Guided Outdoors Youth Programs Coordinator position open

The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Guided Outdoors Youth Education programs use inspiring outdoor settings and experiential education to engage students and their teachers in ecology, earth science, and leadership development. Each year Guided Outdoors Youth Education programs serve over 9,000 students, expanding the classroom walls for 130 schools across the Northeast. As a leader in the field of environmental education, AMCR programs create unparalleled educational experiences that complement classroom learning and other goals for student development. The Seasonal Coordinator supports GO Youth Education staff with the successful delivery of 50 residential programs annually based out of AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch, the AMC’s 8 Backcountry Huts, and Cardigan Lodge in southern New Hampshire. Responsibilities are approximately 80% administrative and 20% in the field, including teaching programs.

The Appalachian Mountain Club values diversity, equity and inclusion. We are working to create a team that is representative of the student populations that we serve and thus welcome hardworking individuals from all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities.

Primary Responsibilities:
-Oversee and support logistical and educational aspects of the program.
-Work closely with program Manager to ensure instructional staff delivers quality programs to meet teachers’ expectations.
-Manage communications with schools before, during, and after programs.
-Work collaboratively with the program Manager to mentor, supervise, train and evaluate seasonal educators.
-Provide logistical and professional development support for field educators.
-Perform field checks to provide feedback and ensure program quality.
-Implement risk management guidelines and ensure consistency across staff and program sites.
-Manage field evacuations and hospital visits when necessary.
-Evaluate program curricula and collaborate on its revision and development.
-Assist in the implementation of GO Youth Education program evaluation.
-Manage inventory and maintenance of gear and teaching supplies depot.
-Represent Guided Outdoors Youth Education programs to the AMC community and to the public.
-Teach education programs as needed. Fill in for sick or injured field instructors. Lead groups safely into the backcountry.
-Perform weekly on-call duties on a rotating basis with coworkers throughout the year.
-Work a flexible schedule with some evenings and weekends.
-Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:
-Bachelor’s degree in environmental education or related field. 2-3 years previous experience as an outdoor/environmental educator. Some administrative and supervisory experience preferred.
-Science education background. Previous backpacking experience and knowledge of the natural history of New England.
-Excellent organizational skills and ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously.
-Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
-Ability to work creatively and constructively with others and contribute to a team environment.
-Ability to work nights and/or weekends often with little prior notice.
-Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications. Wilderness First Responder preferred.
-Valid driver’s license and ability to acquire DOT driving certification.
-Physical Requirements: Must be capable of safely traveling alone in the backcountry 3-5 miles during all seasons and weather conditions. Must be able to carry a backpack with up to 40+ pounds of equipment.

Staff will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. The AMC will consider an exemption from the vaccine requirement if they are unable to get vaccinated due to a qualifying medical disability or a sincerely held religious objection. An accommodation or exemption from the vaccine requirement will be considered if one is available that would not pose a direct threat to others in the workplace and would not create an undue hardship for the organization.

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!

Benefits of working with the AMC:

Competitive pay with overtime paid. Benefits include Optional Group Health Plan, AMC membership, bed nights at AMC facilities, employee discounts, employee pro-deals with outdoor gear companies. Amazing recreation opportunities and an opportunity to be a part of a truly unique conservation movement!

Alice Puccio
Appalachian Mountain Club