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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.
The Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray, located in Newport, Oregon, is the flagship of our longstanding coastal education programs. Newport is a hub for marine science research and environmental stewardship.
Camp Meriwether is OMSI’s newest outdoor education site, offering spring-only outdoor school. Surrounded by old growth coastal forest and overlooking ocean beaches, Camp Meriwether is located near Tillamook on the Oregon coast.
What can I expect when I live and work in the same place?
We own two residential outdoor education facilities: Hancock Field Station outside of Fossil, Oregon and the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray in Newport, Oregon. Each site hosts Outdoor Science School during the spring and fall and offers overnight camps during the summer. OMSI rents a third site, Camp Meriwether, that offers Outdoor Science School in the spring only.
What's the deal with certifications?
All of our full-season instructors have Wilderness First Responder and Class B Commercial Driver License 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 NOLS Wilderness Medicine. Approximate cost is $600.
Class B Commercial Driver License
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 the CDL license and each has an associated fee. Total approximate cost is $500.
This certification is not required for all instructors; however, we do offer a pay bump for those holding Lifeguard certifications.
OMSI does not offer Lifeguard training at this time. Approximate cost from other providers is $300.
Find a position today!
Ready to make the jump? Visit our careers page to find a position at one of our science centers!