Environmental Education Instructor
Appalachian Mountain Club - United States

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Appalachian Mountain Club – A Mountain Classroom Spring Instructors

White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

Early April through mid-June 2013 (possibilities to continue through Aug or Nov.)

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) offers educational programs to promote the appreciation, understanding, enjoyment, and responsible use of natural resources. Through positive, direct experiences, we strive to provide people of all ages and backgrounds with the skills to enjoy the outdoors and an increased understanding of their connection to the natural world.

Job Summary: A Mountain Classroom Environmental Education Instructors are responsible, energetic people who are excited to share their knowledge and love of the outdoors with youth through our hiking-basededucationprogram. A Mountain Classroom generally serves 5 th -10 th grade public, private, and home-schooled groups however groups of older and younger students attend as well. Students participate in 1-5 day experiential programs based at Pinkham Notch, The Highland Center, Cardigan Lodge, the AMC’s backcountry huts, and in local schools and communities. Academic lessons on forest and watershed ecology, map and compass, geology, weather and climate, outdoor skills, and community building are integrated throughout a hiking-based program. Visit us on the web: http://www.outdoors.org/education/classroom.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to):
  • Ensure the safety of 8 – 10 students in the backcountry.
  • Prepare and teach theme-based environmental education lessons.
  • Create and facilitate community building activities and experiences.
  • Organize and teach 2-3 evening programs per week (7-8:30pm).
  • Prepare students for outdoor experiences and teach outdoor skills.
  • Lead students on overnight hikes to AMC huts modeling Leave No Trace ethics.
  • Perform logistics functions for the program including: issuing, collecting, cleaning and maintaining gear, preparing teaching supplies, driving vehicles, and organizing food.
Qualifications:
  • Friendly, outgoing, flexible personality with a commitment and enthusiasm for teaching youth.
  • Experience leading student/youth groups in the backcountry.
  • Experiential teaching experience.
  • Wilderness First-Aid & CPR certification (WFR preferred) or the ability to obtain certification prior to starting employment .
  • B.A. or B.S. with course work in natural sciences, experiential education, or related field.
  • Ability to carry a backpack daily, which holds teaching and emergency supplies (approximately 30-40 lbs).
  • Satisfactory driving record and background check, as verified by state record check.
  • 21+ years old and ability to obtain DOT medical clearance to drive vehicles strongly preferred.
Compensation and Benefits:

$87/day (based on $8.70/hour for an average of 10hrs/day); work guaranteed 5 days/week. Bonus of $200+ upon successful completion of entire work season. Seasonal benefits include AMC membership, use of AMC facilities, employee discounts, employee pro-deals with outdoor gear companies. Optional room and board available for $45/week.

To Apply:

Send resume, cover letter, and three references to: Heidi Magario: amcjob186@outdoors.org

A Mountain Classroom – Increasing students’ understanding of the natural world and their relationship to it!

For additional job opportunities with the AMC, please visit our website, www.outdoors.org .

The Appalachian Mountain Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we value diversity in our workplaces. AMC has zero tolerance for the abuse of children. Any employee with access to children will have a criminal record check performed and have references checked regarding their past work with children.

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