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OMSI Outdoors supports life-long learning, inclusive communities, and fostering positive relationships with the environment. We live, work and play all over the state. From Portland to the Oregon Coast, to the Blue Mountains of Oregon—there's something for everyone.

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About Our Locations

Hancock Field Station
Uniquely located within the Clarno Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Hancock Field Station has access to one of the world’s most significant fossil sites, nearby canyons, archaeology sites, and the John Day River. 

Camp Gray
The Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray, located in Newport, Oregon, is home to our coastal education programs. Newport is a hub for marine science research and environmental stewardship.

OMSI Perks

Competitive Pay

On-site shared housing, including weekends (available for most positions)

Nine month season (February - October for most positions)

Health benefits, sick time, holiday pay, and paid time off (available for most positions)

Free OMSI membership

 

What can I expect when I live and work in the same place?

OMSI Equity Statement and Core Values

OMSI respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe that we will be successful in accomplishing our mission and vision when we seek out and respond to diversity of participation, thought and action.

We will work to dismantle barriers to equity and access to the experiences OMSI provides and to create welcoming environments and conditions where all people can reach their full potential. We lead with race.

OMSI Core Values: Learning, Creativity, Integrity, Sustainability

What We Do

We own two overnight 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. 

 

Living On-site

Hancock Field Station
Each instructor is assigned a small, one room A-frame cabin for the season. In addition to the private cabins, there is a communal house that has the staff showers, a kitchen, laundry, and living room. We have limited internet in camp, and no cell phone service.

The weather in the Clarno Valley is usually very dry, and temperatures vary considerably depending on the season. In the Spring and Fall we enjoy mornings and evenings in the 40s and 50s with afternoon temps in the 80s. During the summer we enjoy an average high temperature of around 90ºF, sometimes reaching over 100ºF in the heat of the day.

 

The Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray
The instructors share a dorm-style staff house for the season. Some staff will share a room during our busiest season. All the rooms are along a hallway that connects to a community kitchen and living room with bathrooms and laundry. Staff have access to OMSI Wi-Fi, and are close enough to town to receive cell phone reception.

The Oregon coast is famous for its cloudy days and rainy weather, so staff should be prepared with proper rain gear and warm clothes. The temperature is usually between 50ºF and 75ºF but with high humidity, making many days and nights cold and damp.

 

Virtual Camps
OMSI provides the equipment, and instructors provide the entertainment. We provide a computer and other necessary technology to run the programs. Access to a stable high-speed Internet connection is required.

Program Coordinators

The Program Coordinator connects with group leaders, teachers and program partners to outline the Program schedule for all Outdoor Science Schools.

They collaborate with the whole team to deliver quality programs to our guests.

Instructors

The instructors plan and facilitate lessons, and work together with the whole staff team to incorporate safe and inclusive learning. Instructors who work at one of the camps are also stewards of the sites; they help take care of OMSI teaching equipment and the facility. 

Outdoor Science Instructors generally work February through October. Some short-season instructors are hired too; check the current job listings to see if there and any single season positions open. Housing is offered at Hancock Field Station and Camp Gray.

Cooks

Camp cooks share the responsibility of providing delicious and nutritious meals for all of our programs, some of which occur on the weekend. They are responsible for sharing the kitchen, monitoring stock, placing a weekly order, and cleaning up after themselves.

Many staff and participants are vegetarians and/or have common food allergies. Cooks should have experience with a variety of meals and menus. Cooks also spend time baking breads and desserts.

Summer Camp Counselors

During the summer, OMSI offers overnight Summer Science Camps to children in grades two through twelve. Camp Counselors are responsible for the direct supervision of campers, and must be sixteen or older by June 1st. They meet campers at check-in and ride to sites with them in buses and/or vans. Counselors stay overnight in cabins or tents with the campers, eat with them at meal times, and facilitate fun activities during recreation time, rest time, and transitions between activities.

Working closely with other members of the Outdoor Science Education team, counselors support the physical, emotional, and social well-being of each camper. Drawing from their experience and the training we provide, they build community and form friendships through games, conversations, cabin activities, and campfires. Counselors also assist instructors during lessons and campouts.

The days are long and the work is rewarding. Housing and meals are provided during programming only, weekend housing is not available. Required certifications: Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED (training not provided).

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. We provide room and board during these trainings, and some associated fees are reimbursed.

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.

Annually, OMSI residential camps host a WFR course taught by NOLS Wilderness Medicine. Approximate cost is between $650 and $750.

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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 the CDL license and each has an associated fee. Total approximate cost is $500, which is reimbursable upon successful completion of the process.

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