Overview

Through Guided Outdoors programming, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) offers an engaging slate of staff-led outdoor experiences for the youth, adults, and families, which promote the appreciation, understanding, enjoyment, and responsible use of natural resources. We provide people of all ages and backgrounds with the skills to enjoy the outdoors and an increased understanding of their connection to the natural world. Our Youth Environmental & Outdoor Educators predominantly lead trips for participants in grades K-12 and teens, but will also be cross-trained and occasionally scheduled to lead with adults and families as well. Schedules are varied and include all days of the week. Trips range in length, but time off and work are balanced for staff.

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 in the backcountry. 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.

The AMC’s Guided Outdoors Program values diversity, equity and inclusion. We are working to create a team that is representative of the student populations that we serve and thus welcome hardworking individuals from all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities.

Responsibilities:

– Prepare thematic, place-based environmental education, leadership, and community building lesson plans that meet the needs of diverse student populations, are culturally relevant, transferable for students and incorporate the learning objectives of the program.
– Create and foster an inclusive group culture and learning environment among participants and co-workers.
– Work independently on projects such as curriculum development, the creation of teaching tools, and logistical tasks.
– Facilitate programs within local communities and at schools and front country and backcountry multi-day programs that travel to AMC huts and backcountry tent sites, and from AMC’s roadside lodges

Tagged as: Teaching/Education

Qualifications:

- 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
- Able to create an emotionally safe and inclusive learning environment, create a positive group culture, and build healthy rapport with youth

Required Skills:

- 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
- Satisfactory driving record 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.

Application Instructions

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