OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
  • 03-Aug-2018 to 10-Sep-2018 (PST)
  • Education
  • Fossil, OR, USA
  • $63-$70
  • Day
  • Special Project - Full-Time

Eligible for health benefits and Oregon Sick

Job Summary:


The Outdoor Science Instructor spends most of their time teaching concept-based outdoor science education in the field.  Instructors plan one- to five-hour lessons to teach to groups of approximately 15 people in an outdoor setting. This position requires living on-site near Fossil, Oregon at Hancock Field Station.  Work schedule depends on the site and programming needs.


Participate in programs/initiatives to enhance corporate culture, such as:

  • Working effectively with and supporting volunteers throughout the organization
  • Supporting OMSI's Total Guest Experience/Customer Service mission & objectives in daily job performance, including diversity initiatives
  • Professionally represent OMSI with all internal and external contacts with appropriate appearance, action and communication.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Teach concept-based, natural science curriculum, utilizing a mix of outdoor and classroom settings for students K-12, as well as to adult learners.
  • Prepare daily lesson plans, and maintain equipment and teaching supplies for the program.
  • Recognize, mitigate, and respond to hazards to ensure a healthy and safe program for all participants.
  • Clean teaching spaces, cabins, staff housing, and restrooms at the end of each teaching week.
  • Fulfill assigned duties in an emergency situation.
  • This position is exempt, paid a day rate
  • This position is a special project scheduled for 40 hours/week.

Working and Living Conditions:  

  • Scheduled to work fall outdoor school, typically September through November.
  • Requires on-site living, including shared staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days.
  • Typical days are 10-12 hours in length.  Weekend programming can occasionally make for 13 straight days of work without a full day off. (American Camp Association time off standards will be met (2 hours off daily, and 24 hours or more off each two-week block)).
  • Must be physically able to lead students in hikes of up to 10 miles in a day.
  • Work environment includes open flames, toxic or caustic chemicals, and all-season outdoor weather conditions.
  • Must have visual, perceptual, cognitive and judgment ability to: recognize and respond verbally to health and safety concerns and to deal appropriately with any improper behavior.
  • Vision requirements include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (the ability to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing standard red, green, and amber), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships), and ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus).
  • Noise level is very quiet (examples: forest trail, isolation booth for hearing test) to loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department, large earth-moving equipment).
  • Physical Demands: 5% Sitting, 30% Standing, 20% Walking, 45% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 80 lbs


Secondary Functions:

  • Provide logistics and facility support in rotation with peers, which includes driving, food service, minor site and vehicle maintenance, cleaning and other tasks deemed necessary for successful camp operation by the manager.
  • Requires calm and professional conflict resolution with participants and peers.
  • Coordinate with other instructors in program planning and implementation.
  • Provide first aid care to participants and staff when necessary.
  • Incorporate adult chaperones and teachers into the program for multigenerational learning.
  • Plan and perform weekly campfires.




  • Ability to follow basic instructions.
  • Ability to communicate and direct small and large groups.
  • Flexibility in weekly schedules and daily programming.
  • Understanding of confidentiality and protocol.
  • Professional communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent coordination and project management skills.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.



  • Experience working with Next Generation Science Standards


Education & Work Experience:


  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting.
  • Working knowledge of the concepts in natural history and ecology.
  • Combination of experience and education equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree. 


  • Minimum 1 program season working as an instructor for a residential outdoor education program.
  • Experience teaching in a formal or informal classroom.
  • Bilingual - Spanish/English.
  • Documented experience in captive raptor management.
  • Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in Natural Sciences, or Education.
  • Teaching Certificate
  • Experience working with volunteers.

Additional Requirements/Preferences; Including Licenses and Certifications:


  • Pre-employment checks, such as criminal background check, reference checks, American Camp Association (ACA) background checks.,
  • Oregon Food Handlers Card (training is available during non-working days at employee's expense).
  • Current Adult and Pediatric First aid/CPR/AED certification (training is available during non-working days at employee's expense).
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