Assistant Instructor

Website Whole Earth Nature School

Whole Earth Nature School is seeking applicants who want to make a positive impact on youth in our area while gaining experience mentoring students outdoors. This posting is specifically for Coyote Outdoor School Spring 2021 programs (April 19-June 11), with the possibility to continue working a few weeks of summer camp.

Whole Earth is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome the unique contributions that you can bring to Whole Earth including your culture, ethnicity, race, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran status, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and beliefs. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all students, volunteers, and employees. Some examples of our commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion include: normalizing pronoun use during meetings and programs; providing needs-based scholarships to students; offering affinity camps for girls, boys, and gender diverse campers; providing justice, equity, diversity and inclusion training to all staff; paying staff to participate in monthly justice-focused community; incorporating land acknowledgements in programs, decolonizing curriculum; amplifying Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC) voices and perspectives; using trauma-informed behavior support strategies; and providing accommodations for students to participate in our programs and for staff to lead programs. We are constantly working to improve policies, systems, and programs.
We welcome input from staff, students, and families to be more equitable and inclusive. Please visit our about page and employment page to read our mission, core values, and more.

Coyote Outdoor School is hiring several full-time, seasonal instructional staff to work in-person programs during the Spring 2021 season. Outdoor School is a state-funded program for 5th and 6th graders to participate in during a school week. Based on local cases of COVID-19 and changes in state guidelines, programs may transition to online only. Due to state restrictions, we will not have any overnight Outdoor School programs.

Assistant Instructors will support groups of students at in-person day programs and will receive training and support to do so. Coyote Outdoor School enhances students’ connection to self, community, and nature.
Outdoor School is for everyone, and we are committed to ensuring every student feels a sense of belonging in our Coyote community. We strive for every student to leave with scientific skills and ecological understanding, self-confidence, new human and non-human friends, curiosity to discover more, and gratitude for nature’s gifts.

Outdoor School Assistant Instructors will receive training to execute the following job responsibilities:

  • Support inclusion and student growth through personal attention and connection.
  • Use equitable approaches to engage all students in land-based education, including youth who are: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Neurodivergent or English Language Learners; and who have exceptional needs.
    Support curriculum and activities planned by Lead Instructors, contributing original ideas when appropriate.
  • Treat participants with kindness and respect while consistently maintaining group agreements.
  • Use trauma-informed group management strategies to support student needs.
  • Ensure safety of all participants at all times and maintain participant confidentiality.
  • Communicate with directors about challenges that arise during programs such as hazards or conflicts.
  • Respect and preserve land and facilities for current and future users.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Interest in youth development and outdoor programming
  • Ability (or interest to develop skills) to support groups of kids outdoors
  • Adaptability to meet students where they are at with sensitivity to students’ life experiences and needs
  • Commitment to creating an inclusive environment for all students, especially students who have been excluded in outdoor education like students with disabilities, BIPOC students, and LGBTQ+ youth
  • Ability to move around outdoors, while carrying some program gear, in a variety of weather conditions for hours at a time

Other Desired Qualifications (Not Required)

  • Prior experience working with youth, particularly outside
  • Passion for or skill in Outdoor School related areas; Examples may include: Ecological knowledge, cultural knowledge, conservation, wilderness and naturalist skills, music, crafting, or storytelling
  • Language proficiency or fluency in Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Arabic, and/or American Sign Language
  • Experience or education in childhood development, particularly equity-centered and trauma-informed


  • Wage increases
  • Annual continuing education stipend of $150
  • Discounts on outdoor gear through “pro-deal” programs
  • Regular social gatherings (after COVID-19, when social gatherings are possible)
  • Professional development trainings, professional coaching, and mentoring
  • Option to participate in paid monthly Justice Talks community
  • Access to extensive environmental education library
  • Hazardous weather pay; Sick pay
  • Program discounts for your children or dependents

Job Title: Assistant Instructor

To apply: Fill out our online application:

Hiring timeline: The priority application deadline is March 26. COVID-safe outdoor group interview options will be scheduled between March 30-April 3. Hiring decisions will be made by April 5. If needed, we may continue to accept and interview applicants after these dates.

Work Schedule: Assistant Instructors will begin work as early as April 19th with programs beginning April 26th, working approximately 36-40 hours a week. Depending on the hiring timeline, some assistant instructors may start later. Intermittent summer camp work may be available following the conclusion of spring outdoor school.

Pay Range: Program pay is $12.00 an hour and will increase to $12.75 starting June 1 in anticipation of Oregon’s increasing minimum wage.

Job location: Depending on COVID-19 guidelines, programs will be held either at Camp Lutherwood in Cheshire, on or near school grounds, or remotely. Staff carpooling and mileage reimbursement is available. Staff may have the option to camp on-site at Camp Lutherwood during programs.

Other Details: Final candidates will need to complete a criminal history background check. Candidates with disqualifying criminal history will not receive a job offer. Employees must obtain or provide proof of First Aid and
CPR certification for adults and children, which can be reimbursed using your professional development stipend.

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