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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. 

Camp Gray
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
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?

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, a phone 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 95, sometimes reaching 115 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 50º and 75º but with high humidity, making many days and nights cold and damp.

 

Camp Meriwether
The instructors share rooms in staff cabins with minimal kitchen facilities. Bathrooms and laundry are located in a separate, central shower building. Staff have limited access to Wi-Fi and 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 50º and 75º but with high humidity, making many days and nights cold and damp.

What We Do

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.

 

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.

OMSI Core Values: Learning, Creativity, Integrity, Sustainability

Program Coordinators

The Program coordinator talks to every lead teacher and the program partners to outline the program schedule for all Outdoor Science Schools. They support the instructors by informing them about the different schools coming and help with check-in/out, make announcements, and keep activities on schedule.

Instructors

The instructors plan and facilitate every lesson delivered by OMSI Outdoors. During the summer they are also first aid responders and van and bus drivers. They work with the cooks, managers, and counselors to keep the site clean and ready for each group that arrives and to take care of the teaching tools and spaces. Positions are available at each of the three sites. 

Outdoor Science Instructors generally work February through October. Some 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 provided for all instructors. 

Summer Camp Counselors

For ten weeks during the summer, OMSI offers residential Summer Science Camps to students from second grade through high school. Summer Camp Counselors are responsible for the direct supervision of campers. They meet campers at check-in in Portland and ride to sites with them in buses and vans. Counselors stay overnight in cabins or tents with the campers, eat with them at mealtimes, and supervise 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 engage campers in games, conversations, cabin activities, and campfires. Counselors also assist instructors during lessons and campouts. 

The days are long, but the work is rewarding, and counselors get some time off each day to relax and recharge. 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).

Cooks

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

Many of our 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.

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.

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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.

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Lifeguard

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.
 

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