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SFI Youth Programs Instructor Application

WHO ARE WE?
The Siskiyou Field Institute (SFI) is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization based at the Deer Creek Center, a field research and education facility located at 1241 Illinois River Road in Selma, Oregon.

The mission of the Siskiyou Field Institute is to increase the understanding of, and connection to the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion through education, scientific research, and public engagement.

SFI youth education programs are specifically designed to align with Next Generation Science Standards created by a partnership of the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve. The programs we offer bring abstract science concepts to life in an outdoor setting for students in grades Pre-K – high school. In addition to our youth programs, we provide field-based courses for people of all ages throughout the year. Our instructors are top experts in our bioregion, specializing in subjects from invertebrates to whales.

YOUTH PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR JOB DESCRIPTION:
This is a seasonal position with multiple facets (or multiple roles and responsibilities). During the spring and fall seasons, instructors deliver day and overnight (1-3 nights) outdoor science educational programs serving Pre-K – 12th grade students from around the region of Southwestern Oregon and Northwestern California. Instructors are responsible for leading and educating groups of students throughout the week, including facilitating large group activities, leading meals and night programs. Instructors will also facilitate leadership experiences and develop collaborative problem solving skills by utilizing the low and high rope elements on SFI’s outdoor challenge course.

During the summer season, SFI delivers summer camp programs for toddlers to middle school students and wilderness backpacking trips for middle - high school students. SFI’s summer youth programs are designed with an educational and experiential focus for our youth participants. Instructors supervise middle – high school students overnight, as well as facilitate activities throughout the day for toddlers – high school students.

Instructors will be directly responsible for ensuring that attending schools’ and campers’ educational outcomes are met under the guidance and direction of SFI’s Youth Education Program Coordinator. Join a staff that is committed to constantly improving our outstanding outdoor education programs!

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
• Facilitate high quality; standards based outdoor education programs (day and evening)
• Facilitate the challenge course to achieve collaborative problem solving goals
• Be proficient in all SFI Youth Education Program curriculum and teaching methods
• Attend trainings delivered by the Youth Education Programs Coordinator
• Deliver and organize student assessments and related paperwork
• Be able to deliver programs effectively while working with chaperones, teachers, community groups, staff members, and other instructors as needed
• Provide overnight supervision to SFI resident campers
• Help with meal preparation, serving, and clean up as needed
• Act as overnight on call staff/evening supervisor as needed
• Clean yurts, break down tents, inventory program supplies, and participate in debriefs after each program
• Work Support Staff duties when assigned, including but not limited to: creating personalized science notebooks for schools, revamping curriculum, office projects, etc.
• Support Deer Creek Center operations as assigned (maintenance, food service and housekeeping)
• Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• A passion for working with young people and making a difference through education and nature connection
• Ability to work irregular hours and days/nights in order to meet group needs
• Bachelor’s Degree in related field or relevant work experience
• Experience teaching and leading outdoor environmental education programs and/or classroom instruction
• The ability to take initiative, work independently and have a positive “can do” attitude
• Ability to live and work positively with other staff members
• Comfortable being 50 feet off the ground on challenge course high elements
• Ability to pass background check
• Ability to lift up to 30 pounds and hike up to ten miles in one day
• Must provide and maintain own transportation, a valid driver’s license, and meet minimum insurance requirements. Work-related mileage will be reimbursed at 80% of the federal rate
• Current First Aid and CPR certification (or ability to obtain within first two months of employment). Wilderness First Aid/Responder highly desirable.
• Willingness to obtain lifeguard certification and food handler’s license
Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Strong organizational and logistical skills, ability to meet deadlines. Attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a busy office and outdoor environment.
• Experience conducting educational programs in field and classroom settings. Demonstrated knowledge of teaching methods.
• Able to craft engaging experiences for the students and keep them active while learning. Experience writing curriculum to meet state and national education standards.
• Strong desire to understand science of our region and communicate it in a fun way. Strong interest in natural history.
• Work well with others as a member of a team as well as on your own. Highly motivated to succeed and to ensure program success. Resourceful and creative in accomplishing goals.
• Excellent written and oral communications skills and ability to convey complex information simply to a variety of audiences. Public speaking experience.
• Proficiency with computer programs (MS Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint).
• Positive and capable outlook in both calm and challenging situations. Brings a positive attitude to the work place.
• Awareness of how to design inclusive programs that encompass students with special needs (including learning disabilities and physical disabilities), at-risk and underserved youth, English language learners, Spanish/English bilingual youth, and LBGT youth.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
• Live, work, explore and recreate in beautiful Southwestern Oregon
• Innovative non-profit focused on improving outdoor education delivery
• Competitive salary (depends on experience)
• Professional development towards outdoor education leadership or classroom teaching goals
• Meals are provided on campus while the kitchen is serving clients utilizing the Three Rivers School District’s USDA Food Program

Working Conditions:
Employment is temporary and subject to school participation schedule. This position works in a residential camp setting. This position includes being available 24 hours to the attendees and staff members during overnight school programs and residential summer camps and wilderness expeditions.

Employee works up to a six-day week and is typically on duty from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. during residential camps. The environment is rustic with potentially uneven hilly terrain, wooded trails, variable ambient light, and weather conditions. Many lessons involve wading in our creeks up to chest deep in the water and may involve swimming. The employee must carry out his or her duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include heat, rain, snow, cold, and windy conditions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, communicate, reach and manipulate objects, tools or materials. The position requires mobility. Duties involve moving materials weighing up to 30 pounds on a regular basis, such as files, books, backpacks, educational kits, and outdoor tools.
Manual dexterity and coordination are required to operate equipment such as computer keyboard and other standard office equipment. The noise level in the work environment is typical of most office environments where the public is routinely entering and transacting business.

Thank you for your interest in employment and/or volunteering with Siskiyou Field Institute Youth Education Programs, Summer Camps, and Wilderness Expeditions!

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Thank you!
After we receive your application, we may contact you to set up an interview or request a resume and cover letter. If you are interested in a Spring position, your anticipated start date and staff training is in March. Summer positions will begin after Memorial Day Weekend and may include some school field trips in addition to camps and backpacking trips. Please, select submit and contact us at 541-597-8530 or youthprograms@thesfi.org if you have any questions. Thank you!
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