Mount Rainier Institute is searching for outstanding and passionate educators.


EE Instructors-Fall 2017


If you have any questions, please contact John Hayes.

In partnership with Mount Rainier National Park, the University of Washington operates the Mount Rainier Institute. Mount Rainier Institute is a residential environmental education program. Our mission is to provide outstanding nature-based education experiences that are rooted in science and nurture the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders. We are looking for skilled educators to help establish a solid program with one of the nation’s iconic National Parks.


Environmental Education Instructors are key members of the program staff. They lead youth and adults through field science investigations, and teach a variety of topics such as bio-diversity, natural history, forestry, resource management, and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest. EE Instructors have the opportunity for professional growth through the development of their naturalist, outdoor education, and resource interpretation skills and techniques. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of ongoing development of a relatively new residential environmental education program.


Term of Position: Fall 2017 season is late August through Mid-November, may involve weekend and evening hours. Shared housing will be provided for a modest monthly rental fee, along with meals when groups are in residence.


Mount Rainier Institute is committed to diversity. We welcome qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, color, sexual orientation, or gender.


  • Lead students through Mount Rainier Institute programs in natural and cultural history, inquiry-based field investigations, and resource stewardship for youth and adults; primarily students in grades 3-12.
  • Lead half-day and day-long educational hikes (including using snowshoes) on Pack Forest and Mount Rainier National Park trails.
  • Assist in the design of customized environmental and science education programs for students of all ages.
  • Attend training and regularly scheduled staff meetings.
  • Ensure safety and well-being of program participants.
  • Conduct evening and weekend programs as needed.
  • Assist in the maintenance of all program supplies, equipment, and facilities.
  • Assist with other duties as required.


  • BA/BS in Natural Sciences, Biology, Education, Parks and Recreation Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Resource Interpretation, Natural Resources, Outdoor or Environmental Education, or related field.
  • Previous teaching/working with children.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Physically able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and hike several miles.
  • Great independent worker and team player.
  • First Aid and CPR certification


  • Extensive experience in classroom teaching, outdoor education, residential camp setting, nature center, or day camp.
  • Experience facilitating inquiry-based scientific field studies for middle and high school students.
  • Knowledge of the natural history of the Pacific Northwest and snow science.
  • Wilderness First Responder certification
  • Ability to speak Spanish.

Competative salary. Meals are provided when groups are in residence.

Please apply by sending an e-mail with your resume, a brief cover letter, and 3 references to jhayes90@uw.edu.


Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.

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