Reed College Science Outreach

Join Us!

Salmon Release Fieldtrip
Photo by Paul Colvin.

Why join?

  • Be a positive role model to students from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Help us build a foundation for scientific literacy in the next generation.
  • Provide much needed resources and support to Portland area schools.
  • Get out of the bubble and learn more about the Portland community.
  • Gain hands-on classroom teaching experience.
  • Receive training in educational techniques. Additional resources are available for students interested in a career in education...
  • Build relationships with passionate teachers, enthusiastic children, and like-minded Reedies.
  • Build your resume and important career-building skills.
  • ...and get paid to do it!

Click Here to read about Reed Alum's experiences with Outreach.

Click Here for more information about the program.

Who are we looking for?

Image: learning about food webs
Barney Potter '16 teaches students about food webs with a hands-on game!
Photo by Paul Colvin.
  • All majors are encouraged to apply! (Many of our teachers are non-science majors...)
  • The most important consideration is enthusiastic interest in teaching elementary students basic science lessons.
  • Ability to commit to teaching for the entire semester (8 lessons minimum...although a year long commitment is preferred). This position also requires a significant commitment of time and effort (more than many other campus jobs) and requires a high level of reliability & professionalism.
  • Experience working with children is a plus, but not required.
  • Access to personal transportation is helpful, but not necessary.

What will you do?

As an Outreach teacher, you will work with 1-2 other Reed students and a public school teacher to teach one or more one-hour per week, fun, hands-on science lessons for eight weeks each semester to local elementary school students in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade. Training, curriculum and all unit materials are provided. Depending on the grade level that you teach you may teach chemistry, physics, geology, ecology, animal behavior, botany, physiology, genetics, evolution, and much more... (explore our curriculum here...)

In addition to teaching, we hope to be good role models to a students from a wide range of backgrounds. We encourage Reedies to act as mentors and role models to inspire students to work towards a college education.


Ready to Apply?

If you have any questions, please contact Siira Rieschl, Program Manager,
phone: 503-788-6625, email:, office: B2 (in Biology basement)


Volunteer Positions Available!

We are also looking for volunteers who are interested in the program, but are too busy to commit to teaching for an entire semester, or who would rather help in ways other than teaching... Click Here for More Information about Volunteering...

Ready to Sign-Up as a Volunteer?

Application for unpaid positions


Important Dates & Events:

Sun, Aug 28nd- All Lead and Returning Instructor Applications due
Tues, Sept 6nd-
Lead Teachers Selected

Tue, Sept 6th-
General Application Deadline
Volunteers applications are accepted year round... although early applications are encouraged.
Fri, Sept 9th to Tue, Sept 13th- New Teacher Interviews
Thurs, Sept 15th-
Hiring Decisions and Assignments Announced
Sun, Sept 18th-
General Outreach Training

Mon, Sept 19 to Fri, Sept 23-
Classroom Orientations, Introductions & Observations
Mon, Sept 26 to Fri, Sept 30-
First Week of Teaching