Outdoor School Program Instructor

Employer
Northwest Regional School District
Location
Hillsboro, OR
Posted
Jul 24, 2021
Closes
Jul 27, 2021
Ref
2328234614
Sector
Other
Organization Type
Corporate
Northwest Regional Education Service District is an equal opportunity employer; committed to building an inclusive community and an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. We are proud to be an antiracist organization. We work to understand how racial ideology is manufactured and how it impacts the lives of our staff and those we serve.

In line with our commitment to disrupting systemic racism, we acknowledge that research shows that Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and women are significantly less likely to apply for some positions, believing they must meet every qualification as described in the job description. At NWRESD, we value representation, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We know that sometimes that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of the qualifications described below. Position Title: Outdoor School Program Instructor

Department: Department of Schools

Location: Outdoor School (Various Locations in NW Oregon)

Reports To: Outdoor School Site Supervisor

Start Date: September 17th, 2021

End Date: November 5th, 2021

Salary: $15.50/hr NW REGIONAL ESD'S MISSION STATEMENT: In partnership with the communities we serve, Northwest Regional ESD improves student learning by providing equitable access to high quality services and support.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Program Instructors are responsible for assisting with all aspects of the Northwest Outdoor Science School program. Program Instructors are assigned a cohort of students and Student Leaders and lead the cohort in Outdoor School activities throughout the day and evening. Program Instructors serve as mentors for the Student Leaders assigned to their cohorts.

QUALIFICATIONS:

* High school graduate with some college study and/or post-high school work experience. Bachelor's degree preferred
* Paid or volunteer experience in Outdoor School, summer camp, day camp or after-school programs preferred.
* Knowledge of and experience with inquiry-based, outdoor education.
* Willingness to learn and grow and engage in training, professional development, and one on one coaching
* A passion for science and nature and a desire to share this passion with children
* Exhibit enthusiasm, maturity, positivity, compassion, responsibility, flexibility, and initiative.
* Strong recommendations from previous work and/or volunteer experiences.
* Strong commitment to equity and inclusion and supporting the diverse needs of all students.
* Strong time management and organizational skills. Strong communication and conflict resolution skills.
* Desire and ability to work successfully with children and adults in a residential work environment.
* Enjoy being outdoors in all types of weather for an entire season.
* Training, knowledge, and previous work experience with relevant subject matter.
* Ability to establish and maintain healthy professional relationships in a residential work environment for the duration of the Outdoor School session.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

* Train, mentor, supervise and evaluate up to six Student Leaders (high school-aged volunteers) in the following areas:
* 6th-grade student management Teaching techniques Team building Field Science activities in the areas of Biology, Botany, Ecology, Soil Science, Hydrology, or Fisheries
* Biology Residential camp-based daily duties Public speaking and performance
* Cabin-time activities (games, songs, skits, icebreakers)

* Lead cohort of up to six Student Leaders and up to twenty 6th-graders through the following:?
* Lead evening social hour for Student Leaders to bond and relax
* Lead activities at campfire with volunteers
* Lead daily meetings with Student Leaders to prep for the next day
* Run recreation activities
* Lead team building activities
* After-meal duties
* Wake-ups and morning duties Eating meals and facilitating fun, engaging meal time conversations Up to 5 hours of Field Study activities per day

* Other responsibilities include:
* Create a safe, engaging and inclusive environment for all volunteers and students.
* Interact with students in a positive, supportive, and caring manner that supports their full participation in all activities and learning.
* Create and/or learn field study activities and lessons for all levels of learners. Liaison with teachers on students' needs and successes.
* Work in a collaborative way with all other staff members. Monitor and report any safety concerns.
* Ensure equity and inclusion for all.

* Other duties as needed to facilitate daily operation of a residential overnight camp-based program.
* Prepare and organize materials needed for daily activities, sometimes with assistance from Student Leaders.
* Evaluate the performance of Student Leaders orally and in writing.
* Strive to minimize physical impacts on field study areas. Implement and monitor health and safety protocols as required by schools districts and county public health agencies.

This position is residential, requiring the employee to live on-site during the work week. Room and board are provided. Our program operates at multiple sites in Northwest Oregon near the following communities; Vernonia, Salem, Junction City, Lincoln City & Rockaway Beach. Employees are assigned to one site for the duration of their employment. There may be an opportunity available to continue employment in the Spring session.

Employee will be compensated 8 hours for every day worked. Weekly schedule varies between 5 and 6 day work weeks. Most work weeks are 5 days. Due to the seasonal camp-based nature of this position, it is exempt for state overtime wage regulations.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Northwest Regional Education Service District is an equal opportunity employer; committed to building an inclusive community and an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. We are proud to be an antiracist organization. We work to understand how racial ideology is manufactured and how it impacts the lives of our staff and those we serve.

Northwest Regional Education Service District is proud to be an antiracist, Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment, selection, and employment without regard to race, disability, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, religion, veteran or military status, or any other category protected under the law.

Northwest Regional Education Service District is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in our recruitment procedures for individuals experiencing a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at hrhelp@nwresd.k12.or.us. Speech/Hearing impaired persons may contact the district for assistance through the Oregon telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

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