Season: May 2–October 28, 2022, with possible transition to permanent year-round work
Location: Remote, with travel to Oregon Parks in the greater Salem and Portland areas
Compensation: $3,750/month/Basic housing in Sandy, Oregon (optional)/5 days PTO
Program: Opal Creek Outdoor School

The Outdoor School Coordinator Opportunity
After a 2-year hiatus, Opal Creek Outdoor School is back with new equity-centered curriculum and teaching locations. As outdoor school coordinator, your role is integral to the re-launch of outdoor school: you’ll implement a day outdoor school program this spring, and design and build an overnight outdoor school program for fall. This seasonal position could transition to a year-round permanent position with a successful outreach and enrollment campaign for fall 2022 outdoor school.

This spring and fall, you coordinate and teach outdoor school in local Oregon parks using student- and nature-centered curricula developed with the guidance of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and our team’s equity consultants. Throughout the course of a multi-day program, you’ll guide 5th and 6th grade students in building their relationship with the natural world and each other.
This summer, you’ll apply the lessons from spring to develop fall overnight programming. You’ll outreach to long-time and new schools/districts to secure enrollment, coordinate all pre-trip logistics with visiting teachers, and revise the curriculum for an overnight setting.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Medical, Teaching/Education


1+ years teaching experience, formal or informal
2+ seasons working with youth
Previous experience writing curriculum and lesson plans
Familiarity with The BEETLES Project teaching methods, or equivalent methodology
WFR, WFA or equivalent certification (by time of employment)
COVID-19 vaccine (by time of employment)
Able to lead groups on hikes up to 3 miles
Able to pass a criminal background check
Valid driver’s license and able to drive a 15 passenger van

Required Skills:

Strong group leadership skills
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
Strong organizational skills

About Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center

Our mission is to provide transformative wilderness experiences that grow a community of environmental advocates. All of our work is based around one simple idea: people will protect what they care about, and they will care about what they know. Through our outdoor school and backpacking expedition programs, we bring youth and adults face-to-face with the outdoor places that make Oregon great—pristine mountain streams, uncut vistas, and old-growth forests.

Application Instructions

Please submit an application by visiting the employment page of our website: https://www.opalcreek.org/about/employment. We are accepting applications until March 25th. There are two rounds of interviews for this position in total; the first round will be the week of March 28th, and the second interview the week of April 4th. The ideal start date is May 2nd, 2022.