Mount Rainier Institute EE Instructor

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, January 13, 2017, 12:30pm


Eatonville, WA
United States

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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.

Environmental Education Instructors are key members of the program staff. They lead youth and adults through field science investigations, and teach a variety of topics such as bio-diversity, natural history, 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: Spring 2017 season is late March through June 9th, may involve weekend and evening hours. Competative salary. Shared housing will be provided for a modest monthly rental fee, along with meals when groups are in residence.

Mount Rainier Institute is committed to inclusion and welcomes qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, color, sexual orientation, or gender. We believe a diverse staff that reflects many of the communities we serve is important.


  • Lead students through Mount Rainier Institute programs in natural and cultural history, inquiry-based field investigations, and resource stewardship for youth and adults; primarily students in grades 3-12.
  • Lead half-day and day-long educational hikes (including using snowshoes) on Pack Forest and Mount Rainier National Park trails.
  • Assist in the design of customized environmental and science education programs for students of all ages.
  • Attend training and regularly scheduled staff meetings.
  • 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 Natural Sciences, Biology, Education, Parks and Recreation Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Resource Interpretation, Natural Resources, Outdoor or Environmental Education, or related field.
  • Previous teaching/working with children.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Physically able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and hike several miles.
  • Great independent worker and team player.
  • First Aid and CPR certification


  • Extensive experience in classroom teaching, outdoor environmental education, residential environmental learning center, nature center, or day camp.
  • Wilderness First Responder certification.
  • Experience facilitating inquiry-based scientific field studies for middle and high school students.
  • Knowledge of the natural history of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Ability to speak Spanish.


Position Start Date:

Monday, March 27, 2017

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How to Apply:

Please apply by sending an e-mail with your resume, a brief cover letter, and 3 references to

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Compensation Information:

$2,250 per month. Meals are provided when groups are in residence.

Contact Name:

John Hayes

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