Christodora: Nature, Learning, Leadership since 1897 is seeking a seasoned outdoor leader to work as a Logistics Coordinator to work at its Manice Education Center located in the heart of the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. This is an exciting opportunity to enable 20 backpacking and canoeing expeditions in Southern New England for Summer 2019 and gain valuable experience as a member of management for a successful outdoor expedition program. Enjoy living and working in a phenomenal setting for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers to experience a pristine wilderness playground, alongside music, arts, and festivities in nearby college towns.
The Manice Education Center operates seasonal programs for junior and senior high school youth from New York City in environmental education, wilderness expeditions, and leadership training from May through October. The Center is located on a 200 acre forested campus, surrounded by thousands of acres in abutting Savoy Mountain State Forest, boasting mountain streams, rivers, ponds and diverse wildlife.
Join our Diverse Team: May 22nd through August 29, 2023
• Position starts 2 wks. before summer staff arrive to prepare for training programs and successful delivery of the summer wilderness excursions.
• Be a strong mentor for high school aged alumni, empowering youth to develop transferable job readiness skills.
• Provide technical expertise for wilderness gear, submit inventory reports, prepare equipment orders for authorization, and rotate, repair & manage equipment for backpacking and canoeing trips ranging from 1 to 7 nights.
• Directly oversee logistics preparations for all wilderness trips, sign off on final departure checklists for equipment, and manage equipment de-issue when trips return to the Center.
• Transport students to and from wilderness trips and occasionally assist with participants traveling to and from New York City.
• Assist in the review and continued improvement of the existing training program to effectively prepare a range of first-year to seasoned outdoor leaders.
• Provide ongoing support for wilderness trips and Center activities by being on-call for emergencies and trip support, being in charge of camp in the absence of the Director/Assistant Director, and help to manage the Center infirmary, and assisting as an outdoor educator if necessary.
• Coordinate Center-wide camp session celebration events and with off-site day trips.
• Competitive weekly salary; lodging & basic amenities; excellent food service.
• Access to wilderness equipment, and outdoor equipment discounts.
• Enjoy living in a unique outdoor setting, and be a part of a 122-year-old tradition of developing a constructive, supportive community through hard work, play, and dedication to our mission.
• Adventurous spirit, willingness to learn, passion for the outdoors, and enjoys connecting with urban youth.
• Experience as an outdoor leader for backpacking and canoeing expeditions in a wilderness context with youth.
• Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Waterfront Lifeguard Certification or ability to obtain.
(Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and Waterfront Lifeguarding courses are provided at the Center in June)
• HS Diploma/GED and Valid Drivers License
• Background clearances and medical physical
• Technical expertise for wilderness equipment.
• Wilderness First Responder Certification
About Christodora's Manice Education Center
The Manice Education Center (MEC) is intentionally 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.