Program/Position Description: www.christodora.org
operates several distinctly different seasonal programs focusing on highly engaging opportunities for junior and senior high school youth from New York City in environmental education, wilderness expeditions, and leadership training from May through October. The Center is located on a 150 acre forested campus, surrounded by 14,000 acres of protected state forests boasting mountain streams, rivers, ponds and diverse wildlife. In the heart of the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, this is a phenomenal setting for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers to enjoy a pristine wilderness playground, alongside music, arts, and festivities in nearby college towns.
· Lead youth in service projects to improve publicly used wilderness areas and trails.
Assist Outdoor Educators to facilitate challenge course activities designed to focus on teamwork, communication, leadership skills, trust, and social development.
Lead nighttime hikes to see the stars and magic of bioluminescence.
Celebrate with skits, drumming, and s’mores at our campfire program—rain or shine in a gazebo surrounded by forest—that can seat the entire campus.
Inspire curiosity about our natural world through inquisitive discovery based activities in our natural surroundings.
Supervise youth overnight in canvas, cabin style tents on platforms.
Members in our Summer Programs engage in leading Wilderness Expeditions:
· 6 backpacking and/or canoeing trips ranging from 2-5 days in length.
· Hike on the Appalachian and Long Trail networks.
· Paddle pristine lakes and rivers in Southern New England.
Dates of Member Position:
· Seasonal Summer Camp Backcountry Expedition Program: 6-11 to 8-26-18
MEC offers a SOLO Wilderness First Aid and Red Cross CPR Certification Courses before the start of summer training on 6-9 & 6-10.
It is possible to engage in both the summer and fall programs.
· Adventurous spirit, willingness to learn, passion for the outdoors, and enjoys connecting with urban youth.
· Willingness and ability to use hand tools and perform tasks associated with trail maintenance and other similar community service opportunities.
· Some academic studies in the sciences and experience in outdoor leadership and adventure programming are preferred.
· Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications or the ability & commitment to successfully obtain during certification courses offered onsite in June.
· Waterfront Lifeguard Certification preferred, or ability obtain during onsite certification courses offered in June.
· Spanish/English Bilingual a plus.
· Must be 19 years of age to apply. Background clearances and medical physical required. Initial drug screening may be required.
Service Agreements Include:
· Weekly living Stipend, lodging, & excellent food service.
· Eligibility for AmeriCorps Education Award at the end of service, starting from approx. $1468.
· Gain professional development in outdoor education and leading service projects through intensive trainings, a supportive environment, and valued, experiential contributions to the program.
· Access to wilderness equipment, and outdoor equipment discounts.
**AmeriCorps Outdoor Educator Assistants are serving as AmeriCorps Outdoor Education Residential Camp Assistant Counselors.
Send cover letter & resume (feel free to add wilderness, leadership, and education portfolios) to Matthew Scholl, M.E.C. Director @ firstname.lastname@example.org; or mail to: M.E.C. 68 Savoy Road, Florida, MA 01247
Christodora is committed to making a difference within a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. Three professional references will be required.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Job Function: Field Staff/Guide
Job Duration: 3-6 months