Job Summary: Guided Outdoors (GO) Youth Educators are responsible, energetic people who are excited to share their knowledge and love of the outdoors with young people. During the spring and fall months, educators primarily work with public, private, and home-schooled students and other youth groups. These 1 – 5 day programs are based at Pinkham Notch, The Highland Center, Cardigan Lodge, facilities in NY, ME, NJ, the AMC’s backcountry huts, and in local schools and communities. Academic lessons on forest and watershed ecology, map and compass, geology, weather and climate, outdoor skills, community building and leadership development are integrated and taught in a nature- and student-centered hiking-based program.
During the summer months, GO Youth Educators primarily work with a co-leader to facilitate 5-12 day backcountry trips for teenagers age 12-17. These multi-day, single- and multi-element outdoor experiences take place on public lands either in the backcountry or while base camping. Educators are responsible for delivering outdoors skills instruction in hiking, backpacking, and canoeing, and environmental ethics as well as positive youth development activities on trips that are safety-focused and meaningful.
Throughout their employment, GO Youth Educators are supported by office-based Supervisors who seek to both assist Educators in providing great programming and foster a culture of professional growth.
Friendly, outgoing, flexible personality with a commitment and enthusiasm for teaching youth
Experience leading student/youth groups in the backcountry
Experiential teaching experience
Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and ability to work with youth across a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences
Able to effectively collaborate and communicate with co-leaders that may have varying leadership and communication styles
Wilderness First-Aid & CPR certification (WFR preferred) or the ability to obtain certification prior to starting employment
Bachelor’s degree with course work in natural sciences, experiential education, or related field, or equivalent work experience
Work requires frequent backcountry travel. Requires ability to hike 6 – 8 miles per day on uneven terrain, carrying a backpack and other equipment up to 40 pounds, in all weather conditions
21+ years old and background check
About Appalachian Mountain Club
At AMC, connecting you to the freedom and exhilaration of the outdoors is our calling. We invite and help people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. AMC helps you get outdoors on your own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., including groups in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia, you can enjoy activities like hiking, paddling, cycling, and skiing, and learn new outdoor skills. We offer advice, guidebooks, maps, and unique lodges and huts to inspire your next outing. You will also have the opportunity to support our conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and work maintaining 1,800 miles of trails. We invite you to join us in the outdoors.