Overview

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
Spring/Fall Training Opportunities
Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED, low-ropes challenge course facilitation through Project
Adventure, and Verbal Intervention through the Crisis Prevention Institute. Additionally, all
educators receive hands-on training and ongoing professional development in the delivery of an
active, outdoor, experientially driven curriculum, grounded in social-emotional development and
trauma-informed care
Summer Training Opportunities
Wilderness First Aid through SOLO Wilderness Medicine; Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding
(optional); low ropes challenge course facilitation through Project Adventure; Verbal
Intervention through Crisis Prevention Institute; and 1.5 day professional canoe training on flat
and whitewater. Additionally, all educators receive hands-on training and ongoing professional
development in the delivery of an active, outdoor, experientially driven curriculum, grounded in
social-emotional development and trauma-informed care
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
Compensation/Benefits
$450-550 weekly salary, commensurate with experience,

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Teaching/Education, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders

Required Skills:

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 Skills:

Experience in environmental education in a residential camp or outdoor setting Experience
working with middle-school groups from large cities in classroom or outdoor settings
Spanish/English bilingual a plus
Valid driver’s license

About Manice Education Center

Christodora, a 124-year-old nonprofit, nonsectarian organization, based in NYC, seeks a seasoned outdoor leader to work as the Excursions Supervisor at its Manice Education Center (MEC) located in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts on a 200-acre wooded campus. This is an exciting opportunity to oversee overnight outings to open the eyes of NYC youth to the adventures of backpacking and canoeing – oftentimes for the first time. Enjoy living and working in a phenomenal setting for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers in a forested playground, sandwiched between multiple state forests, rivers, and ponds. In summer, MEC offers a full season of expedition and environmental education camps for NYC youth in grades 6-12 with approximately 40 campers at each of the typically five sessions: exploratory, foundational, advanced, high school leadership training course, and BRIDGE.

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Application Instructions

To Apply… 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. Christodora is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, family status, income, ethnicity or race, religious or spiritual practice, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national