Overview

Christodora, a 125-year-old nonprofit, nonsectarian organization, based in NYC, seeks Outdoor Educators (OEs) to work at its Manice Education Center (MEC) located in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts on a 200-acre wooded campus for the 2023 spring, summer, and/or fall seasons. Each spring and fall, MEC hosts two field trips per week for NYC public middle schools, serving approximately 30 students during each trip; and each summer, MEC offers a full season of environmental and expedition (backpacking and canoeing) courses for NYC youth in grades 6-12 with approximately 40 campers in age-grouped sessions, running approximately one to three weeks in length.

OEs in the Fall/Spring School Programs work as residential, recreational camp counselors, facilitating three-day, school-chaperoned, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) field trips at and nearby MEC for our partner NYC public schools. Staff work closely in a supportive atmosphere and teach small, mixed-gender groups of 10 youth in all types of weather (there is no bad weather, only bad planning!) in forest, mountain, and pond settings during the spring and fall. The MEC staff lives in similarly rustic housing as students from Monday through Thursday each week: large, canvas-walled tents on top of large wooden platforms that can fit up to eight beds. Each school trip engages in nature hikes to a summit with a view of four states, an 80-foot cascading waterfall, and a unique bog ecosystem.

Join our Spring Team: April 12 – June 2, 2023
Join our Summer Team: June 6 – Aug 27, 2023
Join our Fall Team: Sept 6 – Nov 5, 2023

Responsibilities
Facilitate low-ropes challenge course activities designed for teamwork, communication, leadership skills, trust, and social-emotional outcomes
Inspire curiosity about the natural world through discovery-based activities in a variety of ecosystems
Plan active and experiential lessons from MEC’s discovery-based curriculum Introduce composting and gardening (including a small flock of chickens) to students Lead nighttime hikes to see the stars and cultivate sensory awareness
Work closely with other educators within activity groups to create meaningful, problem-based, experiential, and active environmental science lessons
Provide overnight supervision on a rotating schedule for up to six youth in canvas-walled, cabin style tents on large wooden platforms
Celebrate as a camp community with skits, music, and s’mores at our campfire program (rain or shine) in a covered gazebo surrounded by forest
Problem-solve unexpected student behavior through restorative circles

Tagged as: Camp Staff, Teaching/Education

Qualifications:

Required:
Adventurous spirit, willingness to learn, passion for the outdoors, and enjoy connecting with youth from NYC
Background clearances and medical physical from a licensed medical professional required BA/BS in related discipline, demonstrable professional experience, and/or previous Christodora program experience
Preferred:
Experience in environmental education in a residential camp or outdoor setting Experience working with middle-school groups from large cities in classroom or out

About Christodora's Manice Education Center

The Manice Education Center (MEC) is located in a unique outdoor setting within the heart of the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. MEC operates several distinctly different seasonal programs that are experientially focused in high-quality environmental education, wilderness camping, and leadership training from May through October.

Staff at the Manice Education Center work closely together in a supportive atmosphere teaching small, coed groups (10-12) of New York City (NYC) youth in a variety of outdoor classrooms and camp settings. With a staff to student ratio averaging 1:6, outdoor education counselors and assistant counselors facilitate debates, science labs, cooperative games, group initiatives, and campfires for groups of approximately forty youth.

Application Instructions

Please email [email protected] with only “[Last Name]/MEC OE” as the subject of the message with a resume and brief cover letter. Three professional references may be requested following an initial phone interview.