Outdoor Education Program Coordinator at OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry

OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
Cloverdale, OR

The Outdoor Education Program Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Coastal Discovery Center Manager and Assistant Manager in successfully running OMSI Outdoor school programing. This position will focus on coordinating with schools during Outdoor School and teaching the OMSI coastal curriculum to visiting schools and groups. This position requires living on-site at Camp Meriwether, outside Tillamook, Oregon. This position requires driving 15 passenger vans. Work schedule depends on the site and programming needs.

Participate in programs/initiatives to enhance corporate culture, such as:

  • Working effectively with and supporting volunteers throughout the organization
  • Supporting OMSI's Total Guest Experience/Customer Service mission & objectives in daily job performance, including diversity initiatives
  • Professionally represent OMSI with all internal and external contacts with appropriate appearance, action and communication.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

"Performing the following will involve driving to various locations outside OMSI's corporate headquarters:"

  • Teach field studies, interest groups, and evening programs.
  • Ensure that camp equipment and program supplies are properly maintained, organized, inventoried, restocked, repaired, and cleaned, done weekly during cleaning time.
  • Act as the liaison between group leaders, teachers, the OMSI registrar, and OMSI programming at Camp Meriwether for programming, scheduling, and program follow-up.
  • Recognize, mitigate, and respond to hazards to ensure a healthy and safe program for all participants.
  • Drive participants to field locations throughout programming.
  • Provide logistics and facility support in rotation with peers, which includes driving, food service, minor site and vehicle maintenance, cleaning and other tasks deemed necessary for successful camp operation by the manager
  • Fulfill assigned duties in an emergency situation
  • This position is exempt, paid day rate
  • This position is special project, scheduled for 40 hours/week.

Working and Living Conditions:

  • Spring Outdoor School season runs January - June.
  • Requires on-site living, including shared staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days.
  • Typical days are 10-12 hours in length.
  • Must be physically able to lead students in hikes of up to 10 miles in a day.
  • Must be able to drive large vehicles for up to four hours at a time.
  • Work environment includes open flames, toxic or caustic chemicals, and all-season outdoor weather conditions.
  • Must have visual, perceptual, cognitive and judgment ability to: recognize and respond verbally to health and safety concerns and to deal appropriately with any improper behavior.
  • Vision requirements include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (the ability to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing standard red, green, and amber), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships), and ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus).
  • Noise level is very quiet (examples: forest trail, isolation booth for hearing test) to loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department, large earth-moving equipment).
  • Physical Demands: 5% Sitting, 30% Standing, 20% Walking, 45% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 - 80 lbs

Secondary Functions:

  • Assist with instructor and cook work schedules, paperwork, and other office management duties, as assigned by the Manager or Assistant Manager.
  • Clean teaching spaces, cabins, staff housing, and restrooms at the end of each teaching week.
  • Coordinate with instructors in program planning and implementation.
  • Provide first aid care to participants and staff when necessary.
  • Incorporate adult chaperones and teachers into the program for multigenerational learning.
  • Plan and perform songs and skits at campfires.



  • Ability to follow basic instructions.
  • Ability to communicate and direct small and large groups.
  • Flexibility in weekly schedules and daily programming.
  • Requires calm and professional conflict resolution with participants and peers.
  • Understanding of confidentiality and protocol.
  • Professional communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent coordination and project management skills.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


  • Experience loading and driving trailers.
  • Experience working with Next Generation Science Standards

Education & Work Experience:


  • Minimum nine months working as an instructor for a residential outdoor education program.
  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting.
  • Working knowledge of the concepts in natural history and ecology.
  • Combination of experience and education equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree.


  • Bilingual - Spanish/English.
  • Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in Natural Sciences, or Education.
  • Teaching Certificate.
  • Experience working with volunteers.

Additional Requirements/Preferences; Including Licenses and Certifications:


  • Pre-employment checks, such as criminal background check, reference checks, American Camp Association (ACA) background checks (& on annual basis), and requirements in the MVR Policy including passing a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Oregon Food Handlers Card (training is available during non-working days at employee's expense).
  • Current Adult/child CPR/AED.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (training is available during non-working days at employee's expense).