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Hiring for the 2020 season is underway! We are currently hiring for Lodge Cook, Outdoor School Intern, and Summer Backpacking Intern. Our program season runs from mid-March to mid-November.

Please do not call the Portland office with job inquiries.

  • Lodge Cook

    Kitchen
    Jawbone Flats, Oregon
    $80.00 / day
    • Work year:  Seasonal: March 16 to November 20
    • Responsible to: Food Service Manager; Program Director
    • Compensation: $80/day, plus housing, utilities, and partial board

     

    Who We Are

    The Opal Creek watershed is 35,000 acres of protected rainforest, part of the last remaining low-elevation old-growth forest left in the Pacific Northwest. Soaring trees dripping with moss, crystal-clear streams, and a diversity of old-growth-dependent species make Opal Creek a unique gem in Oregon’s crown. At its center is the historic off-grid mining town of Jawbone Flats, our base of operations since the Opal Creek Wilderness was created in 1996.

    At Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, all of our work is based around one simple idea: people will protect what they care about, and they will care about what they know. Through our outdoor school, summer camps, and workshop programs, we bring kids and adults face-to-face with the outdoor places that make Oregon great—pristine mountain streams, uncut vistas, and old-growth forests.

    Who You Are

    • You enjoy feeding people and connecting through food. You are enticed by Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center’s mission and how that connects to nourishing our students, cabin renters, workshop participants, and staff.
    • A remote residential living and working environment intrigues you. You look forward to disconnecting from distraction and forming strong bonds with staff, guests, and the wilderness in your backyard.
    • You embrace a challenge; you are open to and excited by the unpredictability that comes with working in a 1929 mining town in the woods.
    • You thrive in independent work, and also value working on teams with diverse perspectives and identities.
    • You are always learning. You are curious and unafraid to ask questions.
    • You have your own unique interests. Perhaps you play a musical instrument or practice bird calls. You would enjoy solo time in your cabin and social staff barbecues.

     

    Role Impact and Responsibility

    As a Lodge Cook, you execute buffet-style meals in our renowned Jawbone Kitchen. We believe it’s the most delicious food you’ll ever find in a camp facility – seasonal, vegetarian, hearty fare. You prepare meals independently for up to 50 people and with help for up to 85 people. The Jawbone Kitchen is an open kitchen so you play a vital part in making our guests feel welcome as they enter the lodge. This is a residential position, and you will live at Jawbone Flats in private cabin-style housing provided by the organization. Responsibilities of the position are listed below:

    • Meal preparation: from scratch to meal service
    • Cater meals to guests’ dietary restrictions and allergies
    • Dishwashing (by hand)
    • Maintain kitchen in a clean and safe condition
    • Promote a positive and hospitable environment for guests

     

    We have a small staff and everyone is required to help in all aspects of running a remote residential facility with a diversity of programs. You may be asked to assist the program and facilities departments at times.

     

    Requirements of Position

    • Previous experience in commercial or camp-like kitchen
    • Previous experience with from-scratch cooking and baking
    • Proven improviser, in general and specific to kitchen equipment use and recipe interpretation
    • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion through past job experience, personal activism, or other pertinent experience
    • Able to lift heavy objects, up to 40 pounds when necessary
    • Able to pass a background check
    • Able to drive company vehicles
    • Oregon Food Handler’s Card (by time of employment)

     

    Compensation

    • $80/day, with 10-12 days worked in a bi-monthly pay period
    • Independent, cabin-style housing with off-grid solar electricity
    • Meals from the Jawbone Kitchen

     

    Hiring Process & Timeline

    To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Megan Selvig, Program Director, at mselvig@opalcreek.org, and be sure to address any pertinent experience relevant to this position, including professional and personal experience. This position is open until filled.

    Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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  • Summer Backpacking Intern

    Program
    Jawbone Flats, Oregon
    $300.00 / week
    • Work year:  Seasonal: June 8 to August 21
    • Responsible to: Program Manager; Program Director
    • Compensation: $300/week, plus housing, utilities, and partial board

     

    Who We Are

    The Opal Creek watershed is 35,000 acres of protected rainforest, part of the last remaining low-elevation old-growth forest left in the Pacific Northwest. Soaring trees dripping with moss, crystal-clear streams, and a diversity of old-growth-dependent species make Opal Creek a unique gem in Oregon’s crown. At its center is the historic off-grid mining town of Jawbone Flats, our base of operations since the Opal Creek Wilderness was created in 1996.

    At Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, all of our work is based around one simple idea: people will protect what they care about, and they will care about what they know. Through our outdoor school, summer camps, and workshop programs, we bring kids and adults face-to-face with the outdoor places that make Oregon great—pristine mountain streams, uncut vistas, and old-growth forests.

     

    Who You Are

    • You enjoy being outside and spending time with kids. You are enticed by Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center’s mission and the prospect of connecting our campers and guests to this beautiful place.
    • You are excited to spend your summer navigating the peaks and valleys of Oregon’s wilderness areas with youth.
    • A remote residential living and working environment intrigues you. You look forward to disconnecting from distraction and forming strong bonds with staff, guests, and the wilderness in your backyard.
    • You thrive in a collaborative environment. You value working on teams with diverse perspectives and identities.
    • You are always learning. You are curious and unafraid to ask questions.
    • You embrace a challenge; you are open to and excited by the unpredictability that comes with working in a 1929 mining town in the woods.
    • You have your own unique interests. Perhaps you play a musical instrument or practice bird calls. You would enjoy solo time and social staff barbecues.

     

    Role Impact and Responsibility

    As the Summer Backpacking Intern, you will gain exposure and experience in the field of outdoor education. Through our Opal Creek Expedition program, you and a co-lead take 10 campers into the wilderness and teach them the ins and outs of backpacking, building their confidence with every step. As a seasonal residential employee, you will live and work in the off-grid town of Jawbone Flats for the summer: June 8 to August 21. At the conclusion of this internship, you will find that you are well prepared to begin work in the field of outdoor education. Specific responsibilities of the position are listed below:

    Backpacking Expeditions (75%)

    • Co-lead backpacking expeditions ranging from 5 to 8 days, for campers 10-18 years old in the Opal Creek, Bull of the Woods, and Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Areas
    • Teach observational science and outdoor skills, including Leave No Trace principles, on the trail
    • Prepare food and gear for a week-long expedition
    • Organize and clean gear for the following expedition

     

    Hospitality (25%)

    • Provide friendly, attentive, and professional customer service
    • Clean cabins to rental standards
    • Drive gear shuttles; load and unload cabin rental gear
    • Sell merchandise to participants and the general public
    • Engage with the general public as they pass through Jawbone Flats

     

    We have a small staff and everyone is required to help in all aspects of running a remote residential facility with a diversity of programs. This position may be asked to assist the kitchen and facility departments at times.

     

    Requirements of Position

    • 19 years of age or older
    • Past teaching experience or experience working with children ages 8-18
    • Hiking and backpacking experience
    • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion through past job experience, personal activism, or other pertinent experience
    • A willingness to be coached and open to feedback
    • Able to lead youth on hikes up to 9 miles
    • Able to lift heavy objects, up to 40 pounds when necessary
    • Able to pass a background check
    • Able to drive company vehicles
    • Current driver’s license and able to qualify for coverage under our insurance
    • Wilderness First Aid certification (required by time of employment)

     

    Compensation

    • $300/week, with approximately 10 days worked in a two-week period
    • Housing in a private room in our main lodge
    • Meals from the Jawbone Kitchen

     

    Hiring Process & Timeline

    To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Megan Selvig, Program Director, at mselvig@opalcreek.org, and be sure to address any pertinent experience relevant to this position, including professional and personal experience.

    Deadline is April 24th. There are two rounds of interviews for this position. We will offer the position by mid-May with Interns starting June 8th.

    Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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  • Outdoor School Intern

    Program
    Jawbone Flats, Oregon
    $300.00 / week
    • Work year: Spring: April 1 to June 5
    • Responsible to: Program Manager; Program Director
    • Compensation: $300/week, plus housing, partial board, and utilities

     

    Who We Are

    The Opal Creek watershed is 35,000 acres of protected rainforest, part of the last remaining low-elevation old-growth forest left in the Pacific Northwest. Soaring trees dripping with moss, crystal-clear streams, and a diversity of old-growth-dependent species make Opal Creek a unique gem in Oregon’s crown. At its center is the historic off-grid mining town of Jawbone Flats, our base of operations since the Opal Creek Wilderness was created in 1996.

    At Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, all of our work is based around one simple idea: people will protect what they care about, and they will care about what they know. Through our outdoor school, summer camps, and workshop programs, we bring kids and adults face-to-face with the outdoor places that make Oregon great—pristine mountain streams, uncut vistas, and old-growth forests.

    Who You Are

    • You enjoy teaching, but with the outdoors as your classroom. You are enticed by Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center’s mission and the prospect of connecting our students, cabin renters, and workshop participants to this beautiful place.
    • You are excited to spend your summer navigating the peaks and valleys of Oregon’s wilderness areas with youth.
    • A remote residential living and working environment intrigues you. You look forward to disconnecting from distraction and forming strong bonds with staff, guests, and the wilderness in your backyard.
    • You are always learning. You are curious and unafraid to ask questions.
    • You embrace a challenge; you are open to and excited by the unpredictability that comes with working in a 1929 mining town in the woods.
    • You thrive in a collaborative environment. You value working on teams with diverse perspectives and identities.
    • You have your own unique interests. Perhaps you play a musical instrument or practice bird calls. You would enjoy solo time and social staff barbecues.

     

    Role Impact and Responsibility

    As the Outdoor School Intern, you will gain exposure and experience in the field of outdoor science education. You both facilitate and support our Opal Creek Outdoor School program, with a mix of teaching and behind-the-scenes work. At the conclusion of this internship, you will find that you are well prepared to begin work in the field of outdoor education. This is a seasonal residential position, and you will live in the off-grid town of Jawbone Flats for our spring season: April to June. Responsibilities of the position are listed below:

    Outdoor School (50%)

    • Teach to a variety of age groups and backgrounds, including public and private elementary, middle, and high school classes, and university programs
    • Learn the Opal Creek curriculum; topics include old growth forest ecology, stream ecology, geology, and cultural history
    • Photograph students and lessons for Opal Creek social media
    • Collect and process program participant contact information

     

    Hospitality (50%)

    • Provide friendly, attentive, and professional customer service
    • Clean cabins to rental standards
    • Drive gear shuttles; load and unload cabin rental gear
    • Chop firewood
    • Engage with the general public as they pass through Jawbone Flats

     

    We have a small staff and everyone is required to help in all aspects of running a remote residential facility with a diversity of programs. This position may be asked to assist the kitchen and facility departments at times.

     

    Requirements of Position

    • Past experience working with youth
    • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion through past job experience, personal activism, or other pertinent experience
    • Able to lift heavy objects, up to 40 pounds when necessary
    • Able to pass a background check
    • Able to drive company vehicles
    • Current driver’s license and able to qualify for coverage under our insurance
    • Wilderness First Aid certification (by time of employment)

     

    Compensation

    • $300/week, with 10-12 days worked in a bi-monthly pay period
    • Housing in a private room with off-grid hydroelectricity
    • Meals from the Jawbone Kitchen

     

    Hiring Process & Timeline

    To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Megan Selvig, Program Director, at mselvig@opalcreek.org, and be sure to address any pertinent experience relevant to this position, including professional and personal experience. This position is open until filled.

    Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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How to Apply

Visit our website for current job openings. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Megan Selvig, Program Director, at mselvig@opalcreek.org. There are two rounds of interviews for each position, and positions are open until filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


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