Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: Aug 30, 2023
Salary Details: $20.30-$22.64/hour (+$2.00/hour for specific degree holders, see job description for more info)

SUMMARY: This Residential Outdoor Educator will provide supervision and support for all Waskowitz programs including, but not limited to, Outdoor School, Living History, Reconnecting Ourselves Outdoors to Succeed (ROOTS), Challenge Facilitation, Waskowitz Environmental Leadership & Service (WELS) and. Responsibilities include dining hall supervision, trail and hiking logistics, maintaining records, facilitating student-centered curriculum, promoting student growth, and monitoring the student’s safety and well-being while in the district’s care. The Outdoor Educator will be assigned a focus area during outdoor school: Science/Environmental Education Curriculum and Instruction or High School Leadership and Instruction. The OE assigned to HS Leadership and Instruction resides in the dormitories during overnight programs. Each program has a different set of weekly hours. When not running program, this is a 6 hour a day position. Additional hours will be added during outdoor school and other programs as needed.

WASKOWITZ OUTDOOR SCHOOL: We believe in meeting a child’s educational needs beyond curricula and supports traditionally offered by schools. Policies procedures and practices are in place to ensure a physically and emotionally safe experience. We believe that genuine collaboration in the curriculum invites creativity, innovation and long-lasting positive relationships for children with the natural world. Waskowitz partners with nearly ten different school districts to provide quality innovative residential outdoor education. Living in nature, with nature provides opportunities to make connections and develop understandings of how our ecosystems work through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches. Residential Living and Learning Communities fosters a sense of place, sense of wonder for all that walk through our gates. Waskowitz Outdoor School teaches community and social living skills with intention.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ensures the physical and emotional safety of students during Waskowitz programs: setting the tone for safety and comfort throughout; e. regulating shower time with efficiency and locking all doors at night.
  • Mentors and builds relationships with students assisting them in personal growth and leadership exploration
  • Observes, evaluates and supports high school students teaching, assisting, or counseling during class, cabin and meal times.
  • Facilitates innovative and educational focused day and overnight At times will be responsible for overnight coverage.
  • Assigned a focus area during outdoor school: Science/EE Curriculum and Instruction or HS Leadership and The HS Leadership and Instructional team resides in the dorms during overnight programs.
  • Does trail-work, spreads smiles around, assists in the kitchen, office, outside, or wherever/whatever else is needed to ensure overall success
  • Assists staff, teachers, and students in all camp programs and campfires by singing, dancing, teaching, being silly, having fun, and creating a sense of community
  • Other related duties as assigned by the Waskowitz Administrative


Education and Experience

AA degree or

High school diploma (or equivalent) and 72 college credits or

High school diploma (or equivalent) and successful completion of an approved paraeducator assessment test Must be 21 years old or older

Passionate about working in a Residential Outdoor Environmental Education program


Previous outdoor educational experience

AA or Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Natural Science, Environmental Studies, Education, or Liberal Arts (Successful applicants that hold a Bachelor’s degree majoring in one of the areas described above will receive an additional $2.00 per hour.)

Bilingual in English and additional language(s) represented in the school community


Criminal background clearance

All certificates, licenses, endorsements, permits, and vaccines (absent exemption) as required for this position by state and local authorities

Paraeducator Certificate Program – After hire, must complete the Fundamental Course of Study and General Certificate pursuant to Chapter 28A.413 RCW and WAC 179. Timelines for completion vary based upon hire date.


Residential programming

Environmental/Outdoor Education practices, philosophies Instructional techniques

Outdoor/Environmental curriculum Child and adolescent development School board policies and procedures


Communicate effectively verbally and in writing Operate a computer and related software

Maintain effective working relationships with other people

Prepare and present educational programs to various groups of various sizes

Have a flexible schedule including early mornings, late evenings, overnight supervision, and some weekend responsibilities

Work collaboratively with school and central office administrators, parents, and community members Demonstrate understanding of and experience with cultural competence

Remain flexible to changes with calendar, assignments or situations Organize activities, set priorities, and follow instructions

Comply with school board policies and follow administrative procedures

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and walk. The applicant will be expected to hike daily on uneven terrain. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions and frequently required to work outdoors in inclement weather. The employee is required to work long hours during Outdoor School when it is in session. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee must adjust to frequent interruptions in their work schedule.

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