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The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology is hiring Youth Instructors in Lincoln and Clatsop Counties. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to nicolaharrison@sitkacenter.org

56605 Sitka Drive
Otis, OR 97368
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About the Position

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology’s (Sitka) Youth Program is expanding. We will provide art, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and nature-based programming and supplies to several new Pre-K through 8 grade schools in Lincoln and Clatsop County public school in the upcoming 2024-2025 school year. We are hiring part-time Youth Instructors based in Clatsop and Lincoln Counties to join the Sitka team and deliver our Youth Program in these Oregon coast schools.

Sitka Youth Instructors work remotely to train and organize supplies and on-site at assigned schools to deliver the program. Classroom instruction takes place October through May during the school day. For each teaching month, Sitka develops an original art and nature-inspired lesson and trains our Youth Instructors how to deliver it to participating schools in their own communities. We tailor each lesson to the needs of different grades. Sitka Youth Instructors will teach youth in grades Pre-K through 8 depending on the school, delivering 60 to 90-minute lessons in each classroom. It’s lots of fun!

Schools available inlcude Crestview Heights in Lincoln County and Hilda Lahti Elementary, Warrenton Grade School, Lewis and Clark Elementary, Jewell School, PacificRidge Elementary School, Seaside Middle School and AstorElementary

Sitka seeks local coastal candidates with access to local housing and reliable transportation in Lincoln or Clatsop County. Past youth instruction and art experience are preferred and the ability to pass background checks required to serve in public schools is required. Sitka Youth Instructors are creative, friendly, student and teacher-centric and highly organized. This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals whose schedules are already timed around the public school year, retired teachers seeking part-time income or those seeking part-time work with summers off.

Schedule, Compensation and Benefits

 $25/hour, 10 to 40 hours per week, during seven months of the school year, October – May, plus compensated onboarding and training time beginning on August 26, 2024.

·       School assignments are based on the candidate’s availability and Sitka’s needs. We work with each Youth Instructor to make school assignments that work with their locations, desired workload and schedule.

·       Remote, hourly, part-time, non-exempt position.

·       Mileage reimbursement based on Sitka’s policy.

·       Free enrollment in one Sitka Workshop each summer.

·       These positions are open until filled. Apply early for the greatest scheduling flexibility.


Help Sitka serve kids in your own community with access to highest quality art and STEAM education and supplies.

COMMITMENT TO EQUITY: The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to equity and inclusion, and believe different voices and perspectives strengthen our organization and amplify our impact.



As the Center continues to look for new ways of bringing creativity into the world through art and ecology, volunteers are crucial to our success. The Sitka Center has many opportunities to offer. Volunteer opportunities range from events, grounds keeping, transportation for residents, youth program and fundraising.

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Here's what our extraordinary volunteers have to say:

"If you're looking for peace & quiet, Sitka is the place. If you're looking for joy and fun, Sitka is the place. If you're looking for artistic stimulation, Sitka is also the place." Jän Polisensky, Historian Volunteer

"The Sitka Center is a special place, and it's a pleasure to be associated with it.  Personally, we believe strongly in the close relationship between art and ecology and feel good about doing our part to help promote Sitka's mission of melding the two." Pete and Connie Owston, Library Volunteers