The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
In partnership with Mount Rainier National Park, the University of Washington operates the Mount Rainier Institute. Mount Rainier Institute is a residential environmental education program. Our mission is to provide outstanding nature-based education experiences that are rooted in science and nurture the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders. We are looking for skilled educators to help establish a solid program with one of the nation's iconic National Parks.
The institute has outstanding opportunities open for Temporary Environmental Education (EE) Instructors.
Environmental Education Instructors lead youth and adults through field science investigations, and teach a variety of topics such as bio-diversity, natural history, geology, forestry, resource management, and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest. EE Instructors have the opportunity for professional growth through the development of their naturalist, outdoor education, and resource interpretation skills and techniques. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of ongoing development of a relatively new residential environmental education program.
Term of Position:
This is a full time position from late-March through early-June, may involve weekend and evening hours. Shared housing will be provided for a modest monthly rental fee. We are looking for 5-6 instructors for the spring season.
Mount Rainier Institute is committed to diversity. We welcome qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, color, sexual orientation, or gender.
Lead students grades 3-12 (mostly upper middle school) through Mount Rainier Institute's multi-day experiential learning programs focusing on inquiry-based field science investigations and the natural and cultural history of the Mount Rainier region.
Cultivate a positive, inclusive, multi-cultural, student-centered learning environment that inspires community development, scientific and environmental literacy, and a sense of place.
Assist in the design of customized environmental and science education programs based on the needs of each school group and the Mount Rainier Institute programmatic framework.
Attend training and regularly scheduled staff meetings and positively contribute to the staff community.
Ensure safety and well-being of program participants.
Conduct evening and weekend programs as needed.
Assist in the maintenance of all program supplies, equipment, and facilities.
Assist with other duties as required.
BA/BS in Education, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Resource Interpretation, Natural Resources, Outdoor or Environmental Education, Biology, multi-disciplinary studies or related field
One or two years relevant teaching experience, preferably outdoor.
Working knowledge of inquiry-based scientific field study techniques
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Physically able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and hike several miles at elevation
Great independent worker and team player
Current First Aid and CPR certification
Extensive experience in classroom teaching, outdoor environmental education, residential environmental learning centers, national parks, or nature center
Wilderness First Responder certification
Knowledge of the natural history of the Pacific Northwest
Ability to speak Spanish
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A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.