Overview

Join our Team: Sept 13 – Nov 2, 2021 (Labor Day weekend and Indigenous Peoples Day weekend off). Limited openings are available to remain with Christodora as an Environmental Educator (EE) teaching nature-based STEM in NYC public schools from November 2021 to March 2022 (room provided).

Fall Training Opportunities
SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA), CPR/AED, low-ropes (challenge) course facilitation through Project Adventure, and Verbal Intervention through the Crisis Prevention Institute.
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
Use basic chemical testing equipment in our camp science lab
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
Adhere to the latest Christodora COVID-19 Safety Plan for MEC, which may include masking, pre-arrival and screening testing (both PCR and/or rapid antigen testing), cohorting, and physical distancing, and this plan is subject to change according to federal, state, and local mandates for residential programs

Compensation/Benefits
$600 weekly salary
Room and meals at MEC during employment
Outdoor equipment pro deals

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Conservation

Required Skills:

- Adventurous spirit, willingness to learn, passion for the outdoors, and enjoys connecting with youth from NYC
- Background clearances and medical physical from a licensed medical professional required. Initial drug screening may be required
- BA/BS in related discipline or demonstrable professional experience

Preferred Skills:

- Experience in environmental education in a residential camp or outdoor setting
- Experience working with urban middle-school groups 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 AmeriCorps Outdoor Educator Assistants to serve 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 contribute to a tightly knit camp community while earning up to $1,678 toward educational expenses upon the successful completion of a quarter-time service term. MEC offers residential outdoor environmental and expedition education programs for approximately 950 youth from New York City from April through October each year.

See full job posting with covid19 update on company website.

Application Instructions

To Apply… Please email [email protected] with only “MEC Outdoor Educator” as the subject of the message to request a short application. There will be a link in the application to upload a resume if you wish. Three professional references may be requested following an initial phone interview.