for a Garden Educator for the spring 2019 season, running March 26 - June 1.  Qualified candidates have at least two years of college level coursework or related experience in science or education. Educators use scientific observation and investigation and Catholic reflections to encourage students to care for God’s creation.

1. Plan and plant a variety of plants in the garden.
2. Tend and care for a ½ acre garden, greenhouse and compost system.
3. Maintenance and upkeep of garden and surrounding areas
4. Plan and provide instructional garden lessons to students using established curriculum and resources.
5. Assist in teaching staff their responsibilities in activity area during staff training.
6. Take Discovery Lodge compost to the garden compost station as needed.
7. Conduct initial and end-of-season inventory, and store equipment for safety. Document and convey all garden information to orient other seasonal staff.
8. Check equipment and make (or file for) repairs.
9. Determine activities appropriate to age and group needs.
10. Submit orders for equipment and/or supplies when needed, ensuring timely arrival of material.
11. Assist in packing all materials and supplies when season ends.
12. Evaluate current season and make recommendations for equipment supplies, and program for following season.
13. Assist with other day to day operations as needed to keep camp running smoothly.

Environmental Education Instructors

Organization: Mount Rainier Institute

Term of Position: Spring 2019 season is late March through mid-June may involve weekend and evening hours. Shared housing will be provided for a modest monthly rental fee.

Compensation: Competitive salary . Estimated 30-40 hours per week depending on program schedule

Mount Rainier Institute is a 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.

Environmental Education Instructors lead youth and adults through field science investigations, and teach topics such as bio-diversity, natural history, geology, forestry, resource management, and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest. Environmental Education Instructors 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 ongoing development of a relatively new residential environmental education program.

 Mount Rainier Institute is committed to diversity. We welcome qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, color, sexual orientation, or gender.

Lead students grades 3-12 (mostly upper middle school) through Mount Rainier Institute’s multi-day experiential learning programs focusing on inquiry-based field science investigations and the natural and cultural history of the Mount Rainier region.

Cultivate a positive, inclusive, multi-cultural, student-centered learning environment that inspires community development, scientific and environmental literacy, and a sense of place.


  • BA/BS in Education, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Resource Interpretation, Natural Resources, Outdoor or Environmental Education, Biology, multi-disciplinary studies or related field

  • One or two years relevant teaching experience, preferably outdoors

  • Working knowledge of inquiry-based scientific field study techniques

  • Current First Aid and CPR certification….

Please apply by sending an e-mail with your resume, a brief cover letter, and 3 references to

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.

Organization: Beacon Hill Food Forest

Location: Beacon Hill, Seattle

Job Type: Volunteer

Description: Get involved at the Beacon Food Forest! Restoring our public lands into vibrant gardens and edible forests.

 Grow your skills in food forestry, leadership, education, and community engagement by volunteering for the Beacon Food Forest. No prior experience necessary. Contact for more information about the following volunteer opportunities:

  • Weekday Workshop Leader 

  • Volunteer Coordinator

  • Food Donations Coordinator

  • Event photographer / videographer

  • Education Coordinator / Class Instructor

Conservation Crew- Crew Positions
Job: Washington Conservation Corps
Organization: Washington Department of Ecology
Location: Ellensburg, Tacoma, Wenatchee, 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.