Part-time educator — Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors (

ECO’s educators are the face of the organization and provide a key connection between our schools, outdoor sites, and students. They create the educational setting and ambiance to help students meaningfully engage with nature. They work closely with the Program Manager to understand our program’s parameters and specifics, from curriculum delivery to outdoor project management. They regularly work on school grounds to maintain student safety and create an engaging and enjoyable outdoor and classroom experience.

Our educators provide indoor, in-school, and outdoor programming at elementary and secondary schools. As an ECO Educator, you will gain a wide variety of knowledge and experience through the quality and depth of our programming. It takes all of us working together and independently to make ECO strong and resilient. 

The Essentials

Part time, hours negotiable, non-exempt
$20.00-$23.00 an hour 
Benefits: FTE equivalent of 80 hours of PTO + 10 floating holidays
50% employer-paid health, dental/vision insurance
401(k) employer 2% match
Schedule: Monday - Friday, daytime hours
Location: Based in Portland, OR; working from home and sites around Portland Metro. Start Date: March 2024 This is temporary position through June 15th with potential to extend.

Application deadline: open until filled; applications submitted by February 15 will be given priority

How to Apply

Prepare a one-page cover letter that describes how your life and professional experiences are a good fit for this position. We’d love to hear why you’re excited about the opportunity to work with ECO and the students we engage. Include a two-page resume and save it along with your cover letter as a single PDF file. Do not attach any other documents to your initial application.

Email materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line: Educator, First & Last Name.

Roles & Responsibilities

Program Delivery 

  • Collaborate with the Program Manager to deliver ECO programs in elementary and secondary schools and at our habitat enhancement sites

  • Co-lead groups of 25 to 30 students both indoors and outdoors

  • Deliver ECO curriculum in elementary and secondary school settings

  • Deliver lesson content and activity instructions; assist students in completing activities

  • Prepare, set up, and clean up all teaching materials

  • Deliver ECO curriculum in outdoor settings connected to service-learning projects

  • Bring engaging energy and enthusiasm to the curriculum, field sites, and schools

  • Create and maintain a safe and brave space for students’ well-being

  • Maintain positive relationships with school, guardians, and community partners 

Other Duties

  • Curriculum development

  • Support program managers throughout the year as needed (collect and analyze survey data, track program metrics, etc)

  • Document lessons with photos and videos and upload to our digital photo galleries and assist with social media

  • Keep tools, supplies, and equipment organized

  • Participate in staff meetings to discuss programs, curriculum, and new ideas

  • Utilize and Google Calendar to view and be responsible for your calendar, schedule, and other project tasks

  • Consistently begin each day prepared and on time

  • Have reliable transportation to sites

  • Other tasks as needed as ECO is a small nonprofit 

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • A high level of Spanish-language proficiency will be given priority as ECO has Spanish-language ecology programming

  • Combination of relevant education, training, and experience that demonstrates your ability to fulfill the duties of this position

  • Demonstrate self-motivation, independence, and a positive attitude

  • Commitment to, and enthusiasm for, ECO’s mission and cultural values

  • Commitment to working with diverse teammates

  • Ability to multitask and adapt quickly to changing situations

  • Background knowledge in natural resources/ecology/gardening

  • Willingness to grow and evolve with the organization

  • Knowledge of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) and trauma-informed practice 


Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of the organization. We seek to develop a diverse candidate pool and welcome nominations and applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or national origin.

Outdoor School Field Instructors, YMCA Camp DeBoer (Ashland, OR)

POSITION SUMMARY: YMCA Camp DeBoer, located on the southeast shore of beautiful Lake of the Woods, is seeking applicants for our 5th and 6th grade residential spring Outdoor School. This engaging program enhances student’s connection to self, community, and nature through hands-on activities and explorations. All teaching materials and curriculum will be provided. Housing and meals are included as needed. Instructors must be on site by 8am and may return home after 5pm; however, you will be asked to stay one evening during each Outdoor School session (no additional compensation).


 Deliver prescribed lessons in an engaging manner that promotes learning and inquiry into the natural world.

 Supervise a group of students while creating an environment that fosters fun, safety, and our YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

 Facilitate, teach or support students to participate in discussions, activities, stories, games and/or songs.

 Cultivate positive relationships and maintain effective communication with teachers, students, and staff.

 Stay on schedule and keep teaching materials and facilities organized.

 Perform other duties as assigned.


 Must have a strong interest and experience in environmental education or related field.

 Demonstrate integrity, patience, adaptability, sense of humor, enthusiasm, and a commitment to serve youth.

 Communicate openly with supervisor, support and connect with students, behave as an appropriate positive role model in all outdoor school activities.

 Available daily from 8am-5pm, plus ONE evening per week until 9pm.

 Must successfully pass a criminal background check.

 Must maintain current CPR certification.

 Be able to lift or carry objects or children.

 Required to sit, stand, or maintain physical activity for extended periods of time. Including but not limited to balance or climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. • Physical ability to lift and carry 50 pounds. • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards of the site and facilities and camper and staff behavior. • Physical mobility and endurance to perform tasks while standing/walking for long periods of time (60 minutes or more). • Ability to provide first aid and to assist campers and staff in an emergency.

COMPENSATION  $200/day (3-4 days/week)  Flexible on-site housing available.

You may apply online at:

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice Graduate Assistant, Southern Oregon University (Ashland)

The Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice Graduate Assistant (EDIJ-GA) is a graduate assistant position within the Environmental Education Graduate Program at Southern Oregon University (SOU). This graduate student position is tasked with the administrative oversight of EDIJ and will be responsible for the coordination of projects directly related to the department’s EDIJ strategic directions centered on:
1. Ensuring the infrastructure to continuously and sustainably grow and improve in its capacity to offer safe, inclusive, diverse and successful learning experiences.
Increasing access to and engagement with our Environmental Education program, “Fall in the Field” (FITF), by historically underserved K-12 communities within Southern Oregon.
2. Increasing access to and representation within our graduate program for prospective graduate students of historically underrepresented communities within the field of Environmental Education.
3. Developing culturally responsive pedagogy and curriculum (how and what we teach) to enhance the success of its environmental education graduate students and FITF participants.
4. Reporting to the Environmental Education Graduate Program Coordinators and working closely with other graduate assistants, this position is empowered to facilitate the program’s graduate student-educators in the development of a K-12 Environmental Education program committed to fostering access, equity, inclusion and diversity in thought and practice.

Examples of tasks and potential projects by the EDIJ-GA may include:
• Support other graduate students as they apply an EDIJ lens to their respective work.
• Coordinate workshops in culturally responsive programming for graduate students.
• Support a Fall in the Field planning process rooted in EDIJ.
• Develop free family programs designed with the intent to build more trusting relationships with families of Fall in the Field.
• Build and maintain community relationships, such as with the Shasta Takelma Learning Garden.
• Update all EDIJ documents, such as the EDIJ Strategic Plan and EDIJ Program Handbook.
• Support equitable recruitment of prospective graduate students, such as through outreach, marketing, and graduate assistant interviews.

Job Category: Graduate Assistantship

Graduate Assistant Position Timeline: 16 hours/week over 3 academic terms: Fall-Spring, Annually (September 2023-June 2024) with possibility for extension (please inquire about extension if desired).

Graduate Program Timeline: July 2023-December 2024

Compensation: ~$936 monthly stipend + 80% tuition remission on all course credits for SOU MSEE program during terms employed (employed 3+ out of 6 total MSEE terms)*
*The GA must maintain 9 credit hours per term of employment.

Last Date to Apply: January 15 (priority), May 31 (rolling). Decisions made on a rolling basis.

Required Qualifications for the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice Graduate Assistant:
• Acceptance to and enrollment in the SOU MSEE Program.
• Expressed passion for equity, diversity, inclusion, justice and accessibility work.
• Ability to work creatively and independently, as well as collaborate and build relationships.

Preferred Qualifications for the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice Graduate Assistant:
• Experience living or working within communities that experience systemic barriers to access and representation within Environmental Education, STEM, and the outdoor recreation sector in general.

Don’t meet every requirement? Research shows that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. The SOU MSEE program is committed to our role in addressing barriers to engagement in EE as we work collectively toward a future of environmental wellbeing for all. If you are excited about this role, we encourage you to apply. You may be just the right candidate.

Learn more:
Full position description:
To apply:

Hannah Calloway, EDIJ Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lyra Dalton, Office Manager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Education and Outreach Coordinator, Marys River Watershed Council (MRWC) (Corvallis)

Marys River Watershed Council (MRWC) is recruiting a full-time Education and Outreach Coordinator. The coordinator works both independently and collaboratively with MRWC staff and community partners to plan and implement environmental education and outreach activities within the rural and urban communities of the Marys River watershed. The successful candidate will develop, coordinate, and implement education and outreach projects, including 1) the MRWC K-12 education program, 2) associated partnership collaboration and contractor oversight, 3) public outreach and education programming and 4) other duties such as assisting the MRWC Executive Director with operations support including administration, event support, and other duties as needed.

Status: At-will, full-time, exempt salaried position

Compensation: Range of $45,000-$55,000 per year

Benefits: MRWC offers a competitive package of medical, vision, and dental insurance, paid time off, and up to 3% retirement matching in a SIMPLE IRA.

Location: This position is based out of the Marys River Watershed Council office in Corvallis, Oregon. The position requires the successful applicant to be locally-based.


PO Box 72386
Springfield, OR 97475
Call 503-919-7287