Immediate Hire — Engaging as a key member of the MEC seasonal administrative team, the Assistant Camp Director (AD) brings a high level of positive energy while providing effective leadership to daily operations at MEC. Responsibilities include assisting the MEC Director with staff training as well as empowering and supporting outdoor educators (~12), teaching assistants (~4), and operations assistants (~4) to deliver effective, hands-on activities in environmental education, outdoor leadership, and nature exploration. The AD creates and organizes multiple program schedules, helps evaluate and implement educational activities, and plans for MEC-wide programs, activities, and events. The AD supports safe, healthy, and fun programming through daily, on-site supervision and on-call responsibilities, including supervising waterfront activities (at MEC’s one-acre, spring-fed pond), managing the infirmary as needed, and supervising the excursions program (backpacking and canoeing). Other duties include evaluating staff and facility needs, leading and assisting day-to-day care of gardens, preparing supply requisitions, and transporting program participants/staff in MEC vehicles. The AD serves as the Acting Director in the MEC Director’s absence. MEC is a residential program and requires the AD to live in a private room on-site with a shared staff bathroom during the Apr-Nov season. The AD generally performs their duties during afternoons and evenings, and they are part of the MEC administrative support team as well as the seasonal, on-call emergency response system.
Join Our Team: Immediate Hire – November 4
• At least three years of prior program administration and/or leadership experience in environmental education, outdoor leadership, and/or nature exploration for youth. Leadership experience in residential programs preferred
• Highly organized with demonstrated success in coordinating schedules and activities
• High energy and outstanding prior performance as a leader with positive and effective communication skills
• Passionate about positively impacting youth and can easily build rapport with a broad and diverse population from marginalized neighborhoods in New York City
• A commitment to expanding access to outdoor spaces and learning through increased
diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Able to spark an interest in the natural sciences and possess at least three years of experience teaching environmental education or outdoor leadership lessons/activities in informal or formal settings to middle- or high-school youth
• Have prior experience facilitating low-element challenge course activities; leading backpacking and/or canoeing trips; and able to provide training and, as necessary, field support to groups in the field
• Experienced in making effective leadership decisions during emergency procedures and can serve as Acting Director when needed
• Interested in joining for multiple seasons.

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Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Teaching/Education

Required Skills:

• Excellent examples of motivational, organizational, and communication skills: Applicants are welcome to share portfolios
• BA/BS in a related discipline; MA/MS preferred
• Valid Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Certification (or ability to attain before the start of the summer)
• At least two years of supervisory-level experience in a residential camp or youth program (or the ability to attain American Camping Association Camp Director Certificate prior to start)
• Valid Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

About Manice Education Center

Christodora, a 125-year-old nonprofit, nonsectarian organization, based in NYC, seeks a vibrant leader in outdoor developmental and environmental education to join our team as the Assistant Camp Director at the Manice Education Center (MEC) in the town of Florida, MA, located in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts on a 200-acre wooded campus. MEC operates outdoor environmental and expedition education programs for approximately 950 youth from New York City from April through November each year. In spring and fall, MEC hosts two environmental education field trips each week for NYC public schools for approximately 30 students during each trip. 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

This position remains open until filled. Please send a resume and detailed letter of interest in the body of an email to [email protected] with subject, “[Last Name]/MEC AD” as the subject of the message. Three professional references may be requested following an initial interview.