Now Accepting Applications!

Joining our team of educators at the Houston ISD Outdoor Education Center is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to share your knowledge and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.  Our unique learning environment provides a plethora of teachable moments that allows our students to make connections within all facets of their lives.  As educators, we too are constantly learning and developing as individuals through our connection with students, the interaction with fellow staff members and the rich diversity of the natural world around us.  

While working at the OEC you will have the opportunity to develop your teaching skills to a professional level through the guidance of a veteran teacher and gain an understanding of the Houston ISD public school system.  Professional development opportunities - field trips, educational events and informative guest speakers - allow us to develop scientific knowledge, refine our teaching techniques and deepen our understanding of the diverse group of students we serve.

 The community aspect of our program is a unique and interesting component of working at the OEC.  While teaching and living here you will develop meaningful connections and establish professional relationships with people from across the country.  Our teachers have a variety of backgrounds, interests and skills that complement our curriculum and we enjoy learning from one another.

We hire teachers who have a passion for working with children and a desire to teach in a unique environment.  While we most often teach lessons and lead cabin groups alone (12:1 student-teacher ratio), we plan our weeks together within our teaching teams.  Collaborative planning skills are an integral part of working at the OEC, as is a desire to develop professionally.  The position does not require a teaching certificate.  Interested individuals may apply at anytime, however, most positions are filled each summer for the fall with only a limited number of openings mid-term. Contract period is late August through late April for 162 days.  

Applicants must be willing to sleep in a cabin with students while children are on site (3 nights per week).  Students are typically on site Tuesday at noon through Friday at noon (you receive five hours of break time) so be prepared for an exhausting but rewarding week.  While the work week is intense, we do have two and a half day weekends most weeks and a school year that ends significantly earlier than most schools.

Benefits--$21,800 based on a 162 day contract, paid holidays, insurance (health, vision, dental, life and more), optional on-site housing, meals Monday-Friday, many paid professional development opportunities, refundable or transferable retirement plan.  Send cover letter and resume to:    


Al Bartell
Manager for Outdoor Education
The Outdoor Education Center
723 Olympia Drive
Trinity, Texas 75862

Toll Free: 800.729.6291

Alternate: 936.661.1400
Fax: 936.594.3076
email: oecoly@gmail.com 

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