The Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) is an outdoor education, professional development, and social justice program of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). We partner with and support organizations and schools in urban and under-resourced communities that historically have faced barriers to outdoor recreation.
YOP makes the outdoors accessible to more than 30,000 youth each year. We accomplish this by providing training and support to hundreds of youth workers and teachers throughout the Northeast that independently lead youth groups on outdoor trips. YOP prioritizes the participation of organizations serving youth groups living in urban and lower income communities, and our continuum of services includes outdoor leadership trainings, free equipment loans, trip planning assistance, professional development, reduced lodging rates at AMC destinations, and co-led youth adventures. This unique model enables our YOP-trained partners to use the outdoors to meet their youth development goals.
The YOP Program Coordinator is a full time position located at 6 Spice Street in Boston. Key to the position will be experience teaching in the field as well as supporting program operations in the office. This position’s primary focus is on YOP Member support and retention, the details of which are outlined below. The Coordinator will also play a key role instructing the 2-week Teen Advocacy Adventure in collaboration with AMC’s Conservation Department. This position reports to the New England Manager of Training and Support. Position qualifications and responsibilities include the following:
- Support the YOP Boston Training and Support team with Member outreach, retention and relations, as well as ensuring quality trainings and workshops.
- Conduct member retention activities, maintaining relationships with key members and their agencies/schools. Activities include follow-up from trainings and workshops, YOP communications, and support through trip planning and leading some Local Adventures with youth.
- Lead a 2-week backpacking and canoeing trip focused on building leadership and advocacy skills.
- Model best practices for leadership, communication, teambuilding and challenge initiatives, basic outdoor skills, and Leave No Trace ethics, all with safety as a top priority.
- Support training and workshop logistics, with occasional support as an instructor. Assist YOP members in the equipment room.
- Support curriculum development and resource sharing with YOP members
- Oversee post-trip reporting, including collecting and analysis of trip report data.
- Collaborate with and mentor YOP members in the development of outdoor programming that supports the youth agency goals.
- Other tasks as assigned.
Qualifications & Experience: We seek a dynamic leader with experience in education programming, working with youth, and/or mentoring adults. A passion for the outdoors and leading outdoor trips is a must. The candidate should also bring the following:
- Dedication to YOP’s mission to make the outdoors accessible to all.
- Experience and interest in youth development in an outdoor setting.
- Experience in establishing and maintaining strong organizational partnerships.
- Excellent group management, facilitation, and behavior management skills. Ability to lead meaningful and effective group games and activities.
- Interest and experience working with people representing a diverse range of backgrounds.
- Experience managing youth groups and activities.
- Ability to drive 12-passenger van safely and possession of a clear personal driving history. Must hold valid driver’s license and be able to pass a DOT medical exam.
- Excellent communication skills. Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
- Excellent logistical and organizational skills for program planning and implementation.
- Wilderness First Aid and CPR (Can be obtained upon hire).
- Willingness and ability to hike and camp in mountain terrain carrying a 40-50 pound backpack, in all weather conditions.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and willingness to learn Efforts to Outcomes, our database.
- Ability to work some weekends and evenings.
- Familiarity with the Greater Boston Area and Boston-area youth organizations is beneficial.
To Apply: Now accepting applications! Please include your resume and a cover letter when applying. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
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!