Mountain Workshop John Muir Volunteer Instructor

Volunteer with John Muir Elementary School for the year. Build relationships and mentor 5th graders as they explore, and learn about how to recreate safely in the outdoors.
Caitlin O'Brien Caitlin O'Brien
March 04, 2015
Mountain Workshop John Muir Volunteer Instructor

About John Muir Elementary School

John Muir Elementary School is located in the Mount Baker Neighborhood. It is extremely diverse communities of students with over 50% of the youth receive free or reduced lunch.

Throughout the school year we meet with the three 5th grade classes to teach them how to rock climb, kayak, first aid, Leave No Trace, 10 essentials, and stewardship. As a volunteer you get the opportunity to build relationships with these youth, teach them how to enjoy the outdoors, and help provide access to the outdoors to a community that historically has not had access to the outdoors.

Activities and Responsibilities

We are looking for volunteers who can commit to coming to all of the activities for one of the fifth grade classes programs throughout the year. You would have the opportunity to build relationships with the John Muir community, spread the joy of spending time outside, and help youth learn how to recreate safely and responsibly in the outdoors. 

  • Teach youth safe and responsible outdoor practice
  • Communicate with group leader, chaperones, and Mountaineers employees if any behavior issues arise
  • Take care of program supplies while you are in program

Support and Resources

Each John Muir program is run and facilitated by a Mountaineers Staff. For each program, we provide you with tools and gear you need to teach youth the skill of day, and allow you to choose what activity you would like to help with!

Length of Service/Position

We ask that volunteers give a 1 year commitment to the students from John Muir. This involves 4 weekdays starting in October spaced throughout the year, and 1 afternoon in September for training. The programs are held at a variety of locations including, The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, Camp Long in West Seattle, and Seward Park. These programs generally last from 10-1pm. We set the calendar in August, and alert you to any changes in the schedule several months in advance.

Qualifications Sought

We are looking for adults who can commit 5 weekdays (and one weekday afternoon for training) throughout the year to work with the youth from John Muir. You do not need to have any prior youth experience or outdoors experience. We will teach you any of the skills that you need to know to be successful.

We are looking for adults who are caring, open minded, inclusive, and excited about expanding the outdoors community! The goal of this program is to expose more youth to the outdoors, and include a community of people who might not have the opportunity to get outside otherwise.

How to apply

Please contact Emily Carraux at for more information or if you are interested in volunteer with John Muir! All members are encouraged to apply!

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