2023 Seasonal Educator

Mount St. Helens Institute

About the organization

The Mount St. Helens Institute (MSHI) advances understanding and stewardship of the Earth through science, education and exploration of volcanic landscapes. We are united in our common passion for Mount St. Helens and connecting folks of all backgrounds with science, the outdoors and each other. We value diverse perspectives, good challenges, adventure, fun, partnership and community. MSHI is the official nonprofit partner of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. As such, we work closely with Monument staff and operate under a US Forest Service special use permit.

MSHI fundamentally believes that its employees are a valuable source of ideas for improving operations and making the workplace more interesting and attractive. We ensure that all employees work in a positive, supportive, empowering environment free of discrimination.


Implementation: Education Programs (~65% of time)
Collaborate with the education team to plan, prepare for, and implement programs and activities to best meet the groups’ goals and needs
Maintain a safe, friendly and fun learning environment for all
Lead/co-lead science activities, hikes, and other outdoor learning activities
Conduct surveys and other evaluations (quantitative and qualitative)
Serve as role model for students, campers and peers: use positive behavior guidance strategies and display maturity, responsibility, flexibility, enthusiasm, and sound judgment
Communicate with teachers, group coordinators, and parents
Promptly and professionally respond to risks, complaints, and injuries
Actively and positively contribute to program debrief meetings

Implementation: Rentals & Events (~15% of time)
Provide site tours, expectations and checkout instructions to rental groups upon arrival
Deliver excellent customer service to guests during their stay
Support events at the Science and Learning Center with tasks such as event setup, cleanup and leading activities
Actively and positively contribute to program debrief meetings

Program Support (~20% of time)
Work in a flexible and cooperative manner with all MSHI and partner staff and volunteers
Maintain and organize program supplies
File waivers, evaluations and other program documentation
Provide overnight on-call support as needed


Demonstrated 1+ year experience teaching and leading outdoor, science-based education programs for youth, such as at a camp or education center;
Knowledge of Leave No Trace practices and environmental awareness;
Working knowledge of natural history;
Demonstrate personal and professional commitment to equity, inclusion and cultural competency;
Excellent communication skills including public speaking, writing and editing;
Demonstrated computer competency;
Enthusiasm for the mission of the Mount St. Helens Institute;
Be able to work effectively with minimal supervision.
Be willing to be coached and open to feedback;
First aid and CPR (or higher) certification or willingness to obtain before beginning position;
Have a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record for the past three years.


$19.74 -$21.74/hour

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To apply please send the following items to [email protected] with the following information by February 6, 2023 for priority review. The position will remain open until filled.
Email subject line: Educator
If you would like to apply for multiple positions use the subject line Multiple Positions and indicate the positions of interest in your cover letter.
Cover Letter: titled with the following format “Last Name First Name Cover Letter”
Resume: titled with the following format “Last Name First Name Resume”

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