Location: Highland Center Bretton Woods, NH
Reports to: Manager, A Mountain Classroom
Summary Description: The Appalachian Mountain Club’s A Mountain Classroom program uses inspiring outdoor settings and experiential education to engage students and their teachers in ecology, earth science and leadership development and teambuilding. Each year A Mountain Classroom (AMCR) serves over 8,000 students across the Northeast. As a leader in the field of environmental education, AMCR programs create unparalleled educational experiences that complement classroom learning and other developmental student goals.
This multi-faceted position will manage and develop AMC’s educational outreach efforts in Coos County, New Hampshire’s most northern county. The position includes direct field instruction with youth, teachers and families (approx. 30%) as well as program administration and logistics (approx. 70%). This position is closely linked to grant funded program deliverables, which include approximately, 3,500 youth learning experiences in about 100 programs on a yearly basis. AMCR programming incorporates hands-on, place-based education into our partners’ curricula and other youth development objectives.
- Manage Coos County’s yearly slate of approximately 100 educational programs with school staff and other youth-serving professionals.
- Work closely with school trip organizers to choose program components that meet their needs. Ensure instructional staff delivers quality programs to meet teachers’ expectations. Send confirmation letters, maintain teacher contacts and be available for occasional school presentations.
- Work with community partners to implement a coordinated slate of environmental education, youth development and recreation programs for Coos County youth ages K- to high school that meets grant specifications.
- Maintain and disseminate very detailed information about program operations to field educators, other AMC departments and for program record keeping.
- Oversee logistical details of the programs with other AMCR Coordinator and manager:
- Work with other AMC North Country operations to schedule and resource programs.
- Share responsibility for equipment inventory, acquisition and maintenance.
- Share responsibility for maintenance of adequate teaching supplies.
- Use existing AMCR curriculum to develop hands-on, inquiry-based lessons that meet federal and state learning standards and NH’s Environmental Literacy Plan.
- Responsible for the evaluation of individual programs and to work with other AMCR staff on more comprehensive, systematic program evaluation.
- Work within the surrounding communities to promote relationships between schools, youth organizations and others to increase resources for place-based, outdoor and science/environmental education within Coos County.
- Teach day and overnight educational programs to local youth in Coos County communities, at AMC sites and in the backcountry.
- Implement risk management guidelines and ensure consistency among programs.
- Collaborate with other AMC staff to plan and offer teacher professional development in environmental science topics that meet the NH and ME state learning standards.
- Assist with AMCR, AMC’s residential school program, staff training. Ensure education field personnel understand outreach programming goals and curricula.
- Assist NH education coworkers in the oversight of the program’s backcountry communications devices. Manage field evacuations and hospital visits.
- Teach single- and multi-day AMCR courses, especially in the winter season. Lead groups safely into the backcountry.
- Perform on-call duties for all AMCR programs on a rotating basis with coworkers throughout the year.
- Work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
- Actively contribute to and support the cohesive operation of all North Country facilities.
- Represent the AMC professionally to the general public, especially to local communities.
Qualifications and Experience:
- BA/BS required in environmental education, environmental studies, other science discipline or related field preferred or equivalent experience.
- Minimum of 2-3 years of experience teaching outdoor/environmental education for youth.
- Ability to promote staff development and teamwork. Cooperative approach to working with entire education staff and others in a large and diverse organization.
- Excellent organizational, written and oral presentation skills.
- Current Wilderness First Aid/Responder and CPR.
- Current/Valid Driver’s License and acceptable driving record. Ability to become DOT certified.
- Physical Requirements: Must be capable of safely traveling alone in the backcountry for long distances during all seasons and weather conditions. Must be able to carry 40+ pounds of equipment backpacking with ease. Work is also performed in a standard office setting.
Employee Perks: The AMC offers a great benefits package! Here is a partial list that highlights some benefits offered to our regular full-time employees. Benefits may vary based on position.
- Group health plan, 75 percent employer paid
- Group life insurance, 100 percent employer paid
- Long term disability insurance, 100 percent employer paid
- Retirement plan with matching contributions
- Paid vacation, 3-4 weeks accrued each year depending on the role
- Paid holidays, 13 per year
- Use of AMC facilities, free and discounted rates.
- Free AMC membership. AMC members receive AMC Outdoors magazine, a 20% discount on lodging, a 10% discount on retail goods and access to chapter events and activities.
Note that benefits may vary based on position and/or work schedule and are subject to change.
To Apply: Apply for Place-Based Education Coordinator using the link below. Please include your resume and a cover letter along with three (3) professional references when applying. You may also submit a writing sample and salary requirements. No phone calls, please.
The Appalachian Mountain Club has zero tolerance for child abuse or placing children in danger. The AMC requires all employees who work in a program or facility which serves children, disabled persons or the elderly to have a criminal background record check performed on their name annually with employment contingent upon satisfactory results.
The AMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace. The AMC encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities, through its membership, programs, policies and procedures. Our goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting and accessible for people of any age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. Join us!