Field Instructor, Applegate Partnership & Watershed Council (Jacksonville)
Job Type: Full-time (seasonal)
Location: Jacksonville, OR
Reports to: Education & Outreach Program Director
Duration: Training week of March 20. Programs April 3 – June 2, 2023
Overview: The Applegate Partnership & Watershed Council, a non-profit organization promoting ecological, economic and community well-being in the Applegate Watershed through on-the-ground projects and strategic collaborations, is seeking Field Instructors for its spring 2023 Applegate Outdoor School Program. Field Instructors facilitate a four-day (no overnight) outdoor school program for 5th & 6th grade students. Field Instructors will be responsible for delivering place-based field studies at Cantrall Buckley County Park, 15 miles SW of Jacksonville, OR. Field Instructors will be reimbursed for mileage to/from Cantrall Buckley Park and lunch is provided on all programming days. All curriculum and teaching materials are provided.
• Lead small and large groups in hands-on science/natural history lessons.
• Work collaboratively with agency guest instructors from the BLM, ODF, ODFW, etc.
• Demonstrate proper use of equipment and lesson materials.
• Lead team-building exercises and cultivate a positive learning environment for students.
• Assist students in completing their field journals and other assignments.
• Assist with daily routines, including snack and lunch time.
• Communicate with teachers and chaperones as needed.
• Facilitate in-class pre and post visits to administer student evaluations and prepare students for a successful outdoor school experience.
• Administer first aid/CPR as needed.
Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
• Experience working with students in an outdoor educational setting.
• Knowledge of the local flora and fauna in southwest Oregon.
• Passion for the great outdoors and helping others understand and appreciate it.
• Background in environmental education, environmental science, teaching, natural history, working in an outdoor setting, or a suitable combination.
• First aid/CPR certification, or willingness to obtain.
• Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds.
• Ability to effectively organize and manage outdoor instruction.
• Strong work ethic, good organizational skills, and team oriented.
• Ability to work safely as part of a team in rural areas. Work includes walking over uneven, steep, and/or slippery terrain, wading in streams, kneeling, bending, stooping, etc. with exposure to all types of weather conditions. Other hazards such as ticks, mosquitos, thorny plants, poison oak, etc. may be encountered.
Other Position Requirements:
• Ability to pass a background check.
• Occasionally lift up to 40+ lbs.
• Applicants must have the ability to travel to/from work locations on their own.
• Candidates much have legal authority to work in the U.S.
1. Cover letter
3. Two professional references