Apply to be a 2017 Teacher Mentor

GeoGirls is a geology and technology field camp for girls. It is a chance to explore volcanoes and how scientists monitor them. It is also a time for girls build science confidence, camp and hike in the outdoors and work with professional women scientists. During the course of the overnight field-based camp, girls will tour Mount St. Helens, visit researchers in action, conduct a focused research project with real scientists, visit the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory and conduct a volcanic crisis mission that builds on concepts learned throughout the week.


What is a Teacher Mentor?

Position Description PDF

Are you a female middle school science teacher who loves Earth Science (or what’s to learn more)? Do you enjoy getting girls excited about science? Do you love the outdoors?  Gain an authentic field-based and technology driven experience to bring back to your classroom! 

GeoGirls is a nationally-recognized geology and technology field-camp for middle school girls. The program aims to help girls build an understanding of volcanoes but also to boost their confidence in the outdoors and the practice of science. 2 nights will be spent at a remote “glamping” field camp and 2 nights at the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater. Through the course of 4 nights and 5 days, girls work in small teams alongside professional women geoscientists, doing real research in the field at Mount St. Helens!

Teacher Mentors are an important part of the GeoGirls experience because they act as liaison between scientists and the girls by bridging the gaps of difficult concepts and gently reminding the scientists of their audience. Teacher mentors will be assigned to a team of 5 girls with an assistant high school mentor and will essentially be a ‘camp moms’ for the GeoGirls during the week.

Teacher Mentors will assist with all camp logistics, including:

  • Provide a bridge between science mentors and the girls.
  • Be responsible for a group of 5 GeoGirls and 1 High School Mentor.  Duties include driving your group, participating in all camp activities with your group, supervising your group for safety and well-being, identifying and responding to behavioral issues, and being a consistent and compassionate role model.
  • Assist Mount St. Helens Institute staff with program logistics such as clean-up.

Four female middle school science teachers will be selected to participate as Teacher Mentors.  2 of the Teacher Mentors will be from Clark County, WA.  A $600 stipend will be provided. Food, lodging and transportation are provided at no cost for the length of the program.  Teacher Mentors will need to be able to pass a criminal background check, driving record included.


Important Dates:

  • APPLICATIONS DUE: April 5, 2017 (at 5:00 p.m.)
  • SELECTIONS ANNOUNCED: APRIL 26, 2017 (by email)
  • STAFF AND VOLUNTEER COORDINATION MEETING: July 11, 2017
  • GEOGIRLS: July 30-August 3, 2017

How to Apply:

  • Read the position description here.
  • Email the following information to learn@mshinstitute.org by April 5, 2017 with the subject line: “GeoGirls Teacher.”
    • Cover letter including the following:
      • Your current school’s name
      • Why you are interested in participating in GeoGirls
      • What skills and assets you will bring to the GeoGirls team
      • Your previous experience conducing field research (if any)
    • Resume/CV
    • Contact information for 3 references
  • Please, no phone calls.

*In accordance to Federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, this Institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.