Seasonal Science Educator

Mount St. Helens Institute

About the organization

The Mount St. Helens Institute, founded in 1996, connects people of all ages to Mount St. Helens and our natural world through educational programming designed to enrich visitors’ appreciation and understanding of the Pacific Northwest’s youngest and most active volcano.

We are proud of the many ways we connect people to the volcano they love, from outdoor youth education programs hosted at the Mount St. Helens Science & Learning Center, to expert-led field seminars and guided exploration programs, to meaningful volunteer opportunities across Mount St. Helens and the surrounding Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

The Mount St. Helens Institute is a 501(c) (3) private, nonprofit organization devoted to helping people understand and protect the volcano.

We consider ourselves to be purveyors of passion and our passion is Mount St. Helens


Education (50% of time)

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

Rentals & Events (25% of time)

o Provide site tours, expectations and checkout instructions to rental groups upon
o Deliver excellent customer service to guests during their stay
o Clean facility after rental groups depart and report on their experience
o Support events at the Science and Learning Center with tasks such as event setup
and cleanup, leading activities, and meal-service

Program Support (25% of time)

o Inventory, shop, prepare, and serve simple buffet-style meals per health department
standards with considerations for guests’ dietary restrictions and preferences
o Clean facility after programs
o Collaborate with education team to maintain and organize program supplies



 Demonstrated 1+ year experience teaching and leading outdoor, science-based education
programs for youth, such as at a camp or education center.
 Demonstrated ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds, ages and cultures.
 Excellent communication skills including public speaking, writing and editing.
 Demonstrated computer competency.
 Enthusiasm for the mission of the Mount St. Helens Institute.
 First aid and CPR (or higher) certification or willingness to obtain.
 Ability to pass a background check.
 Have a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record for the past three years.


 Be able to work effectively in a team with minimal supervision.
 Be willing to be coached and open to feedback.
 Be able to think creatively and critically to solve problems.
 Have excellent time-management, organizational, and planning skills.
 Be flexible to changing hours, pressures and deadlines, and an evolving organization.
 Demonstrate cultural competency.



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

In the application form, you will be asked to upload a cover letter, a resume, and contact information for references. In your cover letter, please include the following:

Why are you interested in this position?
How does this position fit with your career goals?
What is your available start date? Required end date?
Are there any required days off during the season?

Please no phone calls! You may email [email protected] with questions.

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