Job Type: Temporary
Salary Details: $4,500 for 5.5 weeks
Position type: Full-time, salaried, seasonal
Season: September 5 – October 13, 2023
Location: Silver Falls State Park, Sublimity, Oregon (60 miles from Portland, Oregon)
Compensation: $4,500 for 5.5 weeks (about $150/day); 12 hours PTO
Perks: Meals provided while working/Basic housing on site/Staff housing in greater Salem area for subsidized rate (optional)
Program: Opal Creek Outdoor School
Work schedule: Mondays-Fridays, averaging 8 hrs/day

As an outdoor guide, your classroom will be the forests, creeks, and waterfalls of Silver Falls State Park, Oregon’s most beloved and largest state park and the ancestral home of the Kalapuya and Molalla Tribes. Depending on the needs of your students, you may teach in English, Spanish, or both. Over the course of 3-4 day overnight programming, you will lead 5th/6th graders in inquiry-based lessons developed with guidance from Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, The Avarna Group equity consultants, and The BEETLES Project. Students will strengthen their relationships with nature, the land, and each other – understanding that these relationships exist within an interconnected system.

Your fall season will be a combination of training, pre- and post-classroom visits, and multi-day outdoor school. You’ll join a team of guides who all bring their own expertise, passion, and fun to Opal Creek Outdoor School. Through teaching, collaboration, and idea sharing, you’ll play a key role in shaping the outdoor school experience for students and guides for years to come!

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience
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.

  • Bilingual in Spanish/English
  • 1+ seasons/school years teaching experience, formal or informal
  • 1+ seasons working with youth
  • Strong group leadership and management skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Previous experience with equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance, and integrating into youth programming
  • Able to lead groups on hikes up to 3 miles
  • Able to pass a criminal background check

How to Apply & Timeline
Please submit an application by visiting the employment page of our website. The application includes a series of questions and asks you to upload a detailed resume in PDF format. Be sure to include any relevant experience and certifications, both professional and personal experience.

Priority will be given to applications received by July 12th, 2023. There are two rounds of interviews for this position in total during the end of July. We anticipate hiring one guide, and the start date is September 5th.

Please contact with any questions and to request any accommodations needed during this hiring process. We’ll do our best to respond to all queries and to keep all applicants up to date on how the process unfolds.