Job Type: Temporary
Salary Details: $921.00/ week + overnight stipend
Deadline: Sep 15, 2023

Outdoor School staff members will be a part of a collaborative educational team implementing an immersive overnight learning experience to 6th grade students. High school students provide mentorship and community development and are empowered to become teachers themselves, teaching hands-on immersive science in the field. Outdoor School employees will work collaboratively and responsibility within their team and the Outdoor School leadership staff.  Staff should be receptive to different outcomes, accept and incorporate feedback and be a positive team player through honest communication, altruism and respectful actions. As an Outdoor School employee you are expected to work the hours assigned, communicate and engage with your supervisor, and uphold the mission and values of the Outdoor School program.


Implements the overnight Outdoor School schedule and program. Lives on site during the Outdoor School program season (Sunday-Friday). Participates fully in all aspects of the Outdoor School on-site program, including meals, meetings and events. Typical days are 16 hours in length.  Typical weeks run from Sunday to Friday. Staff can expect one night off a week, as well as additional scheduled time off during the week.

  • Fulfills job expectations safely, thoroughly, and in compliance with MESD and program policies and procedures
  • Provides back-up support to other Outdoor School staff as needed
  • Assist in site set-up, weekly cleaning, and closing each session
  • Assist in the inventory, care, and maintenance of program supplies and equipment
  • Valid First Aid/CPR* (AED) CardBloodborne Pathogens*, Food handler’s Card, and MESD Vector* Trainings by first day of employment
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Ability to secure transportation to and from the Outdoor School site and equip self with appropriate personal gear to stay warm, safe and prepared to work in the Outdoor School environment. Raincoats and some gear are available to borrow

 *Trainings provided by MESD during training week upon acceptance of position.


  • Daily and consistent attendance and punctuality
  • Ability to physically perform assigned duties.
  • Valid First Aid/CPR* (AED) Card, Bloodborne Pathogens*, Food handler’s Card, and MESD Vector* Training by the first day of employment.
  • Ability to secure transportation to and from the Outdoor School site and local high schools.

*Trainings provided by MESD during training week upon acceptance of position.


  • Experience in outdoor recreation or working with children/adolescents or experience in a related education/caregiving role.
  • High School Diploma or General Education Diploma

How you will make an impact:

  • You will support and lead teams of students and high school volunteers in activities and science field studies encouraging science inquiry and positive social emotional experiences
  • You will serve as a role model, mentor and coach for high school and sixth grade students 
  • You will work hard, teach, laugh, play, and live on site with 6th graders and a staff of like individuals working toward the same goal and make some amazing memories
  • You will be working in a creative and inspiring environment where you will be valued and respected for who you are
  • You will support and join the continued work at MESD Outdoor School as an actively Anti-Racist organization.
  • You will respond to the needs of students to set them up for success. 
  • You will work outside every day with students in the beautiful Oregon landscape, engaging with natural phenomena and nature
  • You will gain skills in teaching, leadership, and mentoring youth 
  • You will work collaboratively with students to ensure the emotional and physical safety of all students. 
  • You will be an employee of a school district that supports students that often don’t succeed in traditional classrooms, and also have job opportunities outside of the season.
  • You will live and work on site, in an immersive “camp” environment, supporting all aspects of programming and teaching
  • You will gain jobs knowledge and social skills like conflict resolution, communication skills  and work with people that are different from you
  • You will honor and respect the Indigenous traditional lands of Chinook and Kalapuya nations that we are located on.  
  • You are a positive team player through honest communication, altruism and respectful actions

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Questions? Feel free to reach out to Andrea Hussey, Program Supervisor,, 503-257-1774