Season: August 30–October 14, 2022
Location: Silver Falls State Park, Sublimity, Oregon (60 miles from Portland, Oregon)
Compensation: $120/day, with Monday-Friday schedule/Basic housing provided (optional)/Partial food provided (while teaching overnight outdoor school)

The Outdoor School Guide Opportunity:

This fall, you teach Outdoor School at Camp Silver Creek within Silver Falls State Park, Oregon’s most beloved and largest state park and the ancestral home of the Kalapuya and Molalla people. Throughout the course of a 3 or 4 day overnight program, you’ll guide students through inquiry-based and student-centered curriculum developed with the guidance of The BEETLES Project, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and our team’s equity consultants. By the end of students’ time with you, they’ll gain understanding and appreciation of the land as an interconnected system and their place within it.

As an Outdoor School Guide, your fall season will be a combination of training, pre- and post-classroom visits, prep days, and 3-4 day overnight outdoor school with 8-10 hour days and one evening program commitment each week. Opal Creek Outdoor School is in a new phase and through your teaching, feedback, and ideas you’ll play a major role in shaping the outdoor school experience for students and guides for years to come!

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


A successful candidate will possess these minimum qualifications. We are less interested in the titles you’ve held and more interested in what you’ve actually done and who you are.

1+ seasons/school years teaching experience, formal or informal
1+ seasons working with youth in a camp setting, or equivalent experience
WFA or equivalent certification
COVID-19 vaccine (by time of employment)
Able to pass a criminal background check

Required Skills:

Strong group leadership and management skills
Strong communication 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/ Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and these positions are open until filled. If you are seeing this posting, position(s) are still available and we encourage you to apply. We anticipate hiring 3 Outdoor School Guides, and the start date is August 30, 2022.