Overview

Join our Team: May 20 – Aug 27, 2023

Christodora, a 125-year-old, non-sectarian, non-profit organization, seeks a seasoned outdoor leader to work as the Excursions Supervisor at the Manice Education Center (MEC), located in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. This is an exciting opportunity to manage overnight outings to open the eyes of NYC youth to the adventures of backpacking and canoeing – often for the first time. The Excursions Supervisor leads the operations and training of a safe, healthy, and fun outdoor adventure program for middle- and high-school students from NYC, working to sequentially tailor excursions by age, maturity, and ability. Backpacking and canoeing outings range from one to four nights in nearby state forests, on national scenic trails, and nearby rivers in Massachusetts and Vermont. The Supervisor will:
Review existing trip itineraries, update risk management planning, scout trails and rivers for changes in conditions, renew and attain required land-use permits, and develop new trips as needed.
Continue to foster and maintain strong working relationships with land-owners and partners who contribute to the success of MEC excursions
Review and continue to improve the existing training program to effectively prepare a range of new to seasoned outdoor leaders
Provide positive mentorship and lead a feedback-oriented culture that focuses on growth, support, and goal accountability for outdoor leaders
Provide ongoing support for excursions and MEC activities by being on-call for emergencies and trip support and supervise camp alongside the Director/Assistant
Director
Work closely with the Healthcare and Logistics Supervisor to coordinate medical needs, medications, and the infirmary in support of excursions
Closely mentor four Teaching Assistants (TAs) who are typically upper high school students who previously participated in Christodora programs
Mentor the growth of the TAs in their backcountry and teaching skills/knowledge
Transport students to and from excursions and occasionally assist with participants traveling to and from NYC
Provide regular updates to the MEC Director/Assistant Director about the status and needs of the excursions and provide administrative support for MEC programs

Compensation and Benefits
$600-675/week, commensurate with experience
Room and board at MEC during employment
Outdoor equipment discounts

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills

Qualifications:

Experience as an outdoor leader for backpacking and canoeing expeditions in a wilderness context with youth; applicants are encouraged to share links to outdoor
leadership, education, development, and/or adventure portfolios
Wilderness First Responder, CPR, Waterfront Lifeguard Certification or ability to obtain before summer or during training
BA/BS in outdoor leadership, adventure recreation, or related discipline; significant professional experience also considered
Valid Drivers License

Preferred Skills:

Adventurous spirit, willingness to learn, passion for the outdoors, and enjoy connecting with youth from NYC
Outdoor leadership and/or wilderness navigation certifications preferred

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 send a detailed cover letter and a resume to Christodora at: [email protected] with “Excursions Supervisor” in the title. Feel free to include outdoor leadership and/or education portfolios. Three professional references that we can contact will be required at the first interview.