Do you want to help kids and adults get outdoors and connect to nature?
We're looking for great folks to teach with our outdoor programs.
Our Mission 3 Connections
We believe Outdoor Education has the power to change lives.
And with great power, comes great responsibility.
Our mission is Connection:
Connection to Community
Connection to Nature
Connection to Generations Beyond Us
2021 Summer Camp Positions
Training For most seasonal staff, training happens after June 1. Select staff will participate in earlier trainings.
Program Teaching Dates June - September
As a seasonal educator with Outdoor PDX, you are not assigned to an officially fixed work site.
On any given day or week you may work at any Outdoor PDX location, including but not limited to:
Day Camps Base Rates
Use the table below to determine the starting rate for each position.
Scroll to Weekly Bonus Add-Ons to determine what certifications increase your rate.
|Day Camps||Starting Rate Denver|
|Field Coordinator||$720 per week base rate + weekly bonus add-ons|
|Lead Educator||$18 per hour base rate + weekly bonus add-ons|
|Intern Educator||$16 per hour base rate + weekly bonus add-ons|
Weekly Bonus Certification Add-Ons
Based on current certifications, you can receive a weekly pay bonus for every full-week of camp worked. They include general add-ons, which apply to every role, and position specific add-ons, which only apply to that role. Total weekly pay bonuses, general and specific, are limited to $80 per week for all staff.
|General Certifications||Weekly Pay Add-on Bonus|
|Returning Staff||$10 per week|
|CDL Class B Large bus with passengers + Internal Skills Assesment||$80 per week|
|MEDICAL & SAFETY|
|Lifeguard Certification||$12 per week|
|Wilderness First Responder||$25 per week|
|EDUCATION Only highest of the following applies|
|Teaching Certificate||$35 per week|
|Masters in Education or Child Related Field||$35 per week|
|Montessori Teacher Certification (AMI or AMS)||$25 per week|
|Early Childhood Education Degree BA or higher||$25 per week|
|Tracking Certification (CyberTracker or Equivalent)||Level II - $4 per week, Level III - $8 per week|
|Approved Wilderness Skills Courses (see list)||$4 - $8 per week|
Please Note Pay rates for the initial staff training period differs for new staff. All weekly bonus add-ons do not apply during this training trial period for any staff. Once the training period is over, staff members graduate to their regular pay rate and weekly bonus add-ons apply.
Required Experience, Attributes & Physical Demands
Maintain high professional standards
Punctual and timely for all scheduled shifts
Ability to set and communicate boundaries for youth in a positive way
Ability to think on your feet, be creative, and care for the safety of children even in challenging situations
CPR/First Aid certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
Anaphylaxis & Epinephrine Auto-Injector certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
Food handlers certified (or ability to complete before position begins)
State fishing license (if working with programs that fish)
Ability to continuously stand, hike backcountry terrain on and off-trail, bend, squat, climb stairs/hills, lift up to 50 lbs
Pre-employment checks: criminal background, reference, requirements in MVR Policy, Alcohol/Drug Test for drivers