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OMSI Outdoors supports life-long learning and respect for the environment. We live, work and play across the Northwest, from the Pacific Ocean to the top of the Cascades and back down to the deserts of Eastern Oregon.
About Our Science Centers
You get to call one of these places home. Read on to get a feel for where you’ll be living, working, and learning.
Hancock Field Station
Located in the Clarno Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in central Oregon, Hancock Field Station has access to one of the world’s most significant fossil sites, nearby canyons, archaeology sites, and the John Day River.
Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray
The Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray, located in Newport, Oregon, is the brand new home of our longstanding coastal education programs. Newport is a hub for marine science research and environmental stewardship.
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What can I expect when I live and work in the same place?
We own two outdoor education facilities: Hancock Field Station outside of Fossil, Oregon and the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray in Newport, Oregon. During the spring and fall, each site hosts Outdoor Science School. Teachers from all types of schools—public and private, elementary and middle school—bring their classes to one of our sites for 3-5 days. The students stay in cabins with school chaperones, and we all eat together in the dining hall.
The daily schedule typically includes five-hour field studies, ninety-minute interest groups and one to two-hour evening programs. We offer a variety of topics; programs are chosen by the school. Curricula will be provided during training; it will include all the classes that each site offers. With the curriculum in hand, you’re responsible for writing lesson plans and tailoring them to the demographics of your teaching group.
A typical day starts at 7am and ends at 9pm with campfire. The days are long, peppered with short breaks for the students and staff, and it's an unforgettable experience.
Outdoor Science Instructors generally work February through October, and housing is provided for the duration of the season. A few short- season instructors are hired too; check the current job listings to see if there are any spring-only or summer-only positions open. Housing is also provided for short-season instructors.
What's the deal with certifications?
All of our full-season instructors have the following certifications. Since we require them for the health and safety of our participants, we offer opportunities for instructors to acquire these certifications at cost. We provide room and board during these trainings, but the associated class/testing fees are paid by employees. We give pay bumps for each of these certifications, so as you achieve each one, your pay rate will increase.
Wilderness First Responder
This is a 10-day, 80 hour course that covers first aid skills in situations that occur more than an hour away from advanced medical care. In February, Hancock Field Station hosts a WFR course taught by the Wilderness Medical Institute.
This is a 4-day, 40 hour course that includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer. During the last week of March, while schools are on Spring Break, the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray will host a life-guarding class.
Class B Commercial Driver License (CDL)
During the summer, we rent buses and use them to charter our students from Portland to the Summer Science Camp program locations. There are multiple steps to completing this license, and each has an associated fee.