Full-time, residential, salaried position. Includes room & board and health benefits.
Through our RamaYear program, recent college graduates devote a year or two of their early careers to an immersive, residential, year-round service experience on our Rhinebeck, NY campus. At Ramapo, these young adults spend their days working with groups of youth and educators on outdoor adventure-based retreats that build teamwork and communication skills. They design activities to meet each retreat group’s needs and goals, and lead teambuilding games and leadership development exercises. RamaYear staff live with and serve as mentors to our Staff Assistants: young adults, 18-25 years old, who seek to become self-sufficient and build social, independent living and job skills. Additionally, RamaYear play key roles in Camp Ramapo, a traditional summer camp experience for children ages 6-16 with social, emotional or learning challenges.
At the outset, new RamaYear staff members receive intensive training in Ramapo’s approach and philosophy, acquiring a toolbox of skills and strategies to create environments that foster success. Through their experiences leading retreat groups, mentoring Staff Assistants and being a part of Camp Ramapo, they strive to embody these practices and role model them effectively each day.
Design activities to meet each retreat group’s needs and goals, and lead teambuilding games and leadership development exercises
RamaYear staff live with and serve as mentors to our Staff Assistants: young adults, 18-25 years old, who seek to become self-sufficient and build social, independent living and job skills.
Work with 8,000 children, young adults, educators and youth workers who visit campus each year
Facilitate outdoor adventure-based, community building retreats for groups of youth and adults from urban schools
Lead icebreakers, teambuilding activities and leadership development exercises
Manage all outdoor activities: lead hikes, facilitate ropes courses, build campfires, facilitate indoor and outdoor climbing walls, and much more
Live with and serve as a mentor, role model and job coach to a young adult with learning differences, ADHD and/or autism spectrum disorders
Create emotionally safe environments for young people, and live and work in an inclusive community
Be part of a team of dedicated and passionate professionals
What You'll Gain: A foundation for lifelong leadership: get an extraordinary professional experience and essential career and life skills to help you stand out in a competitive job market.
Develop exceptional team-building, leadership and management skills
Receive state of the art training in program planning and group management of the kind Ramapo provides to over 10,000 teachers and youth service professionals in NYC
Gain intensive, hands-on experience with a wide range of populations
Learn to quickly build relationships with individuals with diverse backgrounds and needs
Improve your ability to manage projects, solve problems, resolve conflicts and communicate effectively
Increase your self-confidence and make a positive difference in the lives of children and adults
Recent college graduate
Ability to live on Ramapo’s campus in Rhinebeck, NY for 15-18 months
Motivation, and an interest in Ramapo’s mission
Experience in youth development, special education, community development, and/or adventure education is a plus
AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
Make a difference and inspire change: impact thousands of children, young adults and educators each year by helping them to realize their full potential.